Upcoming Concert

Treat your mom and the other important women in your life to the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra’s concert on Sunday, May 13th at 4:00pm as we celebrate Mother’s Day with Sisters Unite, a celebration of music by women, for everyone.  This program features two world premiers by women composers, American Kim Diehnelt and Indonesian composer Marisa Sharon Hartanto.


Diehnelt – Striadica: A Symphonic Passage – World Premiere

Hartanto – Ngasirah (Ibunda Kartini) – World Premiere

Shostakovitch – Piano Concerto #2 – Airin Efferin, soloist

Smyth – Serenade in D Major

Concert-goers will have a special opportunity to hear the composers tell about their challenges and successes, and attend a special champagne reception following the performance! This truly unique concert is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day this year.

Composer and conductor Kim Diehnelt studied in both the United States and Europe, leading Baltic, Russian, and European ensembles.   Her piece, Striadica: A Symphonic Passage, is an emotional orchestral journey of both strength and beauty.

Marisa Sharon Hartanto won a national postgraduate composer competition in 2012, held by the BBC Concert Orchestra.  Ngasirah (Ibunda Kartini) tells the story of Indonesian hero Kartini’s mother and her loving yet complicated relationship with her daughter who, because of her noble status, had to refer to her as “maid”.

The program will also include Ethel Smyth’s Serenade in D and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Airin Efferin.

About Us

The Lake Forest Civic Orchestra, a 501(c)3 charitable institution, is proud of its 27-year history of bringing professional and accomplished amateur musicians together to perform beloved classical works. Our current roster includes over 40 players from Lake County and beyond. The 2017-2018 concert season marks the third year with Robert Nordling as music director. The LFCO performs four regular concerts each season. All concerts in 2017-2018 will be held in Lake Forest at Gorton Center’s John & Nancy Hughes Theater.