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Iowa Lakes Coffee House

Sweet, silly and sonorous

October 17, 2017
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Tuesday night's Coffee House at Iowa Lakes Community College offered music from many genres, coffee to fuel the fun, and styles from sweet to silly to simply classic. The college music department's men's and women's ensembles were larger than in recent past seasons.

The handbell choir announced its new bells with live demonstration by Lincoln Larsen at the high octave and Nicholas "Speedy" Adams on the low tone, a bell with an impressive diameter and hefty weight.

ELC alum Riley Koons was an auditory dead ringer for Billy Joel on "Piano Man."

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Iowa Lakes alumni Kerry Belgrave and Serena Lynch presented a medley of kids' songs from "Mary had a Little Lamb" to "Itsy Bitsy Spider," to "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."

Later in the show, the duo harmonized on an original faith tune Belgrave wrote and performed solo at a coffee house while he was a student.

The night ended with the promise of "One More Day" as Adams, Kaycee Arrowwood, Chris Brandt, Jeremiah Clay, Jailene Graves, Mitchell Leifeld, Megan Ryan, and Nathan Stroman teamed up on the rousing power ballad from the musical "Les Miserables," a performance coordinated by Stroman.

Iowa Lakes has numerous upcoming events, including a benefit for long time music department administrative assistant Linda Kautz on Nov. 13 at the Elks Lodge in Estherville. Pautz is currently undergoing cancer treatment.

The Iowa Lakes Jazz Festival is coming up Nov. 1 with an all-day clinic for high school students and a concert at 7 p.m. on the Estherville Campus.



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