Archive for March, 2010


Orchid Ensemble from Vancouver appearing at Silver Lake College

March 29, 2010

The 5th and final concert in the Silver Lake College Guest Artist Music Series, the Orchid Ensemble from Vancouver, British Columbia, will appear in the Silver Lake College Chapel, located at 2406 South Alverno Road in Manitowoc, on Sunday, April 11th, at 3:00 PM.   

Established in 1997, The Orchid Ensemble includes 3 musicians: Lan Tung from Taiwan (now in Canada) performs on the erhu, the Chinese violin; Haiqiong Deng of China (now in the US) performs on the Chinese zither, and Jonathan Bernard, a native of British Columbia, Canada, provides a variety of western percussion instruments, principally the marimba, but also the dumbek, glockenspiel, vibraphone, gongs and cymbals, as well as Tibetan and Turkish bells, chimes, and shakers.

Blending ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond, and creating a beautiful new sound that is both inviting and distinct, the Orchid Ensemble performs a variety of musical styles, including traditional and contemporary music of China, World Music, New Music, Jazz, and Creative Improvisation.  Their energetic and intriguing performance style delights audiences of all ages.

Acclaimed as “One of the brightest blossoms on the world music scene” (Georgia Straight), the Orchid Ensemble has been intent on developing an innovative musical genre based on the cultural exchange between Western and Asian musicians.

Tickets may be purchased at the door; Adult Tickets are $12.00 and tickets for Seniors and Students are $8.00.  For more information or for advance tickets, call 920-686-6173.


Junior Voice Recital at Silver Lake College

March 23, 2010

Three Silver Lake College students, Roger Bonde, Thom White, and Mitch Angel, will be presenting their Junior Voice Recital on Friday, March 26, 2010 at 4:00 P.M. in the Daniel Fine Arts Theater, located in the Music Wing of the Silver Lake College Campus.

Roger Bonde began working on his music degree in 1987.  Following an 11 year career at the Kohler Company, Roger received his Associate of Arts Degree in Music from U-W Manitowoc in 2001.  He is now a Junior at Silver Lake College pursing his Bachelor’s Degree in Music.  Roger will perform a variety of musical selections including pieces by G.F. Handel, Franz Schubert, Ralph Vaughn Williams, George Gershwin and others.

Thom White was born in Two Rivers and grew up in Manitowoc.  He received his Associate Degree from the University of Manitowoc Extension in 2007 and is currently pursing a Bachelor of Music Degree with a minor in Theology at Silver Lake College.  At Silver Lake he is a member of the Silver Lake Chorale and composes music for piano in his spare time.

Mitch Angel is a native of California and moved to Manitowoc in 1997.   Following a stint in the United States Army where he played Tuba and Bass Trombone with the 6th United States Army Band, he began playing professionally and played with such greats as Mel Torme, Steve Allen and Terry Gibbs.  Since moving to Manitowoc, Mitch has played with the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble, Lakeshore Big Band and performed with a variety of church choirs and bands in the Lakeshore Area.  Mitch is currently a junior at Silver Lake College pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in voice.


Silver Lake College to Host an Exhibition of Paintings by Wisconsin Artist, Jane Barnard

March 15, 2010

Silver Lake College, 2406 South Alverno Road, Manitowoc, invites the public to attend a guest art exhibit featuring the paintings of Wisconsin artist, Jane Barnard.  The exhibit is located in the Silver Lake College art department and runs from March 26, 2010 through April 19.  Ms. Barnard will present a watercolor demonstration at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 8 followed by a reception from 3:00- 5:00 p.m.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Ms. Barnard is a Stevens Point resident, landscape painter and teacher, a member of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society, Wisconsin Visual Artists, and the Door County Art League. 

She holds an M.A. in English Literature from Marquette University.  She says, “her love of art accelerated in Paris at age 20, when she began her life-long journey through museums, art books, classes, and the joy of mixing with other creative and kindred souls.”

Since then, she has exhibited in juried and non-juried shows both locally and nationally.  In Door County she is a member of the Art League and is represented by the Paint Box Gallery in Ephraim, WI and Earth Art Studio in Sister Bay, WI.  Elsewhere in Wisconsin she is allied with multiple arts organizations and is active in promoting the arts in the community.  She has taught at the Center for Visual Arts in Wausau, and exhibits regularly through the Arts Alliance of Portage County. 

Ms. Barnard’s paintings present a loose, fresh, expressionistic style. Her predominantly plein air landscape paintings use a wet-in-wet, alla prima technique, in the long tradition of “pure” transparent watercolor.  She uses strong color and brushwork, and a somewhat simplified design. Her work is becoming intentionally more abstract; her goal: “less is more.”

