Archive for the ‘Music Performance’ Category


Sole Nero Presents Contemporary Piano/Percussion Concert

October 27, 2010

Sole Nero will present an exciting program of contemporary art music during the 3rd Guest Artist Series Concert, Sunday, November 7th, at 3:00 PM in the Silver Lake College Chapel.  Pianist Jessica Johnson and Percussionist Anthony Di Sanza, both professors in the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Music, will collaborate in the performance of six commissioned works, all written within the first decade of this 21st century.  No standard literature for piano and percussion exists; thus, a prime focus of Sole Nero’s mission is to commission and perform works that add to the body of classic music repertoire.

Sunday’s program will be descriptive and imaginative.  The composers themselves wrote the program notes.  Listeners will be brought to new awareness of global sounds and will be amazed at the range and possibilities for 21st century music. Don’t miss this exciting and somewhat challenging new music!

Tickets for Sunday’s concert are $12.00 for adults and $8.00 for senior and students; they can be purchased at the door.  Seating is on a first-come basis.  For more information, call the Silver Lake College Department of Music at 920-686-6173.


Silver Lake College Presents Choral and Instrumental Concert

October 8, 2010

Silver Lake College Presents Choral and Instrumental Concert

The Silver Lake College Fall Choral and Instrumental Concert will be held on Friday, October 15th at 7:30 pm in the Silver Lake College Chapel, located at 2406 South Alverno Road in Manitowoc. The concert will feature the Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Jeremiah Eis, and the Silver Lake College Chorale and Concert Choir, directed by Damon Carlson.

The Silver Lake Jazz Ensemble will open the concert with a series of jazz favorites. Selections include Ain’t Misbehavin, Moonlight in Vermont, How About You, featuring vocalist Tammy Reigel, and 25 or 6 to 4.  The Silver Lake Wind Ensemble will conclude the instrumental portion of the concert with Overture for Winds by Charles Carter, Shenandoah by Frank Ticheli, Currents by Robert W. Smith, and The Conqueror by Carl Teike.

The Silver Lake Chorale and Concert Choir will present an eclectic mix of music.  The Concert Choir will feature contemporary music from composers such as Z. Randall Stroope, Randall Thompson and Howard Helvey, as well as a delightful setting of Feller from Fortune, a Newfoundland folksong.  The Silver Lake Chorale will present works from the Renaissance through contemporary stylistic periods from composers such as William Byrd, Anton Bruckner, Randall Thompson and Noël Goemanne.


“Celtic Wizard” to perform at Silver Lake College

October 4, 2010

“Celtic Wizard” to perform at Silver Lake College

Laura MacKenzie, “the Celtic Wizard”, will appear with Gary Rue in the second of the 2010-2011 Silver Lake College Guest Artist Series, scheduled for Sunday, October 10th at 3:00 PM in the SLC College Chapel.   Laura MacKenzie,  named the “High Priestess of Celtic Music” by the Minnesota Public Radio, commands a vast repertoire of music from Ireland, Scotland, Nova Scotia, England, Central France and Northern Spain on a splendid array of wind-powered instruments including flutes, whistles, concertina, bagpipes and voice.  With astonishing versatility, her performance is supported by the grace, warmth and humor, the craft, knowledge and lore gleaned over years of music-making.

Laura will appear with Gary Rue on guitar and voice.  Rue’s full-throated, melodic guitar style and vocal contributions perfectly compliment MacKenzie’s musical prowess.  Together they present a sparkling and original duo, rooted in tradition, and presenting a rich tapestry of marvelous music.  The Concert, titled “Celtic Harvest”, is a “Bountiful Banquet of Celtic Music and Song”.

Sunday’s concert begins at 3:00PM in the SLC College Chapel.   Adult tickets are $12.00 and Senior (65+) and Student tickets are $8.00.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.   Seating is on a first come basis.  For more information, call 920-686-6173.


SLC Presents Java Jam with Nick Motil

September 29, 2010

SLC Presents Java Jam with Nick Motil

Silver Lake College invites the community to attend Java Jam on Saturday, October 2, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. Java Jam will feature the music of Nick Motil, an Ohio guitarist and vocalist influenced by Paul Simon and David Gray. Coffee and specialty drinks will be available for purchase. Designed to be a night of music, coffee and fun, Java Jam is open to individuals of all ages and free to the public. All proceeds from the event will benefit SLC Campus Ministry and SLC Optimist Club projects. Java Jam serves as a close to a full day of Francis Fest activities including horse drawn wagon rides, bingo, and a bake and plant sale. For additional information, please call 920-686-6163.


Vocal-Piano Concert to be performed at Silver Lake College

September 13, 2010


Soprano, Svetlana Strezeva and Pianist, Milana Strezeva will open t he Silver Lake College Guest Artist Series for this year with an outstanding Vocal-Piano Concert in the SLC Chapel on Sunday, September 19th at 3:00 PM.  The Concert program will include four well-known settings of t he Ave Maria text, settings by Italian and German composers, Santiago, Lotti, Schubert, and Caccini; several art songs from the Romantic literature by Dvorak, Catalani, and Chopin, and a variety of colorful song texts by well-loved Russian Romantic and early 20th century composers, namely, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Khrennikov, Bakaleinikov, Gulak/Artemovsky, and Dunaevsky.  Svetlana herself wrote the final two selections, “I meet in Sunrise”, and “The love has come”.

Svelana Strezeva is a prominent Russian-born American soprano.  A Laureate of the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, she did her professional studies at La Scala in Milan.  Strezeva was Prima Donna of the Moldova National Opera Company, debuted at the Bolshoi Theater and sang at the Kirov Theater in St. Petersburg.  She has recorded with the Bolshoi Opera Orchestra, the Moscow Pops Symphony, and has been praised as “The Great Russian Nightingale” by Russia’s St. Petersburg Press.  Now residing in the United States, Mme Strezeva performs with her pianist daughter Milana in concerts around the world.

