UW-Green Bay Music will present the year’s second 360° Thursdays lecture-concert event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 17) with a lecture, multi-media presentation and live performance by pianist and harpsichordist Abigail Mace. The program in the Weidner Center’s Fort Howard Hall is titled “From Venice to Weimar: Italian Inspiration in the Keyboard Toccatas of J.S. Bach.” A specialist in early music, Baroque and historical interpretation, Mace will play works by Girolamo Frescobaldi, Johann Jakob Froberger and Johann Sebastian Bach, among others. Mace earned her bachelor’s in piano performance at Vanderbilt and a music master’s and doctorate at the University of Texas, followed by a Fulbright Fellowship in early music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. She has performed widely including with the Toronto-based Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. The 360° Thursdays event is in keeping with UW-Green Bay’s 360° of Learning brand, in that the concert-lecture format helps students, faculty, staff and community members connect with music in more meaningful ways. Read more.
Harpsichord builder is early 1970s graduate
Music Lecturer Abigail Mace says she was pleasantly surprised to come across a top-notch harpsichord and clavichord builder upon her return to the Green Bay area. (The instruments are relatively rare.) The builder is Ed Selinsky, a longtime community music instructor and an early 1970s graduate of UW-Green Bay. Mace and Selinsky moved one of his harpsichords into Thursday’s performance space in Fort Howard Hall earlier this week. Selinsky says the harpsichord is a living, breathing instrument, highly sensitive to humidity and temperature changes, and must have time to adjust to remain in tune.