Metropolis Premier at Weidner Center

‘Final credits’ and a last ovation for Metropolis

It is difficult to capture photos once the lights are dimmed, but University photographer Dan Moore did manage to get a few before and after shots of Metropolis last week at the Weidner Center. In the gallery, you will see patrons filing in, images of the singers and musicians in the “pit,” and the rousing ovation for the genius behind the performance — Michelle McQuade Dewhirst — as well as the fabulous musical direction by music faculty Kevin Collins and Randy Meder. A final congratulations to all for the sensational production.

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Metropolis Premier

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Critic-at-large Warren Gerds praises ‘Metropolis’

The one-night-only presentation of Metropolis at the Weidner Center April 28 met every expectation and ended with a rousing ovation for UW-Green Bay faculty members Kevin Collins and Randy Meder and composer Michelle Mcquade Dewhirst, as well as the team of singers and musicians. “Any way you slice it, the score is formidable. Its level of ambition is in keeping with the ambitiousness of the film. And the UWGB team of 78 musicians who presented the cornucopias were up to the task in impressive ways – wholly disciplined to what the score was saying, on a rigid timetable of the film.” Critic-at-large Warren Gerds had this to say, and plenty more.

Video: Metropolis score offers unique opportunities for music and vocal students

One can appreciate the challenge to prepare music students to perform a world-premiere film score. When the music shifts from traditional sounds and lyrics, the stakes get even higher. It appears that Prof. Kevin Collins, who leads the Wind Ensemble and Studio Orchestra, and Randall Meder, who leads the UWGB Chorale, for next week’s Metropolis performance are up to the challenge, as are their students. The complete 2010 restoration of Metropolis will be screened, and the score written by Associate Prof. Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, performed live, one performance only, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28 in Cofrin Hall of the Weidner Center. The video captures a bit of the preparation it takes to pull this mega-performance off.

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Michelle McQuade Dewhirst Creating a Score for Metropolis

Video: UW-Green Bay composer Michelle McQuade Dewhirst writes world-premiere film score for ‘Metropolis’

What does it take to write a world-premiere film score? University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Professor of Music, Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, took on the task for the 1927 “sci-fi” film Metropolis which will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28 by UW-Green Bay Chorale, Wind Ensemble and Studio Orchestra. It’s a fascinating process and she let’s us in on it. Watch the video to find out more.