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Wisconsin Lutheran College announces 2007-2008 Guest Artist Season

April 23, 2007

MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Lutheran College announces the 2007-2008 Guest Artist season. The schedule includes six series – Keyboard Conversations, Encore, Classic, Horizons, Family and Solo Voices – and two special events. All performances take place in the Schwan Concert Hall located in the college’s Center for Arts and Performance at 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. To purchase tickets, call (414) 443-8802 or purchase tickets online at wlc.edu/arts. Only series subscriptions are available until June 15. New this year is a “Create-Your-Own-Series.” Individuals may choose five or more Guest Artist events to make their own series.

Keyboard Conversations® Series
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel will highlight music from around the world this season with “A Musical Travelogue.” Siegel presents Keyboard Conversations in cities across the country, including New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. Complete series ticket prices are $112 general / $101 for seniors 65 and older and Friends of the Arts / $36 for students elementary through college.

  • America: Fascinatin’ Rhythms – September 26 – From patriotic tunes of Gottschalk to jazzy blues of Gershwin to music of Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Scott Joplin.
    $31 / $28 / $10 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Fabulous French Fare – December 12 – Program includes Debussy’s beloved “Clair de lune,” Poulen’s sassy “Impromptus,” Saint-Säens’s spine-tingling “Danse Macabre” and Ravel’s enchanting “Fountain.”
    $31 / $28 / $10 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Russia: Rebels on the Red Carpet! – January 30 – Passionate “Etudes” of Rachmaninoff, biting “Sarcasms” of Prokofiev and stirring works of Shostakovich and Stravinsky.
    $31 / $28 / $10 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Austria-Hungary: Captivating Continentals – May 7 – Elegant “Waltzes” of Johann Strauss, spicy “Rhapsodies” of Liszt, as well as entrancing tuneful works of Dvořák and Bartók.
    $31 / $28 / $10 – 7:30 p.m.

Encore Series
The Encore Series offers an eclectic mix of popular artists and musical ensembles. Complete series ticket prices are $115 general / $103 for seniors 65 and older and Friends of the Arts / $36 for students elementary through college.

  • America’s Hits on Parade: Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra & The Pied Pipers – October 26 & 27 – Song classics performed by The Pied Pipers and backed by one of the 20th century’s most popular big bands - the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.
    $41 / $37 / $10 – 8 p.m.

  • Chapter 6 – February 1 & 2 – An award winning a capella group offers a comedy-infused blend of pop, jazz, gospel and rock.
    $28 / $25 / 10 – 8 p.m.

  • Grascals – March 7 & 8 – A popular bluegrass band with Grammy nomination honors.
    $31 / $28 / $10 – 8 p.m.

  • •David Osborne Trio – “Keys to the Heart” – March 28 & 29 – Known as the “Master of Romantic Piano,” Osborne has performed romantic, classical, jazz, pop, Gospel, patriotic and Broadway tunes at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for the past 10 years.
    $28 / $25 / $10 – 8 p.m.

Classic Series
The Classic Series continues to flourish with classical music ensembles from around the world. Complete series tickets prices are $115 general / $103 for seniors 65 and older and Friends of the Arts / $36 for students elementary through college.

  • State Symphony Capella of Russia – September 14 – The 50-voice State Symphony Capella of Russia, founded in 1991, is known for its rich, warm sound, nobility of expression, skillfully balanced sections, wonderful soloists and superb musicality.
    $35 / $32 / $10 – 8 p.m.

  • Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra – October 19 – Founded by members of the Czech Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra embarks on its 30th anniversary tour this season.
    $45 / $41 / $10 – 8 p.m.

  • Paul Jacobs – January 18 – At age 29, Paul Jacobs has re-invigorated the American organ scene with his phenomenal technique, charismatic stage presence and huge repertoire spanning five centuries.
    $23 / $20 / $10 – 8 p.m.

