• Bradley University Soloist

    Posted on February 25th, 2011 lindenchrist No comments
    John Philip Sousa Concert

    John Philip Sousa Concert

    A Tribute to John Philip Sousa concert at Peoria’s Bradley University at Dingeldine Concert Hall on Sunday February 20th, was a complete success with so many in attendance and everyone simply loving the band’s excellent afternoon of music.     Above, I’m standing with the Band Director, Dr. David Vroman who clearly resembles the famous Sousa.

    It was a delightful afternoon and an honor for me to participate in!

    Thanks to all those who attended!   Video soon to come!!

  • Opera Composing in the Schools!

    Posted on February 11th, 2011 lindenchrist No comments

    As the Manager of Education for Chicago Opera Theater, I get the pleasure to work with amazing teaching artists and have fun creating alongside the students.   The entire month of January focused on COMPOSING melodies to the student’s lyrics.     Our composer in residence, Adam Busch states the following,

    “What a FUN-tastic time we had at Calmeca, Clinton and Hampton schools!!  We laughed…a TON, and learned even more!!!  Using our ‘music meter’ ( an octave scale)–the kids were able to select notes, 1 through 8,  to create AMAZING melodies.  Their thought process was very clear.  They identified the story each lyric was telling, then matched the rise and fall of the notes with the emotions and key words of the lyric–even making edits for meter where necessary.  Unbelievably, though all of our laughing–we made full songs in just 3 short sessions—and all of them were totally different!  The funky “clothes were groovy” disco, to the demanding “Chocolate Milk song”—The cravings of “I can’t wait for dessert”, and the joys of “Pizza Day”.
    What a great program–that now these kids will learn each other’s song AND perform them!!
    Cheers to all the participants!!!!”

  • Peoria Sousa Concert

    Posted on February 2nd, 2011 lindenchrist No comments

    Location: Dingeldine Music Center at Bradley University
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    Description: I am “The Lady in White” for this special Peoria concert featuring the Bradley University Band and Dr. Vroman dressed like John Philip Sousa. I will sing Art is Calling for Me by Victor Herbert and Gounod’s Je veux vivre from Romeo and Juliet. This is one concert you do not want to miss! Tickets are $15 and they sell out every year so order now by calling 309-677-2650!

    Time: 3:00-5:00pm
    Date: Sunday, February 20th, 2011

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    Here is part of an article from the bcrnews.com
    PEORIA — The Bradley University Symphonic Winds, conducted by Dr. David Vroman, will present a costumed, turn-of-the-century park concert in Dingeldine Music Center on the Bradley campus at 3 p.m. Feb. 20.

    The concert will be presented in the same style that John Philip Sousa used to entertain large audiences and which made him a household name throughout the United States. A pre-concert lecture featuring stories of the Sousa band will be presented at 2:15 p.m. by Scott W Schwartz, the director and archivist for Music and Fine Arts for the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The concert will be narrated by Bob Larson of WMBD television.

    Admission is $15. Tickets are available at the Hartmann Center Box Office beginning on Jan. 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. on the Bradley campus or by calling 309-677-2650.

    Vocalist Linden Christ will perform as Sousa’s “Lady in White.” The concert will feature novelty numbers and music of great composers fulfilling Sousa’s dual function of entertaining the audience and bringing the best music available to the public. There will, of course, be marches performed which will stir the patriotic blood, and, according to Sousa, “will make a man with a wooden leg want to get up and march.” Tickets will also be available at the door, however, there are only 440 tickets for sale.

    Linden Kathleen Christ is pursuing a career as a professional singer, director, conductor and teacher. In the summer of 2005, she made her international debut in Rome, Italy, as Gretel in the opera “Hansel und Gretel.” While in Rome, she also was a featured soloist with the Rome Festival Orchestra. She made her professional debut in January 2008 as First Lady in “Die Zauberflote” with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

    Linden has been the winner of numerous awards and scholarships including the National Association of Teachers of Singers, the DePauw Concerto Competition and Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along that featured Linden as the soprano soloist in Highland Park. She has won the Bel Canto Bravo Award two years in a row in Chicago. She received her master’s degree in vocal performance and musicology at the Chicago College of Performing Arts in May 2008 while studying with the renowned soprano, Judith Haddon. She was the featured “Lady in White” for the Sousa Concert two years ago in 2009.