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 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
VITA program again providing free tax preparation assistance
Lakeland College and Lakeshore Technical College are partnering again to help collect tax refunds for area residents who need it the most.
Students in the accounting program from each institution will provide free tax preparation and electronic filing for low income tax filers. This service is available through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), which is designed to help low-to-moderate income people file their tax returns. Schenck SC and Guaranty Bank are sponsoring the VITA program again this year.
Students from Lakeland will be available at the Sheboygan Salvation Army, 710 Pennsylvania Ave. The tax preparation service will be open on Thursdays from 5-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. starting Feb. 4 and ending April 7. The service is also available at LTC's Cleveland campus on Tuesday nights from 6-9 p.m. starting Feb. 2.
Last year, Lakeland and LTC students prepared and filed over 500 returns that helped local taxpayers collect approximately $1 million in refunds.
People interested in taking advantage of this free service must have income of less than $54,000 a year. Applicants must bring a photo ID; social security cards for themselves, their spouse and dependents; W-2 forms; 1099 forms; rent certificate or 2015 property tax bill; and a copy of their 2014 tax return. Returns cannot be done for those taxpayers having income from outside Wisconsin sources, those having complex tax returns, those having rental income, those who are non-U.S. residents and those who are married filing separately.
Reservations are required for the tax service and are being accepted now. The number to call for reservations at the Salvation Army is (920) 565-1000 ext. 2290. Phone calls are accepted between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The number to call for reservations at LTC is (920) 693-1398. Phone calls for the LTC site are accepted between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
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.
Wisconsin artists showcased in new Bradley Gallery show
Works by a pair of Wisconsin artists are being featured as part of the 2015-16 series at Lakeland College’s Bradley Gallery.
Selected works by prolific artists and teachers Lori Beringer and Dale Knaak are being displayed through February 19. Admittance to the Bradley Gallery are both free and open to the public. The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the college is in session.
Beringer, a Wisconsin native, is known for her landscapes, still-lifes and portraits that capture a joyous celebration and a deep reverence for each day.
Recently, she was awarded the Portraiture Honorable Mention in the 22nd Juried National Oil Painters of America Exhibition. She won the bronze medal at the Eastern Regional OPA Exhibition, has competed in many plein air competitions and won numerous awards, including the Sandra McCutchen Pape Award.
Beringer was included in the Charles Allis Museum Exhibition, "Seeing the Light," an exhibit featuring Wisconsin plein air artists. She is a BoldBrush third-place winner competing internationally.
In addition to painting full time, Beringer has taught studio and plein air classes in Door County for several years. She is also an instructor at The Academy of Fine Art in Denmark, Wis., and she teaches ongoing open studio classes at The Plymouth Arts Center in Plymouth, Wis., along with other various workshops.
Learn more at her website: loriberinger.com.
Knaak, a native of Sheboygan, moved to Milwaukee after high school to study art. He lived in Milwaukee for 10 years, where he received the basis of his art training. After obtaining a degree in commercial art, he went on to study painting and drawing for five years with the late James Prohl of Atelier Prohl.
He has held a variety of industry-related positions over the years, including art director at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, illustrator at JK Art Directions Art Studio in Milwaukee and DuFour Advertising in Sheboygan and a mural painter for Interior Systems, Inc., in Fond du Lac.
Currently, he maintains a full-time fine art studio in the EBKO Artworks Building in Sheboygan. He divides his time between fine art drawing and painting, commissioned art and commercial mural projects.
Knaak has work at the Frank Juarez Gallery in Sheboygan and in collections for the American Family Insurance Corporate Headquarters, Bank First National, University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospitals and Clinics, Johnsonville Sausage World Headquarters, Blue Harbor Resort and Hotel, McDonald’s Corporation, Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve, J Gumbo Restaurants, Coca Cola, Sheboygan Chevrolet and private collections.
His work has also been featured in dozens of solo and multi-person exhibitions throughout the Midwest.
Learn more at his website: knaakpaintings.com.