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College Music department announces fall 2019 concerts

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Sep 26, 2019

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. 6 and conclude with four holiday concerts in December.

“CLC’s ten ensembles are brimming with talent, and the concerts provide all local music lovers with an opportunity to hear excellent live music, performed in a beautiful theatre for a very low price,” said Dr. Michael Flack, chair of the Photo of choir singingMusic department. “Whether you enjoy vocal or instrumental music, there’s something here for everyone.”

All concerts are in the Mainstage Theatre unless otherwise indicated.

Jazz Ensemble Concert, Sunday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. Enjoy a variety of lively Big Band jazz charts performed by the award-winning Monday Night Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Michael Flack, and the Tuesday Night Jazz Ensemble, conducted by John Mose.

Fall Wind Ensemble Concert, Sunday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. Enjoy a beautiful concert featuring the following pieces: “Aces” by Robert W. Smith; “Curtain Up!” by Alfred Reed; “Sunrise At Angel’s Gate” by Philip Sparke; and “Liberty Fanfare” by John Williams. The songs also include:  “…GO” by Samuel R. Hazo; “Lyric Statement” by John Zdechlik; “Man of La Mancha” by Frank Erickson; “Antiphonal Fanfare” by Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn; and “Nobles of the Mystic Shrine” 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. 19 at 4 p.m. Join us for a choral program featuring “Songs of The Americas” including Aaron Copland’s “The Promise of Living” from the opera “The Tender Land” (USA). Songs also include Gwyneth Walker’s I Will Be Earth” (USA); Alice Parker’s arrangement of “You Can Tell the World” (USA); and Alberto Favero’s “Te Quiero” (Argentina/Uruguay). Rounding out the list are: Heitor Villa-Lobos' arrangement of “Estrela é lua nova” (Brazil); Blas Galindo’s “Dos Corazones” (Mexico); and Donald Patriquin’s “Songs of Early Canada.” The CLC Singers, Choir of Lake County and Chamber Singers are directed by Ingrid Mikolajczyk. The Gospel Choir is directed by Matthew Hunter.

43rd Annual Fall “Art of Jazz” Concert with Randy Waldman, Sunday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m.  Waldman, a Chicago-born, Los Angeles-based pianist and composer, was hired at age 21 to go on tour as the pianist for Frank Sinatra. After moving to Los Angeles, he toured with Lou Rawls, Paul Anka and George Benson.  Waldman can be heard on recordings with Celine Dion, Michael Bolton, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Vanessa Williams, Patti LaBelle and Michael Jackson.  He also enjoys a close relationship with Barbara Streisand, whom he serves as musical director.

From noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, Waldman will conduct a free 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. 7 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. 8 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. 9 at 7:30 p.m., Room P101. 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. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Directed by John Mose, the 60-member 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 2020 Music department concerts

  • 43rd Annual Spring “Art of Jazz” Guest Series Jazz Ensembles Concert, featuring saxophonist and composer Mike Tomaro: March 8 at 4 p.m.
  • Wind Ensemble: March 15 at 4 p.m. and May 3 at 4 p.m.
  • Gospel Choir: April 4 at 4 p.m.
  • Spring Choral Concert: May 9 at 4 p.m.
  • Jazz Combos: May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Concert Band: May 13 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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