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Emily Kosloski to join Lakeshore Wind Ensemble for May Concert

Emily Kosloski, proud Manitowoc Lincoln graduate, actress and lyric soprano will join the University of Wisconsin Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble for “Music from France and Revolution” at 7:30 PM on Saturday, May 6 at the Capitol Civic Centre. Emily is excited to return to Manitowoc. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. Emily has performed on Broadway and with the National Touring Company of Les Miserables. Other theatre credits include performing on London’s West End and at the Geffen Playhouse with Joan Rivers in Joan Rivers: A Work in Progress and in regional theatres around the country. Some of her TV appearances include, “Dallas,” “Criminal Minds,” “How to Live with your Parents,” and “Big Love.” To see a full list of credits please visit her web page at http://www.emilykosloski.com.

The final concert of the LWE season will feature a wide range of music from a symphony by Hector Berlioz to excerpts from Les Miserables. “The idea for this program came to me while at the movies, watching, no surprise, Les Miserables, which centers on a student revolt in Paris in 1832,” says Lakeshore Wind Ensemble conductor Dr. Marc Sackman. The concert will begin with a march, Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse by Jean Robert Planquette which is one of the most famous French marches. Other selections include Suite Francaise by Darius Milhaund and Song of the Regiment (Chacun le sait) by Gaetano Donzietti.

“We are delighted to be joined by two vocalists, Professor Karen Leigh-Post singing arias from Carmen and Manitowoc native Emily Koslolski whose selections include I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables, which she sang on Broadway,” says Sackman. Leigh-Post was to be the featured soloist at the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble March concert, but had taken sick and was unable to perform.

Sackman chose his favorite wind symphony, Grande Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale, to end the concert. This wind symphony was composed in honor of the fallen heroes of the Revolution of 1830. The second movement, Oriason funèbre (Funeral Eulogy), features a solo trombone to be played by University of Wisconsin Manitowoc sophomore, Nicholas Stone. Nicholas has been a member of LWE for two years and will graduate from UW Manitowoc this spring. He is majoring in music and will attend the University of Wisconsin La Crosse this fall.

Following the concert the audience is invited to a reception in the Capitol Civic Centre’s Kadow Museum to meet the conductor, vocalists, and members of the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble.

Tickets for “Music from France and Revolution” are available at the Capitol Civic Centre Box Office or online at www.cccshows.org. For additional ticket information contact the CCC Box Office at (920) 683-2184. Information about Lakeshore Wind Ensemble can be found at http://manitowoc.uwc.edu/arts/lakeshore-wind/lakeshore-wind-ensemble.

UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and LWEA host two Vocal Master Classes

Karen Leigh-PostVocal Master Class - “It’s All About Optimal Performance without Anxiety”

Dr. Karen Leigh-Post, Professor of Voice, Lawrence University

Saturday, April 22, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

UW-Manitowoc, L126

Karen Leigh-Post, author of Mind-Body Awareness for Singers: Unleashing Optimal Performance (2014, Plural Publishing) - the premiere book on cognitive neuroscience and functional neural anatomy for musicians - leads delightfully informative interactive workshops that are eye-opening for both the beginning and the most advanced performers and teachers.

Dr. Leigh-Post is on the faculty of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her research presentations at National Association of Teachers of Singing conferences (2010, 2012 and 2016) and at the International Congress of Voice Teachers (2013) have been described as “charming, amusing, but dispensing valuable information every second” (Shirlee Emmons), and “whimsical, intelligent, practical and brilliantly communicated” (Pat Wilson). By framing mind-body awareness as sensory and motor processing, performing musicians learn to take charge, to purposefully integrate their audio-motor intentions with expert motor response. 

Topics included.

  1. Sensory Input: Building knowledge of one’s own voice or instrument through three modes of perception. Practical Application Exercises (PAEs): Attentive Listening and Buzzing Bones.
  2. Feedforward Planning: How to guide online performance of an audio-motor behavior — to “Turn off the Judge!” Practical Application Exercise: Auditory Imagery — If you can image it, you can do it.
  3. Motor Output: Understanding direct and indirect control of motor output (e.g. posture and phonation). Practical Application Excersices: Anticipatory Control (pitch-matching) and Reflex Resonance (vibrato).
  4. Putting it Together: Achieving flow and a happy body, or rhythmic entrainment of fluid performance in a state of homeostatic balance. Practical Application Exercises: Ready - Set - Go! and Streaming Strings of Sound Bites with improvisation!

Dr. Leigh-Post has given workshops at national and international conferences for singers and teachers of singing, university music department faculty and students (including the New England Conservatory, UW Milwaukee), graduate school instrumentalists, and college theory classes, as well as for high school science and music students and amateur church choirs! 

