Civic Orchestra

 
          

 

Civic Orchestra
2015-16 Season

Robert Beckstrom, Music Director 


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 30th season as Civic Orchestra Music Director, Dr. Robert Beckstrom has chosen a wide variety of works spanning more than two and one-half centuries. Ranging from the very famous and popular Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart  to the lesser-known (but endearing) Symphony #1 by Stravinsky.  Soloists range from saxophonist Harry Bulow performing his own concerto to violinist Andrew Sords performing the Beethoven concerto.  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.


Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 7:30pm
Civic Orchestra Concert
Rossini, La Gazza Ladra Overture
Bulow, Alto Saxophone Concerto
Harry Bulow, Soloist
Stravinsky, Symphony #1 in E-flat
Hoke Theatre


Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Civic Orchestra Concert
Prokofiev, Overture on Jewish Themes, Op. 34
Beethoven, Concerto for Violin in D, Op. 61
Andrew Sords, Soloist
Brahms, Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 65a
Hoke Theatre


Friday, February 19 & Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Civic Orchestra Concert
Rayer, Fanfare & Prelude on a Stravinsky Theme
Mozart, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade in G) K. 525
Dvořák, Serenade in E, Op. 22
Stravinsky, Octet
Copland, Appalachian Spring
Cirigliano Studio Theatre

Please note that this concert is taking place in the Cirigliano Studio Theatre.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Civic Orchestra Concert
Schubert, Symphony #1
Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade, Op. 35
Hoke Theatre


GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE CIVIC ORCHESTRA

Robert Beckstrom, Director

Robert Beckstrom lived his youth in Cleveland Heights until his family moved to California. He received a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D in Music Composition at UCLA; studying saxophone with Grammy Award nominee, Gary Gray, composition primarily with Henri Lazarof, and conducting with Dr. James Westbrook, whom he assisted for four years. Dr. Beckstrom came to LCCC in 1986 to assume directorship of the Civic Orchestra and to teach Music Theory and Literature at LCCC. He is now Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities.

He has remained an active composer with works for orchestra and other media. In 2003, he wrote the script and music for a musical, Bud’s Chiller–A Christmas Tale, which was performed at Church of the Open Door. Job, an opera taken from the Old Testament text, was premièred on the Hoke Theatre stage in fall, 2012.

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.


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