Get to know Lonnie Reed
Lonnie Reed, a Texas native, recently finished his Master’s in Vocal Performance at the University of Michigan, School of Music. Lonnie served as tenor section leader at First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, MI, where he has been one of the featured solo artists in all of the ministry’s fundraising events and concerts, which included Camille Saint-Saens’ Oratorio de Noel. Lonnie will conclude his time at FUMC as tenor soloist with Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass.
As he continues his studies at the University of Michigan, Lonnie received private voice instructions from the gifted performer and scholar Dr. Scott Piper. Under his direction, Lonnie was featured as a soloist for the School of Music’s Chamber Choir Fall Concert in 2013, as he rendered a choir/duet performance of “Soon ah Will be Done/I Wanna Die Easy” by Craig Hella Johnson. During that same Fall term, he was featured on a combined choir and orchestral work composed by Christopher Theofanidis: Here and Now, performed at the historical Hill Auditorium.
He has performed for the Arbor Opera Theater’s 15th Anniversary Gala where he sang the role of Basilio in a scene from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and as Arturo in a most notable sextet, “Chi mi frena in tal momento,” from Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti. Lonnie was previously featured as a tenor soloist in a performance of Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass in May of 2015; and, with Arbor Opera Theatre, where he sang the role of Gastone in the company’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata in June 2015. Come hear Lonnie
"Rock, Pop & Soul" concert are songs straight from the artist like Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are” or Selections from Michael Gore’s Fame. Other pieces, however, are medleys or collections that have been arranged by a more recent composer. But what is an arranger? Arranging music can often be confused with orchestrating music and less often confused with composing music, but the distinction is very clear.
Composing music of course is the creation of music from nothing. The bringing together of ideas from within the mind of the composer to create a new piece of art. Whereas orchestration is the assignment of notes from a previously composed piece to new instruments to make the composition accessible to a wider variety of performers, arrangement is the reimagining—to a degree—of a previously composed piece of music. Where arrangement does make use of orchestration techniques, it is a more in-depth process that also uses reharmonization, paraphrasing, and changes in development to add variety to an already existing melody.
The arrangers in our "Rock, Pop & Soul" concert took several songs by different artists and turned the collection into one cohesive piece per artist. By doing this, the arrangers like Patrick Roszell and Victor Lopez turn multiple songs into one interconnected, enjoyable, and comprehensible piece of music. Be sure to join us a for night of The Doors on Tour, The Eagles on Tour, A Whitney Houston Tribute, and many more. Only at the Michigan Philharmonic’s "Rock, Pop & Soul".