White Lake Winter Lecture Series
The White Lake Music Society’s Winter 2020 Lecture Series will feature engaging and stimulating presentations! The last Tuesday of the month, from January through March, will showcase a wide variety of expertise and talent.
January 28, 2020
“Saint Peter and the Goldfinch: A Reading with Commentary and Invited Questions”
An early reader of Saint Peter and the Goldfinch said it best: "Ridl’s books are all treasures, as is he, and his poetry has always been trout-quick, alternately funny and wondrous, instantly intimate, and free of pretense. All these characteristics can be found in this book, and there is something else, something extraordinary: at an age where most poets are content to roll out an imagined posterity, he’s decided to push and refine the art, to see out the day and live it fully, because art and life settle for no less."
Jack Ridl taught at Hope from 1971 until retiring in 2006. He is the author of several collections of poetry, and has also published more than 300 poems in journals and has work included in numerous anthologies. He has given readings of his work and led workshops at colleges, universities, art colonies and other venues around the country.
February 25, 2020
“Music of the Swing Era”
Blue Lake Radio Host Lazaro Vega will share recordings of Swing Era American music by a variety of large and small ensembles, led by Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson as well as a variety of the era’s great instrumental improvisers including tenor saxophonists Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. Lazaro Vega is your host welcoming you to question everything he says with your own experiences, perceptions and insights.
Lazaro Vega is a voice on radio in West Michigan. As jazz director at Blue Lake Public Radio and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, MI, he's programmed and hosted 30 hours of jazz radio per week since 1983. Since 1986, Vega has contributed articles, reviews, and features on jazz to The Grand Rapids Press, including interviews with Dizzy Gillespie, Jackie McLean, Ornette Coleman, Dave Brubeck, Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams, Mel Tormé, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, and producer Chuck Nessa, among others.
March 31, 2020
Muskegon Community College History Professor, will speak about Beethoven’s Vienna” He will cover the culture, times, and influences taking place during the life of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827). This year marks Beethoven's 250th birthday.
All presentations will take place at 7 PM at the Book Nook & Java Shop, 8744 Ferry St. in Montague. Admission is $7 at the door.
The 2020 Swan Series
The White Lake Music Society is pleased to offer two upcoming lectures featuring retired Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s violist Robert Swan.
These 4PM lectures will take place on Sunday, February 9 and March 8. These 4 PM events will take place at the Praise Center of the United Methodist Church, 117 S. Division St., Whitehall. Admission is $7 at the door.
Sunday, February 9, 2020
"Dvorak, The Great Melodist”
Antonin Dvorak, the late nineteenth century Czech composer, wrote some of the most beloved music known to concert goers. Dvořák frequently used aspects of folk music. Join Bob as he shares with you examples from Dvorak’s symphonies, concertos, operas, and chamber music. Prepare to be delighted by the grace and intimacy of this master’s work!
Sunday, March 8, 2020
BEETHOVEN - the Revolutionary. Marking 250 Years of Great Music”
The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven. The White Lake Music Society will celebrate this milestone by offering this special lecture by Robert Swan. Let us honor together the 250th anniversary of the birth of one of western civilization’s greatest geniuses! Listen to examples of some of his most profound and important music. Reflect on his life, difficult and misunderstood, and see how it expressed itself through his art in a way not seen before. Beethoven is Bob’s hero and he will explain why.