LSO shows how a symphony is made in family show

LIVINGSTON, NJ — We’ve all heard Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony” with its monumental opening four notes and enjoyed the captivating melodies from Bizet’s most enchanting opera “Carmen.” Yet how did these artists go about creating such lasting and memorable works of art? Visit “The Composer’s Toolbox,” this year’s Livingston Symphony Orchestra Family Concert, on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. in the Livingston High School Auditorium, 30 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston.

Known for his easy rapport with audience members of all ages and joy in sharing the stories behind the music, maestro Anthony LaGruth will lead the Livingston Symphony in a family program that features excerpts from Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony,” Tchaikovsky’s “Fourth Symphony” and Bizet’s “Carmen Suites.” Illustrated and highlighted throughout the concert will be elements such as melody, harmony, dynamics, themes, individual instrument sound qualities and the other “tools” that composers use to build upon their musical ideas. At the end of this interactive experience, audience members are invited to partake in Tofutti sponsored frozen desserts.

Admissions is charged. For more information, call 973-980-1809 or visit