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Jazz concert is 7:30 pm Thursday

UW-Green Bay’s Jazz I, Jazz II, and Vocal Jazz ensembles will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (April 30) at the Weidner Center. The varied program includes a number of arrangements by Associate Prof. John Salerno, who directs the Jazz I and Vocal Jazz ensembles. Associate Prof. Adam Gaines directs the Jazz II Ensemble. Familiar tunes on the program include “Makin Whoopee!” and “Mambo No. 5”; the vocal selections “Whenever I Call You Friend” (Kenny Loggins) and “Brahms Lullaby,” each arranged by Salerno; and a closing Jazz I set that includes the standards “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,”  “Beyond the Sea” and “Take the A Train,” along with a Salerno setting of the Lennon/McCartney tune “In My Life.” More details.
 

UW-Green Bay to host WSMA music festival May 2

Dedicated middle and high school student musicians across the state are participating in the annual Wisconsin School Music Association State Solo & Ensemble Festival.

UW-Green Bay, again one of the regional host sites, expects to welcome several thousand students, their families and teachers this Saturday (May 2) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Students must earn a “starred first” rating in Class A (which consists of the most difficult music) at a WSMA District Music Festival to qualify for WSMA State Music Festivals. The participants, in grades 6 – 12, can choose from a variety of instrumental and vocal solo and ensemble categories for their performances in district festivals throughout the state. Over the past six months, WSMA has held over 225 such events, involving more participants than any other student activity.

“The WSMA State Music Festival is an enriching experience for all participants, both performers and their supporters,” says UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Kevin Collins, director of bands and Festival manager for UW-Green Bay. “It is also an opportunity for us to showcase our university, students, faculty, and staff, and emphasize how much we value regional school music programs.”

This year, Collins adds, the campus is offering “some fun extra things for students to do,” including an open Jazz Jam, and another open mic for acoustic music and poetry, information for parents and students about UW-Green Bay, and more.

Says WSMA Executive Director Tim Schaid, “Wisconsin music students continue to excel in their level of achievement and dedication to excellence. The WSMA State Music Festival provides a quality opportunity for them to share the talents and skills developed in the classroom while creating a lifelong memory through their state festival performance.”

Nine other university campuses will host performances by more than 32,000 students, making this event one of the largest of its kind in the nation. UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville and UW-Whitewater hosted festivals on April 25. The UW-Green Bay, Cardinal Stritch University, UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Parkside and UW-Stevens Point festivals will also be held on May 2. An evening Jazz Festival will take place on May 1 at Green Bay Preble High School.

More information about the WSMA State Music Festivals is available at www.wsmamusic.org. Festival information, including schedules and results, will be posted as available.

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UW-Green Bay to present jazz concert April 30

UW-Green Bay’s Jazz I, Jazz II, and Vocal Jazz ensembles will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at the Cofrin Family Hall within the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

The event will feature a wide range of composers and arrangers, including arrangements from UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. John Salerno. Salerno directs the Jazz I and Vocal Jazz ensembles, while Associate Prof. Adam Gaines directs the Jazz II Ensemble.

The Jazz II Ensemble will perform first, playing “Makin Whoopee!” (Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson, arr. Gordon Goodwin), “A New Standard” (Vince Norman), “Together Houses” (Vince Norman), “Mambo No. 5” (Dámaso Pérez Prado), and “Mercy Mercy Mercy” (Joe Zawinul, arr. Phil Wilson).

After Jazz II, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble will take the stage, starting with “Four” (Miles Davis), “It’s You Or No One” (arr. Kelly Marsh), “Whenever I Call You Friend” (Kenny Loggins, arr. John Salerno), and “Brahms Lullaby” (J. Brahms, arr. John Salerno). The group’s final piece will be “Four Season’s Medley,” arranged by UW-Green Bay student Nick Schommer.

Up next, the Jazz I Ensemble will perform “Alianza” (Eric Moralis), “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” (arr. John Salerno), “Beyond the Sea” (arr. Bob Nowak), and “In My Life” (Lennon/McCartney, arr. John Salerno). They will conclude the concert with “Take the A Train” arranged by Arturo Sandoval.

Tickets for the jazz ensembles concert are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Call (920) 465-2400 or visit www.uwgb.edu/tickets. UW-Green Bay is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu/music.

Jazz II Ensemble Personnel are as follows: Saxophone: Alysha Brooks, Becky Erdman, Kyle Hall, Kelton Jennings, Ceilidh Westenberger; Trumpet: Brandt Bailey, Greg Koeller, Rachel Massey, Andrew Peroutka; Trombone: Cam Collins, Alec Haase, Nathan Marhefke, Joe Russett; Rhythm section: A.J. Schmid, piano; Matt Hillman, guitar; Jon Tabers-Kwak, bass; Tom Zwicker, drums.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble Personnel are as follows: Cassie Alfheim, Anna Behnke, Laura Cortright, Ryan Dummer, Ashley Gutting, Michaela Hogan, Brittney Koerner, James Letellier, Derek Olson, Rissel Peguero, Nick Schommer, Tori Schuurmans, Victoria Schwenn, Valerie Sidon, Marisa Slempkes, Sydney St. Clair, Jack VanBeek.

