The Lompoc Concert Association (LCA) was formed in 1948 as Lompoc Community Concert Association through the efforts of a group of dedicated, visionary volunteers who wanted to bring the experience of live performance to Lompoc audiences. Thus began a long association with Columbia Artist Management’s subsidiary known as Community Concerts LLC, which made first class entertainers available to communities throughout the United States.
In the early 1990’s Community Concerts LLC ceased operation, and Lompoc Community Concert Association became Lompoc Concert Association, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. At the same time, LCA affiliated with Live on Stage, an artist management company based in Nashville, Tennessee. Live on Stage provides a variety of high quality live artists to a network of concert associations nationwide. Working with this agency, along with independent artist managers, the LCA Board of Directors has continued to select and present four concerts per season for Lompoc area audiences.
Over the years, the Concert Association has presented such diverse artists as the Vienna Boys Choir, Christopher Parkening, the New Christy Minstrels, the Romeros, Stecher and Horowitz, Chanticleer, the Crescent City Jazz Band, and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra to Lompoc area audiences. From 1956-1996, the concerts were held in the Lompoc Theatre. Since the theatre’s closure in 1996, concerts have been held in local churches, with the First United Methodist church serving as the venue from 2008 to the present.
In 2013, the LCA Board was approached by the First United Methodist Church with an offer to completely restore the Association’s Chickering concert grand piano in exchange for donation of the instrument to the Church. Having been stored in the Lompoc Theatre since 1996, the piano was in unusable condition. An agreement was reached between the two parties and, following the transfer of ownership to the Church, an anonymous donation of $35,000 was provided within the Church for the piano’s restoration. In March 2014, piano prodigy Umi Garrett, a 14-year old Steinway Concert Artist, wowed the audience in the final performance of LCA’s 2013-14 concert season. The cooperative efforts of LCA and the Methodist Church in the piano restoration greatly enhanced the quality of the performance venue that serves the Concert Association, the Lompoc Pops Orchestra, and the Lompoc Valley Master Chorale.