MANITOWOC, Wis. — The public is invited to a free choral concert at 7 p.m. on July 6 in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance at Silver Lake College, 2406 S. Alverno Road.
The concert, a highlight of the two-week Kodály Summer Graduate Music Program for music educators, will feature a graduate choir under the direction of Dr. Franklin Gallo. The choir is comprised of 32 singers from Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, California, Texas, Alabama and Minnesota.
“This year’s choral ensemble is the largest that I’ve had the pleasure of conducting in the 12 years I have been teaching here,” Dr. Gallo said. “The diversity of the students pairs very well with the diverse repertoire we will be performing.”
Zach Holzer, Silver Lake College class of 2004 alumnus, will provide musical accompaniment.
The program includes “Dominus Vobiscum” by Jacob Narverud; “David’s Song Upon Absalom” edited by James Dearing; “If Music Be the Food of Love” by Andrew Miller; “Gute Nacht” by Johann Sebastian Bach; “Frost” by Dr. Franklin Gallo; and “Café de Chinitas,” arranged by Stephen Hatfield.
This year marks the 44th summer of instruction in graduate music at Silver Lake College. Graduate students are taught the latest research, theory and methods in music education as they fine-tune their professional skills and personal musicianship.
The Kodály concept is an experience-based approach to teaching music developed in Hungary by Zoltán Kodály during the mid-20th century. Silver Lake College was the first to offer a master’s degree in Kodály education and has since enjoyed a coveted reputation in excellence.
Dr. Gallo is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, conference presenter and composer. Past recipient of the Organization of American Kodály Educators Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize, his works are featured in the Ruth Dwyer Choral Series with Colla Voce Music, and in the Henry Leck Creating Artistry Series with the Hal Leonard Corp. and Boosey & Hawkes.
PHOTO: Dr. Franklin Gallo conducts a choral concert at Silver Lake College in 2016. Photo by Suzanne Weiss/Silver Lake College