Many of our most popular songs from past years. including carols fderom England, Ireland and Argentina, along with music made famous by Mariah Carey, Koko Taylor and a medley from the holiday classic Polar Express.
The Lakeside Singers have commissioned Jean Belmont Ford and Greg Jasperse to create new works in celebration of our 20th anniversary.
Tickets for the Music Institute of Chicago (Evanston), Fourth Presbyterian Church (Chicago) and Grace United Methodist Church (Naperville) are $35 for adults, $25 for seniors and students and $10 for children under 12. Preferred seating is available in Evanston and Chicago for $45. Tickets for Evanston, Chicago and Naperville can be purchased on our website www.lakesidesingers.com Group prices are available. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Tickets for the Metropolis are $35 for adults and $25 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased on the Metropolis website www.metroploisarts.com or by calling 847-577-2121.
Friday, April 12 — Evanston at the Music Institute of Chicago
Saturday, April 13 — Naperville at Grace United Methodist Church
Friday, April 26 — Chicago at Fourth Presbyterian Church.
We are privileged to be presenting the world premiere of Manifesto written by Jean Belmont Ford and commissioned by The Lakeside Singers in honor of its 20th anniversary.
Jean specializes in writing chamber and choral music. She received dual Bachelor’s degrees in composition and music education and a Master’s degree in composition from George Peabody College for Teachers, a part of Vanderbilt University. She has taught composition and voice at the University of Alabama.
In addition to her many commissions, Jean has received numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts , two Barlow International Competition prizes and an annual National Public Radio Lucien Wulsin Award for Best New Music. Jean’s music has been internationally performed and recorded for many years.
A favorite composer of our artistic director, Robert Bowker, we approached Jean last spring and asked if she would consider writing a commissioned work for the Lakeside Singers’ 20th Anniversary. She listened online to the group and after several conversations and an in-person meeting with Bob, agreed. The piece, called “Manifesto”, will be performed in the Holiday concert series. The work is based on an poem written by Ms Ford.
The Lakeside Singers are excited to have one of our alumni, Greg Jasperse, arrange “Lo How a Rose” for our 20th Anniversary. Although originally published in 1609, Greg has re–envisioned the piece as a mix of romantic piano and six-part jazz vocal harmony.
Greg is a world–renowned composer, arranger, vocalist and pianist and is the Director of Vocal Jazz at Western Michigan University. He also directs the award-winning Gold Company vocal jazz ensemble.
Greg’s music has been performed by many of today’s premier vocal ensembles, including Chanticleer, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Chicago Children’s Choir and the St Olaf Choir.
As a conductor Greg has led vocal jazz ensembles in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, North Dakota, New York, California, Oklahoma, Indiana, Missouri, Colorado, New Hampshire, Illinois, Iowa and Canada. He is a graduate of University of Miami and Western Michigan University.