By Suzanne Weiss/Director of Public Relations
MANITOWOC, Wis. — Due to its past popularity, the “Christmas at Silver Lake” concert has been expanded to two shows this year.
The concert will be offered at 2:30 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.
Student choral groups, under the direction of Dr. Ken Harned, and instrumental ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Ron Rivero, will perform music of the season. The Silver Lake Handbell Ensemble will perform under the direction of Sandra Eithun.
“The evening will feature a variety of great Christmas music from traditional to variations on favorites,” said Dr. Harned, assistant professor of choral music and director of choral activities. “It’s a mixture of fun, festive and heartwarming holiday music that the whole family can enjoy.”
Dr. Harned conducts the Silver Lake Carolers, Silver Lake Concert Choir and Silver Lake Chorale. Piano accompaniment will be provided by Dr. Diana Shapiro, assistant professor of piano and undergraduate music department chair; and Emily Davis, adjunct voice faculty member.
A particularly interesting work performed by the Silver Lake Wind Ensemble will be “The Bells of Christmas” by Robert Longfield, said Dr. Rivero, assistant professor of instrumental music and director of instrumental studies.
The piece opens with martial sounds that harken back to the Civil War days, provided a stirring backdrop for the reading of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, he said.
Dr. Chris. E Domes, president of the college, will narrate the piece.
The Silver Lake Jazz Band will perform holiday music in the atrium after the show.
This concert is presented, in part, by contributions to the Silver Lake Fund.
Tickets, on sale now, are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors (55 and older); and $5 for students. To purchase tickets, click here or call 920-686-6274.