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Slideshow: Retiree Association banquet, 2015

Members of the UW-Green Bay Retiree Association convened for their annual membership banquet Thursday evening, Oct. 1, at the University Union’s Phoenix Room on campus. Featured speaker was Chancellor Gary L. Miller.

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UW-Green Bay welcomes ‘amazing singers’ for International Vocal Competition, Oct. 9-11

vocal-competition-imageLovers of opera and classically trained vocal performance will have the opportunity to hear top young talent from across the nation and beyond when the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay hosts a prestigious international music competition Friday through Sunday, Oct. 9-11.

The International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition takes place in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, located on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay. Admission is free, and the public is welcome to attend at any point during the competition’s three rounds — opening, semifinal and final.

The 2015 edition of the every-other-year competition is the 13th since its inception in Montreal, Canada, in 1991. This is the first year Green Bay will host the finals, a change based in part on a history of success as a preliminary venue. UW-Green Bay has hosted opening rounds six straight times since 2003.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the finals to Green Bay. This competition has a great history, and our audiences have really enjoyed being able to hear amazing singers from around the world,” says UW-Green Bay Music Prof. Sarah Meredith Livingston, director, who with community patron Sharon Resch, producer, is organizing the weekend’s events.

The competition schedule (subject to change) is as follows:

• Friday, Oct. 9 — Preliminary Round 10 a.m. – noon
• Saturday, Oct. 10 — Semifinal sessions beginning at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Oct. 11 — Finals, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (closing reception, 3 p.m.)

“This is a competition that showcases the beauty of the Czech-Slovak repertoire,” Meredith Livingston says. “It also provides a chance for promising young singers to further their careers, and it demonstrates to our local voice students what can be possible when talent, training and dedication come together.”

A total of 19 male and female vocalists have entered to take part in the Green Bay preliminary rounds. (Preliminaries will also take place in Montreal, earlier the same week, with contenders vying to advance to Green Bay for the semifinals.)

The list of entrants here includes vocalists from New Jersey, California, Ohio and Massachusetts as well as several each from Michigan and Illinois, and one from Kronberg, Germany. Competitors from Wisconsin are Sarah Butler, soprano, Milwaukee; Talia Nepper, lyric soprano, Franksville; Elena Stabile, soprano, Appleton; and Ian Toohill, tenor, Shorewood.

The winner of the International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition will receive $5,000 Canadian and be featured in recital at a later date at the U.S. Embassy in the Czech Republic. The event offers a total of seven cash awards including $2,500C for second place and $2,000C for third.

The first-place finisher in the 2013 competition, Ukrainian-born soprano and University of Michigan graduate Antonina Chekhosvkya, now tours professionally as an opera, symphony and solo recitalist. Within months of her 2007 title, Simone Osborne, now with the Vancouver and Canadian Opera companies, became one of the youngest winners (at age 21) of the famous New York Metropolitan Opera auditions. The 2003 top prize winner, Jan Martiník, is today a featured performer with the Berlin State Opera.

The distinguished panel of international jurors for the 2015 competition includes Alois Jezek, artistic director of the Dvorak International Voice Competition, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic; Ales Kanka, Prague Conservatory; Prof. Victor Yampolsky of Northwestern University; Maestro Gildo Dinunzio, assistant conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, New York; and Alain Nonat, artistic director of Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20,, Montreal, and the competition’s founder. Also serving as jurors will be UW-Green Bay’s Meredith, herself an accomplished vocalist and Fulbright honoree for her performance and academic work primarily in the Czech-Slovak repertoire, and Seong-Kyung Graham, music director and conductor for the Civic Symphony of Green Bay.

Singers will be accompanied, for the seventh consecutive time at the Green Bay site, by pianist Tim Cheek, a professor, Czech diction specialist and vocal coach at the University of Michigan.

Nonat and others created the Montreal competition in 1991 to commemorate the 150th celebration of renowned composer Antonin Dvorak’s birth. Today, the event continues to promote the Czech and Slovak vocal repertoire for young singers, while fostering exchanges of young musicians and specialists between North America and the Czech Republic, as well as Slovakia.

It is expected that Bořek Lizec, counsel general of the Czech Republic in Chicago, will be on hand for the presentation of awards at the reception following the Oct. 11 finals.

The final round begins at 10 a.m. in the Weidner’s Fort Howard Hall, only a few hours ahead of that day’s noon kickoff across town at Lambeau Field, where the Green Bay Packers will host NFL rival the St. Louis Rams.

“People everywhere know about Green Bay and world championship performances in football,” Meredith says. “It’s nice to be able to add to that, in our own way, by bringing an international competition in music to this community, and showcasing these talented vocal performers.”

