UW-Green Bay Music Faculty Establishing New Philharmonic Orchestra

Weidner Philharmonic to Compliment Market’s Existing Orchestral Offerings

Green Bay, Wis. — Buoyed by the strong community response to the orchestral concert that opened its 25th anniversary season in 2018, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay music faculty and UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, announced today the establishment of the Weidner Center Philharmonic Orchestra.

According to UW-Green Bay Music Program Chair and Associate Professor Randy Meder, the Weidner Philharmonic will showcase the talents of UW-Green Bay music faculty, as well as other accomplished orchestral musicians who live and work in the region, in the outstanding acoustical environment of Cofrin Family Hall.

“UW-Green Bay is proud to make this investment in the culture of our city and region, said Meder. “It’s a privilege to be able to build upon a decades-long tradition of quality professional classical music in our area. We can’t wait to get started!”

The new orchestra makes its home in the UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts and is committed to professional presentations of engaging and creative musical programming. The ensemble will serve to fill the musical and cultural void left in the community when the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra ceased operations in 2015.

“As an extension of UW-Green Bay, the orchestra’s mission resonates with the mission of the University,” noted Meder. “The Weidner Philharmonic will be a driver of cultural enrichment for the campus and surrounding community, serve as a laboratory for collaborative scholarship through the curation, direction, and public performance of musical works, offer valuable educational opportunities to UW-Green Bay students in all areas of study, foster diversity and inclusion by selecting works that represent a wide array of musical genres and voices and by building bridges to new orchestral audiences, and embodies the deep value of community-based partnerships by engaging musicians from across Northeast Wisconsin.”

On Wednesday, the Weidner also announced two performances by the orchestra within the next year, one in September and another in February, as part of the Weidner Center’s 2019-20 season lineup. “Our newly established orchestra opens the 2019-2020 season with a symphony composed by Dvorák in 1893,” shared Weidner Center Executive and Artistic Director Kelli Strickland. “This Czech composer came to the ‘new world’ and discovered Native American music and African-American spirituals, which he wove throughout what was to become Symphony No. 9 or the ‘New World Symphony,’ arguably one of the most famous symphonies today. He built a bridge between cultures and time by celebrating the tradition of the western symphony and the musical traditions of underrepresented voices in the classical world. We will extend that bridge even further by bringing a new orchestra to this community to play it.”

“Georgia and I are extremely pleased and excited about the establishment of the Weidner Philharmonic Orchestra,” shared UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “This is an important step in the growth of our music program which we believe and hope will be among the best in the country.”

The Artistic Programming Committee of the Weidner Philharmonic is comprised of UW-Green Bay Music faculty members
Randy Meder, Kevin Collins, Adam Gaines, Michelle McQuade-Dewhirst, Bill Sallak and Courtney Sherman.

For more information about the Weidner Philharmonic, http://www.weidnercenter.com/weidner-center-philharmonic/.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.


Archives and Area Research Center, Viking House and Richter Museum opening doors for its History Treasure Tour, tonight

The Brown County Federation of History Organizations (BCFHO) announced that it will once again host its History Treasure Tour on May 15, 2019 from 4 to 8 pm. Sixteen Brown County Historical locations will open their doors for FREE, revealing many of the community’s “hidden” treasures. This exciting event encourages the public to explore Brown County’s rich historical past, while enjoying fun, hands-on activities, special behind-the-scenes tours, and exclusive access to expert staff in unique historical environments. Go to one location, or try and make them all, the night is yours to choose!

Participating organizations include:
Ashwaubenon Historical Society The Historic Allouez Society
The Automobile Gallery National Railroad Museum
Brown County Historical Society & Hazelwood
Historic House Museum Neville Public Museum Northeast Wisconsin Masonic Library & Museum
De Pere Historical Society White Pillars Museum Oneida Nation Museum
Green Bay & De Pere Antiquarian Society UWGB Archives & Area Research Center
Green Bay Diocese Museum and Cultural Center UWGB Richter Museum of Natural History
Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame UWGB Viking House
Heritage Hill State Park

In addition to the History Treasure Tour, BCFHO is pleased to announce something new this year: Passport2History. This pass is a great way for residents and tourists alike to enjoy 10 different Brown County museums throughout the summer, at one great price. This program runs from May 25 through September 2, 2019, and the great thing is that Passports can be purchased the night of the History Treasure Tour on May 15 from participating locations.

Purchasing the Passport gives you one day admission to each of these unique locations:
Ashwaubenon Historical Society Heritage Hill State Park
The Automobile Gallery The Historic Allouez Society
Brown County Historical Society & Hazelwood
Historic House Museum National Railroad Museum Oneida Nation Museum
De Pere Historical Society White Pillars Museum UWGB Archives & Area Research Center
Green Bay & De Pere Antiquarian Society

Faculty note: Prof. Nesvet publication

UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Rebecca Nesvet (English) has had a proposed article in progress provisionally accepted for publication in the U.K.-based Victorian Popular Fictions Journal (VPFJ). It is titled “Sweeney Todd’s Indian Empire: The Global Cartography of The String of Pearls.” VPFJ is a relatively new journal founded to address burgeoning scholarly and public interest in “penny dreadfuls” and other Victorian popular literature… that is, the pleasure reading of the working-class majority of the Victorian reading public, at home and in its colonial spaces.

Remembering James Kress

Chancellor Gary L. Miller took part in an interview about James Kress, the longtime leader of Green Bay Packaging and a friend to many, many people and organizations, including UW-Green Bay. The Green Bay Press-Gazette’s Jeff Bollier wrote a thorough tribute.

