6:30 Concert Series – Percussion: Classical to Contemporary

Concert at the Weidner Center, March 29, 2018

Green Bay, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music’s 6:30 Concert Series continues with “Percussion: Classical to Contemporary” on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

Percussionist Bill Sallak will perform a recital that focuses on music for the marimba, ranging from Baroque transcriptions to recent chamber music that uses the instrument. For classical music enthusiasts, Sallak will be performing J.S. Bach’s fourth cello suite in its entirety. For fans of more recent music, he will be playing one of the cornerstone pieces of the marimba repertoire, Time by Japanese composer Minoru Miki.

Sallak will be joined by cellist Michael Dewhirst for Osvaldo Golijov’s emotional and elegiac duo Mariel, written in memory of Golijov’s friend Mariel Stubrin. He will also be playing traditional music from northern Ghana and Burkina Faso, as a well as a work by Ralph Towner.

As a performer, conductor, composer, technologist, and researcher, Sallak’s work has appeared at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Fifth International Conference on Minimalist Music (Turku and Helsinki, Finland) and numerous Percussive Arts Society International Conferences, among many others. Sallak is an assistant professor of Music UW-Green Bay, where he teaches percussion, recording technology and world music. A member of the Akros Percussion Collective, he has worked closely with such composers as Stuart Saunders Smith, Tom DeLio, John Luther Adams and Chris Shultis, and has performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Akron Symphony and numerous regional musical theatre productions.

About the 6:30 Concert Series
The 6:30 Concert Series is designed to connect the campus with the community through the exploration of music. Performances feature insightful presentations by performers, composers and special guests. The series offers new perspectives on diverse styles, often exploring the music from multiple angles. All performances take place in the Weidner Center’s Fort Howard Hall. They begin at 6:30 p.m. and last between 60 and 90 minutes. To learn more about the series and upcoming performances, please visit http://www.weidnercenter.com/630series /. Although the performances are free and open to the public, donations are gladly accepted for the benefit of UW-Green Bay’s Music program.

About the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. The Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance programs, community events and productions and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series — Stage Doors. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, call 920-465-2726 or 800-895-0071, or follow Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

About the University Wisconsin Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,158 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.