Experience Blue Lake 2013
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Experience Blue Lake opens on Monday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. with a special combined concert featuring the Blue Lake International Choir, directed by Kelli Falls, and the Blue Lake International Jazz Ensemble, directed by David Jensen. Both groups will perform selections from their European tour repertoire.
Kelli Falls is in her seventeenth year of teaching vocal music and is currently directing the choral program at Parker Middle School in Howell, Michigan. Her choirs consistently receive Superior ratings at District Festival, and have also performed at the State Choral Festival. In addition to teaching vocal music, Ms. Falls has directed fourteen full-scale musicals at the middle school level and has also directed for community theaters, civic theaters and assisted with professional theaters across Michigan. Ms. Falls earned two undergraduate degrees (Music Education K-12 and Elementary Education with minors in Math and Science) from Western Michigan University. She also completed a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University. Knowing the importance of training high-quality music teachers, Ms. Falls has mentored over fifteen student teachers and taught master level choral methods courses at Western Michigan University and has presented numerous workshops at other Universities.
The centerpiece of Experience Blue Lake will be a performance on Tuesday, July 23, of Joseph Haydn’s Creation by the Blue Lake International Choir, Alumni Choir, and International Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Klaue.
Michael Klaue is currently conductor of the Ahrensburg (Germany) Youth Symphony Orchestra, as well as being a member of the conducting faculty of the Hamburg Conservatory of Music. He is dedicated to creating intercultural understanding and worldwide peace through music and has instituted youth exchange projects with numerous orchestras and choirs from throughout Europe, Japan, and the United States. He founded the Ahrensburg Youth Chamber Choir and subsequently founded and conducted the State Youth Choir of Schleswig-Holstein. Mr. Klaue has conducted other regional choirs in northern Germany. Klaue’s repertoire reaches from world famous a cappella literature to the well known oratorios by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Dvorák, and Orff with full symphony orchestra and symphonic concert choir. Michael began his relationship with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in 1973 as a visiting member of the Ahrensburg Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 1974, he was invited to serve as a tour counselor for the International Exchange Program. A long time member of the Blue Lake European Advisory Council, he has hosted numerous Blue Lake International groups in Germany and has brought the Ahrensburg Youth Symphony Orchestra to the United States on numerous occasions under the auspices of the Blue Lake International Exchange Program.
Experience Blue Lake will conclude on Wednesday, July 24, with a performance by the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Klaue. The evening’s program will feature a performance of Beethoven's 5th Symphony and Overture to the Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
All Experience Blue Lake events are free and open to the public. The three evening performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Avenue. Information on parking and directions to Hill Auditorium can be found at http://www.music.umich.edu/about/facilities/directions.htm
For more information on all the events associated with Experience Blue Lake, please call 800-221-3796.