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Lakeland Civic Orchestra presents Mahler’s romantic orchestral song cycle and showcases young artist

Posted: March 8, 2017

The Lakeland Civic Orchestra will present the third concert of their 2016-2017 season Sunday, March 12, at 4 p.m. in Lakeland’s Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center in Building D of the main campus at 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, 44094.

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

The 50-member Lakeland Civic Orchestra will perform the Northeast Ohio Premiere of “The Ferry Crossing” by Jennifer Jolley, Eduard Lalo’s “Symphonie espagnol” with 11-year-old violinist Elizabeth Huang, Aleksandr Borodin’s “From the Steppes of Central Asia,” and Gustav Mahler’s “Songs of a Wayfarer” with baritone Jose Gotera.

Elizabeth Huang is the junior division winner of the 2016-2017 Lakeland Young Artists Concerto Competition, which has been recognizing excellence in youth performers for over 20 years. Ms. Huang is a sixth-grade student at Woodbury Elementary School in Shaker Heights and is a violin student of Cleveland Orchestra violinist Wei-Fang Gu.

Jose Gotera is a member of the voice faculty at Cleveland State University, and has sung with Cleveland Opera on Tour, the Cleveland Orchestra, Opera Circle, Opera per Tutti and The West Shore Chorale.

Jennifer Jolley is on the music faculty of Ohio Wesleyan University and is the founding director of NANOWorks, an opera company dedicated to new music based in Cincinnati. Her composition "The Ferry Crossing" was commissioned by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and has been performed widely since its premiere in 2015.

The Lakeland Civic Orchestra is directed by Dr. Mattheew Saunders, who is associate professor of music and chair of the music department at Lakeland Community College. He is in his fifth season as director. His original compositions have been performed throughout the United States and internationally.

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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