Emily KosloskiVocal Master Class

Emily Kosloski, Vocalist and Actress

Friday, May 5, new time: 1:30 pm-3:00 pm

UW-Manitowoc, University Theatre

Emily is excited to be back in Manitowoc performing at the Capitol Civic Center with the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble for the May 6 “France and Revolution” concert! She has performed in the Broadway Company and with the National Touring Company of Les Miserables. Other theatre credits include performing on London’s West End and at the Geffen Playhouse with Joan Rivers in Joan Rivers: A Work in Progress, and in Regional Theaters around the country including: A Noise Within, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Ahmanson Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, La Mirada Theatre, Playwrights’ Arena, International City Theatre, Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, and the Echo Theater Company. In addition, she and her husband are company members of the Sacred Fools Theater Company in Los Angeles. Emily can currently be seen on stage at A Noise Within in Pasadena, CA in a production of Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! On television, she is currently recurring on The Fosters, and has had over 20 guest stars and recurring roles, including Dallas, House of Lies, The Odd Couple, Shameless, Criminal Minds, Hello Ladies, How To Live With Your Parents…, Southland, Cold Case and Big Love. Emily holds a B. Mus. In Vocal Performance and B.A. in Mathematics from Northwestern University, and is a proud graduate of Lincoln High School! She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. For Mom and Dad.

 

UW Manitowoc Lakeshore Big Band Goes Hollywood!

The University of Wisconsin Manitowoc Lakeshore Big Band will present “Hooray for Hollywood” on Saturday, April 8 at the Capitol Civic Centre.  Conducted by Paul Sucherman, the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature instrumental and vocal soloists as well as a vocal quartet.

“Watching the Oscars really got my creative juices flowing to find some of the best music from films ever written,” said Paul Sucherman Lakeshore Big Band conductor and music director. “We have classics like Laura from the 1944 film Laura and As Time Goes By from Cassablanca. More recent selections will include The Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book and Soul Bossa Nova from Austin Powers.”

The Way We Were from the 1973 film The Way We Were will showcase University of Wisconsin Manitowoc sophomore Nick Stone on trombone. Nick has been a member of LBB for two years and will graduate from UW Manitowoc this spring. He is majoring in music and will attend the University of Wisconsin La Crosse this fall.

Lakeshore Big Band vocal soloists David Bourgeois and Kim Hofmann will perform several selections for “Hooray for Hollywood.” Kim will sing Goldfinger from the 1964 James Bond series film Goldfinger and Diamonds are a Girls Best Friends from the 1953 classic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. David will be center stage for Moon River featured in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, It Had to be You from When Harry Met Sally and Too Close for Comfort from Mr. Wonderful. Barbara Whitcomb will take a break from her saxophone, giving David and Kim a rest, singing Evergreen from the 1976 film A Star is Born. The LBB Quartet will feature Sam Oswald, UW Manitowoc sophomore and LBB pianist, Barbara, David and Kim. The quartet will be singing At Last, from the films Sun Valley Serenade and Orchestra Wives, as well as As Time Goes By.

“Hooray for Hollywood” has it all says Sucherman, “Classics, kitchy tunes, swingin’ tunes and gorgeous melodies…and we have the instrumentalists and vocalists to do them ALL justice!”

Following the concert the audience is invited to a reception in the Capitol Civic Centre’s Kadow Museum to meet the conductor, vocalists, and members of the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc Lakeshore Big Band.

Tickets for the “Hooray for Hollywood” are available at the Capitol Civic Centre Box Office or online at www.cccshows.org for additional ticket information contact the CCC Box Office at (920) 683-2184. Information about Lakeshore Big Band can be found at http://manitowoc.uwc.edu/arts/lakeshore-wind/big-band .

Changes announced for Lakeshore Wind Ensemble/Big Band

The University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble (LWE) and Lakeshore Big Band (LBB) have announced changes for the remainder of their concert seasons. Dr. Marc Sackman will conduct the LWE/LBB “Pops” Concert on January 16, 2016, the “Winds of March” concert on March 5, 2016, and the “Concert Con” performance on May 7, 2016. Paul Sucherman will conduct the Lakeshore Big Band Concert on April 9, 2016.

