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Lakeside Civic Chorus Sings Broadway Tribute

Celebrate Spring with the music of Broadway.  The Lakeside Civic Chorus presents “Seasons of Love - a Tribute to Broadway,” at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 25th, at the First Presbyterian Church of Rockwall.  The concert, under the direction of Dr. William Witwer, is a departure from the choir’s recent programs of traditional liturgical music.   “We are taking a light hearted look at love in all its many forms with Broadway songs from the 20s to the present, including songs from The Wiz, Rent, South Pacific, Wicked, and The Pajama Game.”   The program will also feature the Rockwall Children’s Choir, under the direction of Alan Clark, and selections by members of Rockwall Community Playhouse and the Rockwall Summer Musicals.  Former Rockwall ISD students and LCC music scholarship recipients, Sydney de la Garza and Whitnee Bomkamp, will also be featured.  Rachel Paul will accompany at the piano.  Admission is $10. Children 12 and under admitted free of charge. Tickets are available at the door. The First Presbyterian Church of Rockwall is located at 602 White Hills Drive in Rockwall.

Dr. Witwer was named Artistic Director/Conductor of Lakeside Civic Chorus in the Fall of 2014.  His first concert, a Messiah Sing-a-Long, was enthusiastically supported by the community and will be repeated again this December, with hopes of becoming a holiday tradition.  “The Messiah Sing-a-Long was a great experience for our choir and brought a lot of new members into our group.  We are planning ways to make it even bigger and better than last year.”   In addition to his duties with Lakeside Civic Chorus, Dr. Witwer is Director of Choirs at Wylie High School.  Before coming to Rockwall, Dr. Witwer taught at the high school and college level and led community and church choirs in Colorado, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.  He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the Literature and Performance of Choral Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as degrees in Music Education and Music History from Southwest Texas State and the University of Akron. Dr. Witwer and his family live in Rockwall.

Established in 1984, Lakeside Civic Chorus is a non-profit organization comprised of members from the Lake Ray Hubbard area who love to sing.  Membership is open to all, regardless of musical training or experience.  In addition to underwriting expenses, the chorus funds music scholarships for students from local high schools.  Additional information at www.lakesidecivicchorus.org and on Facebook.