Concerts & Events

The Violet Viola Concerto

Season opening concert presenting the World premiere of a newly commissioned work by composer, David Lockington entitled, The Violet Viola Concerto. This piece was written for the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Music Director and violist, Libor Ondras, and was inspired by the birth of Lockington’s granddaughter, Violet. ll Señor Bruschino Overture by Gioachino Rossini and Variaciones Concertantes by Alberto Ginastera will also be on the program. This performance will be at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts. Pre-Concert talk by Music Director Libor Ondras and composer, David Lockington at a special time- 5:45 PM
Reserved Seating: $50, $35, $25
Ages 18 and under are FREE.
Veterans call 231.487.0010 for special pricing.


Sat, September 21, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
$25 – $50


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.