This season marks the 20th Anniversary of the GLCO. With a nod to the past and a look to the future, this performance features a wide representation of American composers, including American classics, Copland and Gershwin; young African American composers, Jessie Montgomery and Tre Bryant; established contemporary American composers, Gwyneth Walker (GLCO composer in residence) and Kenji Bunch; and local composers/arrangers, Anthony Patterson and Roger Tallman. The performance also includes a collaboration with Gerber Strings students and presents the 2019 Young Artist Competition winner, Helen Hanchin (flute).
Gwyneth Walker – Overture to Great Lakes Cantata
Kenji Bunch – Tango Morendo for Chamber Orchestra
Tre Bryant – Quarantainment overture (World premiere)
Roger Tallman – Conflicted (World Premiere)
W.A. Mozart – Concerto for flute and orchestra in D major K.314 (1st movement)
Featuring GLCO’s Young Artist 2020 competition winner
Aaron Copland – Appalachian Spring
Jessie Montgomery – Banner for Chamber Orchestra
The GLCO is a regional professional orchestra providing live orchestral concerts that entertain, educate and inspire.
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.