UW-Green Bay’s fall concert series 6:30 Thursdays continues Nov. 5 with “Travelogue” featuring the marimba/clarinet duo Transient Canvas. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center. Transient Canvas features Amy Advocat on bass clarinet and Matt Sharrock on marimba. They’ve premiered more than 50 new works in four years, inspired by travel and influenced by the people they have met along the way. UWGB Prof. Michelle McQuade Dewhirst’s composition, shenpa, will be premiered in the concert.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s fall concert series 6:30 Thursdays continues November 5 with “Travelogue” featuring the marimba/clarinet duo Transient Canvas. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at UW-Green Bay.
Transient Canvas is a unique duo with Amy Advocat on bass clarinet and Matt Sharrock on marimba. They have been blazing their own trail in the world of contemporary music since 2011 and have premiered over 50 new works in four years. They have been inspired by travel and influenced by the people they have met along the way.
“We love to travel. It’s really the best part about being a musician… meeting new people, seeing new sights, eating new food. After all, everyone — especially artists — are shaped by the people they’ve met, the places they’ve been, and the experiences they’ve lived.”
Transient Canvas performs almost exclusively works written for them. Their mission is to provide a blank slate or canvas for composers to explore while simultaneously making bass clarinet and marimba a new standard ensemble. They perform the works of living composers and are always looking for innovative ways to connect with new audiences.
UWGB Professor Michelle McQuade Dewhirst’s composition, shenpa, will be premeired in the November 5 concert. Other innovative composition titles include Fabrication 10: Itch, TELE, Branches, Lumba-Lumba Hijau, and Nostalgia Variations.
The 6:30 Thursdays concerts provide an innovative experience to connect the campus and community through music in meaningful ways. The 2015-16 series features a wide array of musical styles and guest artists. All 6:30 Thursdays are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.
Remaining 6:30 Thursdays performances in 2015:
November 12 Piano Per Diem—30 Piano Pieces in 30 days: Pianists Holly Roadfeldt and Michael Rector
December 3 Dragons, Stones, Circuses: David Colson, composer, music performed by UWGB faculty and friends
The 1923 Fund is the generous sponsor of the 2015-16 season of 6:30 Thursdays. Contact Linda Parins or 920-465-2944 for more information.
What a weekend! A special 50th Anniversary Alumni Days gave UW-Green Bay alumni and friends a chance to reunite with the campus community October 16 and 17. Among the highlights: about 70 alumni joining the UWGB Music students and faculty in concert, excitement at the Kress with the Green Bay athletics teams, mini-Bayfest in Phoenix Park, alumni musicians, affinity groups, a Habitat for Humanity reunion and build, resurrection of the BlueWhale Coffeehouse and so much more. See some of the best images here and thank you to alumni Dan Moore, Jena Richter, Sue Bodilly and adopted alumnus Kimberly Vlies for the fantastic photos!
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We heard great things about last Saturday’s choral concert extravaganza – now it’s the instrumentalists’ turn. The student Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band under the direction of Prof. Kevin Collins will perform at 7:30 p.m. this Friday (Oct. 23) at the Weidner Center. Among the musical highlights will be “A Gaelic Ballad” and “Arabesque,” a pair of Sousa marches and “Black Dog,” a piece inspired by the music of Led Zeppelin and the hard rock sounds of the 1970s. The latter will feature Prof. Eric Hansen on clarinet. For more on a very appealing program.
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Gift by 1923 gives bands a new sound – Friday’s band concert will be the first at UWGB to feature the sounds of new instruments purchased via a generous grant from the Cofrin Family’s 1923 Fund, which has long lent its support to the Weidner Center and the performing arts on campus. Prof. Kevin Collins, director of bands, says the new professional-quality wind instruments in use Friday will include a new Haynes flute, P. Mauirat saxophones, an Oleg bass saxophone, Getzen cornets, Bach trombones and Meinl Weston tubas. “It has transformed our sound,” said Collins. “There is nothing like the timbre of true cornets in a concert band context, and the low brass and new saxophones give us a much fuller and resonant low end. It’s like having a subwoofer for the first time… The students are excited to play on such fine instruments. Many of them are first-generation college students… they are working their way through school and don’t always have a great deal of flexibility in their budgets… so we’re thrilled to provide instruments to students who might not otherwise be able to afford them.”
