Concerts & Events

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Chorus (CANCELLED)

This event has been cancelled.

Experience one of the most performed symphonies in the world with a chorus of 80 voices!

Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Libor Ondras, Conductor

Risa Renae Harman, Soprano
Elise DesChamps, Mezzo-Soprano
Brian Banion, Baritone
John Bragle, Tenor

In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, the orchestra entertains with the last complete symphony by Beethoven. Hear it Tuesday, July 21 at 8 p.m. at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor. Regarded as one of his greatest works and one of the supreme achievements in the history of western music, “Beethoven’s 9th” stands as one of the most performed symphonies in the world. Joining the larger than usual orchestra will be guest choirs from across the state, combining over 80 voices to accompany the orchestral masterpiece. Tickets: $25-50, age 18 under Free. Tickets and more information at or call 231.487.0010

This event will be held at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts.

Reserved Seating: $50, $35, $25
Ages 18 and under are FREE.


Tue, July 21, 2020
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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.