Sunday, July 25, 2010

FREE Blue Lake Youth Experience 7/26 - 7/28 University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Special Invitation

FREE Second Annual Experience Blue Lake
University of Michigan
July 26-28, 2010

You are cordially invited to attend a special Blue Lake showcase at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium July 26 – 28, 2010. Entitled Experience Blue Lake, the event will feature performances by the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra and International Choir, both having recently returned from three-week goodwill tours of Europe. In addition, an exhibition of specially selected art by Blue Lake students will be presented in the Michigan Union’s Art Lounge.

The centerpiece of Experience Blue Lake will be a performance on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, of Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah by the Blue Lake International Choir, Alumni Choir, and International Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Christoph von Kuczewski-Poray.

Since 1995, Christoph von Kuczewski-Poray has been Choir Director and Kappelmeister in the Theater of Lübeck, Germany. Mr. Kuczewski was Guest Conductor for an exceptional performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in Scharbeutz-Pönitz (Germany) during the summer 2009, which included Blue Lake’s 2009 International Choir, a local choir of 100, and a professional orchestra from Lübeck.

The choral forces for Elijah will include members of the International Choir, joined by the Blue Lake Alumni Choir. The Alumni Choir, directed by Dr. Carole Ott, is comprised of former Blue Lake campers, parents, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp contributors.

The Blue Lake International Choir, under Mr. Kuczewski’s direction, will be featured in concert on Monday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m. The Choir will offer selections from their European tour repertoire, including works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Anton Bruckner, and Leonard Bernstein.

Experience Blue Lake will conclude on Wednesday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m., with a performance by the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Blue Lake’s President Fritz Stansell. The evening’s program will feature a performance of Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 and works by Gustav Holst and Paul Dukas.

The Blue Lake Student Art Exhibition will be on display from July 13 – August 8 in the Art Lounge of the Michigan Union, located at 530 S. State St. in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The featured works were created by students in Blue Lake’s art program during the 2009 season. The artists, ranging in age from 12 to 17, created works in mediums such as drawing, painting, sculpture, fibers, and mixed media. 

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, Ann Arbor, MI. For more information log on to or call 800-221-3796. 

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