Concerts & Events

Ravel’s Tzigane | Gypsy Violin

The most entertaining orchestra pops concert of the season with a SURPRISE you don’t want to miss! 

An evening filled with high-energy  music of Roma (Gypsies) from the Mediterranean and Balkan vibrant cultures! You can tap your toes to  the rhythms of Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody, Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, or Gipsy Kings’ Medley, and more!

The concert will feature an internationally-acclaimed Balkan violinist Robert Lakatoš from Serbia performing Ravel’s Tzigane and Sarasate’s Caprice Basque on his private collection violin of Antonio Stradivari from 1709.  Mr. Lakatoš is one of the most promising young artists of his generation and the GLCO is thrilled to bring him to the northern Michigan audiences. 

If you are looking for a FUN evening with GLCO bridging orchestra with ethnic flair, look no further!  Get your tickets today!  ~ Meg Ideker, General Manager

ABOUT Robert Lakatoš, Violin Soloist

Tickets $35 – $45 – $65



July 18
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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.