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Prague’s Treasures

Great Lakes Center for the Arts 800 Bay Harbor Dr., Petoskey

This concert combines works first performed, commissioned by and dedicated to the capital of Bohemia.  Prague is known for its architecture, the Charles Bridge, churches and bell towers, the castle that has been the residence of Bohemian kings for centuries, culture, music, and so much more. We will bring you back to this magical city and let you experience what it was like to hear Mozart’s and Beethoven’s pieces for the first time.

$35 – $65
Recurring

Messiah

Great Lakes Center for the Arts 800 Bay Harbor Dr., Petoskey

Per our decade long tradition, we will celebrate the holiday season with performance of Handel’s masterpiece Messiah. First half of the concert features GLCO choir and soloists in Oratorio de Noel by Camile Saint-Saëns, setting the mood for Christmas story with additional commentaries upon that event. Saint-Saëns’ oratorio is an intimate work blending a number

Recurring

Messiah

Great Lakes Center for the Arts 800 Bay Harbor Dr., Petoskey

Per our decade long tradition, we will celebrate the holiday season with performance of Handel’s masterpiece Messiah. First half of the concert features GLCO choir and soloists in Oratorio de Noel by Camile Saint-Saëns, setting the mood for Christmas story with additional commentaries upon that event. Saint-Saëns’ oratorio is an intimate work blending a number

Terra Nostra

Great Lakes Center for the Arts 800 Bay Harbor Dr., Petoskey

Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate's Spirit Chief Names the Animal People makes direct connection to the history of Native American people and culture in our region, recounting their traditions through melodic narration and dance. Spirit Chief Names the Animal People is the Okanogan Indian story of how Coyote retained his name, given by the Great Spirit Chief.

From Bohemia’s Woods & Groves

John M. Hall Auditorium, Bay View

Barber Violin concerto performed by award winning violin virtuoso Dylana Jenson. Samuel Barber composed his celebrated violin concerto in 1939. The first and second movements are lyrical and melodic, and to these two gorgeous movements Barber adds a finale that is played at breakneck speed, never pauses for breath, utilizes rhythmic complexities and accents that

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.