Concerts & Events

From Vienna With Love

Unleash the Magic of Vienna: Join us for ‘From Vienna with Love’ on July 20th!

Prost! Raise your glasses high and join the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra (GLCO) for a night of pure enchantment at our Strauss-fest in July! Get ready to waltz into a summer night filled with your favorite tunes, including the captivating Blue Danube Waltz and the exhilarating overture to Die Fledermaus. Brace yourself for an unforgettable evening as our extraordinary opera divas, Amy Cross and Jamie Platte, mesmerize you with their brilliant voices and radiant presence.

But that’s just the beginning! GLCO’s unique take on the Viennese Opera Ball goes beyond the music—it celebrates the cultural and economic bonds between Austria and America. It’s a night that seamlessly connects two continents and two centuries, bringing them together in a single, glamorous extravaganza. As the melodies fill the air, we invite you to immerse yourself in the grandeur of Vienna.

Prepare to be captivated as our renowned orchestra, led by Maestro Libor Ondras, sweeps you off your feet with waltzes, polkas, and quadrilles by Strauss, Lehar, Delibes, and more. Every note is infused with the spirit of Vienna, transporting you to a world of elegance and joy.

Secure your tickets now and be part of an experience that promises to be the highlight of your summer. Don’t miss the chance to bask in the opulence and grace of Vienna, as we unite two continents through music and celebrate the enduring relationship between Austria and America.

To purchase your tickets, click here or call our office at (231) 487-0010.

We can’t wait to share this extraordinary experience with you!


Thu, July 20, 2023
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.