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Native music teams collect to have a good time the vacations – Lansing State Journal


Bridgette M. Redman

The Delta Community Choir will perform its annual holiday concert at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Delta Township on Sunday.

Act 1: Larger Lansing voices sing out vacation favorites

Two choirs will host winter vacation concert events at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Delta Group Choir is performing “Sleep in Heavenly Peace,” its annual winter live performance. It’ll sing at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 7910 E. St. Joseph Freeway in Delta Township.

The free live performance will settle for donations for the Lansing Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a non-profit that builds beds for youngsters who should not have them. They’ll even be gathering donations of twin-size sheets, pillowcases, pillows, blankets and comforters.

Choir Director Ellen McKenzie factors out that within the Larger Lansing space, there are practically 6,000 kids who should not have their very own beds. The live performance is meant to lift consciousness of the group whereas offering a day of lovely music.

“Throughout a season once we have a good time the start of a kid who was laid in a manger as a result of he had no mattress, it appears becoming for Delta Group Choir to focus on the vital work being finished by Sleep in Heavenly Peace,” McKenzie mentioned.

The live performance will embody seasonal music, together with carols, folks songs, and songs from TV, films and Broadway. The live performance will embody particular visitor instrumentalists.

The choir celebrated its 10th anniversary this 12 months and was honored because the 2022 Delta Township Group Group of the Yr for its musical and charitable contributions to Delta Township.

The Lange Choral Ensemble’s live performance will happen at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 West Ottawa St., Lansing. Their “Heaven and Earth are Stuffed with Your Music” live performance consists of each Introduction and Christmas music. Among the composers whose work might be sung embody Howells, Gabrieli, Lauridsen, arnesen, Susa, Ola Gjeilo, Hopkins, Esenvalds and Kressler.

The choir is accompanied by Stephanie Gewirtz, piano; Gretchen Morse, oboe and a brass quartet led by Jeff Kressler, a retired band director at DeWitt Public Faculties.

One of many live performance highlights might be a presentation of “Stars” by Eriks Esenvalds. It options the poetry of Sara Teasdale and choir members will accompany it by enjoying six finely tuned glasses of water. 

Featured soloists are Abigail English, Jessica Himstedt, Kate Powe, Deborah McMartin-Finkel, Victoria Walker, Melanie Walter, Ian Broughton, L. Harrison Brown and Jeff Massey.

Tickets are $10 normal admission and $8 for seniors and college students.

Act II: Competitors to acknowledge musical theater artists with Michigan ties

The Lansing Matinee Musicale is sponsoring its first-ever musical theater award for younger artists between the ages of 20-28 with ties to Michigan.

The competitors is designed to jump-start the careers of Michigan’s rising musical theatre artists as they start their skilled careers.

The deadline for making use of is Jan. 15, 2023, and the prize cash is $2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second and $500 for the third-place winner.

These making use of don’t must at present dwell in Michigan. The competition is open to present or previous Michigan resident — together with those that have been born, raised or went to highschool in Michigan.

“We have now not run a contest for musical theater earlier than,” mentioned Laura Stebbins, the Lansing Matinee Musicale’s Competitors Coordinator. “It’s all the time been classical voice, piano, strings, woodwinds, dance and brass. As a lifelong musical theater performer, trainer and member of LMM, this competitors is a dream come true.”

There are three rounds of the competition. The primary spherical consists of digital video auditions with three contrasting musical theater choices. The second spherical can also be digital and entails 4 further choices. The ultimate spherical will happen earlier than a dwell Lansing viewers on April 15, 2023.

The award was conceived by Stebbins and Patrice Van Voorhees, the founding father of The Studio Performing Arts Middle in East Lansing. Each are second era members of Lansing Matinee Musicale, a company that can have a good time its 129th anniversary in 2023.

“This can be very troublesome and costly for a younger artist to maintain up their ability ranges in all three fields (appearing, dancing, singing) in huge cities like New York, Chicago or Los Angeles and we wish to assist facilitate that,” Van Voorhees mentioned.

Extra info on eligibility, repertoire necessities and the applying will be discovered at lansingmatineemusicale.org.

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