The Lakeland Concert Band will celebrate the strength of its director during its fall concert on Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the college's Bradley Theatre. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
It will be the first performance under Director and Assistant Professor of Music Chris Werner since he underwent successful cancer surgery in August.
The theme for the concert is "Bright!" and the program includes classic band works by Gustav Holst and Henry Fillmore and an array of newer compositions that build the bright theme: Frank Ticheli's "Sun Dance," Kimberly Archer's "Hymn to the Dawn," John Mackey's "Aurora Awakes," Joseph Turrin's "Lullaby for Noah" and David Maslanka's "Illumination."
"This concert is purposefully designed to be happy, invigorating, inspiring and bright," Werner said. "Oddly enough, I programmed this concert the week before my cancer surgery in August, during a time when most people would probably be in a very dark, depressed and scary place.
"However, the amount of positive energy from family, friends, students and faculty at Lakeland got me through this difficult period and this concert repertoire is reflective of their spirit and gifts in helping me survive. Try as I might to come up with a program brooding, intense and reflective – the universe would have nothing of it! This program is direct, celebratory and certainly 'bright!'"
The Lakeland Concert band includes 48 students and represents nearly every academic major on Lakeland's campus. In addition to Werner, former longtime Lakeland Director of Bands Lewis Schmidt will be a guest conductor on this program.