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The Lawrence Community Orchestra is pleased to present its second season of three concerts.   Our mission is to provide a dynamic experience where people of diverse backgrounds celebrate and appreciate music together, encouraging pride in their community.

We will kick off the season with a shared concert with the Lawrence Youth Symphony. It will take place at Lawrence High School on Sunday, November 8 at 3:00 pm and feature music “From the Old World to the New World.

An Intimate Evening of Chamber Music” will be a great way to start Valentine’s Day weekend. Join us at the Lawrence Arts Center on Friday, February 12 at 7:30 pm with a reception held prior to the concert.

Our Mother’s Day concert concludes the season on Saturday, May 7, 7:30 pm at Free State High School. This concert will feature “Russian Masters” music performed by Steven Spooner, KU Associate Professor of Piano. Steven has gained a global reputation as a pianist of inimitable gifts and innovative programing. He is the winner of top prizes at each of the seven international piano competitions he has entered. What an incredible evening to celebrate with Mom.

With talented Music Directors and orchestra members, ambitious programming and a dedicated and hard-working Board of Directors, the future looks bright for the Lawrence Community Orchestra. We hope you will join us for the journey!

Lee Anne Thompson
President

News


5 Questions with Steven Spooner

April 28th, 2016

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KU Professor Steven Spooner has gained a global reputation as a pianist of inimitable gifts and innovative programing. He is the winner of top prizes at each of the seven international piano competitions he has entered including the Liszt, Hilton Head, Artlivre, and received First Prize and Neikamp Career grant at the Paris Conservatoire. Steven is a Steinway Artist. “Spooner is a pianist in the tradition that many believe died with the likes of Horowitz, Arrau, Bolet, Cziffra, and Wild. His talent, to my ears, is easily the equal of most major pianists of today.” (FANFARE MAGAZINE) 
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From the Music Directors

January 30th, 2016

Our program on February 12, “An Intimate Evening of Chamber Music,” draws from many dynamics.  As we are still relatively young in our re-structured form as a community orchestra, performing a chamber music concert as the interior program of our three concert series this season not only provides the opportunity to feature some of our outstanding musicians, but also demonstrates the diversity in programming that our ensemble is able to present.

We used the concept of nature as a theme for this program.  In addition, we wanted the opportunity to showcase both the string and wind families of our orchestra.  The Trout Quintet and Appalachian Spring were first to enter our plans.  Schubert’s magnificent chamber work is among the most beloved in the chamber repertoire. Appalachian Spring, most familiar in the full orchestra version, is presented here as a continuous suite with its original instrumentation of thirteen musicians.  Our latest addition of Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll was suggested by Dr. Robert Walzel as it was orginally composed for a chamber ensemble as well.

Drawing from our past as the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, this program renews the tradition of a program paired with a wine and cheese reception during the intermission.  As the newly reimagined Lawrence Community Orchestra, we welcome the opportunity to foster an association with the Lawrence Arts Center as our newest performance venue.



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