LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Those looking for fine entertainment and relaxation away from the cold should look no further than a local church on W. Fifth Street in Downtown London.
The London Community Orchestra (LCO) will be playing their annual Spring Concert at First Baptist Church of London on Saturday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will feature a wide variety of scores and orchestration to help wring in the new season.
The program - made up of light classics and original works - is set to include “Finlandia,” a symphonic poem written by Jean Sibelius; “Sevilla,” an original suite that attempts to represent the various regions of Spain through musical style; and “Procession of the Sardar,” from Caucasian Sketches by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov.
Harpist Carolyn Dupont is also set to be featured on “Aria in Classic Style” by French-born American composer Marcel Grandjany.
The Spring Concert will be the first performance for the LCO since their annual Christmas Concert on Dec. 7 and the first in 2014. The orchestra - who averages about four concerts a year - also has concerts planned for mid and late summer.
The London Community Orchestra is made up of approximately 40 amateur, student and professional musicians who vary from youths to retirees in age. The Southeastern and Central Kentuckians have been performing, educating and entertaining by way of classical music in Laurel County since 1998.
“The orchestra always puts on a great, fun, entertaining show and some great concerts,” said Minister of Music Jerry Wright. “We’ve been at it since 1998. It’s become a pretty sizeable part of our community.”
For musical director Jack Walker of London, the concert stands as the great result of hard work and rehearsal.
“We’ve had three rehearsals so far. We have one more on Thursday (March 6) and two more the week of the concert,” Walker said. “I like the end result of making music - playing music the audience enjoys.”
First Baptist Church of London is located at 804 W. Fifth Street. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets will be available at the door the day of the event.
For more information about the London Community Orchestra as well as its featured musicians, visit the organization’s website at www.lcoky.org or www.lcoky.com.