Concerts & Events

From Vienna With Love

Prost! A champagne toast with GLCO and our Strauss-fest in July. Waltz into the summer night with your favorite tunes like the Blue Danube Waltz or overture to Die Fledermaus, and let our opera divas Amy Cross and Jamie Platte muse you with their brilliant voices and dazzling presence. Just in – an appearance of a surprise guest!

GLCO’s take on the Viennese Opera Ball celebrates the cultural and economic relationships between Austria and America, connecting two continents and two centuries in one glamorous night. This performance features opera singers, dancers, and your renowned orchestra performing waltzes, polkas, and quadrilles by Strauss, Lehar, Delibes; many more surprises promise a glamorous and delightful night.


July 20
7:00 PM
$35 – $65
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Great Lakes Center for the Arts
800 Bay Harbor Dr.
Petoskey, Michigan 49770
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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.