Dr. Sackman has been Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at UW-Fox Valley Valley, for 11 years. Prior to coming to the UW Colleges, he served as conductor of the Rutgers Alumni Wind Symphony, Director of Bands at Alfred University in Alfred, NY and Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon. Sackman has performed in a wide range of musical ensembles and settings, from the Opera at Rutgers and Rutgers Summerfest Orchestra to chamber music to jazz and Irish folk music. In addition to his degrees in music, he holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Rutgers College. After graduating from Rutgers, he continued his musical studies as a Flute Performance major at the University of Illinois. He then studied in Paris and Munich while pursuing a successful freelancing career. He returned to the U.S. to further his studies at The Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University), where he earned a Master’s and Doctorate in Flute Performance. Sackman plays flute with the Appleton City Band, Riverside Wind Trio, flute and piccolo with Vento Winds, and also serves as assistant director and plays flute and alto flute with the Fox Valley Flute Choir. He was a guest soloist at the LWE’s “Music of the Masters” concert on October 17.

Sucherman has served as an Associate Lecturer of Music at UW-Sheboygan for five years. He is the eldest son of two prominent Chicago performers and has two younger brothers who are both professional musicians (one as the drummer with acclaimed rock band STYX). After attending Northwestern University Prep School and DePaul University, he moved to Wisconsin to pursue theatrical directing, composing and arranging. Sucherman has worked on cruise ships and Mississippi Paddleboats, the main stage of the Sahara in Las Vegas, in Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean, as well as all over the U.S. He has worked with or shared stages with Maynard Ferguson, Count Basie, Reba McIntyre, Tim Allen, Pete Barbutti, Glenn Ash, Peewee Kershaw, and more. He routinely performs with Tony-nominated singer/actor Gregg Edelman and Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show. Sucherman has arranged strings for two Grammy award winning albums, and has arranged music for countless acts on cruise ships and nightclubs. He has been active in regional musical theatre directing countless shows and performs around the Midwest approximately 120-150 days a year.

UW-Manitowoc’s Arendt to Retire as Conductor

Michael J. Arendt, Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc, has announced his intent to resign as conductor of the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble (LWE) and Lakeshore Big Band (LBB) when the 2013-2014 concert season concludes in May 2014.

“For decades, Professor Arendt has personified music at UW-Manitowoc and throughout the Manitowoc region and beyond,” says Charles Clark, Campus Executive Officer/Dean. “We have been fortunate that he has continued as conductor and director of the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and the Lakeshore Big Band, as well as an instructor at UW-Manitowoc, since his retirement as Professor of Music several years ago.  I am very happy for Mike and our community that he will lead the LWE to its 30th anniversary.”

Arendt retired from teaching after 35 years in May 2006, but has continued to lead the LWE and LBB, groups he founded in 1983 and 1990 respectively.

Music Under the Stars, Summer Concert in Two Rivers Central Park

UW-Manitowoc’s Lakeshore Wind Ensemble will its 2013 summer concert tour with a performance in Two Rivers on Sunday, July 28th, at 7:00 p.m. The ensemble’s other summer concerts were performed in Manitowoc’s sister city, Kamogawa, Japan, and in Tokyo in June. The concert program will be similar to those performed in Japan. The July 28th concert will mark the fifteenth annual appearance by the wind ensemble in the Two Rivers Music Under the Stars series. The free concert, conducted by the ensemble’s founder and music director Professor Michael J. Arendt, will be narrated by Lee Davis. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Hamilton Community House.

This summer’s concert is titled “On the Road with the LWE.” Joining the ensemble will be vocal soloists Kim Hofmann and David Bourgeois.

The Lakeshore Wind Ensemble will begin with “The Star Spangled Banner.” Joining the wind ensemble for our national anthem will be the vocal soloists.

Included in the evening’s program will be “A Festival Prelude” by Alfred Reed and “American Overture for Band” by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins. “Highlights from Music Man,” arranged by Alfred Reed, is a medley of tunes including “Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Till There Was You,” and “Seventy-Six Trombones.”  There will be two selections included in the program by English composer Ralph Vaughn Williams, “Seventeen Come Sunday,” a march from his “English Folk Song Suite,” and “Sea Songs.” Assistant Conductor David Bourgeois will conduct the ensemble in “Sea Songs,” which includes three traditional English sailing melodies, “Princess Royal,” “Admiral Benbow,” and “Portsmouth.”

Vocal soloist Kim Hofmann will be featured in “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” originally sung by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, and vocal soloist David Bourgeois will be featured in the ballad “Blue Moon.” They will both be featured in the medley “Selections from My Fair Lady, which includes “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” and “I Could Have Danced All Night.”

“Big Band Spectacular,” an arrangement by John Higgins, includes “In the Mood,” “Ciribiribin,” “Satin Doll,” and Count Basie’s “Jumpin’ at the Woodside.”

Marches hold a special place in summer concerts in the park, and the wind ensemble will continue that tradition with marches by Henry Fillmore and John Philip Sousa. The Fillmore selections include “His Honor March” and Americans We March,” and Sousa’s compositions include “The Fairest of the Fair March” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Also included in the concert is a poignant work which was performed in Japan. The title  is ”Hana Wa Saku,” or “Flowers Will Bloom” It was published one year after the devastating tsunami hit Japan, and it serves as a commemoration of that event. The song will be sung by vocal soloists Kim Hofmann and David Bourgeois.