Milana Strezeva, a talented vocal collaborator and a consummate voice coach, has made her mark with opera productions including Dicapo Opera and American Opera Company in New York and Sorg Opera in Ohio.    She is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and the founding member of the award winning Manhattan Piano Trio.  Along with her Trio, she has performed over 300 concerts spanning 30 US states, South Africa and Australia.

Tickets for Sunday’s concert can be purchased at the door.  Seating on a first-come basis.  Single adult tickets are $12.00; student and senior tickets are $8.00.  Season tickets for the 5 concerts can also be purchased at the door; they are $50.00 for adults and $30.00 for students and seniors.  For more information call Amy at 920-686-6173.


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Silver Lake College Guest Artists Music Series 2010-2011

September 8, 2010

Silver Lake College is proud to present its roster of outstanding musicians assembled for the 2010-2011 Guest Artist Music Series.  The varied roster of exceptional musical talent will be entertaining, enriching, and appealing to every age.   Silver Lake College of the Holy Family is dedicated to bringing quality musical experiences to our community.  We appreciate your support and ask you to invite family and friends to attend these events with you.  Each of the five events is a musical gem in its own right.

Sunday, September 19th at 3:00, prominent Russian-born American soprano, Svetlana Strezeva and her daughter, pianist Milana Strezeva will create rich heart-rending and sensitive soul music from the masters.  Svetlana has won numerous international voice competitions and has performed as Prima Donna in world-renowned opera houses, world-class concerts and recordings.  Milana is the founding member and pianist of the Manhattan Piano Trio, performing hundreds of concerts on worldwide tours.

Sunday, October 10th at 3:00, the Celtic Music Wizard, Laura MacKenzie, will charm her audience with a wealth of tunes and songs from Ireland, Scotland, England, Central France and Northern Spain on a dazzling array of instruments – flutes, whistles, concertina, bagpipes, and voice.  With rich artistry, Gary Rue’s guitar styles and vocal contributions ensure an extraordinary duo performance.

On Sunday, November 7th at 3:00, Sole Nero, a percussion and piano duo, will perform a repertoire of new and exciting works composed for varied and multiple percussion instruments and piano.  Percussionist Anthony Di Sanza and Pianist Jessica Johnson are committed to programming new and existing works, as well as commissioning  works by today’s composers.  Both Di Sanza and Johnson are professors of music at the UW-Madison School of Music.

Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 3:00, ETA3 (Flute, Clarinet, and Piano Trio) formed at The Juilliard School of Music in 2006, will perform a varied range of repertoire.  Named after a luminous star-forming Nebula in our galaxy, ETA3 is an award-winning classical trio, with American flutist Emily Thomas, Japanese pianist Tomoko Nakayama, and Russian clarinetist Alexey Gorokholinsky.  ETA initializes the first letter of each musician’s first name.

And finally, on March 27, 2011 at 3:00, the brass ensemble Brass Circle Quintet will perform music from Bach to Gershwin and Classical to swing.  The musicians, all from northeastern Wisconsin are:  Michael Henckel (SLC Music Alum), Bruce Atwell, Marty Robinson, Andrew  Zipperer  and Eric High. All of these brass performers are committed to providing the highest level of musicianship.  All perform and serve in a variety of professional venues in the Fox Valley and beyond.

Adult season tickets for the SLC Artist Music Series are available for $50.00; Student & Senior (65+) season tickets are $30.00. Individual concert tickets for each event are $12.00 for adults and $8.00 for students and seniors.  For more information and to purchase season tickets, call 920-686-6173.


Professor Gilbert De Greeve to perform Piano Concert at Silver Lake College

June 24, 2010

Gilbert De Greeve

Professor Gilbert De Greeve, an outstanding pianist, composer, and educator from Antwerp, Belgium, will perform a full concert on Tuesday, July 6th at 7:00 PM in the Silver Lake College Chapel, located at 2406 South Alverno Road in Manitowoc.  The Piano Concert is a special offering in the 2010 Summer Music Session which has drawn 80 musicians and educators from 13 states and 5 countries (Australia, China, Ireland, Indonesia, and Singapore).

The Piano Concert will include the Sonata in A, K331  by Mozart, the six Intermezzi, Ballade in g, and Romanze in F of the Klavierstucke, opus118 by Johannes Brahms,  the three movement Suite  Estampes by Claude Debussy,  a Meditation on a motif by Claude Debussy by Zoltan Kodaly,  the eight short Couleurs by contemporary Hungarian composer Erzsebet Szonyi, and the well-loved Ballade op.23, no.1 of Frederic Chopin.

Professor De Greeve performs in Europe, the U.S. and around the world, as a soloist with orchestra, in solo Piano Recitals, in Chamber Music Programs, as a collaborative accompanist with singers and instrumental soloists, and in Lecture Recitals on various topics.  He gives Master Classes in Piano, Chamber Music, Lied interpretation and accompaniment, Composition, Conducting, and presents lectures on various musical and educational topics.   De Greeve was a Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and Director of the State Music Academy of Antwerp for many years, growing the latter Academy into a major institution of more than 4,200 students.

Besides his performance and educational appearances, De Greeve has served, since 1995, as President of the International Kodaly Society which is based in Budapest, Hungary.  He travels the world appearing at local, regional and national music education training conferences and centers, giving support and leadership to the various Kodaly music education groups.  His strong association with Silver Lake College has grown through his consistent professional support of the Kodaly Music Education programs established at Silver Lake College. 

The Concert is free of charge and open to the public.