The Civic Orchestra is comprised of professional, amateur and student musicians from Lorain County and neighboring communities. Over the years, under the direction of Dr. Robert Beckstrom, the orchestra has developed a reputation for encompassing a wide range of musical styles from Purcell to Lutoslawski, while celebrating the great monuments of western music culture.
Musical Director Robert Beckstrom has developed a season that will explore the wide range of orchestral music. Every concert will have something familiar, and something unfamiliar. Each concert will feature a wonderful soloist. Circle each of these dates on your calendars!
The 2013-2014 Civic Orchestra Season
Robert Beckstrom, Director
Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Chausson, Poeme, Op. 25, featuring Andréa Belding solo violinist
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Sinfonietta on Russian Themes, Op. 31
Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 4 in Em, Op.98
$8 adults; $7 LCCC students with valid ID, children 12 and under, faculty, staff & seniors 65+
Sorry you missed these great concerts:
Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Johann Sebastian Bach, Suite No. 3 in D (BWV 1068)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Exultate Jubilate K. 165/158a
Taryn Moore, soprano soloist
Franz Joseph Haydn, Symphony No. 48 in C “Maria Theresa”
Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm
William Rayer, Chaos Dreams, World Première Performance
Claude Debussy, Primiere Rhapsodie for Clarinet & Orchestra
Abigail Freeman, clarinet soloist
Igor Stravinski, Firebird Suite
Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm - Nicholas Penfound, Guest Conductor
Gabriel Fauré, Pelleas et Melisande Suite, Op. 80
Antonin Dvořák, Symphony No. 9 in Em, Op. 95 “From the New World”
Tickets per concert: $8/Adults; $7/LCCC Students, Staff & Seniors 65+; $6/Groups of 15 or more.
For more information and/or to purchase tickets, come to the Stocker Arts Center Box Office, which is open weekdays from 12 noon to 6:00pm, call (440) 366-4040 or (800) 995-5222 ext. 4040 during those hours, or click on the "Buy Stocker Event Tickets" icon above.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE CIVIC ORCHESTRA
Robert Beckstrom, Director
A composer and conductor, Dr. Beckstrom has a BA, MA, and PhD in music Composition from UCLA, where he also studied saxophone under Grammy Award nominee, Gary Gray. He has been the Civic Orchestra's director since 1986 when he joined the music faculty at LCCC. In 1989 he was appointed Director (now with the new title of Dean) of the Division of Arts & Humanities. He composed Flute Concerto and An Archaic Symphony for Civic Orchestra performances. He also has composed a musical Bud's Chiller, which was performed at Church of the Open Door.
The Civic Orchestra is comprised of professional, amateur and student musicians from Lorain County and neighboring communities. Over the years, the orchestra has developed a reputation for encompassing a wide range of musical styles from Purcell to Lutoslawski, while celebrating the great monuments of western music culture. College credit is available upon request or members may perform as an activity with no fees required. The Civic Orchestra rehearses on Tuesday evenings and prepares four concerts during the academic year in the Hoke Theatre of Stocker Arts Center.