  • Rastrelli Cello Quartet – February 29 – Four cellists who share a desire to prove how any style of music can be played on the cello. From baroque to rock and other genres is between, their music is “classic,” but not necessarily “classical.”
    $25 / $22 / $10 – 8 p.m.

Horizons Series
The Horizons Series explores world music and dance. Complete series ticket prices are $90 general / $79 for seniors 65 and older and Friends of the Arts / $36 for students elementary through college.

  • Caribbean Sound – September 18 – Grounded in classical and jazz traditions and combined with years of cultural research of Caribbean rhythms, Caribbean Sound offers traditional Calypso, contemporary classics, world music and original compositions for steel pan.
    $25 / $22 / $10 – 7:30 p.m.

  • •Galitcha – November 13 – The ensemble integrates music from North India, Western folk and jazz and instrumentation from around the world.
    $25 / $22 / $10 – 7:30 p.m.

  • •Kaïssa – January 22 – A child of the culturally rich Republic of Cameroon, Kaïssa offers highly engaging vocals and pulsating African/Western rhythmic backdrops.
    $25 / $22 / $10 – 7:30 p.m.

  • •World Festival of Harps – March 11 – Featuring the diversity and cultural background of the harp from around the world, World Festival of Harps offers music from medieval and baroque Europe, the Celtic lands, China and the U.S.
    $25 / $22 / $10 – 7:30 p.m.

Family Series
The Family Series presents a variety of performances suitable for all ages. Complete series ticket prices are $57 general / $44 for seniors 65 and older and Friends of the Arts / $22 for young children and students elementary though college.

  • Anne of Green Gables – October 14 – An orphan girl turns the world of her new parents and her community upside-down with her irrepressible scope for imagination.
    $10 / $8 / $6 – 3 p.m.

  • 'Twas the Night Before Christmas – December 9 – Inspired by the timeless poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and by the real life of its author, Clement Moore, this hilarious musical introduces Santa in a particularly beneficent light.
    $10 / $8 / $6 – 3 p.m.

  • Gizmo Guys – January 27 – A rapid-fire comedy and juggling act designed for the entire family.
    $16 / $14 / $6 – 3 p.m.

  • Tom Chapin – February 17 – For more than 30 years, three-time Grammy Award winner Tom Chapin has entertained, amused and enlightened audiences of all ages with life-affirming original songs.
    $21 / $19 / $6 – 3 p.m.

Solo Voices Series
The Solo Voices series features three unique vocalists. A complete catered dinner option is available with each performance. Seating is limited. Complete series ticket prices are $84 general / $76 for seniors 65 and older and Friends of the Arts / $27 for students elementary though college.

  • Connye Florance “Jazz Rhapsody” – September 21 – Florance brings her smooth jazz vocals to the works of Duke Ellington, Frank Loesser, Gwendolyn Bennett, and songs made popular by some of America’s foremost jazz icons – Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn.
    $31 / $28 / $10 – 8 p.m.

  • Mary Wilson – October 12 – The co-founder of the most successful female singing group in recording history – The Supremes.
    $31 / $28 / $10 – 8 p.m.

  • Leon Williams – November 16 – Williams brings his warm, baritone voice, charismatic personality and impassioned interpretation to works ranging from the “Cantatas” of Bach to the hits of Broadway.
    $31 / $28 / $10 – 8 p.m.

Special Events
This season, two special events will complement the series. Until June 15, special events are only available in combination with a series.

  • Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway – September 30 – This lavish show recreates some of the biggest moments from the best-known Broadway musicals of the century.
    $45 / $41 / $10 – 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

  • Christmas with the Mantovani Orchestra and Chorus – December 14 & 15 – Mantovani’s Christmas concerts offer big and dramatic performances with ballet selections by Tchaikovsky, festive and fun music including “Santa’s Sleigh Ride,” devotional moments with “O Holy Night” and humorous selections featuring “March of the Toys.”
    $45 / $41 / $10 – 8 p.m.