For music lovers in the Humble, Kingwood, and Atascocita areas, Lone Star College-Kingwood presents four exciting opportunities to hear the sounds of classical favorites, swing, and big band standards.
Celebrating twenty wonderful years, the Kingwood Chorale and Chamber Orchestra will delight audiences with a performance at First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be a recreation of the Chorale's first performance twenty years ago when it was led by founder Dudley Cavenaugh. They will perform Vivaldi's Gloria and Rutter's Requiem.
The Chorale is now led by Dr. Todd Miller, professor of music at LSC-Kingwood, and is made up of LSC-Kingwood students and community members from the surrounding areas. Dr. Miller says, "The pieces that Dudley choose for that first concert, the ones we will perform again, wonderfully represent what any good choral society should program, namely timeless music from the past and present. Vivaldi's Gloria is a baroque masterpiece that represents the best of the music that has gone before us in our Western European tradition. And John Rutter's now beloved Requiem was only three years old when the Chorale first performed it."
Several talented guest vocalists will enhance this celebratory event. Dr. Andrea Jaber will bring her considerable experience as a mezzo-soprano. Marion Russell Dickson, a soprano, is currently on the voice faculty at the University of St. Thomas and has been a frequent guest vocalist with the musical groups of LSC-Kingwood. Shana Buckow-Hogan performed with the Houston Grand Opera for eight seasons and now teaches voice in the Kingwood/Humble area in addition to her solo singing career. Katherine Cavenaugh, daughter of Chorale founder Dudley Cavenaugh, has enjoyed a very distinguished career as a soprano and will sing the Rutter solo.
Tickets for the concert are $15 for general admission, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased at Kingwood Kroger and H-E-B stores and at the door.
The next three concerts on the schedule will all be held on the LSC-Kingwood campus in the Student Center/Fine Arts Performing Arts Theatre.
The Kingwood Community Symphonic Band will perform for free on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. The Community Symphonic band performs a wide variety of music, including Broadway and show tunes, transcriptions of orchestral works and original compositions for band.
Big-band favorites will be the highlight on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. when the Kingwood Big Band takes the stage. This is the fifth anniversary season for the Kingwood Big Band and they will perform music made popular by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Carter, Louise Armstrong, Quincy Jones and many others. Guest soloist, Julie Johnson will perform the music of Sade, Etta James, Gloria Gaynor and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as new arrangements created especially for this concert. The band is made up of both amateur and professional musicians from the college and community and is led by LSC-Kingwood band director, James Stubbs. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased at Kingwood Kroger and H-E-B stores and at the door.
Wrapping up the month, the Chamber Singers will take the stage on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. The Chamber Singers are a small vocal ensemble performing sacred and secular chorale literature of various eras including madrigals. Dr. Miller leads this group and says, "What's exciting to me about this group is it is all students and as part of their learning, they need to be exposed to a wide variety of musical styles. They perform a variety of choral literature from diverse historical style periods and cultures, it's a real potpourri." Styles for this concert will include Renaissance, Baroque Classical, Contemporary American, Gospel Blues, Romantic, American Ballad, Men's Choir and even Danny Boy, a traditional Irish Folk song. Admission to this concert is free.
For more information about any of these performances, please call 281-312-1532.
The music program at LSC-Kingwood prepares students to earn an associate of arts degree or to transfer to a university program. Core courses include music fundamentals, theory and sight singing/ear training, and music appreciation. The college also offers voice and piano or more advanced students may select instruction in applied voice, piano, violin and viola.
In addition, there is a strong community education track which encourages local community members to participate in music classes and performing ensembles.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu.
Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.