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  • Lakeland musicians selected for state honors band

    Chris Kletzien and Hope Cerney represented Lakeland University in the National Band Association-Wisconsin chapter’s 2018 Intercollegiate Honor Band at the end of January.

    The organization annually offers an Intercollegiate Honor Band as part of its state convention.

    This fall, several members of the Lakeland band were nominated, including: Kletzien, Cerney, Melissa Landgraf, Dani Bossler, Malcolm Blakley, Mark Lawrence and Dylan Zastrow.

    Based on their submitted resume of accomplishments and the instrumentation needs of the band, Kletzien (trumpet) and Cerney (clarinet) were selected to perform in the 2018 workshop. Lawrence was also chosen, but was unable to attend.

    Kletzien and Cerney performed as part of a group of more than 70 collegiate musicians from around the state. The program included “Symphonic Metamorphosis” by Paul Hindemith, “Condition Red” by Noah Taylor, “Festival Prelude” by Alfred Reed, and “Mare Tranquilitatias” by Roger Zare, led by conductors Pamela Bustos and Michael Butler.

    The National Band Association is the largest band-related organization in the country, and the Wisconsin chapter is one of the more active state groups. Students and faculty from Lakeland have participated with this organization for several years. The late Chris Werner, former Lakeland music faculty member, was the NBA Wisconsin president.

  • Musicians showcase their talent

    Four talented Lakeland musicians performed during the Spring Honors Recital in the Bradley Theatre last week.

    Jacob Nault, a tenor, started the concert by singing “Autumn Evening.” He was accompanied by Katie Christenson on piano.

    Siera Ramirez, a soprano, then performed “Madrigal.” She, too, was accompanied by Christenson.

    Soprano Tia Prebbernow, accompanied by pianist Elisabeth Daniels, Lakeland adjunct instructor of music, sang “The Red Dress.”

    And capping off the concert was Christenson, who performed “L’isle Joyeuse” on piano.

  • Sweet music

    Playing for her parents, a couple dozen Lakeland students and members of the college’s staff, Melissa Landgraf made beautiful music in the 1862 Lounge during Thursday’s lunch hour.

    Melissa, a sophomore instrumental music performance major from Sheboygan, exceled on flute during the second installment of Lakeland’s Coffee House Series.

    One of the highlights was when Melissa performed the Dave Brubeck classic, “Take Five,” switching in mid-song from flute to piccolo, then hitting some impressive high notes. She also played the well-known piece, “The Entertainer.”

    The Coffee House Series showcases talented Lakeland College students. Jacob Nault kicked off the series with a piano and singing performance on Oct. 29, and Malcolm Blakley will play the saxophone on Dec. 3.

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