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Guest composer Washut to headline first 360° Thursdays concert at UW-Green Bay

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UW-Green Bay Music will present the first installment of its new concert series, 360° Thursdays, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

The concert will feature accomplished jazz composer and arranger Prof. Bob Washut of the University of Northern Iowa, a well-known artist and educator who has served as UNI’s Director of Jazz Studies for more than 20 years. Washut will discuss his creative process, and the UW-Green Bay Jazz Ensemble — under the direction of Associate Prof. John Salerno — will perform Washut’s music.

The concert is the inaugural program for UW-Green Bay’s innovative series, 360° Thursdays, part of the University’s new 360° of Learning brand. The 360° theme reflects UW-Green Bay’s unique approach that enables students to explore their education from a variety of angles, dimensions — and ultimately, possibilities. The 360° Thursdays series does this by helping students, faculty staff and community members connect with music in more meaningful ways. Performances will feature scintillating and provocative discussions by a composer, performer or arranger. Attendees will consider a single aspect of the music through multiple perspectives.

The 360° Thursdays series will feature a diversity of performance styles designed to broaden attendees’ horizons and deepen their understanding of music. The other scheduled performances for spring semester are as follows, with each taking place at 6:30 .m. in Fort Howard Hall. Concerts are free but donations are appreciated.

Feb. 28: Pianist Nicholas Phillips: Phillips, of UW-Eau Claire, will perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn and others after his pre-concert lecture.

March 14: UW-Green Bay Brass, Flute, and Saxophone ensembles: Performance to follow pre-concert talks by the directors of the ensembles.

March 28: Exploring Jazz styles: UW-Green Bay Faculty Jazz Combo and special guests, featuring UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Adam Gaines.

April 18: Form and thematic manipulation in music: Lecture-recital with UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. John Salerno.

May 2: Premieres and miniatures: UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Michelle McQuade Dewhirst offers insights on new works. UW-Green Bay faculty perform music written by and for the UW-Green Bay community.

The Feb. 7 concert is the 11th of the 2012-13 season for UW-Green Bay, an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. More information about 360° Thursdays is available at www.uwgb.edu/music/360-thursdays.asp. More information about UW-Green Bay Music is available at www.uwgb.edu/music.

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