Orchestra to woo audience with desserts, baroque music, candles

Sunday, February 9, 2003

For the past four years, the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra has played elegant baroque music by the light of candles on an evening near Valentine's Day.

Cupid's arrow -- OK, maybe it was just time and patience -- have finally intervened. This year's concert falls on Valentine's Day.

The fifth annual Baroque by Candlelight will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vt.

"It's a beautiful ambiance with the stained glass and the wood and the stone," said violinist Eric Williams, who will conduct the concert. "In addition to that, we put out about 10 dozen candles throughout the sanctuary, so you have this glow that suffuses the entire space in the sanctuary.

"The ambiance is quite magical."

Proceeds from the romantic evening benefit the orchestra. The concert has been one of the group's best fund-raisers, Williams said.

Part of the concert's draw -- apart from it being an original destination for a Valentine's Day date, family outing or group of friends -- is what happens when the musicians aren't playing.

At intermission, a smorgasbord of desserts will be offered up in the Fellowship Hall. The treats are donated by area restaurants and baked by members of the orchestra and its board.

"The best way I can describe them is just purely decadent," Williams said. "There's an incredible variety."

Wine, coffee and tea will be available to wash down the sweets.

What: Lawrence Chamber Orchestra's fifth annual Baroque by Candlelight concert.When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vt.Cost: $20 at the door or two-for-$35 in advance. Advance tickets are available by calling 842-8014.

The concert will feature 19 musicians playing baroque music on oboe, bassoon, trumpet, harpsichord and strings.

Among the works on the program are "The Triumph of Love" by J.B. Lully; a Theater Overture by Johann Kusser; "Passacaglia" by Handel, a piece often performed at weddings; an excerpt from Bach's "Wedding Cantata;" and "Delirium Amoris" by Georg Muffat.

The evening typically lasts about two hours.

Tickets are $20 at the door or two-for-$35 in advance. Call Sidney Roedel at 842-8014 for advance tickets.