50th Anniversary celebration continues with expanded Alumni Days

UW-Green Bay hosts its third annual Alumni Days on Oct. 16 and 17 with a bigger and better array of activities to coincide with the University’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Among the events on Friday’s opening evening is a resurrection of the BlueWhale Coffeehouse — at one time a premiere Midwest destination for blues performers — with a Shorewood Clubhouse concert by alumni favorite Claudia Schmidt. On Saturday, Phoenix Fest — a “mini-Bayfest” — will offer live music, food, beverages, and many attractions for the entire family including Segway tours of campus, carnival games, zip line, stunt jump, a chili bar, corn tent and beer garden. Green Bay Athletics teams will host Phoenix Phrenzy in a “midnight mania” type of atmosphere with player intros, dunk contest, a scrimmage and special appearance by the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team (featured on “America’s Got Talent”). Throw in Alumni Awards Night, a mainstage Theatre production, a Music concert with alumni choral participation, home soccer and volleyball, the return of the John Maino Golf Classic at Shorewood, Big Mouth, Pat McCurdy, vintage memorabilia displays and a 5K fun run, and it’s an action-packed weekend. See the news release, or the full schedule.

Special perk for faculty, staff and retirees

Organizers share word that admission to general Alumni Days events Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 17, will be free to all UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and retirees who register in advance. As valued members of the UW-Green Bay community, your complimentary registration includes entrance for you and your immediate family to all Alumni Days events (with exception of add-on events). See a full list of Alumni Days events.
Register by Friday, October 9 by emailing Director of Alumni Relations Kari Moody. with the events you and your immediate family plan to attend.

Alumni Days also include downtown component, and ‘Spawning Run’

In connection with Alumni Days, the University and alumni volunteers will staff a booth at the Downtown Farmers Market, from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday the 17th, dispensing gifts to anyone in UW-Green Bay apparel. A special Habitat for Humanity alumni build on Crooks Street is planned for later in the day. Meanwhile, back at UWGB, the “Spawning Run” 5k organized by the eco-minded student chapter of the American Fisheries Society invites campus and community to explore the trails of the Cofrin Arboretum. Learn more about the run/walk.

Ally Conference 2015 targets social justice, inclusion, unity

The American Intercultural Center is extending an invitation to attend ‘You Have the Power to Rise — Rise Up,’ the 2015 UW-Green Bay Ally Conference taking place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at locations in Theatre Hall, MAC Hall and the Weidner Center. The conference will approach issues of diversity, social justice, access and equality, and provide a safe environment to celebrate diversity and the talents within all populations. This event is free to UW-Green Bay students. Keynote speaker for the evening dinner at the Weidner Center is Civil Rights activist Sheyann Webb-Christburg, the youngest participant (8 years old) in the “Bloody Sunday” march at Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965. Registrations are requested by Oct. 12. For more information and to register.

The UWGB Parade Committee is seeking volunteers

Seeking: Volunteers to serve on this year’s Green Bay Holiday Parade Float Committee. It’s a fun gig, and last year this group won the Jean Nicolet Award for the best themed float. Is working on a parade float on your bucket list? There was a preliminary kickoff meeting earlier today in the marketing suite located in the concourse near the Cofrin Library alcove… (known for the earth ball in the window and the creative outbursts emanating from within), but you can also join the team, or learn more, by e-mailing Sue Bodilly.

Reminder: Employee Benefits and Wellness Fair

If this is October, the annual benefits-enrollment period must be right around the corner (starting Monday, the 5th). The Office of Human Resources has announced the date, time and place for the 2015 Employee Benefits and Wellness Fair: from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 7) in the University Union’s Phoenix Room. Check out the System’s changes-for-next-year info in advance and bring your questions.

Meanwhile, Kaye prepares to host Brookhiser visit

Another fan of Thomas Paine is Richard Brookhiser, historian, author and nationally known conservative intellectual, who’ll be on campus for a Historical Perspectives Lecture Series appearance at 7 p.m. next Tuesday (Oct. 6) in the University Union. His campus host, Prof. Harvey Kaye of Democracy and Justice Studies, is promoting the lecture. He offers a sneak preview of Brookhiser’s talk on Lincoln and the Founders by sharing a link to his own Daily Beast review of the author’s recent book, Founders’ Son: A Life of Lincoln.

Fall lineup includes pianist Rector, composer McQuade Dewhirst, others

Following Matheny’s performance, remaining 2015 “6:30 Thursdays” concerts are:
• Oct. 15 — “The Music Trance”
 Pianists Sylvia Hong and Michael Rector
• Nov. 5 — “Travelogue”
 Marimba/clarinet duo Transient Canvas
• Nov. 12 — “Piano Per Diem: 30 Piano Pieces in 30 Days”
 Pianists Holly Roadfeldt and Michael Rector perform compositions by Michelle McQuade Dewhirst
• Dec. 3 — “Dragons, Stones and Circuses”
 Compositions by David Colson to be performed by UW-Green Bay faculty and friends