Concerts & Events

Echoes from the Musikverein

Music from Vienna’s Golden Concert Hall

Mozart | Schubert | Haydn

Featuring Michael Barrett, Piano Soloist




Join us for a mesmerizing evening of “Echoes from the Musikverein: Music from Vienna’s Golden Concert Hall” on November 4th at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts. Immerse yourself in the timeless allure of Vienna as GLCO, under the baton of our esteemed conductor Maestro Libor Ondras, brings to life masterpieces from the Musikverein.

Our captivating program features three iconic compositions that have graced the hallowed halls of Vienna’s prestigious concert venue. We’ll begin with Haydn’s Symphony No. 6 in D major ‘Le Matin’, a sparkling gem that evokes the radiant light of dawn. Experience the playful interplay of musical motifs as Haydn’s ingenious craftsmanship unfolds, painting a vivid musical landscape.

Next, prepare to be spellbound by Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19 K 459 in F major, a virtuosic showcase led by the extraordinary soloist, Michael Barrett. Renowned as the music director of the Moab Music Festival, Michael’s illustrious career and association with Leonard Bernstein add an extraordinary dimension to this performance. Barrett’s keystrokes will make Mozart’s concerto dance and delight, revealing the profound beauty and grace of the Austrian composer’s work.

After intermission, we delve into Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major D.485. Transport yourself to the romantic era as Schubert’s luminous melodies and rich harmonies take you on a soul-stirring journey. With each movement, this symphony conjures feelings of joy and exuberance, whisking you away to a realm of pure musical enchantment.

Our esteemed soloist, Michael Barrett, is an unparalleled talent whose musical pedigree traces back to the legendary Leonard Bernstein. As a champion of new music and a seasoned conductor and pianist, Michael’s interpretations breathe fresh life into the classical repertoire. His passion for education and collaboration with Jamie Bernstein has enriched musical programs around the world, making him a celebrated figure in the realm of symphonic and operatic arts.

This concert is a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of Vienna and the brilliance of Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert. Their timeless compositions have enchanted audiences for centuries, and we are honored to present them in all their glory. Join us for a night of exuberant melodies, evocative harmonies, and exceptional artistry, as we pay homage to the grand traditions of Vienna’s Musikverein.

Secure your seats now and become a part of this extraordinary musical journey. Don’t miss the chance to witness Michael Barrett’s brilliance alongside the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra in an unforgettable evening of music that transcends time and place.

As always, please feel welcome to join us for an engaging pre-concert talk with Maestro Libor Ondras at 6:00 PM, and/or post-concert for our reception featuring sweets from local bakeries. Michael Barrett will be in attendance to meet and speak with patrons as well.


Sat, November 4, 2023
7:00 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.