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Dreams of Faraway Lands

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

Join us for an exciting musical journey inspired by the cultures of faraway lands. Musical portraits by celebrated composers will transport you to the distant regions of the Middle East, Asia,

Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana & Saint-Säens Organ Symphony

John M. Hall Auditorium, Bay View

This concert is a true community masterpiece presenting 120 local artists spanning 4 generations! The performance includes two masterworks and audience favorites, Carmina Burana by Carl Orff and Organ Symphony by Saint Saens. Featured

Ravel’s Tzigane | Gypsy Violin

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

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

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.