Free concert delights audience in downtown

By Martha Churchill   Where do you go in Milan to hear professional singers in a live concert? It all happened at the 36 Arts Center, downtown Milan, across from China One. The concert took place November 12 to a packed audience, mostly young people under 30. The music was fantastic. And it was free. Four graduates of Milan High School, all professional singers, provided a varied repertoire of comedy, serious, and modern music in Italian, German, and English. The four performers were Alex Ellul, Clarice Weiseman, Tori Darnell, and Amanda Williams, all Milan High School graduates in 2011 or 2013. The piano accompaniment was supplied by HaeHyun Park. The concert was a reunion for the four performers. “We haven’t been together since high school,” commented Williams. “We’ve all been friends and remained in contact.” The concert came about when Dave Snyder, of the Milan Main Street organization, heard the four vocalists were looking for a place to sing, and offered them the art gallery at 36 E. Main. Laila Kujala, an artist who manages the art gallery, made the arrangements for seating and lights. Those attending the concert were treated to art works all around on the walls while enjoying the music. The four performers have been on their way to professional singing careers. Williams is studying at Bowling Green State University for her Masters in Vocal Performance. She attended Eastern Michigan University for her undergrad. She studied music in Austria this past summer. Darnell is majoring in vocal performance at the University of Michigan, and plans to become an opera singer. Weiseman sang in the choir at Milan High School, and has participated in opera performances since then. She plans to graduate soon from EMU with a major in vocal performance, then continue on for a graduate degree. Ellul graduated from EMU this spring with a major in vocal performance. He teaches music and choir in Owosso, Michigan. He is the choir director at St. Joseph parish in Ypsilanti; and he is on the faculty at BeckRidge Productions in Canton as choir director.

By Martha Churchill
 
Where do you go in Milan to hear professional singers in a live concert?
It all happened at the 36 Arts Center, downtown Milan, across from China One.
The concert took place November 12 to a packed audience, mostly young people under 30. The music was fantastic. And it was free.
Four graduates of Milan High School, all professional singers, provided a varied repertoire of comedy, serious, and modern music in Italian, German, and English.
The four performers were Alex Ellul, Clarice Weiseman, Tori Darnell, and Amanda Williams, all Milan High School graduates in 2011 or 2013.
The piano accompaniment was supplied by HaeHyun Park.
The concert was a reunion for the four performers. “We haven’t been together since high school,” commented Williams. “We’ve all been friends and remained in contact.”
The concert came about when Dave Snyder, of the Milan Main Street organization, heard the four vocalists were looking for a place to sing, and offered them the art gallery at 36 E. Main.
Laila Kujala, an artist who manages the art gallery, made the arrangements for seating and lights.
Those attending the concert were treated to art works all around on the walls while enjoying the music.
The four performers have been on their way to professional singing careers. Williams is studying at Bowling Green State University for her Masters in Vocal Performance. She attended Eastern Michigan University for her undergrad. She studied music in Austria this past summer.
Darnell is majoring in vocal performance at the University of Michigan, and plans to become an opera singer.
Weiseman sang in the choir at Milan High School, and has participated in opera performances since then. She plans to graduate soon from EMU with a major in vocal performance, then continue on for a graduate degree.
Ellul graduated from EMU this spring with a major in vocal performance. He teaches music and choir in Owosso, Michigan. He is the choir director at St. Joseph parish in Ypsilanti; and he is on the faculty at BeckRidge Productions in Canton as choir director.

By Martha Churchill
 
Where do you go in Milan to hear professional singers in a live concert?
It all happened at the 36 Arts Center, downtown Milan, across from China One.
The concert took place November 12 to a packed audience, mostly young people under 30. The music was fantastic. And it was free.
Four graduates of Milan High School, all professional singers, provided a varied repertoire of comedy, serious, and modern music in Italian, German, and English.
The four performers were Alex Ellul, Clarice Weiseman, Tori Darnell, and Amanda Williams, all Milan High School graduates in 2011 or 2013.
The piano accompaniment was supplied by HaeHyun Park.
The concert was a reunion for the four performers. “We haven’t been together since high school,” commented Williams. “We’ve all been friends and remained in contact.”
The concert came about when Dave Snyder, of the Milan Main Street organization, heard the four vocalists were looking for a place to sing, and offered them the art gallery at 36 E. Main.
Laila Kujala, an artist who manages the art gallery, made the arrangements for seating and lights.
Those attending the concert were treated to art works all around on the walls while enjoying the music.
The four performers have been on their way to professional singing careers. Williams is studying at Bowling Green State University for her Masters in Vocal Performance. She attended Eastern Michigan University for her undergrad. She studied music in Austria this past summer.
Darnell is majoring in vocal performance at the University of Michigan, and plans to become an opera singer.
Weiseman sang in the choir at Milan High School, and has participated in opera performances since then. She plans to graduate soon from EMU with a major in vocal performance, then continue on for a graduate degree.
Ellul graduated from EMU this spring with a major in vocal performance. He teaches music and choir in Owosso, Michigan. He is the choir director at St. Joseph parish in Ypsilanti; and he is on the faculty at BeckRidge Productions in Canton as choir director.

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