Lawrence Community Orchestra records
This collection of records from the Lawrence Community Orchestra (LCO) of Lawrence, Kansas, contains documents from the orchestra's history including programs, news articles and publicity, correspondence, documents from the board of directors, newsletters, brochures and recordings. The orchestra was formerly named the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra and was originally the Lawrence Chamber Players.
- Creation: 1972 - 2022
- Lawrence Chamber Orchestra (Lawrence, Kan.) (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Audio visual materials located at RH Cassette Tape 57 and KC AV 16 are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.
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History of the Lawrence Community Orchestra (LCO)
The Lawrence Community Orchestra, formerly the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, is a professional quality community-based ensemble that was originally known as the Lawrence Chamber Players. They have been performing for Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas citizens and the surrounding area since 1972, specializing in baroque and other forms of classical music.
LCO can trace its roots to Jessie Branson, whose husband Dr. Vernon Branson, built a harpsichord for her after they were inspired by a chamber music concert they attended in 1970 at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, England. The group gave its first public performance on April 30, 1972.
LCO's mission is to serve the local community, educate young people, and tour the state of Kansas, providing superb musical programs and sharing music appreciation through dynamic experiences for a diverse audience. The orchestra has been funded by the Kansas Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, local sponsors, grants, ticket sales, and individual contributions.
10 Linear Feet (12 boxes + 3 oversize boxes, 3 oversize folders, 44 audio cassettes, 1 VHS tape, 2 CDs)
Language of Materials
RH MS 574
RH MS 591
RH MS 1036
RH MS 1269
RH MS 1519
RH MS Q262, RH MS Q273
RH MS R92, RH MS R108, RH MS R231
RH Cassette Tape 57
KC AV 16
A/V items at Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gifts, Bunker Clark, 2002; Barbara Wunsch, 2003; Jessie Branson, May 2004, 2007; George Worth, 2005; Annette Lundsgaarde, 2009; Alison Watkins, 2022.
Some materials formerly located at RH MS Q98 and RH MS Q109 have been moved to RH MS Q262.
- Guide to the Lawrence Community Orchestra Collection
- Lawrence Community Orchestra records
- Finding aid prepared by mt, 2007. Finding aid encoded by mt, 2007. Finding aid revised by tw, 2010; mmm, 2017; bnd, 2020; eje 2022.
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- Finding aid written in <language encodinganalog="language">English.</language>
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- Preferred citation
Lawrence Community Orchestra records, RH MS 1036, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas