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Music department to present seven fall instrumental and choral concerts

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Sep 28, 2017

This fall, CLC musicians will present seven concerts featuring music that appeals to a variety of tastes. From swinging jazz and soothing classical instrumental works to delightful modern choral works and inspirational gospel songs, each concert is programmed to include crowd pleasers that also challenge the ensembles’ students and community members.

“CLC’s ten ensembles are loaded with talent, and I encourage all local music lovers to take advantage of the opportunity to hear excellent live music, performed in a beautiful theatre for a very low price,” said Dr. Michael Flack, chair of the Music department. “You won’t be disappointed.”

Fall Choral Concert, Saturday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. “A Celebration of American Poetry” will include delightful music inspired by the poetry of James Agee, E.E. Cummings, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Emma Lazarus and Ogden Nash, including selections from Randall Thompson’s “Frostiana.” The CLC Singers, Choir of Lake County and Chamber Singers are directed by Ingrid Mikolajczyk. The Gospel Choir’s new director is Matthew Hunter, a music education graduate of Michigan State University and director of choirs at Niles West High School, Skokie.

Drummer Jeff Hamilton41st Annual Guest Artist Concert with Jeff Hamilton, Sunday, Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. Hamilton has played with the greatest names in jazz (Oscar Peterson, Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, the Count Basie Orchestra), co-leads the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and tours with singer Diana Krall. In addition to his many recordings with Ray Brown, Hamilton has performed on nearly 200 recordings with artists such as Natalie Cole, Milt Jackson, Rosemary Clooney, Barbra WDCB Jazz logoStreisand, Mel Torme, Clark Terry and Bill Holman. Hamilton will demonstrate his extensive jazz drumming talents with the Monday Night Jazz Ensemble. The Tuesday Night Jazz Ensemble will also perform. From 12-1:30 p.m. on Nov. 18, Hamilton will conduct a free clinic and masterclass for CLC students and the community in Room P101. The Guest Artist Series has brought nationally known and award-winning performers and conductors to perform with college musicians and offer clinics and workshops. To learn more, visit The media sponsor for this concert is 90.9 FM WDCB.

Holiday Choral Concert, Saturday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. More than 100 singers from four choirs will present a beautiful concert of holiday songs, ranging from classic to contemporary.

Wind Ensemble Holiday Concert, Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. The 50-member Wind Ensemble, an auditioned group composed of CLC students and community members, will perform challenging and beautiful music from both classical and contemporary composers, plus several holiday favorites.

Concert Band Holiday Concert, Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Directed by John Mose, the Concert Band will perform a wide range of band music, from classic marches and symphonic pieces to Broadway medleys and film scores, including several festive holiday tunes.

A fall concert date for the CLC Jazz Combos will be announced in November. For updates, check the College of Lake County Music department Facebook page.

Spring Semester 2018 Music department concerts

  • Jazz Ensembles: March 9 at 7:30 p.m. and May 4 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Wind Ensemble: March 11 at 4 p.m. and May 6 at 4 p.m.
  • Gospel Choir: April 14 at 6 p.m.
  • Spring Choral Concert: May 5 at 6 p.m.
  • Concert Band: May 9 at 7:30 p.m.
  • A May concert date for the CLC Jazz Combos will be announced in April.

Concerts are held in the Mainstage Theatre of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on the CLC Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St. Ticket prices range from $6 to $10, with a $1 discount for CLC students/staff and seniors. Instrumental music concerts are free to students under age 18. Due to the quiet nature of many songs, choral concerts are not appropriate for children under age 3. For tickets and information, call the Box Office at (847) 543-2300 or visit The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 12-6 p.m. and 60 minutes prior to each performance.