Weidner Philharmonic Heads to Green Bay Botanical Garden for Outdoor Concert

Weidner Center Invites Audiences to First In-Person Event in More Than a Year


 GREEN BAY – The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is heading to Green Bay Botanical Gardento bring Weidner Philharmonic back to the stage as they perform “Walton’s Façade: An Entertainment” on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 3:00pm in the Billie Kress Amphitheatre.

This concert will mark the Weidner Center’s first in-person live performance in over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We greatly look forward to gathering together in the beautiful surroundings of the Green Bay Botanical Garden for a spring concert. We have been unable to welcome audiences into our facility since March 12, 2020 so this will be a gift for our musicians and our audiences. We are especially excited for the Weidner Philharmonic to play Walton’s Façade, full of so much humor, whimsy and surprise,” said the Weidner Center’s Executive and Artistic Director Kelli Strickland.

In order to comply with safety policies, the concert will implement staggered admissions and socially distanced seating.  Masks will be mandatory for concert attendees when moving from one location to another outside or inside any buildings. View more on the Green Bay Botanical Garden’s COVID-19 policies at gbbg.org/coronavirus/.

Beverage concessions will be available for purchase. The Green Bay Botanical Garden invites concert goers to pack a picnic to enjoy in the gardens. Beverage carry-ins are not allowed. Please refer to the Green Bay Botanical Garden’s website for more information on visitor policies.

“Walton’s Façade: An Entertainment” is an exciting series of poems by Edith Sitwell (1887-1964), accompanied by instrumentals composed by William Walton (1902-1983). Despite being highly controversial for its absurdist avant-garde nature upon its debut in 1922, Walton’s Façade: An Entertainment survived its notoriety to become an essential tongue in cheek classic.

Featured Weidner Philharmonic performers include: Kortney James (Flute), Rich Tengowski (Clarinet), Sam Stranz (Saxophone), Adam Gaines (Trumpet), Michael Dewhirst (Cello) and Bill Sallak (Percussion). With narration by Courtney Sherman joined by a surprise guest narrator, under the direction of Randy Meder.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased at ticketstaronline.com or by calling Ticket Star at 1-800-895-0071. 

About the Weidner Philharmonic

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 the establishment of the Weidner Philharmonic. 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.


About the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. The Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance programs, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series — Stage Doors. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, 920-465-2726, 800-895-0071, or follow ‘Weidner Center f

UWGB Model EU Club in national event

UWGB Model EU Club is participating in the annual  Model EU conference at Indiana University-Bloomington (virtually). The seven member delegation representing Estonia consists of first-year students, graduating seniors, 2020 graduates, and transfer students. This is UWGB’s first time participating in this national event that brought 175 students from Universities in Texas, Florida, Illinois,  Indiana, NC and Minnesota, and other states to Indiana University. UWGB students will debate and adopt resolutions dealing with energy independence, COVID vaccinations, carbon tax, unemployment insurance, common EU army and cybersecurity.

National Student Employment Week is April 12-16

National Student Employment Week is April 12-16! Although it is not possible to hold typical Student Employee Appreciation programming due to the pandemic, you can help celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of student employees who serve UW-Green Bay. Individuals may use a Student Employee Appreciation PowerPoint template to highlight an outstanding student employee. Please email completed copies to Student Employment (studentemployment@uwgb.edu) no later than Monday, April 12. Please consult with student employees before sending features to ensure they consent to the public release of any information provided. Student Employment will share submissions on the UWGB Student Employment Facebook page during National Student Employment Week (April 12-16). Departments are encouraged you to find other safe ways to show appreciation to student employees as well. Please contact Allen Voelker, Student Employment and Scholarship Coordinator, at voelkera@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2556 with any questions.

