Lakeland News Posting

Tchaikovsky’s Little Russian symphony and a young artist competition winner grace the stage in Lakeland Civic Orchestra concert

Posted: April 14, 2017 | Updated: April 28, 2017

The Lakeland Civic Orchestra will present “Tchaikovsky’s Second,” their final concert of the 2016-2017 season Sunday, April 30, at 4 p.m. in Lakeland’s Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center in D-Building 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 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17, known as the “Little Russian” symphony. The work, composed in 1872, weaves Ukrainian folk songs into the structure of a symphony, creating a movement that was different and more joyful than most German symphonies. The orchestra will also perform selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37, highlighting pianist Peter Lu.

Peizhe (Peter) Lu is the senior division winner of the 2016-2017 Lakeland Young Artists Concerto Competition, an event that has been recognizing excellence in youth performers for over 20 years. Lu studies under Derek Nishimura at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has won many awards in piano competition locally and in China. Lu is a sophomore at Solon High School.

The Lakeland Civic Orchestra is directed by Dr. Matthew Saunders, who is a professor of music and chair of the music department at Lakeland Community College. Saunders is in his fifth season as director of the Lakeland Civic Orchestra, and 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.

Related Links:

  • Arts at Lakeland
  • By: Jeri Pilarczyk

    Media Contact:
    Kerry Jonke