Tag: Music

Chamber Ensembles Concert is Friday

Four UW-Green Bay student groups will perform as part of the annual spring Chamber Ensembles Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday (May 8) in the University Theatre. Admission is free. The program opens with the seven-member New Music Ensemble under the direction of Associate Prof. Eric Hansen of Music. Three of the group’s four selections will be recent compositions by Hansen (“SIM Card Sonata” and “Ping Pong Music”) and student vocalist Kelsie Holtzheimer (“Choose Your Own Path”). Next up is the Saxophone Quartet, performing four pieces directed by Associate Prof. John Salerno. The 17-member Brass Ensemble led by Associate Prof. Adam Gaines will present selections including two movements from “Symphony from the Fairy Queen” by Henry Purcell. Closing the evening will be the Hand Drumming Ensemble, with the group’s 14 percussionists performing three pieces from the “Rhythm Chant” series written by their director, Prof. Cheryl Grosso.

Student recital is noon Friday

A Student Convocation Recital will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Friday (May 8) in the University Theatre. The performances are free and open to all — if you have only a part of your lunch hour to share, feel free to stop by for only a portion of the program. Students taking part:

• Rebekah Erdman, clarinet Kyle Sweeney, piano; Canzonetta by Gabriel Pierné
• Ryan Dummer, baritone, James Letellier, piano; “See the raging flames,” Handel’s Joshua
• Jamie Rodgers, marimba, Lisa Ford, vibraphone; Light as a Feather by Roland Stolk
• Sydney St.Clair, soprano, Ryan Dummer, piano ; Se tu m’ami by Alessandro Parisotti
• Sabrena Koren, soprano, Grant Colburn, piano; If I Loved You, Carousel by Richard Rodgers
• Brittney Koerner, soprano, Grant Colburn, piano; Je Te Veux by Erik Satie
• Samantha Gulino, soprano, Grant Colburn, piano; The Daisies by Samuel Barber

Vocal Jazz sings for scholarships Tuesday night in De Pere

There’s a vocal jazz scholarship concert taking place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (May 5) at the George Street Connection, 614 George St., De Pere. Performing will be the UW-Green Bay Vocal Jazz Ensemble with special guests the McNally Smith Contemporary Vocal Ensemble under the direction of UWGB Music alumna Jennifer (Scovell) Parker. Proceeds will benefit UWGB jazz scholarships. The suggested minimum donation is $5.

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.


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.


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.