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Lakeland Concert Choir announces state tour

Lakeland Concert Choir announces state tour


Lakeland Concert Choir announces state tour

The Lakeland University Concert Choir will perform in three cities this spring as part of its annual tour.

Concerts this year include:

  • Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. at Salem United Church of Christ, 502 Mark Dr., Verona, Wis.
  • Friday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. at McFarland United Church of Christ, 5710 Anthony St., McFarland, Wis.
  • Saturday, Feb. 29, 3 p.m. at Cedar Community-Cedar Ridge, 114 Cedar Ridge Dr. West Bend, Wis.

The public is invited to attend these free concerts and no tickets are required.

The tour program highlights music by American composers, including Aaron Copland, Z. Randall Stroope, Carly Simon, Mack Wilberg and Keith Hampton. Lakeland will also premiere three works by Sheboygan composer Tom Palof, who worked with the choir in December.

"Selections include everything from energetic, upbeat pieces, to lyrical, flowing melodies, to a composition written for the video game Civilization IV," said Lakeland Director of Choral Activities Emily Davis.

The Lakeland Choir is comprised of 30 undergraduate students, and while some are music majors, many are studying other programs at Lakeland. Last year, the Lakeland choir performed Vivaldi's "Gloria" with Holy Family College, and will be collaborating with them again in April for a concert of Mozart's "Vesperae solemmes de confessore."

Davis is visiting instructor of music at Lakeland, where she directs the Lakeland Choir, teaches applied voice and other music courses, in addition to maintaining a private voice studio. Her students have received professional contracts with the Skylight Opera Company in Milwaukee, Wis., and KIDS From Wisconsin.

The soprano is also an active performer. Full roles performed include Rosalinda ("Die Fledermaus"), Wife ("The Music Shop" by Richard Wargo), La Rose ("Le Petit Prince"), Mae ("The Pajama Game") and Lady Thiang ("The King & I").

She received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and Bachelor of Arts in Music and History from Luther College.