2020-2021 Season Announcement

 Season Announcement

We are sad to share that, due to the continuing COVID-19 crisis, all GLCO performances have been cancelled through November 30, 2020. While this news may not be surprising given the events of the past few months, it is heartbreaking, nonetheless. Sharing in the communal experience of live music is at the heart of what we do, and we know it is a vital part of your life too.


What is happening in Spring 2021 – the second half of the 20/21 season?

We don’t know yet. While these concerts have not yet been cancelled, we know that everything from seating configurations to musician availability and audience attendance will be impacted by the pandemic.

What is the GLCO doing during this time?

While the GLCO venues – The Great Lakes Center for the Arts and community churches are either closed or severely restricted, the ongoing support of donors has enabled us to launch several new online initiatives, including GLCO In Concert, Little Bay Concerts and Tuesday Talks.

How can I help? 

If you are able, please consider making a donation to help support the GLCO. Between the cancellation of Crescendo and concert cancellations at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Hall Auditorium in Bay View and the Sunday Series performances this year, the GLCO will lose approximately $150,000 as a result of the pandemic. We need your support to help sustain our work during this period.

We will continue to closely monitor updates and recommended guidance from our public health experts during this unprecedented and fast-developing situation. From all of us at the GLCO, stay safe and healthy, and we look forward to inviting you back to experience great music soon.

Thank you for your continued support of GLCO. Your gift makes it possible for the GLCO to remain a vibrant resource for our northern Michigan community. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift today.

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Eric Lawson

Assistant Concertmaster

Violinist, violist, conductor and professor Dr. Eric Lawson has had a varied career in performance and education. Past performances as a conductor, soloist and lecturer have taken him to Austria, Brazil, China, Germany, Romania and Scandinavia. Before returning to his home state of Michigan, he was based in North Dakota where, in addition to serving as a violin instructor at Bismarck State College, Jamestown College, and the University of Mary, he was also concertmaster of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra and established the Bismarck-Mandan Youth Symphony. Other former academic appointments have included Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Central College in Pella, Iowa and the University of North Dakota where he founded the string program and the UND Chamber Orchestra.

Here in Michigan, Dr. Lawson as been very active with the Alpena Symphony Orchestra as its concertmaster, conductor and president of the board. He also performs with many other orchestras in Northern Michigan and participates in the Traverse Symphony as a first violinist, in the Gaylord Symphony as concertmaster and as assistant concertmaster in the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

And finally, in what has been one of the most important experiences of his life outside of music, he also served almost four years as an Alpena County Commissioner, representing Ossineke and Sanborn Townships. In addition to serving as chair of the Salary and Personnel Committee, he also served on the Airport, Ambulance, District Court, Circuit Court Management and Jail Committees. He also represented Alpena County in Gaylord with the Northern Michigan Regional Entity Substance Use Disorder Board and continues to serve on the Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health Board. Dr. Lawson resides in Ossineke with his wife and two children.