Variety with an international flavor marks the 2006-07 Lakeland College Krueger Fine Arts Series lineup.
Student Life - posted on 8/24/2006
There's a little something for every music taste - and together a truly dynamic package of sounds for music lovers. The lineup features country and western, traditional Spanish music, Celtic music by the wildly popular Gaelic Storm, classical music with a modern twist and the jazz stylings of swing music.
All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Bradley Fine Arts Building on the Lakeland College campus.
Season tickets are available for $75 for adults and $50 for non-Lakeland students and children.
Individual tickets for Gaelic Storm and the Ahn Trio are $25 for adults per show and $15 for non-Lakeland students.
Individual tickets for Kerry McConaway & The Element, AnnaMaria and the Chuck Hedges Quintet are $15 for adults per show and $10 per show for non-Lakeland students.
Here's a closer look at the 2006-07 KFAS lineup:
Kerry McConaway & The Element
Sept 8, 2006
Crowd pleasing is the main calling card for this country band, which features songs by its lead singer as well as some of the biggest names in the business. Singer Kerry McConaway and her band The Element won first place in the 2005 Wisconsin Country Band Championship. In addition to songs by McConaway, who has opened for the likes of Travis Tritt, Montgomery Gentry and Alan Jackson, the group plays music of Faith Hill, the Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride and Lynard Skynard.
Oct 3, 2006
Passion for her culture and passion for educating herself and others about its richness and beauty define AnnaMaria's life.
AnnaMaria identifies herself first as a musician. As a classical and flamenco guitarist, her style speaks of her proud heritage as an 18th-generation Santa Fean, a link to the world's best-preserved enclave of Spanish colonial culture. As a singer, her voice reveals all the warmth of her Mediterranean ancestry. Her talent has brought her concert and recital engagements worldwide.
She completed high school at 13 to begin a professional career with the guitar, she recorded her first album at 15 and began her own label, Musica Mundial Productions. The success of that first album both launched her career and brought national recognition of her entrepreneurial creativity.
With the same determination that led her to success with the guitar, AnnaMaria began to develop her voice as an equally important instrument. Her vocal performances, whether accompanied by anything from her own guitar to full orchestra, have met with the greatest response.
Her performances and lectures are highly dramatic, deeply engaging and imbued with all the excitement of the Spanish guitar and the sensuality of the mezzo-soprano voice.
She will also give a lecture at Lakeland at 11 a.m. on Oct. 3 in the Bradley Building.
Feb 9, 2007
This is the third visit to the Bradley stage for this renowned Celtic group, which is sure to fill the house once again.
Since its inception nearly 10 years ago, Gaelic Storm continues to broaden the musical horizons of the Celtic music genre by creating compelling originals and fresh arrangements steeped in Irish traditional melody and acoustic instrumentation combined with their unique blend of world rhythms.
The 14 new tracks on their newest CD "Bring Yer Wellies," capture the contagious energy of Gaelic Storm's renowned live performances. Channeling the rowdy communal feel of an Irish pub on raucous sing-alongs, driving pipe sets and spirited fiddle tunes, the band's sixth studio album was recorded in a one-month fury in April 2006.
The new album comes on the heels of the band's first concert DVD, "Live In Chicago," released in January this year. The Hi-Def DVD was taped on Sept. 14, 2005, before a packed audience at the House of Blues Chicago.
Touring aggressively and playing over 125 dates a year, Gaelic Storm routinely breaks attendance and merchandise sales records, pushing their popularity beyond the World music genre and into the mainstream music consciousness. They continue to headline some of the largest Celtic and Folk festivals in the world including Festival Interceltique in Lorient, Brittany, the Pittsburgh Irish Festival, and Dublin Irish Festival. Remarkably, the band has headlined the largest U.S. Irish Festival, Milwaukee Irish Fest, for four straight years, and has become an exception to the festival's usual policy of not inviting artists to perform in consecutive years.
Formed on St. Patrick's Day in 1996, Gaelic Storm was catapulted out of their formative pub haunts in 1997 by an appearance in the blockbuster film Titanic. Cast as the "party band" in the steerage scene, they landed the part while still drinking pints and playing weekly at O'Brien's. After the film's release, the band was met by huge crowds on their first tour. However, they still pride themselves on remaining as accessible as ever and sharing "a pint" with fans whenever possible.
A mini-documentary about Gaelic Storm airs regularly on Cinemax, and the band has appeared numerous times on national and international TV.
March 2, 2007
Once upAhn a time in Korea were born a pair of twins, Maria and Lucia Ahn, followed two years later by their sister Angella. All three played the piano as soon as they could reach the keys, but when Lucia got really serious about the piano at age seven, Angella moved to the violin and Maria to the cello.
The three Seoul sisters became the Ahn Trio, making their first public ensemble appearance on Korean television in 1979. They moved to the United States in 1981, and all three enrolled at The Juilliard School.
They were brought to the attention of American audiences in a 1987 Time Magazine story about "Asian American Whiz Kids" and through NBC coverage of the Seoul Olympics.
Their concerts and recordings feature a wide range of music, including traditional classical composers like Dvorak to music of The Doors and David Bowie.
The Ahn Trio added exciting new dimensions to the way classical music can be perceived by appearing on MTV as part of Bryan Adams' Unplugged concert. But the innovation didn't stop there. Inspired by the Unplugged experience, the Ahns followed a similar path to create and develop Ahn-Plugged, a way to present classical music in a modern, alternative format.
Chuck Hedges Quintet
April 21, 2007
A practitioner of 21st century classic swing, Chuck Hedges is well known in the Chicago-Milwaukee area and on the traditional jazz festival circuit, and is recognized as one of the top clarinetists anywhere.
His Swingtet at Andy's in Chicago has been a 14-year tradition. Hedges has enormous facility and can swing with the best of them. His ballads are romantic and soulful. The list of jazz greats Chuck has played with is encyclopedic and he is heard on numerous recordings. This guy swings like mad!
Chuck Hedges built his reputation in his hometown Chicago in the early 50's along with George Brun, Danny Alvin and Muggsy Spanier. During the 60's Chuck was part of the great Dick Ruedebusch Band that recorded many records and performed on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Chuck has made his home in the Milwaukee area and has been playing at Andy's in Chicago for the past 20 years with his "Swingtet" every Monday evening as well as in Milwaukee at Selen's Supper Club every Friday night, and The Grove Restaurant on Thursday nights.
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