LSO concertmaster steps up to replace canceled guest violinist at concert

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — African-American violin phenomenon Tai Murray can’t make her debut with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra Saturday because of COVID-19, but her replacement has a familiar face: Wes Luke, the orchestra’s own concertmaster.
Wes LukeLuke will perform the Bach Violin Concerto at 7:30 p.m. in Viterbo University’s Fine Arts Center.
In addition to his duties as LSO concertmaster, Luke is a section violinist in the Madison Symphony Orchestra and principal second violinist of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. He regularly plays in the Wisconsin Philharmonic and is on the teaching faculties of the University of Dubuque, Loras College in Dubuque and Divine Word College in Epworth, Iowa.
Tickets are sold out for in-person, physically distanced seating Saturday, but live-stream tickets will be available until noon for $25 at the symphony’s website. The LSO will email the live-stream link to buyers during the afternoon.
A combined packet of live-stream tickets for all three of the LSO’s chamber concerts this fall cost $60.
“Inspired by Genius” is the theme for the orchestra’s 2020-2021 season.