Essence of Heritage hits Bradley Theatre stage on Saturday night
Essence of Heritage, Lakeland College's annual homage to Black History Month, will feature song, dance, poetry, academic awards and more starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Bradley Theatre.
Admission is free to this convocation credit-bearing event, which is co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and Beta Sigma Omega fraternity. Lakeland senior Romain Johnson will emcee.
Keynote speaker James C. Hayes, a 2003 Lakeland College graduate, is the founder and CEO of Run the Race Performing Arts Ministries. Hayes is a motivational speaker who travels the world and trains people in the areas of attaining goals, leadership, fellowship and personal growth.
After earning his bachelor's degree from Lakeland, Hayes added a Master of Education (with an emphasis in leadership of educational organizations) from American InterContinental University.
Prior to Hayes' address, Lakeland students will perform the following:
- Marvin Warfield, song
- Josh Guy, accompanied by saxophone player Malcolm Blakley, song
- Serena Jones, song
- Cedric Logan, spoken word poetry
- Benjamin Wilks, spoken word poetry
- Tyra Peters, spoken word poetry
- Jody Harrison, spoken word poetry
- Warfield and Vincent Stepney-Willis, spoken word poetry
- Unity, African dance
After those performances, there will be an academic awards ceremony for high-achieving minority students.
The event will be capped off with a high-energy step show, courtesy of the Betas.
Four senior artists to share Lakeland spotlight
Lakeland College will spotlight the work of four students as part of the Lakeland Senior Art Student Portfolio Exhibitions, which opens on Friday, Feb. 26.
Tanner Hackl, Rebecca Stemwell, Marvin Warfield and Justine Watson will discuss their work during an opening reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Bradley Gallery, located in the Bradley Fine Arts Building on Lakeland's campus.
The exhibit, which will feature works created by these students during their time at Lakeland, will run through April 1. The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the college is in session. Attendance at the reception and admittance to the Bradley Gallery are both free and open to the public.The senior art show is a requirement for all Lakeland art majors. Students gain the experience of having their own exhibit, and are responsible for planning the show, putting the public relations together, hanging their work and any other details.
Hackl is working toward a bachelor's degree in art with a graphic design emphasis. He transferred to Lakeland after receiving an associates degree in graphic design from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. He has owned his own design business since 2012, and he works as a student designer in Lakeland's marketing department. He's also a member of the Lakeland basketball team.
"One of the most valuable aspects I am taking away from my experience at Lakeland has to be the connections and opportunities that I have come across," Hackl said. "I have met a plethora of fantastic connections throughout my experience here. I am not sure where my path as a designer will go after I graduate, but I do know that I love what I do and if I can continue to design on a daily basis I will be happy."
Stemwell is also working toward a bachelor's degree in art with a graphic design emphasis. She currently works for the Boys & Girls Club in Sheboygan Falls and Lakeland's Student Success and Engagement Team, and previously worked at the Luxembourg American Cultural Museum and the Marcus Cinemas in Sheboygan and Mequon.
She is very involved on campus, serving as president of Lakeland's ArtSociety, as an officer for the Pi Kappa Gamma sorority and as a member of the college's dance team.
Stemwell said she's discovered a passion for art through the children she works with as art program leader at the Sheboygan Falls Boys & Girls Club.
"The kids who come through my door have so much passion and creativity in their crafts," she said. "When they start to create, I see future painters, designers and, most importantly I see who they are as an individual."
Warfield is also working toward a bachelor's degree in art with a graphic design emphasis. He has worked as a graphic designer for the college's athletic department, as well as doing some poster and logo design work. He is a member of the football team and Latino Dance, and he's been an officer for the Beta Sigma Omega fraternity and the Black Student Union.
"The emotion within my work ranges from sadness to happiness," Warfield said. "There are always different vibes going on in my work depending on the messages I am trying to express. Many artists throughout the world have different ways of expressing their emotions. I express my emotions through color, text, shapes, and composition. Although those are the most vital elements when it comes to art in general, I like to emphasize those the most within my art."
Watson is working toward a bachelor's degree in art with a studio art emphasis and a second major in history. She works as an art program leader at the Sheboygan Boys & Girls Club and has held various roles in the college's art department, won an honorable mention award in Lakeland's 2015 annual student art exhibit and has produced CD cover art for musician Cal Northrun.
She is involved in a number of Lakeland extracurriculars, including serving as president and secretary for Latino Dance and the Japanese Student Association at Lakeland, alumni coordinator for the Phi Delta Omega sorority, vice president of UNITIES and as an officer for the history club and Global Student Association.
Watson counts among her chief influences Georges Seurat, Roy Lichtenstein and John Hicklenton, a comic book penciler known for his edgy, intricate style.
