LCO Mission Statement

Our Mission

The Lawrence Community Orchestra provides a dynamic experience where people of diverse backgrounds celebrate and appreciate music together, encouraging pride in their community.

 Our Vision

 The Lawrence Community Orchestra will be a catalyst in elevating the artistic and cultural scene in Lawrence.   


Win LCO-Inspired Art

October 18th, 2019

Win a one-of-a-kind piece of art by local artist Janet Lynn Zuk. Sign up to be entered at any concert this season or by emailing Must be present at the April concert reception to win. One registration per person.

Five Questions with LCO Co-Music Director Matt Smith

August 26th, 2018

What do you remember about the first time you conducted a performance?

My first conducting experience was as the student director in high school; I had the conducting bug since I was a freshman. I didn’t want to be the drum major, but I conducted some pep band the big “break” was conducting our spring musical, “A Chorus Line.” Since it was a musical, we had multiple performances. But more of the memories involve the preparation and collaboration involved, in addition to the performances. That’s one of the great things about conducting – it requires people! The next formal conducting opportunities came as a student teacher after having conducting courses in college.

Do you have a favorite/lucky baton?

I have a handful of batons, but have almost always used one in particular since it was made for me about 20 years ago at a conducting workshop. There are some excellent baton makers out there, and hand-crafted batons can run anywhere from $30 to hundreds of dollars.

Who’s your favorite conductor and why?

The work of Carlos Kleiber has almost a cult following among many conductors, and I also enjoy watching videos of Leonard Bernstein and Gustavo Dudamel. While some may differ on Bernstein’s interpretations, these three conductors really draw out the energy in the music.

How would you describe your conducting style?
Interesting, I’ve never considered this question. I’d like to think that I attempt to set the atmosphere through gesture, and it’s a humbling art.

What’s been your favorite LCO conducting experience?
It’s hard to pick just one, so I’ll give three. Beethoven #5 (our first concert in our new community orchestra format), Dvorak #9 “From the New World” (overcoming some musical challenges as an ensemble in a short amount of time), and our most recent Elgar “Enigma Variations.” It’s amazing to share in the growth of the orchestra, and we can all be proud of the LCO and what is has become, and continue in its skyrocketing direction as an ensemble.

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Planets Near and Far
with the Lawrence Youth Symphony
Featuring Gustav Holst’s The Planets
Sunday, November 17, 3 p.m.
Lawrence High School Auditorium

LCO Tickets

Holiday Soiree
Sunday, December 15, 1:30 p.m.
at the historic Old West Lawrence home of Peter & Rosalea Carttar
Seating is limited for this exclusive event and tickets are only available on the LCO website. You will receive the event address after you purchase your ticket.

LCO Tickets

Silent Comedy Stars
Saturday, February 8, 7 p.m.
Liberty Hall

Cosmic Classics
Sunday, April 19, 3 p.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church
Reception to follow concert