Steve and Carol Bush are proud to have been supporters of the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra (LRSO), a nonprofit organization that they helped fund through Maxwell Real Estate’s “We Care Program.” Based in Meredith, New Hampshire, the LRSO is comprised of a blend of amateur and semi-professional musicians from 30 towns around the Lakes Region and beyond. Musicians of all ages and abilities come together to create this stellar regional performing company. Not only does the LRSO provide a wonderful opportunity for musicians to perform, it is also a vehicle for sharing all types of music with community audiences. In fact, increasing the exposure to, and appreciation of, a range of compositions is part of its mission. Concerts are held fall through spring, including a very popular Holiday Pops Concert, as well as a Youth Concert and Youth Concerto Competition. Introducing young people to music, and encouraging their musical development, is another important role for the LRSO. For six years now, they have offered a concerto competition and scholarship program for young performing artists. The competition allows these blossoming classical musicians to rehearse and perform with a symphony orchestra. The competition is open to high school students in grades 8 through 11 who play an orchestra instrument, including piano. Students select and record a fast concerto movement from the standard orchestral repertoire and submit this, along with an application, for consideration. Live auditions are then held, and the winning soloists are featured in concert with the LRSO. The top three finishers also receive scholarship funds. If you are in the Lakes Region this spring, be sure to get tickets to the LRSO’s spring pops concert on May 16th; it will feature “Music from the Movies” and showcase popular works by Marvin Hamlisch, John Williams, Irving Berlin, and many more.