Sponsored in part by the Saginaw AGO chapter, this concert will feature esteemed Doctoral student from Cornell: organist, Michael Plagerman. The program will include a premiere of Church Organist by Collin Whitfield, sung by Erin Whitfield and accompanied by Mr. Plagerman. The piece was commissioned by Dr. Steven Egler, Dean of the Saginaw AGO, to be set to a text by notable Saginaw poet, Margaret Rorke (1915 - 2000). The program will also include works by J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn, and John Knowles Paine. $10 suggested donation at the door.
Collin was commissioned by Dr. Steven Egler, Dean of the Saginaw AGO, to compose a solo organ work for the historic Edmund Giesecke Organ restored in memory of Helen Skuggedal Reed. Dr. Egler will be performing the work at First Presbyterian Church of Evansville, Indiana. The resulting work is Meditations, in three movements, and meditates on themes of awakening, dancing, and transcendence. It incorporates hidden musical ciphers throughout, paying homage to Helen Reed and her years of service to the Evansville AGO community.
Join Collin and Erin Whitfield for a piano and voice recital featuring the music of George Gershwin. George, along with his brother Ira, penned some of America’s most memorable songs and also contributed a significant body of work to the concert repertoire. He achieved a blend of jazz and classical styles that was unprecedented and remains unsurpassed to this day. Collin will perform the greatest of those achievements by Gershwin, “Rhapsody in Blue,” as the finale. The program will also include music by other treasured American songwriters as well. $10 suggested donation at the door.
Rob Gardner’s Lamb of God oratorio is a moving musical retelling of the final days, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ featuring choir, orchestra, soloists, and narration. Collin will be featured as tenor soloist, singing the role of John the Beloved, and Erin Whitfield will be singing the role of Mary Magdalene. Around 150 highly talented musicians from all around the state will be offering up their talents for this special performance. It is an occasion not to be missed!
An annual fundraiser for Emmaus House of Saginaw. Includes a Silent Auction at 1:30 pm, Concert at 3:00 pm, and afterglow reception following until 6:00 pm. Collin will be acting as Master of Ceremonies and organist for the concert, and will conduct the First Presbyterian Saginaw Chancel Choir for their portion of the program. Erin Whitfield will be featured as a soloist, and several other local church choirs will offer up special selections for the occasion as well, including singers from Emmaus House.
Collin Whitfield and soprano Erin Whitfield will be presenting the first of three FREE Advent Noon concerts featured at First Presbyterian Church of Saginaw. Come out on your lunch break to enjoy some wonderful holiday music and savor the beauty and cheer of the season!
December 10 will feature Jim Gladstone and December 17 will feature Carl Angelo, both wonderful organists.
Collin will be accompanying the Saginaw Choral Society on the Barton organ at the historic Temple Theatre in downtown Saginaw, for an evening of joyous Christmas music.
The Saginaw Choral Society is pleased to invite the
public to celebrate the rich and joyous sounds of the season with Once Upon a December. Led by Music Director Jeremiah J. Kraniak, this concert will take place at 3:00 PM on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the historic Temple Theatre.
When asked about this concert, Saginaw Choral Society’s Artistic Director, Jeremiah Kraniak said "The holiday season has always been about connecting with others. Within our own community, we celebrate a multitude of diverse holidays with friends and family. That is what this concert is about! Through songs and stories, we will connect with one another and celebrate the great traditions of the Holiday Season. My hope is that all of you let Saginaw Choral Society be a part of your own holiday tradition!"
$25, $20, $10 and $5 student tickets
Come get into the holiday spirit and attend this FREE concert at Holy Family Church in Saginaw, located on Washington Ave. Collin will be conducting a chorus of talented community singers on some lovely and upbeat anthems, as well as accompanying Erin Whitfield on Schubert's "Ave Maria" and playing a piano solo of George Winston's arrangement for "Carol of the Bells". The concert will also feature five other truly fine soloists and accompaniment by Bryan Latimer and Jeremy Reis.
Fireworks will be shot off from across the river immediately following the concert to conclude the Friday festivities for Holidays in the Heart of the City here in Saginaw.
Soprano Erin Whitfield featured as a soloist as part of the Saginaw Choral Society’s season kick off concert, performing Collin’s “i carry your heart” from Three Love Songs for Soprano.
The Music of Living concert will kick off the season on September 29 in the Malcolm Field Theatre at Saginaw Valley State University. Setting the tone for the evening, SCS is offering a pre-concert Gala Reception on the mezzanine of Curtiss Hall. Guests will enjoy food and drink hospitality before heading into the theatre. The Gala will begin at 6:00pm followed by the concert at 7:30pm.
The program features selections sung by the chorus, SCS men’s group Ah Tempo!, a piano solo from accompanist Catherine McMichael, and several other featured performers.
Jeremiah Kraniak, Music Director, says, “This opening concert will be a celebration of the breadth of talent we have in SCS. We are comfortable singing music from many genres and we have many fine soloists as well as a fantastic pianist. I wanted to showcase them to our patrons; I want the audience to come away feeling proud of what we have in this community. Making connections to our audience and community is a thread that you will see us carry through all season long.”
Tickets $40 Gala & Concert, $25 Concert Only
Join Mason Church's Music Director Collin Whitfield and soprano Erin Whitfield for their farewell concert before they move to Michigan. The program will be shaped around the music of one of their favorite songwriters and composers: George Gershwin.
Not only did George and his brother Ira pen some of America's most memorable songs, but George also contributed a significant body of work to the concert repertoire. He achieved a blend of jazz and classical styles that was unprecedented and remains unsurpassed to this day. Collin will perform the greatest of those achievements by Gershwin, "Rhapsody in Blue."
The program will also include some music by other treasured American songwriters. The concert is free of charge and the estimated duration is one hour. Donations are appreciated and will go to support the church music program.
Join us after at Peaks & Pints (21+), a short walk from the church, for a casual "last hurrah" as well. :)
Introducing a modern adaptation of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. This comedic masterpiece is set in modern English and is a great way to experience opera in an intimate setting. Come see how Figaro (Julian Riesenthel) and Susanna (Erin White) deal not only with the craziness of their own wedding day, but also with Count Almaviva (Ryan Bede) trying to exploit his social status and rite of lordship, which is where a nobleman had the right to sleep with a newly wedded bride first on the night of their wedding. Figaro, Susanna, and Countess Almaviva (Sammie Gorham) devise a plan to try to catch the Count cheating on the Countess after the newlyweds have been married.
In addition to the singers, they will be accompanied by Collin Whitfield on piano, with stage direction by Michael Heitmann.
I am honored to be coming back to FCC Royal Oak for a second summer performance! I will be sharing the stage with Erin White, a truly talented soprano who is just beginning her second year singing with the Seattle Opera Chorus. She had the pleasure of sharing with us together in worship at our Christmas Eve service last year, during which she and I performed a duet of O Holy Night. I am so grateful to be performing with her again for our congregation, and this time for a full-length concert!
I hope you can join us for this special evening of music. It was such a pleasure to see so many familiar faces last year.
The program will explore the vernacular of American music found in 20th century popular songs and art songs.
Free-will offerings will be accepted following the concert.
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I will be celebrating Christmas Eve in my home state at First Congregational Church of Royal Oak, Michigan. The church offers beautiful services with a particularly talented and diverse music program. For the offertory this night, I will be premiering my arrangement of O Holy Night for soprano and tenor with my lovely girlfriend Erin White.