The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra’s 100-year collection of music scores will remain available for the community via UW-Green Bay’s David A. Cofrin Library on a limited basis. The music collection has been donated to the Cofrin Library and can be accessed by local music groups requesting the scores at the service desk on the library’s third floor. The historical documentation about the GBSO was donated to the library’s Archives and Area Research Center, on the library’s seventh floor.
“This substantial musical score collection will remain a community resource thanks to the generous donation by Dr. Herbert Coussons,” said Paula Ganyard, Director of the Cofrin Library.
Both the youth and orchestral music libraries were purchased and donated by Dr. Coussons (a Green Bay-area physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology) after the GBSO disbanded as a professional organization in the past year. The Youth Symphony, Civic Symphony and music programs at UWGB and St. Norbert College retain access to the collection that includes photos, news clippings, season program books and historic audio recordings of concerts.
“The UWGB Archives is pleased to add the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra historical records to its collections,” said University Archivist Deb Anderson. “The original documents date from the Symphony’s inception in 1913 to its final performance in 2015. Included in the collection are photographs, recordings, programs, and scrapbooks. The collection of Green Bay Symphony Orchestra records helps us preserve the rich musical heritage of the area.”
The Symphony records will complement the Green Bay City Band records also housed in the Archives Department.
The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra’s extensive library of orchestral music will remain available for community use through an arrangement that will place the collection at the Area Research Center at UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Library. The library of musical scores was collected over the course of the GBSO’s 100-year history. It was announced previously that the organization will disband as a professional orchestra after this season’s final concert, set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Weidner Center. The youth and orchestral music libraries are being purchased by Green Bay physician Herb Coussons, M.D., who has agreed to house the collection at UW-Green Bay. The Area Research Center will also become home to the GBSO’s collection of archival materials including audio recordings of concerts, photos, news clippings, season program books and additional historical items. Read more.
The newsletter of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra is reporting that the organization’s extensive library of orchestral music will remain available for community use through an arrangement that will place the collection at the Area Research Center at UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Library.
The library of musical scores was collected over the course of the GBSO’s 100-year history. It was announced previously that the organization will disband as a professional orchestra after this season’s final concert. That concert, titled “Celebrating the Youth Orchestra,” is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Weidner Center. The evening will spotlight visiting professional performers who are graduates of the GBSO youth orchestra program.
The youth and orchestral music libraries are being purchased by Green Bay physician Herb Coussons, M.D., who has agreed to house the collection at UW-Green Bay. Access will be available to local performance organizations including the Youth Symphony, the Civic Symphony and the music programs at UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College.
The Area Research Center will also become home to the GBSO’s collection of archival materials including audio recordings of concerts, photos, news clippings, season program books and additional historical items.
Local 5 Critic-at-Large Warren Gerds on Thursday (Jan. 1) previewed the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra’s Jan. 10 performance at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The GBSO’s “An Evening of Brass & Organ” will feature principal organist Jeff Verkuilen and a chamber orchestra of 16 brass and percussion musicians, Gerds reports. Verkuilen will be playing the Weidner’s impressive Wood Family Organ, which has three manuals, 44 stops and 68 ranks of 3,702 pipes. Scheduled works for the program include “Toccata from Symphony for Organ No. 5” by Charles-Marie Widor, “Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar and “Grand Choeur Triomphale” by Alexandre Guilmant, Gerds writes. To buy tickets to the show, visit www.weidnercenter.com. Read Gerds’ column.
Since the GBSO announced that this season would be its last, supporters of the century-old organization have been trying to prevent its demise. In a story that aired Thursday (Jan. 1) on Wisconsin Public Radio, reporter Patty Murray explores the latest effort toward that end — a possible partnership with another Wisconsin orchestra. Murray reports that an effort is under way to form an alliance with the Madison-based Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. What that might look like remains up in the air, and the Chamber Orchestra’s executive director told Murray the community will help decide what — if anything — may happen. “The community is going to tell us if it’s the Green Bay Symphony, if this works,” Mark Cantrell said. “But, rather than having two separate managements and the overhead that goes with that, we take advantage of the economies of scale and the Green Bay Symphony becomes another brand of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, if you would.” Full story.
And speaking of the Weidner, Local 5 Critic-at-Large Warren Gerds had high praise for Friday’s (Dec. 19) performance of “Holiday Pops” at the on-campus venue. The large-scale annual concert features the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra (now in its last season), Dudley Birder Chorale and Birder Studio of Performing Arts presenting a program of Christmas carols and other holiday favorites. Gerds writes that the show (also performed Saturday night) “has numerous lustrous moments” including “A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas,” from arranger Craig Courtney. He also describes the Cofrin Family Hall and gives a brief history of the name as it relates to founding Chancellor Edward Weidner and his namesake venue. Read the review.
Local 5 Critic-at-Large Warren Gerds highlighted upcoming Weidner Center performances in two Wednesday (Dec. 17) columns on holiday entertainment in our area. The first profiles the large-scale Holiday Pops concert that features the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Dudley Birder Chorale and Birder Studio of Performing Arts presenting a program of Christmas carols and holiday favorites. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 19) and 2:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 20) at the Weidner Center. In a separate column, Gerds previews holiday entertainment including the Oak Ridge Boys Hits and Christmas Show, which will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 21), also at the Weidner. Tickets remain for both shows; you can check out more info.
There was a major announcement Friday on the local performing arts scene: The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra will be calling it quits after 100 years of performance. The GBSO is headquartered at the Weidner Center on the UW-Green Bay campus. The orchestra’s board of directors and Executive Director Dan Linssen released a statement saying that the 2014-15 season will be the last. “It was a very difficult decision to make,” Linssen said. “However, we cannot continue offering high quality, professional performances not knowing from concert to concert if we’ll be able to cover our costs.” The Symphony cited insufficient grants and donations, declining ticket sales and increasing costs. The community still has a volunteer, grass-roots orchestra in the Civic Symphony of Green Bay, which grew out of a split with the GBSO in the 1990s when the latter moved to become a fully professional orchestra and many local amateur players were left out. For the full GBSO news release, http://greenbaysymphony.org/.
Assistant Professor of Music Courtney Sherman was one of the featured vocalists for the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra’s closing concert of the 2013-14 season April 12 at the Weidner Center. Sherman, a soprano, was joined by sololists mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor, baritone Kelly Markgraf and tenor Steven Paul Spears. The vocalists, a 200-voice choir and the orchestra combined to perform Beethoven’s ninth symphony and its “Ode to Joy” refrain.
The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra will wrap up its 100th season Saturday (April 12), in a Beethoven-themed concert titled “Ode to Joy.” Local 5 Critic-at-Large Warren Gerds on Wednesday (April 9) posted a preview of the show, noting that with its closing piece, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, conductor Donato Cabrera will be one step closer to his goal of conducting all of the famous composer’s symphonies with the GBSO. Gerds offers a preview of the performance, noting that the 2014-15 season will be announced during a post-concert reception in the Weidner Center lobby. Full story.