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Cellist Chaitkin to share talents at LPO Saturday

Cellist Nathaniel Chaitkin will bring his talents to Lawton this week through a concert with the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Chaitkin is a seasoned musician from Cincinnati who has played around the country. Chaitkin has even played in the White House, serving as a member of the President's Own U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra in the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

These days he is a member of the Cincinnati Orchestra and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio, when he is not traveling the nation with his Bach and Boombox program.

Bach and Boombox

Bach and Boombox is billed as an innovative, fun concert program that combines live performance with audience participation and Chaitkin's personal stories from his years inside the music world.

The Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, in partnership with Chaitkin, will bring that unique blend of music and storytelling to five area schools: Central Middle School, St. Mary's Catholic School, Cleveland Elementary School, Elgin Middle School and Tomlinson Middle School. The program is set to reach over 2,000 students.

During each program Chaitkin will perform cello pieces from Bach with the help of recordings on his boombox from Glenn Miller to Macklemore. He will also encourage students to participate by suggesting some of their favorite songs to be played.

Cheery Cello

In addition to Bach and Boombox, Chaitkin will be featured in a concert at McMahon Memorial Auditorium in conjunction with the LPO.

The concert, "Cheery Cello," will be conducted by Maestro Jon Kalbfleisch, who has served 10 years as the orchestra's conductor and music director. 

Chaitkin will play the Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major, which has an interesting history, according to Kalbfleisch.

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