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UW-Green Bay Music to present first 360° Thursdays concert of academic year

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UW-Green Bay Music will celebrate the return of its eclectic 360° Thursdays lecture and concert series Sept. 26, welcoming guest artists to present “Apple Train,” a cycle of seven Czech songs for soprano, piano and dancer by Sylvie Borodova.

The event will feature Laurie Lashbrook, soprano, of the University of Akron (Ohio), who will be accompanied by pianist Timothy Cheek, associate professor of Voice (Diction) at the University of Michigan. Cheek’s wife, acclaimed dancer Bohuslava Jelinkova, choreographed and will dance in the performance, along with Timothy J. Cheek, the elder Cheek’s young son. The show will mark the Wisconsin debut of “Apple Train,” which had its world premiere in Sydney, Australia in 2010.

The 360° Thursdays event is the first of eight for the 2013-14 academic year, and marks the return of the series after a successful inaugural run in 2012-13. A component of UW-Green Bay’s 360° of Learning brand, the concert-lecture event helps students, faculty, staff and community members connect with music in more meaningful ways. Performances feature scintillating and provocative pre-concert discussions by a composer, performer or arranger. Attendees will consider a single aspect of music through multiple perspectives.

The 360° Thursdays series features a diversity of performance styles designed to broaden attendees’ horizons and deepen their understanding of music. Each performance takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Concerts are free but donations are appreciated.

The inaugural 360° Thursdays concert of the academic year will serve as the kickoff event for UW-Green Bay’s Czech and Slovak festival, which runs Thursday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Sept. 29. A Friday Cultural Cuisine luncheon will feature traditional foods and a presentation by Music Prof. Sarah Meredith Livingston and Lada Gaines, a local musician originally from Humenne, Slovakia. Meredith Livingston and community patron Sharon Resch are the driving forces behind UW-Green Bay’s hosting of early rounds of the 12th Czech and Slovak Voice International Music Competition of Montréal, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29 on campus. More information on the festival is available at news.uwgb.edu/log-news/news/09/18/czech-and-slovak-festival-competition/.

UW-Green Bay is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. More information about 360° Thursdays is available at www.uwgb.edu/music/thursdays/. More information about UW-Green Bay Music is available at www.uwgb.edu/music/.

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