"Overall, my purpose with my art is to show a different perspective to the viewer, much like switching a camera lens, by distorting the image through colours, lines or dots," Watson said. "The mediums that I work with primarily are oil paint, printmaking, along with pen and ink. With each I have a unique approach shaped by my background and personal preferences."
Lakeland closing four centers Tuesday due to snowstorm
Due to forecasted weather conditions, the following FOUR Lakeland College centers will close today at 12 noon. There will be no face-to-face meetings for classes at these centers. Students in BlendEd courses should check Blackboard for announcements and plan to attend online for this week. BlendEd LIVE classes from these centers may still be meeting online tonight, so please check Blackboard for instructor announcements.
- Central Wisconsin Center
- Chippewa Valley Center
- Fox Cities Center
- Green Bay Center
Lakeland Choir to debut Sheboygan County Masterworks
Sheboygan County Masterworks, a new choral-orchestral collaboration of some of the county's top music ensembles, will give its debut concert at the end of February.
Led by Daniel David Black, Lakeland College assistant professor of music and the college's director of choral activities, a concert featuring approximately 125 local voices will perform on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's UCC, 1248 Lincoln Ave, Sheboygan.
General admission tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at Lakeland.edu/masterworks.
The Lakeland Choir is partnering with the Lakeshore Chorale, the Lakeshore Youth Chorale and the Sheboygan Lutheran High School Concert Choir to perform Maurice Duruflé's transcendent Requiem. Kimberly Prins Moeller, mezzo-soprano, and Fabian Qamar, baritone, will be featured soloists. A professional orchestra will join the voices, with Black conducting.
Black said the concert came together in his search to raise the profile of Lakeland's choral program and get his students more involved in the local community.
"Just under a year ago, I decided to pursue a collaboration with an area ensemble, putting together our performing forces for a concert that neither of our ensembles could do alone," Black said.
After initially partnering with the Lakeshore Chorale and the Lakeshore Youth Chorale, Black heard the Lutheran High Choir while serving as a clinician for a Wisconsin School Music Association festival at Lakeland, and asked them to join the program.
Duruflé's Requiem is a personal favorite of Black's and a work he feels is a gem of 20th century choral-orchestral repertoire. Completed in 1947, Duruflé's Requiem was inspired in large part by Gabriel Fauré, another French composer who completed his own Requiem just over 50 years prior.
"Duruflé's work mirrors Fauré's in many ways and incorporates chant or chant-like writing, along with a modern harmonic language," Black said. "This work is not the top echelon of works people know such as the requiems of Mozart, Verdi and Fauré, and for that reason I hope people will be surprised by what they hear. I think it contains some of the most beautiful, affective, dramatic and meaningful music I know."
Black hopes this is the first of what will become an annual event.
"The specific groups involved may change, but Lakeland is looking to form partnerships in the Sheboygan County area so that our community can make great choral-orchestral music right here in our backyard," Black said.
Lakeland Band concert includes world premieres
The world premiere of two new compositions – including one by a Lakeland College graduate – will be among the works performed at the Lakeland Winter Band Concert, set for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7. The event, held at Lakeland's Bradley Theatre, is free of charge and open to the public.
Lakeland's Director of Bands Chris Werner has selected a "New Kids on the Block" theme for the program, which also includes selections appropriate for young bands and pieces written by young or brand new composers.
Two special pieces are the world premieres, including a work by Wisconsin composer Larry Daehn that was written for the Lakeland Band, and a work by 1992 Lakeland graduate Daniel Seibel called "Three Nautical Motifs." The band will play parts of the Seibel piece at this concert, with a full premiere at the spring concert in April.
Werner said the piece by Seibel is in three movements, and the band is excited to debut portions of it during this concert.
"Given that it's a work composed by a Lakeland graduate, it takes on some special significance for us, and we're very happy he's chosen his alma mater to debut this work," Werner said.
Daehn's work, which is yet untitled, is a gift to the college and to Werner from the former band director at New Glarus, Wis. Werner and Daehn previously worked together through the National Band Organization, and when Daehn heard that Werner was diagnosed with cancer, he was motivated to compose this work as a gift.
"It's an incredibly generous gesture on his part, and we're honored to perform it," Werner said. "This work and the debut of Daniel Seibel's piece really make this a special concert for us."
Additional pieces in the program will include John Mackey's "Sheltering Sky," James Curnow's "Fanfare and Flourishes," Carter Pann's "Hold This Boy and Listen" and Steven Bryant's "The Machine Awakes," which uses amplified electronics.
The Feb. 7 concert will be the Lakeland band's second performance of the weekend. They are also playing on Feb. 6 in the Bradley Theatre as part of the convention of the Wisconsin Youth Band Directors Association. The WYBDA is hosting its honor band at Lakeland that day (Werner is one of the guest conductors with that honor band), and Lakeland's band is playing parts of the program as part of their concert.