Penning and Langford
Presenting a rich, dazzling celebration of American Popular music. Diane and Paul bring a shared passion for American Popular music to their performances with heartfelt vocals and great stage chemistry.
Their themed programs have wide audience appeal:
- Lights! Camera! Action! Hollywood’s Greatest Melodies
- Off The Charts! Great Number One Hits
- My Favorite Things! [Celebrating the Music of Julie Andrews]
- A Penning and Langford Holiday
With a “silvery and thrilling” lyric soprano and “astounding coloratura”, Diane Penning has headlined in classical and pops programs with dozens of orchestras nationwide and recorded internationally. Pops programs exhibit her versatility in songs that range from standards to showpieces for coloratura soprano like ‘Think of Me’ from ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Glitter and be Gay’ from Bernstein’s ‘Candide’.
Renowned conductor, pianist, and world-class arranger, Paul Langford, a silky tenor to the duo’s lush duets and an elegant style at the keys. Langford has accompanied Grammy winners Celine Dion, Kenny Rogers, Yolanda Adams, Michael Buble, and Josh Groban, sung for President Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama, led orchestras around the world, is a published composer, and runs a state-of-the-art recording studio in Chicago.
For more information or to book Penning and Langford for your next season or event, contact us!
What symphony executives are saying!
“Diane and Paul’s Hollywood program was an ideal pops experience: lovely music; perfectly prepared arrangements; beautifully presented and sung. A treat.”
- Robin Fountain, Music Director, Southwest Mighigan Symphony
“Diane Penning and Paul Langford are the real deal! Whenever Diane sings, our audiences as “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 is the 21st century Julie Andrews and Sarah Brightman combined. She is Mary Poppins, Marian 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, Conductor Traverse Symphony and former MD, Elgin Symphony
"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 compliment. 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
"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
"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
What the press is saying!
“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