The Lakeland College fall choir concert will offer a variety of music that will not only challenge the singers, but will also entertain the audience. The concert is set for Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bradley Theatre on Lakeland's main campus.
Admission is free and open to the public.
The concert will mark Lani Knutson's first concert as the visiting instructor of music and director of choral activities. She joined the college last year as an adjunct director, and stayed on this year after the retirement of Professor Janet Herrick. Knutson came to Lakeland after serving as music director for the Milwaukee Montessori School and music director of the Cantare Chorale in South Milwaukee.
The concert will include performances from three Lakeland College choir groups: the Frauenchor (women's chorus), the Concert Choir and the Lakeland Singers.
The Frauenchor will open the concert performing a mix of folk songs, a Renaissance piece and a new work, "I Started Out Signing," by composer Jocelyn Hagen.
This will be the first time the Lakeland Singers, a group that generally performs at churches in the region, is part of the fall concert. They will perform one of the pieces that is part of their church repertoire, as well as an old jazz standard, "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off."
The concert choir will perform a fast-paced piece by Brazilian composer Ernani Aguiar, two choral standards – "Cantique de Jean Racine" and "Musicks Empire" – a King Singer's arrangement of "You Are the New Day," a minstrel song adapted by Aaron Copland and a song in Swahili entitled "Amani."
Knutson said she the program provides a wide range of music for concert-goers, and some changes for audience members familiar with Lakeland's program. Katie Christensen, a sophomore from Sheboygan, will accompany the Concert Choir, as Knutson wanted to award this spot to a student. The Frauenchor will be accompanied by Associate Professor of Music Arthur Johnson.