Spontaneity is evident in her paintings which are simultaneously bold and reflective. She approaches the natural world with a meditative attitude, reacting at an emotional level to color and shape. Her sketchbooks are filled with drawings and notes and evidence of “practicing her scales,” as it were. She would, “rather dare to push a bold landscape and have it fail than present a technically perfect but timid painting.”

More information about Ms. Barnard’s work can be found at  The exhibit is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday: from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.


Senior Trumpet Recital to be performed by Jennifer Rivera

March 8, 2010

Jennifer Rivera, a student of Instrumental and General Music at Silver Lake College will present her senior recital on trumpet on Friday, March 26, 2010 at 7:30 P.M. in the Silver Lake College Chapel. Sandra Stevens, now retired from SLC, will accompany Jennifer on the piano.

 During the past two semesters, Jennifer has been preparing her recital under the direction of both Ted Pierce and Chris Woller. Among the selections to be performed in the recital are “Fanfare and Horn Pipe from Water Music” by G.F. Handel, “Contempora Suite” by Gordon Young and “Suite for Trumpet and Piano” by Orlando Gibbons.

While at SLC, Jennifer has been a member of Concert Choir and the Silver Lake Chorale and has performed on the saxophone in the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. Rivera has also been an active member of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Student Chapter of SLC as well as the SLC Student Form. Between the 2008-2010 school years, she served as president of the MENC organization and represented the school at the MENC conference in Madison, Wisconsin.

Currently, Jennifer is the Director of Bands at Chilton Area Catholic School, teaches Music For Tots™ at SLC and gives private saxophone lessons at Mad About Music in Manitowoc. Jennifer is a resident of Armstrong Creek, Wisconsin and a graduate of Evergreen Park Community High School in Evergreen Park, Illinois.


Piano Pedagogy Lecture/Recital at Silver Lake College

March 8, 2010

Mary Harrell, a music student at Silver Lake College will present a Piano Pedagogy Lecture/Recital on Friday, March 19th at 7:30 pm in the Silver Lake College Chapel.  Mary is completing requirements for the SLC Certificate in Piano Pedagogy. She has been studying piano at Silver Lake for two semesters with Professor Melissa Martiros and previously for five semesters with recently retired piano instructor, Sandra Stevens.  

The topic of the March 19th presentation is “Select Repertoire for the Early Advanced Piano Student”. The repertoire includes piano literature from four periods of music history, namely: Sonata in A Major by Baroque composer, Domenico Scarlatti, Sonata in f minor, Op. 2, movements I and II by Classical composer, Ludwig van Beethoven, Duetto by 19th century Romantic composer, Felix Mendelssohn, and Lotus Land by 20th century British composer, Cyril Scott. The Lecture/Recital will identify aspects of the literature to be taught to piano students and then followed by Harrell’s performance of each. The recital is free and open to the public.

Since 1997, Mary continues to teach piano in a private studio at her home in Kewaunee.  She is a church musician performing regularly for worship services in her hometown. As an accompanist, she works with band students for the annual Solo and Ensemble Festival at the grade school and high school level. She is a member of the Northeast Wisconsin Piano Teachers Forum. Mary lives in Kewaunee with her husband Ray. They have 3 grown children, Brandon, Adam and Kim (daughter in law), Renee and James (fiancé).


Pianist Di Wu Appearing at Silver Lake College

March 4, 2010

The fourth concert performance in the Silver Lake College Guest Music Artist Series for 2009-2010 will present the very talented Pianist, Di Wu, on Sunday, March 14th, at 3:00 PM in the Silver Lake College Chapel, located at 2406 South Alverno Road in Manitowoc.

Singled out in the 2008 Musical America feature, “Young Artists: More Thrills of Discovery”, Di Wu is featured as one of the world’s “up-and-coming talents”.  Miss Wu became one of the finalists in the 2009 International Van Cliburn Piano Competition, and is currently one of the artists promoted by the Van Cliburn Foundation.  Di Wu made her professional debut at age fourteen with the Beijuing Philharmonic.  She made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall in 2005, and since has toured extensively in Europe and the United States. She performs as a concerto soloist with many of the major national and international symphony orchestras, as well as a solo recitalist throughout the U.S. and abroad.

The March 14th program begins with Mazurka from Soirees Musicales, Op. 6 by Clara Schumann, and Davidbundlertanze, op. 6  by Robert Schumann.  The second half of the program will feature six movements by Maurice Ravel, namely, Miroirs, Noctuelles, Oiseauz tristes, Une barque sur l’ocean, Alborada del gracioso, and La vallee des cloches, and conclude the concert with Paraphrase on a Waltz from Gounod’s ‘Faust’, S 407.

Tickets may be purchased at the door; Adult Tickets are $12.00 and tickets for Seniors and Students are $8.00.  For more information or for advance tickets, call 920-686-6173.