GLCO Concert Schedule Adjustments – COVID-19 update

While this was a difficult decision to make, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra cares deeply for the health and safety of its musicians, staff and patrons. To help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), GLCO has made the following adjustments to its spring concert schedule:
  • May 3 Sunday Series rescheduled April 2021
  • June 7 Take to the Sky, Cancelled
  • June 28 Sunday Series rescheduled 2020-2021 season
  • July 21 Beethoven 9, Cancelled
  • August 13 Summer Runout Concert at Lavender Hill, Cancelled
  • August 16 Summer Runout Concert at Mackinac Island, Cancelled 
Please be advised if you already purchased tickets for the June 7th, Take to the Sky or the July 21st, Beethoven 9 concert you can:
    • Donate your tickets to the GLCO and receive a tax receipt.
    • Exchange your tickets for a future concert.
    • Receive a Voucher for a gift certificate to be used at any time.
    • Refund your tickets for the full amount.
Thank you for your understanding and support in this unprecedented time. We appreciate all of you and encourage you to stay safe and healthy. We will continue to be in touch as further developments arise.
Thank you for your support for the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

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.