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Hollywood’s Greatest Melodies


Andrew Koehler, conductor

Diane Penning, soprano

Paul Langford, tenor, piano, arranger

Thursday January 01 at

Frauenthal Theater

Tickets: $25, $30, $46, $57
Student tickets: $10


Call 231.726.3231 for season ticket info.

Diane Penning. Paul Langford

Join Diane Penning, Paul Langford, and the West Michigan Symphony for a survey of the most treasured movie memories. Diane and Paul return to the WMS to sing a variety of titles on the American Film Institute’s list of “100 Best Songs From Movies.” Songs include Over the Rainbow, Luck Be a Lady, Beauty and the Beast, The Way We Were, and Love is an Open Door from the motion picture Frozen.

Flying Theme From E.T (orchestra feature) John Williams
Cole Porter Medley (Diane and Paul) arr. Langford
Shadow of Your Smile (Paul) arr. Langford
Poppins Fantasy (Diane and Paul) arr. DePuit
The Sea Hawk (orchestra feature) Erich Korngold
Over The Rainbow (Diane) arr. Langford
Slow Boat To China (Diane and Paul) arr. Langford
Luck Be A Lady (Paul) arr. Langford
Think of Me (Diane) arr. Brian Brill


A Tribute To Henry Mancini (orchestra feature) arr. Custer
Cheek to Cheek (Diane and Paul) arr. Langford
Windmills of Your Mind (Paul) arr. Langford
Love is an Open Door (Diane and Paul) arr. Langford
Beauty and the Beast (Diane and Paul) arr. Langford
The Way You Look Tonight (Paul) arr. Langford
The Way We Were (Diane) arr. Langford
Tonight (Diane and Paul) arr. Langford

Equally at home in classical repertoire and pops, Diane has performed with orchestras around the country, with some in programs of both genres, including the Adrian, Arkansas, Battle Creek, Bijou, Cheyenne and Colorado Springs Symphonies; the Dayton Philharmonic; the Dearborn, DuPage, Elgin, Elmhurst, Firelands, Grand Rapids, Greensboro and Grant Park Music Festival Symphonies; the Interlochen Arts Academy; and the Kalamazoo, Lafayette, Midland, Mobile, Park Ridge, Pensacola, Phoenix, Rockford (IL), Saginaw Bay, Sheboygan, South Bend, South West Michigan, Traverse, Tacoma Symphonies, and the West Michigan Symphony. This season includes engagements with the Las Cruces Symphony (Pops Under the Stars), and duo performances with singing partner Paul Langford with the San Antonio (Off the Charts! Number-One Songs) and North Charleston Pops Orchestras (Lights! Camera! Action! Hollywood's Greatest Melodies).

Her musical theatre credits include Cunegonde in Candide, Marian in The Music Man, Amalia in She Loves Me, Maria in West Side Story and “the grouch” in Kapilow’s Green Eggs & Ham.

Diane’s work in oratorio includes Bach’s B minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mass in C minor; Faure’s Requiem; Handel’s Messiah; Haydn’s Creation, Harmonie Messe, and Lord Nelson Mass; Mozart’s Requiem; Orff’s Carmina Burana; Poulenc’s Gloria; Rutter’s Magnificat under the baton of Sir David Willcocks, African Sanctus with Jonathon Willcocks; and Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem, with such organizations as the Apollo Chorus in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, the Kalamazoo Bach Festival, and the Calvin College Oratorio Society.

Her opera roles include Adele in Die Fledermaus, Frasquita in Carmen, Musetta in La Boheme, and Papagena in The Magic Flute.

Ms. Penning is a member of the "The Hildegard Singers", a group of four women who made their European debut in Great Britain in 2013. In addition to the concert stage, Ms. Penning performs in cabaret.

She holds degrees in music and voice from the University of Michigan (BM) and Western Michigan University (MM in voice performance.)

Diane’s professional recordings include Phantom Phantasy, with the Grand Rapids Symphony; Christmas Festival, with the Czek National Orchestra; Simply Gershwin, with pianist Paul Bisaccia; and Sacred Space, with Composer/Performer Nicholas Palmer.

A Chicago based singer, arranger, keyboardist, producer and conductor, Paul Langford has a career that spans over 25 years. His works have been performed by vocal and instrumental groups all over the world including The Chicagoland Pops, West Michigan Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Voices of Liberty, GLAD, Willow Creek Community Church, multiple Disney parks, and many orchestras around the nation including the Pensacola, Grand Rapids, La Crosse, Anderson, Dubuque, Jackson, and Southwest Michigan Symphonies.

Paul has been a vocal and piano guest artist in studio and live performance with headline and Grammy Award-winning artists David Foster, Yolanda Adams, Kenny Rogers, Heather Headley, Abraham Laboriel, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, and Celine Dion, and he’s been honored to perform for President Bill Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama. Paul also appears as part of the singing duo, Penning and Langford.

As owner and creative director of Paul Langford Studios, a state-of the-art Chicagoland recording facility, Paul produces, engineers, composes, and plays for a variety of leading artists, corporate clients, and television/film projects. On the road, Paul is an in-demand music educator, clinician, guest conductor, respected band and vocal ensemble leader, and invited singer with orchestras and a cappella groups across America and around the globe.

His voice has been heard on radio and TV commercials for such companies as Ronald McDonald House, Oldsmobile, L.L. Bean, Old El Paso, Nintendo, Frigidaire and Nickelodeon. He has also led and arranged for choirs, rhythm sections, big bands, orchestras and acappella groups all across America and abroad. Paul is a published choral arranger and composer, as well as an in-demand clinitian for musical groups of all varities. His works for choral and instrumental ensembles can be found through Hal Leonard, Shawnee Press, Oxford University Press, Alfred Music.