The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra is an important part of why our northern Michigan community is considered one of the “best places to live” – adding to the quality of life for our families and the broader community.
The Orchestra is supported by just one fundraising event annually, Crescendo, a gala event featuring entertainment, hors d’ouevres, cocktails, a sit-down dinner, live auctions and more. Proceeds from this event help underwrite our commitment to providing excellent live, classical music performances and top-notch music education. Tickets for Crescendo 2022 go on sale Monday, April 18.
As a community-supported orchestra, your commitment is essential to our success. You, and other supporters like you, are at the core of GLCO. It is your support of our artists and enthusiasm for our concerts that allows us to continue to grow.
By attending our concerts, contributing regularly, and attending Crescendo, you are making an investment in music performance and music education for our community, now and for generations to come.
This Crescendo fundraising event will take place Tuesday, June 21, at Castle Farms in Charlevoix. To learn more about Crescendo tickets and how to contribute, call the GLCO office at 231-487-0100. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 18.
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.