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When Lakeshore Community Chorus takes to the stage at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts for their holiday concert on December 2 and 3, the audience will have the rare privilege to hear the birthing of a brand-new holiday song, “Our Wonderland,” written specifically for the lakeshore area.
New Artistic Director of the chorus, John-Kevin (JK) Hilbert, a prolific composer, wanted to create a signature piece for the holiday concert, an anthem, so to speak, for West Michigan which celebrates the season and the rich community where we get to live.
Hilbert invited chorus members, Wendy Gilbert Gronbeck, from Douglas, and Mary Hannah Terzino, from Saugatuck, both experienced writers, to create lyrics that would capture the people, events, and natural beauty of the lakeshore community.
Soon poetry and an endearing story line about a young girl complaining to her grandfather that snow was keeping her from things she could do in spring and summer along the lakeshore, developed. Her grandpa reminds her there is wonder in wintertime, too.
Once they finished the piece, the two writers had a hard time identifying who had written what. “It was a true collaboration,” Terzino noted.
Hilbert loved their lyrics and matched it to his musical vision. Hilbert composed the melody and piano accompaniment, then created the choral arrangement and brass accompaniment.
“The first time we heard the fifty-five voices of our chorus sing our words to JK’s beautiful music it was an experience like nothing else,” Gronbeck recounted.
The Chorus now eagerly awaits to debut “Our Wonderland” to the public along with a vast repertoire of seasonal songs that is certain to delight concertgoers.
The Lakeshore Community Chorus concert, “Our Holiday Wonderland,” is at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts on Saturday, December 2 at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 3 at 4:00pm. Tickets can be purchased here via a link at www.lakeshorecommunitychorus.org/news-concert-info or online at www.sc4a.org/tickets. Tickets are also available at the SCA Box Office, 269-857-2399, open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10am to 4pm.
The Lakeshore Community Chorus is thrilled to be back On Stage & Live for our annual holiday choral performance on Sunday December 4th, 4 pm at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck. There is no better way to prepare your heart and soul for the holiday season than to enjoy a holiday choral performance! So mark your calendar for December 4th at 4 pm! One Performance Only!
You don’t want to miss “Holiday Reflections” featuring a wide variety of seasonal choral selections. The chorus is under the direction of Nancy Plantinga, with piano accompanist, Daniel Tague. Also showcased will be brass and percussion instrumentalists.
The Lakeshore Community Chorus fosters community engagement by performing diverse choral music and sponsoring related programs for the education and enjoyment of members and audiences in our surrounding lakeshore communities.
Programming is supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Holiday Reflections is a Lakeshore Community Chorus event held at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.