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.
Entering his 29th season as Civic Orchestra Music Director, Dr. Robert Beckstrom has chosen a wide variety of works spanning more than three and one-half centuries. Ranging from the very famous and popular Symphony No. 5, by Beethoven to the lesser-known (but endearing) Concerto for Two Oboes, by Albinoni; from Henry Purcell who died before 1700 to Harry Bulow who is in the prime of his career; from the boisterous and zany Symphony No. 2, by Charles Ives to the sublime Nocturne, by Antonin Dvo; this season promises to delight and enlighten all who come!
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.
The 2014-2015 Civic Orchestra Season
Robert Beckstrom, Music Director
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 7:30pm
George Frideric Handel, Concerto Grosso, Op.3 No. 4 in F
Witold Lutosławski, Musique funèbre
Antonin Dvořák, Nocturne in Bm, Op. 40
Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni, Concerto for Two Oboes in F, Op. 9 No. 3
Featuring oboe soloists Bruce Biggin & Kim Weaver
Henry Purcell, Incidental Music from Abdelazer Z. 570
Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 7:30pm
Sharing the stage with the
Elyria High School Chamber Strings
Mark Wainwright, Director
Carl Marie von Weber, Turandot Overture & March
Jean Sibelius, Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47
Featuring violin soloist Andreá Belding
Edvard Grieg, Peer Gynt Suites #1 & #2 (OP. 45/55)
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7:30pm
Antonin Dvořák, Slavonic Rhapsody, Op. 45/2 in G minor
Harry Bulow, Alto Saxophone Concerto
Featuring the composer Harry Bulow as soloist
Charles Ives, Symphony #2
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7:30pm
Claudio Monteverdi/Robert Beckstrom, Toccata from L’Orfeo
Béla Bartók, Suite No. 2, Op. 4
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
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.