Violinist Eric Lawson and guitarist Jeffrey Anvinson will present a recital at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Petoskey. Tickets are not required; donations appreciated.
The program will include classical works by Carulli and Paganini, a sonata by Brazilian composer Ernst Mahle, the "History of the Tango" by Astor Piazzolla, as well as original works by Anvinson and Lawson.
Anvinson has been active as a performer, educator, arranger, conductor, music technologist, writer, composer and business owner for more than 30 years. He has performed classical, jazz, rock, pop, country, bluegrass, reggae, blues, music theater and sacred music in hundreds of gigs with orchestras, wind ensembles, choirs, bands and other musicians in the United States, China and Canada. He grew up in rural Minnesota and studied music at several universities, including the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and Montana State University, eventually earning two degrees. He teaches guitar and piano at Arioso Music Academy in Grand Forks, N.D., and works as a freelance musician.
Violinist, violist and conductor, Lawson has had a varied career spanning four continents. A returning native of Michigan, he was most recently based in North Dakota where, in addition to serving as a violin instructor at Bismarck State College, Jamestown College, and the University of Mary, he established the Bismarck-Mandan Youth Symphony. Former academic appointments have included Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Central College in Pella, Iowa and the University of North Dakota where he founded the string program and the UND Chamber Orchestra. Lawson holds degrees from Michigan State University, Louisiana State University and the University of Minnesota where he received his doctorate. As a violinist, he has long been involved with orchestras, recently serving as concertmaster of the Bismarck-Mandan and Greater Grand Forks symphony orchestras. In the past, he has been concertmaster of the Keweenaw Symphony in Houghton, Mich., as well as a member of the Des Moines, Baton Rouge, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo and Lansing symphony orchestras. International projects as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor and teacher have taken Lawson to Austria, Brazil, China, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Romania and Sweden.
Lawson currently serves as concertmaster of the Alpena Symphony Orchestra as well as a member of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and collaborates frequently with area musicians in chamber music recitals. In partnership with First Congregational Church in Alpena he has also started a string school which, in addition to lessons, will be offering performance and technique classes open to all area musicians.