2008-2009 Season

Faith Meets Philosophy
Sunday, October 12, 2008, 2:00 p.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church
925 Vermont Street

In our first concert, Music Director Steven McDonald discussed the musical meeting of “faith” and “philosophy.” Margaret Marco joined the orchestra in Mozart’s affecting Adagio for English Horn and Strings, an instrumental work that shares melodic kinship with his sacred motet, the “Ave Verum Corpus.” Haydn’s thoughtful and vigorous Symphony No. 22 (nicknamed “The Philosopher” for its broad and contemplative opening movement) followed. The concert closed with the mighty Organ Concerto in F of Josef Rheinberger. Soloist Michael Bauer’s performance displayed the enormous range of sound and mood to be found in the “King of Instruments.”

Home for the Holidays
Sunday, December 21, 2008, 2:00 p.m.
Lawrence Free Methodist Church
3001 Lawrence Avenue
Lawrence, Kansas

Soft lights and poinsettias graced the sanctuary of the Lawrence Free Methodist Church for the fifth annual concert benefiting the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra.

The program featured these renowned Lawrence area artists:

  • Steven Spooner, University of Kansas piano professor, performed two of his original compositions: Etude-Impromptu (for Keith Jarrett) and Etude-Toccata (a la Argerich).
  • Annie Gnojek, flute, and Ellen Bottorff, piano, presented two works by Franz Doppler (Nocturne, Op. 17, and Mazurka, Op. 16), and Saint-Saens’ Romance for Flute and Piano, Op. 37.
  • Marimbist Linda Maxey performed her arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for marimba and piano, with Holly Beneventi Page.

The program also began a new tradition by featuring Demi Renault, soprano, last year’s vocal division winner of the LCO’s Stephen Paul Wunsch Young Artists Competition. Accompanied by Vanessa Thomas, Demi sang Gesu Bambino, Si Mes Vers Avaient des Ailes, and When I Bring to You Coloured Toys.

Baroque by Candlelight
Saturday, February 21, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church
1245 New Hampshire Street
Lawrence, Kansas

Boyce — Symphony No. 8 in D Minor
Handel — Harp Concerto, Opus 4 No. 6
C.P.E. Bach — Sinfonia in B-flat Major, W.182 No. 2
A. Scarlatti — Cantata, “Su le sponde del Tebro”

Guest artists:
Tabitha Reist Steiner, harp
Jodi Frisbie, soprano
Keith Benjamin, trumpet

A most anticipated concert of the LCO season, this year’s “Baroque by Candlelight” featured works by C.P.E. Bach and William Boyce, and gave an appreciative audience the opportunity to hear two works seldom heard live, namely Handel’s elegant Harp Concerto, and the virtuoso cantata “Su le sponde del Tebro” by Alessandro Scarlatti, who was Handel’s Italian mentor. The gifted harpist Tabitha Reist Steiner joined the LCO as soloist for the concerto. Two other superb soloists were featured in the cantata‚ÄîBethany College voice professor Jodi Frisbie, soprano, and University of Missouri‚ÄîKansas City trumpet professor Keith Benjamin.

Spring Finale
Sunday, April 26, 2009, 2:00 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church
1245 New Hampshire Street
Lawrence, Kansas

W.A. Mozart – Divertimento in F, K. 138
Warlock – Capriol Suite
Elgar – Elegy for Strings, Opus 58
C.P.E. Bach – Concerto in D Minor for Flute and Orchestra

Our final concert of the 2008-2009 season showcased outstanding young talent from Douglas County. JoAnn Doll, a Lawrence High School senior, was named the winner of the winds, brass, and percussion division, and she was also selected as the overall competition winner of the LCO’s 2009 Stephen Paul Wunsch Young Artists Competition. She joined the orchestra in performing the Allegro movement of C.P.E. Bach’s Concerto in D Minor for Flute and Orchestra. JoAnn is the daughter of Vickie and Dave Doll, and she is a student of Annie Gnojek.

The orchestra also performed W. A. Mozart’s Divertimento in F and two British works for string orchestra, the nostalgic and popular Capriol Suite of Peter Warlock, and Sir Edward Elgar’s moving Elegy, Opus 58.