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Lakeland Civic Orchestra highlights mysteries in classical music concert

Posted: October 31, 2022

The Lakeland Civic Orchestra will present their first concert of the 2022-2023 season with “Mysteries and Enigmas” Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, at 4 p.m. in the Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center. The center is located on the first floor of the D-Building on the campus of Lakeland Community College.

Concert tickets are available at the box office or online at Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and veterans and $2 for students. Online purchasers should bring their order confirmation to show at the door.

Dr. Matthew C. Saunders will lead the 55-member orchestra in performances of Emma Lou Diemer’s “Festival Overture,” Sir Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23.

Emma Lou Diemer is an American composer native to Kansas City, Missouri, but currently residing in Santa Barbara, California, where she founded the electronic and computer music program at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her style in “Festival Overture” is energetic and appealing, as befits its origins during her work as composer-in-residence for the Arlington, Virginia schools.

Sir Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” provide a set of portraits of the friends and family of the composer, at times touching, poignant and humorous. The ninth variation, “Nimrod” is the best-known of the set, and appears at solemn and patriotic occasions in Great Britain, as well as in film and television scores.

The soloist for the Mozart piece will be 12-year-old Uniontown resident Saya Uejima, winner of the 2022 Lakeland Civic Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition. Uejima is a student of Dr. Mayumi Kikuchi of the music faculty of the University of Akron and has received first prizes in competitions in the United States and Japan.


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.


Lakeland Community College provides community members the opportunity to express and advance their talents by performing in five music groups: the Lakeland Civic Band, the Lakeland Civic Chorus, the Lakeland Civic Flute Choir, 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 atthe I-90 East/ Route 306 exit. Free parking is available.

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