"Diane Penning and Paul Langford have a lovely musical chemistry that bounds across the footlights. Diane's sweet soprano voice makes the easy crossover from classical to pops, and Paul's impressive vocals and marvelous keyboard stylings are a beautiful complement. Paul is also a highly skilled arranger who can (very quickly!) create a high-quality arrangement for any situation. They are both delightfully accommodating and easy to work with. I highly recommend Diane Penning and Paul Langford for your orchestra pops concert."
-Scott Speck, Conductor, West Michigan Symphony, Mobile Symphony, Joffrey Ballet. Artistic Director, Chicago Philharmonic Society
“Diane Penning and Paul Langford are the real deal! It was such an honor to work with both of them and present a fantastically successful Night at the Oscars concert. Whenever Diane sings, our audiences ask “when is she coming back?” Diane has the perfect voice to present music from Broadway and Hollywood, and Paul is a perfect match for Diane. He has a terrific voice and his arrangements are first rate. They are so easy to work with – we put on a terrific concert with just one rehearsal. Our audiences ate it up!”
-John Varineau, Conductor Grand Rapids Symphony
Diane Penning and Paul Langford are a marvelous artistic team and presented a show that was by turns entertaining, informative, touching, exhilarating, and fun! The selections were thoughtfully chosen and beautifully arranged. Ms. Penning is a seasoned pro with a gorgeous soprano who turns the stage into her living room and the concert into an intimate musical conversation between friends. Mr. Langford is a versatile artist, tickling the ivories one moment, conducting the next, all while crooning out smooth vocal line after vocal line. The two work seamlessly together and complement each other perfectly. The audience left the theater with lighter hearts and feeling refreshed and renewed.”
-Andy Buelow, Executive Director of the West Michigan Symphony
"Brava and thank you! You were just wonderful with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Your singing, your stage presence, your costumes, your musical charts…it’s such a great total package! Wish we could feature you every year!"
-Dr. William Intriligator, Music Director & Conductor, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra
"Paul and Diane are both so delightful to work with! I have only heard wonderful things from the audience about the concert - you were truly a "box office" hit!!!"
-Sue Kellogg, Executive Director, Southwestern Michigan Symphony Orchestra, St. Joseph, MI
“Arranger/producer Paul Langford has earned the utmost respect from instrumentalists and vocalists alike for his exceptional talent. He has a unique combination of musical and personal skills which guarantee a great product. Whether singing, playing, arranging, directing or producing in the studio, he brings a wonderful combination of professionalism, warmth, musicality and good humor to every project. He makes it look easy.”
-Bob Bowker, Veteran Chicago studio singer, producer, author, conductor, arranger
“Diane Penning is the 21st century Julie Andrews and Sarah Brightman combined. She is Mary Poppins, Maria in the Sound of Music and Christine in the Phantom of the Opera. Voices like Diane’s don’t come around very often and this one you MUST hear.”
-Robert Hanson, former Music Director, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Traverse Symphony Orchestra
“Penning not only sings with a personal warmth that really resonates with an audience ... But she’s also one of those rare performers who can sing both classical music and pops standards, and she displayed her talents in both areas to perfection in this concert.”
-Arlene Bachanov, Adrian Daily Telegram
‘’Their performance was lauded by all who attended ... The harmony and synergy Diane and Paul create is magical!”
-Presenters Margie Cebula and Maggie Hansma, Partners in Entertainment Inc.
"Diane Penning and Paul Langford's presentation of Broadway highlights throughout the years was gantastic! Their voices are stunning, and they use their technique to the point that reaches extreme excitement for the listener. Blend and balance are always carefully crafted, matching the intent of the composer. We have presented over 380 concerts over the past twenty-five years, and this performances could be rated in the top 15% in terms of audience reaction. Both are genuinely nice people to work with, which carries over into their performance. Highly recommended!"
-Melvin Rookus, Director of Music/Organist Nardin Park United Methodist Church Farmington Hills, MI
"Paul and Diane have put together a terrific show! From their superlative singing to Paul's orchestrally engaging and beautifully crafted arrangements to the humor and personal stories they use to contextualize the fantastic music they've chosen, they dazzle musicians and audience alike."
-Andrew Koehler, Conductor, Kalamazoo Philharmonia, Guest Conductor, West Michigan Symphony
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