The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Central Park in Two Rivers. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Hamilton Community Center. Park benches will be available, or attendees may bring lawn chairs.

Lakeshore Wind Ensemble to mark sister city anniversary with trip to Japan

The University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble (LWE) has announced that the group will be travelling to Japan to perform in June 2013.  The trip will include a performance in Manitowoc’s sister city, Kamogawa, which the group also visited during a 1995 trip.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker acknowledged the significance of the trip. “Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Manitowoc, Wisconsin and Kamogawa in Chiba Prefecture, Wisconsin's sister state,” he remarked.  “As we look to build on this partnership I would like to thank the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and others for traveling to Japan celebrate the 20th anniversary.”

The former mayor of Kamogawa, Toshio Honda, invited the LWE to return as part of the 20thanniversary celebration.  Approximately 40 musicians are expected to participate in the trip and performances are tentatively scheduled in Kamogawa, Chiba City, and at Tokyo’s Disneyland.

“The UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble truly embodies the Wisconsin Idea – extending the campus borders across their community, the state and around the globe,” said Kevin Reilly, UW System President.  “I congratulate the group and its conductor, Professor Michael J. Arendt, on their invitation to perform and extend my sincere best wishes for a successful tour.”

According to Arendt, “This trip is a great opportunity for the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble to strengthen Manitowoc’s sister city relationship while we also commemorate our own 30thanniversary.” 

The UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble was founded in 1983 by Arendt and is comprised of both student and community members.  The group currently has more than 90 members and is known as one of the Lakeshore’s premier musical groups. More information about the LWE can be found online at www.lakeshorewindensemble.org and www.facebook.com/lakeshorewindensemble.

Assistant Director Named

Professor Michael J. Arendt, founder and conductor of the UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and Lakeshore Big Band, has announced that Anthony Bauer will serve as assistant conductor of the Lakeshore Big Band.

Mr. Bauer is a member of the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and Lakeshore Big Band alto saxophone sections. He earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006, and has a Wisconsin Music Educator’s License. He has taught music in several Wisconsin school districts, has taught in afterschool classes in New York City, math skills in the Valders summer school program, and with the summer Americorps Vista with Preschools of Hope in Madison, Wisconsin, working  to boost students’ literacy and math skills. He received certification after participation in International Teacher Training, and completed multiple Spanish courses at UW-Madison from 2008-2009, continuing his Spanish studies via private lessons. From October, 2010 through March, 2012, he taught English to adult students in Santiago, Chile,

An accomplished musician, Mr. Bauer has performed on tenor and alto saxophone in numerous musical venues ranging from small clubs to large theaters.  He has played in jazz groups, blues groups, rock bands, concerts bands, and salsa and meringue groups. As a counselor at the 2007 UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic he designed and taught a jazz course as well as a saxophone methods class. From 2005 to the present he has had a private studio, working with students on saxophone technique, performance technique, music theory composition, and improvisation.

Professor Arendt commented, “I am thrilled to have someone with Anthony’s expertise available to assist me with the Lakeshore Big Band. With the help of David Bourgeois as Vocal Director and Anthony’s skill, I’m excited that the LBB will continue to grow and evolve as a major musical force in the area.

Neustadter to Compose Piece for LWE Aniversary Season

Professor Michael J. Arendt, founder and conductor of UW-Manitowoc’s Lakeshore Wind Ensemble has announced that the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association has commissioned a work by Garth Neustadter to be performed by the wind ensemble during its 30th anniversary concert season, 2013-2014. Professor Arendt stated that the commission was awarded to Mr. Neustadter at this early date in consideration of his active academic and professional schedules.  He is a graduate student at Yale University, pursuing his master’s degree, and has won numerous awards for his compositions, most notable the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for his score for the PBS documentary “John Muir in the New World.

As a high school student at Lutheran High School in Manitowoc, Garth won the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association’s Young Artist Competition twice. He won the high school division with an alto saxophone solo in November of 2001, and performed the solo with the wind ensemble at its “Winds of March” concert in 2002. In November, 2003, he auditioned on piano and again won the high school division, performing with the ensemble in March of 2004. Garth was also a member of the UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Big Band’s saxophone section during the 2003-2004 concert season.

Commenting on the announcement, Arendt said: “I’m really excited about this project.  I’m looking forward to consulting with him regarding the type and scope of the work.  To have a work commissioned by the LWEA by someone of Garth’s expertise is in itself phenomenal, let alone his ties to our community, makes it even more meaningful.”