On Friday, December 14, and Sunday, December 16, the Rockford High School Choirs and Bands will present their annual Collage Concerts. These very popular concerts are a great way to enjoy a variety of holiday music presented by our very talented choir and band students. They are presented in collage style, with one group performing right after another, without interruption. These concerts are sure to bring the holiday spirit to all who attend. The performances are scheduled for: Friday, December 14, at 7 PM; Sunday, December 16, at 2 PM and 4 PM. These concerts are open to the public. Tickets are required and seating is reserved, although there is no cost for the tickets. Those who wish to attend may pick up tickets at the Rockford High School Ticket Booth, located just inside the Fine Arts Entrance, Tuesday through Friday, December 4- 7, and Tuesday through Friday, December 11-14. The ticket booth is open between the hours of 10 AM and noon. Tickets will also be available before the performances: 6:00-6:55 PM on Friday, December 14, and 1:00-1:55 PM and 3:00-3:55 PM on Sunday, December 16. The multitalented students of the Rockford High School Bands and Choirs hope you will make this Collage Concert part of your holiday tradition this year.
Arts & Entertainment
Take a break from your busy holiday planning and enjoy the delightful sounds of the season as the Rockford Community Band, Adult Choir, Children’s Choir and Symphony Orchestra present their annual holiday concert, sponsored by the Rockford Area Arts Commission. Admission is free. The Rockford Community Choir, under direction of Renee Vande Wege with Kayle Clements, accompanist, is a 25-voice ensemble that has been in existence for more than 25 seasons. It is comprised of singers ages 13-88. They most recently performed at ArtPrize last September. The Rockford Community Children’s Choir (RC3), under the direction of Renee Vande Wege with Kayle Clements, accompanist and Stephanie Lamos, Choral Assistant, is a 16-voice children’s choir of 2nd to 5th grade singers. They are planning a holiday ensemble touring group for the 2013 holiday season. The Rockford Community Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Char Lothian, is a 30-member ensemble that performs classical and contemporary selections. Its members range in age from high school students to seniors. The Rockford Community Band, under the direction of Tiffany Engle, brings together approximately fifty instrumentalists from all walks of life who simply enjoy making music passionately and meaningfully. The concert will incorporate classical selections with several popular holiday songs. The free concert will be held at the Rockford High School Auditorium, 4100 Kroes St. NE, in Rockford, Michigan on December 9, 2012 at 3:00pm. We hope to see you there!
The Rockford Aces, an award-winning a cappella men’s ensemble from Rockford High School, will be performing holiday favorites with the Battle Creek Symphony and several renowned artists on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at the W.K. Kellogg Auditorium in Battle Creek. Among the artists featured are two of the top symphonic Broadway soloists in the country, Doug LaBrecque, and Lakisha Jones of American Idol fame. Mr. LaBrecque, a Michigan native, has thrilled theatre audiences from Broadway to Italy. Lakisha Jones, also a Michigan native, is a national recording artist who earned fame on the television show American Idol. Also performing are the Lakeview Spartanaire Men and the Battle Creek Boychoir. This event is for one night only and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets start at just $13.
Many thanks to Marilyn Keigley who sent this picture to the Squire for publication. She took it after the lighting ceremony at the dam in downtown Rockford using a 30-second shutter speed. Keigley has been a Rockford resident for seven years, is a member of the Grand Rapids Camera Club, the River City Camera Club and she runs the Big Rapids Camera Club.
Johnathan Rand, author of the tremendously popular Michigan Chillers, American Chillers and Freddy Fernortner series of children’s books, will be doing a book signing at Bay Leaf Used Books in Sand Lake on Saturday, December 8th, from 11 am to 1 pm. Fans can bring their own book for Mr. Rand to sign or purchase a copy at Bay Leaf Used Books. Rand’s Chiller series has a massive fan base across the country, but he is especially popular in his home state of Michigan. Rand is on tour to promote the importance of reading for kids, who find titles like “Gruesome Ghouls of Grand Rapids” and “Mackinaw City Mummies” hard to resist. “Teachers love Johnathan Rand as well,” says Gabe Konrad of Bay Leaf Used Books. “He’s ended up on several reading lists because he’s a writer that appeals to both boys and girls; a little scary, a little adventuresome, and all fun.” Rand’s Michigan Chillers and American Chillers series are targeted at third to fifth graders, while Freddy Fernortner: Fearless First Grader is popular with first to third graders. Bay Leaf Used Books is located at 49 E Lake in downtown Sand Lake, one block west of Northland Drive. They can be reached at (616) 636-8500.