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Orchestra celebrates important firsts - including Beethoven’s and a piano concerto premier

Posted: October 29, 2019

The Lakeland Civic Orchestra will present their first concert of the 2019-2020 season with “Beethoven’s First” Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, at 4 p.m. in the Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center in the D-Building on the college’s campus at 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, 44094.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $2 for students. Tickets are available at the door, by calling the Lakeland Box Office at 440.525.7134 or online by visiting

Dr. Matthew C. Saunders will lead the 55-member orchestra in performances of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, the Ohio premiere of Daniel Perttu’s piano concerto “Elvendream,” and Cécile Chaminade’s Callirhoë Suite, Op. 37.

Piano soloist in “Elvendream” will be Tammy Miller, a faculty member at the Omaha Conservatory of Music, and the work’s dedicatee. Composer Daniel Perttu is a Brecksville, Ohio, native and is professor of music at Westminster College in Pennsylvania. This is the second Perttu work performed by the Lakeland Civic Orchestra, which commissioned his overture “To Spring” in 2015.

Cecille Chaminade, best known for her flute and piano music, was a prolific composer in the 19th century, but Callirhoë represents her only ballet music. Filled with tuneful melody and dramatic orchestral color, it is a treat for the ears.

Beethoven’s First Symphony, composed in 1800, represents the composer’s mastery of the Classical-era tradition of orchestral writing in the model of Mozart and Haydn. At the same time, Beethoven’s unique sense of rhythm and pacing are evident in this beginning to his cycle of nine epoch-making symphonies, and even as a first effort in the medium, it shows indications of the greatness that would follow.

About the orchestra

The Lakeland Civic Orchestra performs four concerts annually, and rehearses Monday evenings on Lakeland’s Main Campus from August through May. Orchestra members come from many different backgrounds, from passionate amateurs to professional musicians seeking additional performance opportunities, and from ages 14 to 80. Lakeland students may earn one college credit per semester for their participation.

About the civic music programs

Lakeland Community College provides community members the opportunity to express and advance their talents by performing in four music groups: the Lakeland Civic Band, the Lakeland Civic Chorus, the Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra and the Lakeland Civic Orchestra.Additionally, the college offers talented high school students Jazz Impact, an all-star high school music group.

For more information about the civic music groups and auditions, contact Jeri Lynn Pilarczyk in the Arts and Sciences Division at 440.525.7261 or email

Lakeland Community College is located at the I-90 East/ Route 306 exit. Free parking is available.

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