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Dr. James and Lynne LaCalle

James and Lynne LaCalle

Dr. James and Lynne LaCalle

"We believe strongly that it's important to support the culture in our city for the next generation and beyond."

Dr. James LaCalle, retired president of Harford Community College, has been attending Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts since the mid 1970s when he was living and working in Harford County. Music has been part of his life from his childhood in Queens, NY, when his father would pick up a fiddle and play along with other family members on the "saw" and the piano. Later, in college, Dr. LaCalle enjoyed listening to classical recordings, especially Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2.

Growing up in Reading, PA, Mrs. LaCalle studied piano seriously as a child through high school, entering several piano competitions. Retired as Associate Vice President of Enrollment Service at Harford Community College, Mrs. LaCalle enjoys the BSO's classical series with her husband, and both are impressed with Marin Alsop's creative programming of live music to films, including the Charlie Chaplin series and Singin' in the Rain. They also enjoy Jack Everly and the Pops, noting that "Jack brings out the human side of the music" through his personal, informal approach. They both have very high regard for the OrchKids program in Baltimore City and its commitment to using music for social change.

"We believe strongly that it's important to support the culture in our city for the next generation and beyond" notes Dr. LaCalle, who has included the BSO as a beneficiary of his IRA. He added, "This is a simple, flexible way of helping to sustain our world-renowned orchestra right here in Baltimore."