Posts Tagged ‘Guest Artist Series’


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.


“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.


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.


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.


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.


Wingra Woodwind Quintet Appearing at Silver Lake College

February 1, 2010

The third concert performance in the Silver Lake College Guest Music Artist Series for 2009-2010 will feature the The Wingra Woodwind Quintet, an ensemble-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, on Sunday, February 14th at 3:00 PM in the Silver Lake College Chapel, located at 2406 South Alverno Road in Manitowoc.

The Wingra Woodwind Quintet, founded in 1965, has a tradition of artistry and teaching excellence.  The ensemble has been featured in performances at national and international conferences, on university campuses from Alaska to Florida and has recorded for Golden Crest, Spectrum and the School of Music – Madison Recording Series. Each member of the Wingra Quintet is an outstanding teacher and performer, having performed with major symphony orchestras and concertizing in solo and other small ensembles throughout the U.S. and abroad.

The February 14th concert will include a variety of musical styles to appeal to a wide range of listeners, from the classical “Wind Quintet in B-flat Major” by Franz Danzi, “Eight Russian Folk Songs, op. 58” by 19th century composer Liadov, and a set of early 20th century French pieces by Milhaud, to “Music for the Movies, arranged for the Wingra Woodwind Quintet.

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.