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Music department announces fall 2018 concerts

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Sep 28, 2018

This fall, College of Lake County musicians will present eight 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. Fall concerts begin with the Fall Jazz Ensemble Concert Oct. 7 and conclude with three holiday concerts in December.

“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.”

Jazz Ensemble Concert, Photo of CLC jazz ensembleSunday, Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. The award-winning Monday Night Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Michael Flack, will perform charts such as “Doodle Oodle,” composed by Billy Byers and edited by Bob Curnow,” El Abrazo” composed by Alan Baylock and “Chachanita” composed by Michael Philip.

Photo: Jazz ensembles are among the music and choral groups performing in eight concerts this fall at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts.

Fall Wind Ensemble Concert, Sunday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. Enjoy a beautiful concert featuring the following pieces: “Suite from Mass” by Leonard Bernstein, “Fantasy in French” by Julie Giroux, “Handel in the Strand” by Percy Grainger, “Elixir” by Michael Markowski, “American Civil War Fantasy” by Jerry H. Bilik and “The Pride of the Wolverines” by John Philip Sousa. The 50-member Wind Ensemble, an auditioned group composed of students and community members, is conducted by Dr. Michael Flack.

Fall Choral Concert, Saturday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. Join us for a “Trick-or-Treat” choral program featuring excerpts from Mozart’s "Requiem," Mäntyjärvi’s "Double, Double Toil and Trouble," Conte’s "La Llorona," Orbán’s "Daemon Irrepit Callidus," American spiritual “Ain’t Got Time to Die” and more on the Saturday prior to All Souls’ Day, Día de los Muertos and Halloween. The CLC Singers, Choir of Lake County and Chamber Singers are directed by Ingrid Mikolajczyk. The Gospel Choir’s director is Matthew Hunter, a music education graduate of Michigan State University and prior director of choirs at Niles West High School, Skokie.

42nd Annual Guest Artist Concert with John Fedchock, Sunday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. Fedchock is a New York-based  trombone virtuoso, composer, leader of the New York Big Band and a two-time GRAMMY nominee. He has toured with T.S. Monk, the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band, Louie Bellson Big Band, Bob Belden ensemble, Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. Fedchock will demonstrate his extensive jazz trombone talents with the Monday Night Jazz Ensemble. The Tuesday Night Jazz Ensemble will also perform. From 12-1:30 p.m. on Nov. 17, Fedchock 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

Holiday Choral Concert, Saturday, Dec. 8 at 4 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. 9 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.

Jazz Combos Winter Concert, Monday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. CLC’s jazz combos consist of community members and students. They play music in a variety of jazz styles, including swing, Latin, ballad and fusion.

Concert Band Holiday Concert, Wednesday, Dec. 12 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 2019 Music department concerts

  • Jazz Ensembles: March 3 at 4 p.m. and May 3 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Wind Ensemble: March 10 at 4 p.m. and May 5 at 4 p.m.
  • Gospel Choir: April 6 at 4 p.m.
  • Spring Choral Concert: May 11 at 4 p.m.
  • Concert Band: May 15 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. 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.


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