The University of Wisconsin Green Bay Music program will present a concert by the student Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, conducted by Prof. Kevin Collins, director of bands.
The evening will begin with the UW-Green Bay Symphonic Band performing “Encomium” by George Sweet, a piece known for its fresh harmonic palette and rhythmic energy. They will follow with “A Gaelic Ballad” by Frank Erickson, which begins with a sweet flute solo which is handed off to each section, in turn, allowing the opportunity for all to contribute to the soothing ballad. The Symphonic Band will conclude its concert with “Renaissance Suite” by Tielman Susato and “Foshay Tower Washington Memorial March,” by John Philip Sousa arranged by Dan Dorff, dedicated to the famous Minneapolis landmark and first Minnesota skyscraper.
Following intermission will be the UW-Green Bay’s Wind Ensemble. They will begin their portion of the program with the piece “Arabesque,” the well-known composition by Sam Hazo incorporating Middle Eastern themes in honor of Hazo’s ancestry. The next work features Prof. Eric Hansen on clarinet in “Black Dog,” a piece by contemporary composer and clarinetist Scott McAllistar inspired by the hard rock sounds of Led Zeppelin and other groups of the late ‘60s and ‘70s. The concert finale will be a second Sousa March, “Wisconsin Forward Forever March,” which Sousa dedicated to the students, faculty and alumni of the University.
Collins notes that Friday’s concert marks the first use of many new professional-quality wind instruments purchased through a generous grant from the 1923 Fund. Several of these will be featured in the concert, including a new Haynes flute, P. Mauirat saxophones, an Oleg bass saxophone, Getzen cornets, Bach trombones and Meinl Weston tubas.
“It has transformed our sound,” said Collins. “There is nothing like the timbre of true cornets in a concert band context, and the low brass and new saxophones give us a much fuller and resonant low end. It’s like having a subwoofer for the first time. We’ll be featuring them on the final march.”
“The students are excited to play on such fine instruments. Many of them are first-generation college students… they are working their way through school and don’t always have a great deal of flexibility in their budgets… so we’re thrilled to provide instruments to students who might not otherwise be able to afford them.”
Tickets to Friday’s concert, general admission are $10 dollars for adults, $5 dollars for seniors. (K-12 and college student tickets are free at the box office.) Tickets may be purchased in advance through the University Ticketing and Information Center (920.465.2400) or online, or purchased at the Weidner Center Box Office before the performance.
If you missed this week’s illustrated Log Extra, don’t forget about Saturday night’s choral concert extravaganza featuring the reunion of Prof. Emeritus Trini Chavez and former alumni standouts… the return of the BlueWhale Coffeehouse concert with Claudia Schmidt… the big Phoenix Fest doings on Saturday afternoon… and the basketball-crazy Phoenix Phrenzy at the Kress.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay continues its “music from every angle” 6:30 Thursdays experience with a two-piano duo/ husband and wife team, Sylvia Hong and Michael Rector. They will be presenting “The Music Trance” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 15 in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at UW-Green Bay.
Hong and Rector are prize winners of the Ellis Duo Piano Competition and have concertized extensively in both the U.S. and abroad. Hong is Artist-in-Residence at Belhaven University; Rector is an assistant professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
In a program that illuminates the power of harmony and repetition to create intense musical effects, Hong and Rector will perform pieces by a stylistically diverse group of composers. Expression ranges from romantic yearning in Schubert’s Fantasy, to the architectonic force of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, and the developing ecstasy of John Adams’s Hallelujah Junction. The couple is committed to making the language of classical music vivid for people of all ages and backgrounds.
The “6:30 Thursdays” concert series is designed to connect campus and community to music in meaningful ways. Composers, performers and arrangers perform their work, offer commentary and lead discussion about diverse musical styles and the fact there are often multiple, varied ways to approach any given piece of music.
