2007-2008 Season


October 13, 2007 – Showcase!
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Lawrence Arts Center

Thank you to all who attended this season opening concert, featuring music by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Elgar, and Dag Wiren.

December 23, 2007 – Home for the Holidays
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Lawrence Arts Center

Our annual benefit concert featured members of Allégresse: Annie Gnojek on flute and Ellen Bottorff at the piano, performing Poulenc’s Sonata for Flute and Piano and Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute and Piano.

Boccherini’s Duet in C Major for Two Cellos featured Jesse Henkensiefken and Sibora Miloradovich, who also played three cello duets arranged by Ed Laut, University of Kansas cello professor (based on works by Gounod, Saint-Saens, and Tchaikovsky).

Vince Gnojek, professor of saxophone at KU, performed works by Amy Quate (Light of Sothis) and John Williams (Escapades). Holly Beneventi Page accompanied him on piano.

The concert concluded with Liszt’s Reminiscences de Robert le Diable: Valse infernale performed by Steven Spooner of the KU piano faculty.

February 2, 2008 – Baroque by Candlelight
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church in Lawrence

Soft candlelight in beautiful Trinity Lutheran Church provided the romantic setting for the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra’s tenth anniversary celebration of Baroque by Candlelight. Music Director Steven McDonald continued a performance practice of the time by playing continuo and conducting from the harpsichord. The orchestra performed two works by Handel, the Overture to Judas Maccabaeus and the Concerto Grosso in D Major, that featured LCO’s Concertmaster, Chris Harnden, violinist Eric Williams, and cellist Sibora Miloradovic. The orchestra was joined by Eric Stomberg, University of Kansas Associate Professor of Bassoon, in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Bassoon in A Minor, and by Peter Chun, University of Kansas Associate Professor of Viola, in Telemann’s Concerto for Viola in G Major. Following the well-attended concert, LCO Friends and musicians enjoyed the traditional sumptuous wine and dessert reception held in Trinity Lutheran’s Fellowship Hall.

April 20, 2008 – Young Artists Winners Concert
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Lawrence Arts Center

Talent and artistry filled the Lawrence Arts Center stage as Steven McDonald conducted the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra’s annual Young Artists Concert. The program opened with Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 6 in E-flat Major, followed by the runner-up winner of the Stephen Paul Wunsch Young Artists Competition, Ji-Yeon Lee, who performed Beethoven’s Romance for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 50. The overall winner of the competition, Stephanie Jian, concluded the afternoon concert with the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major. Friends of the LCO provided a post-concert reception in the atrium lobby of the Lawrence Arts Center, giving audience members an opportunity to visit with the young artists and the LCO musicians.