CLC's 17th Annual Fear No Art includes new ballet score

  • CLC music faculty member David Jennings' ballet score will be featured at the Fear No Art festival April 24-26 at the College of Lake County.

    CLC music faculty member David Jennings' ballet score will be featured at the Fear No Art festival April 24-26 at the College of Lake County. Courtesy of the College of Lake County

Submitted by the College of Lake County
Updated 4/16/2015 1:16 PM

A variety of dance, music, poetry and art created by students and faculty will be the focus of the College of Lake County's 17th Fear No Art festival April 24-26. CLC dancers and musicians will also present a new collaborative project, four movements from a ballet called "My Sense of Everything."

The ballet's score was composed by CLC music faculty member and drummer David Jennings, with choreography by CLC dance faculty. Jennings' score, which contains elements of jazz and classical music, will be played by an ensemble that includes Dr. Michael Flack, CLC music professor and jazz pianist, and other members of the David Jennings Acoustic Ensemble.


Performances will be Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. The artistic director of Fear No Art is Valerie Alpert, CLC dance instructor.

The music, dance and poetry portion of the program will include original choreography by CLC students and faculty, set to music by artists ranging from Tracy Chapman to Henry Mancini. Original poetry will be presented by North Rory Homeward. Several singers will perform a wide range of music, including songs by Bruno Mars, Janis Joplin and original works.

The student choreographers are Amy Cole, Bracha Klein, Megan Iosue, Sue Lee, Sara Schoenberger and Annabella Tidei.

The dancers are: Laura Balinski, Amy Cole, Josa Comstock, Caitlin Cone, Daniel Conway, Anna Erdman, Jamie Hansen, Katiria Infante, Alana Johnson, Chris Kappil, Johanna Kuhl, Angie Leone, Dani Oilschlager, Suzanne Mena, Haley Reckling, Sara Schoenberger, Heather Sells, Hannah Shaffstall, Michelle Stone, Annabella Tidei and Kristine Boyce-Zanello.

The second half of Fear No Art will feature four of eight movements of "My Sense of Everything." The ensemble consists of 12 musicians, five of which form a traditional jazz quintet. The unique mixture of instruments allows for colorful orchestrations of the rich harmony.

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Jennings is a composer/drummer/vibraphonist who has composed and performed in Los Angeles and Chicago. He has worked with some of the greatest musicians in the world, and plays drums and composes for his Chicago-based jazz quintet, the David Jennings Acoustic Ensemble.

Jennings teaches music theory and percussion at CLC and jazz ensemble and jazz theory/improvisation classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. For more information, visit

Four movements of the ballet will be performed by the following musicians: Jim Batson, bass; Genaro Cantu, mallets; Dawn Crowther, French horn; Lois Del Vallee, oboe; Colleen Dornbusch, vocals; Natalie Fino, keyboard; Michael Flack, piano; Paul Hefner, conductor; David Jennings, drums; Larry McWilliams, trumpet; Debbie Mose, violin; and David Zielinski, saxophone and flute.

Choreographers are CLC dance instructors Valerie Alpert, Jeannine Potter and Lamaiya Lancaster.

Dancers performing the ballet include: Laura Balinski, Kirsten Boi, Josa Comstock, Amy Cole, Daniel Conway, Jamie Hansen, Ashley Hoffman, Megan Iosue, Chris Kappil, Johanna Kuhl, Sue Lee, Angie Leone, Dani Oilschlager, Sara Schoenberger, Emily Smith, Ruby Solorzaro, Michelle Stone, Rebecca Taylor and Kristine Boyce-Zanello.


In the lobby, two visual artists will display their creative works: Caitlin K. Cone (acrylic paintings) and Daniel Konieczny (imagination creation).

Tickets are $10 for regular admission; $8 for CLC students and staff, seniors, teens and JLC Subscribers; and $4 for children younger than 12. Prices include a $1 JLC facility fee. For tickets or more information, call (847) 543-2300 or visit

The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more in advance.

For information, call (847) 543-2431 or email

At the end of CLC's summer session, the dance department will present 2016 Summer Dance Showcase July 31 and Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. in the Studio Theatre of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts.

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