The Lake Union Civic Orchestra is dedicated to the exploration and performance of symphonic and chamber music with energy and passion; and to sharing that experience with individuals and organizations throughout the community.

LUCO is a largely volunteer-run, Seattle-based community orchestra distinguished by superb musicianship, low ticket prices, friendly atmosphere, central location of concerts, and exciting, innovative programming.

Music critic Christopher DiLaurenti wrote, "LUCO's concerts have a homey feel missing from most classical music gigs; before the show, people laugh and chat casually as if at home. Yet when the music begins, the audience's attention becomes steadfast and quieter than most other orchestral performances I attend."  (The Stranger, January, 2008)

While LUCO primarily comprises talented amateur musicans, it strives to serve professional musicians by hiring local professionals to play concertos with the orchestra and by commissioning works from local composers.