Artistic Director, Robert Bowker, previews selections from our Spring Concert Series


Paul Langford's world premiere:
The Song is You

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Two World Premieres this Spring

Paul Langford

This spring the Lakeside Singers is excited to present another world premiere in honor of our 20th Anniversary Season. Paul Langford, a former Lakeside Singer, has arranged “The Song Is You” for us. He says: “When Bob asked me to write something for the Lakeside Singers 20th Anniversary, this song popped into my head. I’m approaching it with an acapella, vocal jazz treatment, reminiscent of the Hi-Lo's.”

Paul is a singer, pianist, arranger, and conductor who has been creating a more musical world for close to thirty years. His arrangements have been performed by symphony orchestras, big bands and choirs the world over (including the Walt Disney Company and all the major choral publishers). As a singer he has performed with Celine Dion, David Foster, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Kenny Rogers, Heather Headley, Abraham Laboriel and for Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Paul is based in Chicago where he lives with his wife Jennifer and two daughters and stays busy producing custom arrangements and recordings for all manner of clients.

Marianne Kim

We are truly excited to have the opportunity to present the World Premiere of a piece by Mariann Kim. If you have listened to our current Inside Lakeside podcast, you already know how beautiful Marianne’s piece is. If you haven’t listened yet, please do – you won’t be disappointed!

The piece is called “Ubi Caritas” and is based on a text that begins “Where charity and love is, God is there”.

Marianne has been our accompanist since 2005. Her multi-talented performance skills in classical, jazz, pop, r&b and gospel music are a critical part of all our concerts. When she isn’t playing with The Lakeside Singers, she is performing in numerous venues, including her role as principal organist at Christ Church of Oak Brook and keyboardist for Willow Creek Community Church and Moody Church.

Marianne is also a prolific composer, with over 230 publications to her name. They include choral, instrumental, piano and organ works. She holds dual Masters Degrees in Jazz Studies and Organ Performance from Northern Illinois University.

Our Spring Concert Series:
... and the song goes on

It's Spring again. Finally! Completing our twentieth anniversary season, our upcoming concerts feature two new works commissioned from Paul Langford and Marianne Kim, guest performances from our Kids on Track schools, many of our favorites from past years, songs from Serbia and Italy, along with music made famous by Paul Simon and Sara Bareilles. As always, we promise you amazing variety and a wonderful evening for your whole family.

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  • Friday, April 12 — Nichols Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave, Evanston
  • Saturday, April 13 — Grace United Methodist Church, Naperville
  • Friday, April 26 — 4th Presbyterian Church, Chicago
  • All concerts are 7:30
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