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LMC presents Holiday Collage, Instrumental Music concerts

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November 27, 2019

The Lake Michigan College Visual & Performing Arts Department will showcase a diverse mix of vocal and instrumental music in its final two concerts of 2019 at The Mendel Center.

The annual Holiday Collage Concert will ring in the season at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 in Grand Upton Hall. In addition to individual performances by LMC’s music, dance and theatre students, this year’s collage features the LMC Concert Choir, Sound Waves and Harbor Lights, under the direction of Kristopher Zook; the LMC Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. Robert Lunn; the new wind ensemble, Tailwinds, under the direction of Danny Lopez; and the LMC Dancers, under the direction of Nancy Mattner.

“Our Holiday Collage is growing by leaps and bounds,” said Zook, LMC’s Visual & Performing Arts Chair. “We are thrilled to add the LMC Dancers and Tailwinds to this year’s collage.  We’ve moved the event into Grand Upton Hall to accommodate all of the additional performers and audience members.”

The program includes choral pieces such as Gustav Holst’s “Lullay, My Liking,” Jester Hairston’s “Mary’s Boychild” and Meredith Wilson’s “It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas” as well as instrumental numbers such as Miles Davis’ “Blue in Green” and Georg Frederic Händel’s “Sonata for Trumpet.”

The LMC Dancers will perform to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Little Swans” from “Swan Lake,” while the college’s theatre students will stage an adaptation of O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi,” directed by LMC Theatre Lecturer Les Rorick.

Two days later, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, the LMC Jazz Band and Tailwinds will perform an evening of familiar jazz standards, new music and holiday favorites at the Instrumental Music Concert on The Mendel Center Mainstage.

The eclectic repertoire includes Percy Grainger’s “Irish Tune from County Derry,” Lou Donaldson’s “Alligator Bogaloo,” and Luis Bonfá’s “Black Orpheus.” Almong the program highlights are “Pathos,” an original work by LMC Jazz Band guitarist Jared Willer, and “The Hawk Chases the Partridge,” an original composition by Zook.

“How often do you get to combine the instrumentation of jazz and traditional symphonic wind band into one piece of music?” Zook said. “The piece is called ‘The Hawk Chases the Partridge,’ with the (Red) Hawk being the Lake Michigan College mascot. The partridge is a surprise that you’ll have to attend the concert to experience.”

Both events are free and open to the public, but there is a suggested donation of $5 or a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys-For-Tots.

For more information about the Lake Michigan College Visual & Performing Arts Department, call (269) 927-8876 or visit