Jazz I Ensemble Personnel are as follows: Saxophone: Rebekah Erdmann, Kelton Jennings, Kyle Hendrickson, Alex Munson, McKenna VanderLeest; Trumpet: James Block, Chase Collins, Em Elnar, Gatlin Grimm, Ryan Loning; Trombone: Cam Collins, Alec Haase, Nathan Marhefke, Joe Russett; Rhythm section: Kyle Sweeney, piano; Matt Hillman, guitar; Gillian Evanoff, bass; Isaiah Hernandez, drums; Bobby Magers, drums.

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Faculty note: McQuade Dewhirst, Rector


The UW-Green Bay Chorale and Concert Choir at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Weidner Center, showcases the talents of two UW-Green Bay Music faculty members. Pianist Michael Rector will appear as both accompanist and featured performer. The concert will also feature the premiere of “To Your Success!” a new work by Michelle McQuade Dewhirst.

Choral concert features faculty pianist Rector


Our initial news release for the Saturday (April 25) choral concert at the Weidner Center should have mentioned the parts being played by new Assistant Prof. of Music Michael Rector. He will perform Liszt’s “Sonetto 104 del Petrarca” following intermission. Rector is also the accompanist for the Concert Chorale.

Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band concert has ‘silver screen’ theme


UW-Green Bay Music presents music by Richard Rodgers, John Williams and Disney in a Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 in Cofrin Family Hall. Associate Prof. Kevin Collins conducts. The program includes “Bond… James Bond” as well as “Symphonic Highlights from Frozen” and music from Rodgers’ “Victory at Sea” and “Summer of ’42.”

Chorale and Concert Choir take the stage Saturday night


The UW-Green Bay Chorale and Concert Choir will be joined by community artists in performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in the Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center. Featured will be music from a wide variety of composers, including Thomas Morley, Hans Leo Hassler, Orlando Gibbons, Moses Hogan and others. Associate Prof. Randall Meder conducts both the Chorale and the Concert Choir.

Hansen ‘shone’ in featured role with Civic Symphony

Eric Hansen, associate professor of Music, earned a lengthy ovation and a glowing review from WFRV’s Warren Gerds for his featured turn with the Civic Symphony of Green Bay in Sunday’s concert at the Meyer Theatre. In playing the clarinet concerto that Mozart composed in the final months of his life in 1791, “Hansen played comfortably and in complete control of Mozart’s dips, rises, shifts and variations, sometimes within milliseconds of one another,” Gerds wrote. “Hansen’s skill and dexterity fueled an appreciation for the scope of the instrument… Mozart had a gift, and Hansen tapped into that with a fine, fine performance” To read more.

UW-Green Bay Chorale, Concert Choir, Choral Artists to perform April 25

The UW-Green Bay Chorale and Concert Choir will be joined by community artists in performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in the Cofrin Family (main) Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

This 30th event of the 2014-15 season will feature music from a wide variety of composers, including Thomas Morley, Hans Leo Hassler, Orlando Gibbons, Moses Hogan. Associate Prof. Randall Meder conducts both the Chorale and the Concert Choir.

The UW-Green Bay Concert Choir will take the stage first, performing “My Bonny Lass She Smileth” by Thomas Morley; “My Bonny Lass She Smelleth” by the comic composer known as P.D.Q. Bach; “Sommarpsalm” by Waldemar Ahlen; “The Road Not Taken” by Randall Thompson; and “Soon-Ah Will Be Done” by William Dawson.

The Green Bay Choral Artists group of alumni and community members will then perform, beginning with Hans Leo Hassler’s “Dixit Maria” and “Kyrie from Missa super Dixit Maria.” The program also includes “Quick, we have but a second” by Charles Villiers Stanford and “Sonetto 104 del Petrarca” by Franz Liszt with Assistant Prof. of Music Michael Rector featured on piano. Rector is also the accompanist for the UW-Green Bay Chorale.

The UW-Green Bay Chorale will take the stage following intermission, performing “The Silver Swan” by Orlando Gibbons; “Il bianco e dolce cigno” by Jacques Arcadelt; “Kyrie from Missa super Il bianco e dolce cigno” by Steffano Bernardi; “Northern Lights” by Ola Gjeilo; and “To Your Success!” by UW-Green Bay Music faculty member Michelle McQuade Dewhirst. The concert will conclude with the Chorale and the Green Bay Choral Artists combined choirs performing “Sometimes I Feel” arranged by Parker/Shaw, and “My God is So High” by Moses Hogan.