“In 2004, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay began fundraising to upgrade the Phoenix Sports Center and sought contributions from the community to match $7.5 million in state funding. The George F. Kress Foundation made a leading gift, helping to raise $11 million in local support. The revamped facility was renamed the Kress Events Center when it re-opened in November 2007.

UWGB Chancellor Gary Miller said the Kress family caught the university by surprise when they made a leading gift to the Brown County STEM Innovation Center, the 63,000-square-foot building under construction on the UWGB campus. The building will house the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering, the Einstein Project and land and water departments for the UW-Extension and Brown County.

“Those are lasting gifts, a very important, transformational kind of giving,” Miller said. “The whole family really has a sense of where they can make a real difference in the community. Jim had a real desire to give to make a difference.”

Miller described Kress as a thoughtful person whose family sought ways to use their giving to make a long-term impact.

“He always seemed to me to be a very joyous giver,” Miller said. “His legacy is so impressive in terms of community support. It’s the way he gave that’s one of the things we’ll miss the most.”

See the full story.

Family and friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Oneida Country Club, 207 Country Club Road, Green Bay. A short prayer service will conclude the evening at 7:30 p.m.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019 at First United Church of Christ, 509 S. Webster Avenue, Green Bay. Full Military Honors will follow the Funeral Service. Inurnment will take place at Allouez Catholic Mausoleum.

Read the obituary.


Grant award for Collaborative Crisis Intervention Services to Youth

The Log is publishing grants that were awarded in the past year:
Congratulations to the Behavioral Health and Training Partnership’s Jessica Delzer on being awarded $152,312 from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services for the project titled, “Collaborative Crisis Intervention Services to Youth” in November. This grant funds a collaborative effort between social workers, therapists, county workers, schools and parents/foster parents to decrease the escalation of crises, and subsequent hospitalization, of teens and young adults. The goal is to understand how trauma affects students emotionally, mentally and physically. To understand how their minds, behavior and school performance are affected by trauma so students can receive better support. Another goal is to figure out what county workers need to better serve the community, like secondary traumatic stress training, so they can perform their jobs to the best of their abilities. The collaborative effort of training staff (social workers, therapists and county workers), training school staff (teachers and principals) and training foster parents greatly increases the success of crisis de-escalation. When the people who see children every day in school and at home are educated to deal with trauma, they can better support these kids and de-escalate crises. Monthly surveys measure the effectiveness of these collaborative efforts. Surveys count how many teens and young adults were diverted from hospitalization or suicide. This data is compared to the number before the courses were implemented to measure the effectiveness of the courses in improving how county workers, school staff and parents are able to handle and de-escalate crises. Learn more.

Lawton Gallery announces exhibition schedule for Fall 2019

The Lawton Gallery has announced its exhibition schedule for Fall 2019.

The Museum of Natural Inspiration: Artists Explore the Richter Collection

September 5, 2019 through October 3, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 4:30 to 6:30pm
In collaboration with the Richter Museum of Natural History, artists have created artwork inspired from the Richter Museum’s collection of specimens. These specimens will be displayed alongside the artwork they have inspired in a true partnership of art and science.

Oskar Ly

October 10, 2019 through October 31, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Contemporary fashion inspired from traditional Hmong patterns and clothing. Ly’s work has contributed to the Hmong American fashion movement and communities by embracing Hmong identity and exploring cultural narratives through conceptual and wearable art pieces.

47th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

November 14, 2019 through December 12, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Annual exhibition opportunity for UW-Green Bay students.

Scholarship recipients from Humanities announced

UW-Green Bay Humanities announces its 2019 scholarship recipients, recognized at a Scholarship Awards Ceremony with Humanities faculty, Friday, May 10, 2019:

Alex Alberts (German and Accounting), received the Thomas E. Daniels Memorial Scholarship, available to students majoring in either English or Modern Languages.

Preston Fischer (English and History), was presented with a certificate of honorable mention.

Emily Gerlikovski (English and Communication), received the Lise Lotte Gammeltoft Scholarship, available to declared majors in the Humanities and associated disciplines.

Faith Klick (English and Theater), received the Coryl Crandall Memorial Scholarship, available to declared majors or minors in Humanities and its related disciplinary majors.

Eliot Klutz (Philosophy and English), received the Lise Lotte Gammeltoft Scholarship, available to declared majors in the Humanities and associated disciplines.

Coleton LaBarre (German, History, and the Humanities-Ancient/Medieval emphasis), received the Eugene Cruz-Uribe Annual Memorial Scholarship for Historical Studies, available to declared majors in History.

Emily Rotzenberg (History), received the Arnold Lelis Memorial Scholarship, available to students majoring in Humanities or History.

Rachel Scray (History and Humanities-Digital and Public), received the Harold and Edna Memorial Scholarship, available to declared majors or minors in Humanities and its related disciplinary majors.

“The Humanities faculty extend their sincere congratulations to these hard-working and most deserving students!”

Falcon Cam Photo

Four little falcons, sitting in a nest…

Sounds like the start of a children’s rhyme. Take a walk to the Provost Office for a look at the four baby falcons via the “PhalCON” camera viewing station. Enjoy the view!

Congratulations to Rupert and Mimi, the Peregrine parents of four fuzzy eyasses (baby falcons) hatched recently on the UW-Green Bay campus. The Provost office has a closed-circuit video of the falcon family, and you are welcome to stop by for a viewing. The Green Bay Audubon Student Conservation Chapter has been keeping close tabs.