MOORESVILLE – The Lake Norman Orchestra traveled to Washington, D.C. to give a performance May 24 as part of the National Memorial Day Concert Series, a Musical Celebration of Peace.
The group played at the Air Force Memorial along with other school and community bands, orchestras and choirs.
Their performance included Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” and Meyer’s “An American Rhapsody.
The orchestra also accompanied Garrett MacIntyre, a third-grader at Community School of Davidson who sang, “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Started in 2002, Lake Norman Orchestra is made up of musicians who love fine music.
With around 70 members, the group plays several times a year around the area, performing a large range of pieces from Mozart’s Adagio K580a,” and an “English Folk Song Suite,” to Broadway show tunes and big band songs.
You might see them filling the air with music at Daveste´ Vineyards or entertaining an audience with Christmas music at its annual program at the Charles Mack Citizen Center.
Maestro Eduardo Cedeño conducts the orchestra. He has collaborated with several organization including the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, UNCC Opera and Carolina Voices.
“We are always looking for new members and we don’t have tryouts,” Cedeño said. “If the music is over a prospective member’s head, they will self-eliminate and most people deliver only 20 percent of their capabilities when auditioning.”
President Deborah Wyatt is a musician in her own right.
Wyatt plays clarinet for the orchestra, as well as tenor sax and organ. She has composed Mass settings for the Catholic Church.
Wyatt is always looking for new venues and wants to bring the orchestra to the forefront of the community. She said the group is planning a big trip in 2020 to Oberammergau, Germany and is already raising money.
“Music is stimulating to all your senses,” Wyatt said. “We want to build a better place (with the orchestra) to help one’s inner spirit come alive.”
She and Cedeño encourage anyone who has a love of music to dust off that instrument hiding in the hall closet and join the group.
Want to join? The Lake Norman Orchestra practices 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at Peninsula Baptist Church, 687 Brawley School Road. Details: 317 289-4984.