Tickets for the Chorale, Concert Choir, and Choral Artists performance are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Call (920) 465-2400 or visitwww.uwgb.edu/tickets. UW-Green Bay is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu/music.

UW-Green Bay Chorale personnel are as follows: Emily Sculliuffo, accompanist; Soprano: Lisa Ford, Michaela Hogan, Brittney Koerner, Paige Konitzer, Tori Schuurmans, Sydney St.Clair, Ashley Thibeau; Alto: Laura Cortright, Ashley Gutting, Kelsie Holtzheimer, Rissel Peguero, Heather Roberts, Lydia Schneider, Beth Waldeck, Brittany Welch; Tenor: Cody Finer, Gatlin Grimm, James Letellier, Jack VanBeek; Bass: Ryan Dummer, Bryan Konicek, Nicholas Schommer, Kevin Wellens.

UW-Green Bay Concert Choir personnel are as follows: Soprano: Natasha Ales, McKenna Bertrand, Abigail Borchardt, Olivia Helander, Anna Hoesley, Laura Hoffman, Kirsten Just, Claire Kitzerow, Sabrena Koren, Cassandra Kremer, Victoria Schwenn, Marisa Slempkes, Daisy Soriano, Marissa Weibel; Alto: Macie Doyle, Tianna Ellis, Kesekokiw Grignon, Samantha Gulino, Halle Johnson, Brigitta Kaiser, Lindsey Lewis, Xinyi Liu, Danielle Magnusson, Madeline Miller, Lauren Paul, Kimberly Singer, Brooke Theama; Tenor: Gatlin Grimm, Steven Henderson, Lane Ludtke, Joshua Riehn, Gabriel Zastrow; Bass: Michael Bultman, Jacob Huempfner, Timothy Krause, Adam Rosenow, Thomas Sielaff.

Green Bay Choral Artists personnel are as follows: Soprano: Angela Danowski, Nicole Duhaime, Lori VerBoort; Alto: Jane Benson, Nicole Doebert, Karen Eckberg, Christine Goodner, Katherine Nelson; Tenor: Mike Hogan, Bob Richter, Ted Van Egeren, Jesse Wellens; Bass: Eric Gjerde, Jim Graziano, Sergio Heredia, John Phillipson.

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Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band concert has ‘silver screen’ theme

UW-Green Bay Music presents music by Richard Rodgers, John Williams and Disney in a Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 in the Cofrin Family (main) Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

Conducted by UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Kevin Collins, the UW-Green Bay Symphonic Band will open the evening with “Bond… James Bond” arranged by Stephen Bulla. The group will conclude with “Symphonic Highlights from Frozen” featuring music Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson Lopez wrote for the 2013 Disney hit, arranged by Stephen Bulla.

Following a brief intermission, the Wind Ensemble will take the stage, beginning with a performance of “Victory at Sea” by Richard Rodgers, transcribed by Robert Russell Bennett. The ensemble will play “Theme from Summer of ’42” by Michele LeGrand, arranged by Eric Osterling, before concluding with “The Cowboys” by John Williams, arranged by Jim Curnow.

Tickets for the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band concert are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Call (920) 465-2400 or visit www.uwgb.edu/tickets. UW-Green Bay is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu/music.

Symphonic Band personnel are as follows: Flute: Brianna Schwartz, Allie Andres, Emma Faye, Jennifer Lund; Clarinet: Jennifer Bahling, Barbara Boyer, CarlyJean Egger, Brianah Bodoh, Mickayla Bercherer, Amelia Ford; Alto Saxophone: Alyssa Edges; Horn: Kathi Arnold, Katrina Weber, Andrew Sturm; Trumpet: Lane Ludtke, Mitchell Kanlasty, Talor Sohr, Sam Osterberg, Lindsey Meis; Trombone: Nathan Marhefke, Leah Ziegler; Euphonium: Haley Jensson; Percussion: Isaiah Hernandez, Jack VanBeek; Violoncello: Larissa Mickelson.

Wind Ensemble personnel are as follows: Flute: Payton Kronforst, Kailey Mucha (picc.), Alysha Brooks; Clarinet: Lauren Paul (Co-principal), Rebekah Erdman (Co-principal), Heather Roberts, Kaitlyn Francois; Bass Clarinet: Amanda Buss; Alto Saxophone: McKenna VanDerLeest, Kyle Hall; Tenor Saxophone: Kelton Jennings; Baritone Saxophone: Kyle Henrickson; Horn: Brandt Bailey, Michaela Moore; Trumpet: Ryan Loining, James Block, Mitchell Kanlasty; Trombone: Matt Albert, Jacob Harper, Mallory Krueger; Bass Trombone: Alec Hasse; Euphonium: Joe Russett; Tuba: Tom Sielaff; Percussion: Jamie Rodgers, Lisa Ford, Kyle Sweeney, Bobby Joe Magers; String Bass: Jon Tabers Kwak; Piano/Keyboard: Nicholas Saldaña.

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