The 2015-16 “6:30 Thursdays” series features a wide array of musical styles and guest artists, including jazz, classical, contemporary, and “third-stream” music blending jazz and classical. All 6:30 Thursday events in Fort Howard Hall are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Remaining 2015 concerts are:
• November 5 — “Travelogue” Marimba/clarinet duo Transient Canvas
• November 12 — “Piano Per Diem: 30 Piano Pieces in 30 Days” Pianists Holly Roadfeldt and Michael Rector perform compositions by Michelle McQuade Dewhirst
• December 3 — “Dragons, Stones and Circuses” Compositions by David Colson to be performed by UW-Green Bay faculty and friends
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
On Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m., the Meyer Theatre will host Rock Our Water, a first-ever concert fundraiser featuring fun, music and proceeds benefitting the UW-Green Bay watershed monitoring partnership with local high schools as well as other water-resources work in the Green Bay area. The Rock Our Water event will feature music by Bill Staines, Dead Horses, and special guest and host Cory Chisel. Organizers invite you to spread the word with all your family, friends, and peers that support the goals of healthy community and clean water. Feel free to contact Whitney Passint, the outreach coordinator for the UWGB watershed partnership, for more information or questions about tickets to the Rock Our Water Event. To purchase tickets. Visit the Facebook page.
The UW-Green Bay Chamber Ensembles will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8 at the University Theatre in Theatre Hall on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.
The Chamber Ensemble groups performing are the UW-Green Bay Saxophone Quartet, directed by Associate Prof. John Salerno; the Brass Ensemble, directed by Associate Prof. Adam Gaines; the New Music Ensemble directed by Associate Prof. Eric Hansen; and UWGB Hand Drumming Ensemble, directed by Prof. Cheryl Grosso.
The UW-Green Bay New Music Ensemble opens the program with “SIM Card Sonata” by Associate Prof. Eric Hansen, which will be followed by “Morning Music II” by Brian Tayler. The group also will perform “Choose Your Own Path: A Musical Adventure” by UW-Green Bay student Kelsie Holtzheimer, and “Ping Pong Music,” a second composition by Hansen. New Music Ensemble personnel are: Kelsie Holtzheimer, Kailey Mucha, Beth Waldeck, Kait Francos, Cassie Germait, Sydney St. Clair, Nicholas Saldana.
The Saxophone Quartet will be the next to perform, beginning with “Sailors Hornpipe” by Henry Cowell and “Pizzicato polka” by Johann Strauss II. The group will then perform “Berceuse,” and “Seville,” both by Isaac Albeniz, and “Banana Rag,” by Christian Daguet. Saxophone Quartet personnel are: Kyle Hall, Kelton Jennings, Alex Munson, McKenna VanDerLeest.
The Brass Ensemble will then open with “Bravura Prelude,” by George Frederick McKay, followed by “Hungarian March from The Damnation of Faust,” by Hector Berlioz (arranged by James Haynor), and “Allerseelen,” by Richard Straus (arranged by Earl Irons). The group will conclude with Henry Purcell’s “Symphony from Fairy Queen.” Brass Ensemble personnel are: James Block, Amanda Cornette, Greg Koeller, Ryan Loining, Carl Onesti, Greg Sauve, Brandt Bailey, Molly Dederich, Jillian Patrick, Doak Baker, Bill Burroughs, Mike Hogan, Tim Kiefer, Cole Watkins, Paul Dugan, Joe Russett, Jamie Rodgers.
The Chamber Ensembles concert will conclude with the UWGB Hand Drumming Ensemble, performing three of Grosso’s original compositions — “Rhythm Chant 24,” “Rhythm Chant 16” and “Rhythm Chant 23.” UWGB Hand Drumming Ensemble personnel are: Owin Cantable, Laura Cortright, Roxanne Elsner, Lisa Ford, Anna Gribova, Michaela Hogan, Isaiah Hernandez, Kelton Jennings, Brittney Koerner, Adam LeGrave, Jamie Rodgers, Nora Thurber, Jack Van Beek, Thomas Zwicker.
UW-Green Bay is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu/music.