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Lakeland Civic Flute Choir embraces the joyful whimsy of springtime

Posted: April 24, 2023

Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m., the Lakeland Civic Flute Choir will present “Spring Flora and Flutes” in the Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center in the D-Building of Lakeland’s campus.

Director Judith Elias will lead the Lakeland Civic Flute Choir in presenting a variety of works that evoke the peaceful charm of the spring season. The concert will open with Giovanni Gabrieli’s joyous “Jubilate Deo” arranged by Robert Rainford, followed by Grant Horsley’s “Shakespeare’s Garden” and Gary Schocker’s cheerful “Flute Flower.”

The program will then transition to several pieces sampled from longer compositions, including “The Temple in Cherry Blossom Time” from Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda’s “Voices from the Deep” and also “Flight” from Herman Beeftink’s “Birds.”

The middle of the concert is sure to keep the delight going with pieces showcasing the whimsical in Jonathan Cohen’s “Dance of the Radishes” from “Flutes and Vegetables,” as well as a selection of Irish folk tunes from The Celtic Ensemble.

Director of the Lakeland Jazz Impact, Ed Michaels, and Professor Emeritus, Robert L. Brown, will accompany the choir on soprano saxophone and piano while performing Ola Gjeilo’s “Iam Sol Recedit,” arranged by Judith Elias herself. Closing the program is none other than “Over the Rainbow” from the cinematic classic “The Wizard of Oz.”

The flute choir will also be performing “Una Fiesta de Canciones Folklóricas,” or, “A Celebration of Folkloric Songs,” arranged by Ricky Lombardo, in honor of Cinco de Mayo and as an homage to the unique styles and sounds of Latin America’s influence on American music.

Concert tickets are available at the box office or online at Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and veterans and $2 for students. Online purchasers should bring their order confirmation to show at the door. Lakeland Community College is located at 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, Ohio, 44094, just off the I-90/State Route 306 exit. Free parking is available.


The Lakeland Civic Flute Choir consists of many members of the previous Lake Erie College Flute Choir, The Hildegarden Flute Choir, and were most recently known as The Lake Flute Choir. In the spring of 2020, they were invited by Dr. Matthew Saunders, Lakeland music department chair, to be in residence at Lakeland Community College. The Lakeland Civic Flute Choir is open to new members by audition, including students and community members with some previous performance experience. Interested musicians can contact Judith Elias at


Lakeland Community College provides community members the opportunity to express and advance their talents by performing in five music groups: the Lakeland Civic Band, the Lakeland Civic Chorus, the Lakeland Civic Flute Choir, the Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra and the Lakeland Civic Orchestra. Additionally, the college offers talented high school students Jazz Impact, an all-star high school music group.

For more information about the civic music groups and auditions, contact Jeri Lynn Pilarczyk in the Arts and Sciences Division at 440.525.7261 or email


For more than 50 years, Lakeland Community College has impacted thousands of lives through learning. Founded in 1967, Lakeland was the first college in Ohio created by a vote of the people. True to its mission, the college provides quality learning opportunities to nearly 8,000 credit students to meet the needs of the community at its campus in Kirtland and online.

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, Lakeland offers more than 140 associate degree and certificate programs that may lead to high-demand careers or transfer to four-year institutions. The college also provides access to bachelor’s, graduate and doctorate degrees along with certificates and endorsements, as well as lifelong learning opportunities, on campus through the Holden University Center of Lakeland, in partnership with 11 four-year institutions.

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