One of unique aspects of Maranatha’s music department is the close proximity of the campus to institutions such as the Milwaukee Symphony, Madison Symphony, and Chicago Symphony, making frequent attendance to outstanding concerts possible.
Recently, sixteen music students, Sherry Trainer (Music Department Administrative Assistant) and David Ledgerwood (Music Department Chair) attended a Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert of Russian Fireworks.
Dr. Ledgerwood comments on the evening by writing the following: “We were able to secure premiere orchestra seating and were treated to a wonderful concert that included Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila, Tschaikovsky’s Symphony #2 (Little Russian), Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, and Polovtsian Dances by Borodin. For some of the freshmen students, this was their first live orchestral concert. The guest conductor for the evening was Sebastian Lang-Lessing, who impressed us all with his command of the music and contagious enthusiasm. In addition to orchestra playing magnificently and the ensemble being so precise, the various solos from members of the orchestra helped our students formulate mental pictures of professional orchestral sound. The fellowship we enjoyed before, during, and after the concert made for a special evening.”