Dark money, transphobia, and partisanship blight Brown County nonpartisan elections – The NEWcomer

Dark money, transphobia, and partisanship blight Brown County nonpartisan elections… The NEWcomer talks with Prof. Aaron Weinschenk… A series of anti-transgender dog whistles and the involvement of partisan groups muddy the waters ahead of April’s general election

Source: Dark money, transphobia, and partisanship blight Brown County nonpartisan elections – The NEWcomer

Conservative Groups and Donors Impact Nonpartisan Appeals Court Race

UW-Green Bay Prof. Aaron Weinschenk talked with UpNorthNews last week about partisan and nonpartisan politics.

No state Supreme Court race this year, but tens of thousands of dollars and high-profile endorsements are flying in two down-ballot races in next week’s election.The likes of former Gov. Scott Walker, likely Republican gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Kleefisch, and conservative megadonors Richard and Elizabeth Uihlein are leaving their marks on next week’s Appeals Court races, injecting a significant level of partisan politics and funding into what are officially nonpartisan elections.This seepage of partisanship has been going on for years in higher court elections. But the rhetoric and funding is trickling down into lower races, a trend that is emblematic of the nation’s increasing political polarization and the ongoing right-wing effort to control the nation’s courts.Visible partisanship in court races is not necessarily an inherently bad thing because it can in some ways help voters identify judges who align with their views, experts told UpNorthNews, but it nonetheless can tarnish the judicial branch’s reputation as fair and impartial.

Source: Conservative Groups and Donors Impact Nonpartisan Appeals Court Race

Nonprofits across US face unprecedented crisis, new report says | WRAL

The report, “States of COVID-19: Synthesis of State-level Nonprofit Reports on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” was co-authored by Stewart; Kerry Kuenzi, a nonprofit organizations expert and assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay; Marlene Walk, a nonprofit leadership expert and assistant professor at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI); and Abby Klippel, a graduate student at IUPUI.

Source: Nonprofits across US face unprecedented crisis, new report says | WRAL

Assoc. Prof. Coen presents refugee policy research

UW-Green Bay Associate Professor Alise Coen (Political Science, Public & Environmental Affairs) presented her research on U.S. refugee policy to the Western Political Science Association last week. Her paper, “Terrorist Infiltrators, Gendered Threat, and the Specter of 9/11: U.S. Retreats from Refugee Responsibility-Sharing” was delivered as part of a virtual panel on Immigration Policy at the Western Political Science Association (WPSA) conference on Friday, April 2. More information about the conference is available on this WPSA website.

Introducing the University Assessment Committee

Assessment of curriculum, programs, learning outcomes, and co-curricular offerings is vital to the health of any academic institution. As such, it requires a group of dedicated individuals passionate about ensuring that the skills and offerings we provide to our students will guarantee their success as global citizens. To that end, the Interim Provost of Academic Affairs has approved the creation of the University Assessment Committee, comprised of Valerie Murrenus Pilmaier (Assessment Coordinator and chair), Caroline Boswell (Director of CATL), Sam Surowiec (ISE), Breeyawn Lybbert (NAS), Kerry Kuenzi (PEA and HIPs Coordinator), Mary Gichobi (EDU), Jessica Van Slooten (AH), Joanna Morissey (Graduate Studies), Anny Merry (Library), Michael Cocuzza (Dean of Students) and Alison Gates (Representing the General Education Council). The members have been serving on an informal basis since the beginning of spring term but will be assuming their roles in an official capacity beginning in the fall of 2021. This committee has been hard at work revising the Institutional Learning Outcomes to mirror the AACU Essential Learning Outcomes, creating rubrics to assess the Institutional Learning Outcomes, and creating a cycle of assessment for General Education Learning Outcomes, Programmatic Learning Outcomes and Institutional Learning Outcomes starting in fall of 2021.

Virtual concert Monday at UW-GB | The Daily News

Gaines’ performance presents a multimedia exploration of music for trumpet and electronics. The program will feature original, genre-bending compositions written by Gaines and set to an eclectic video accompaniment. The performance will be followed by a live session for questions.

Source: Virtual concert Monday at UW-GB | The Daily News

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: UWGB Jazz Fest 51 thrives on a Green Bay-bred vibe | WFRV

“This is very weird, playing to no one,” said Bill Hill, trombonist/frontman for Brass Differential, the band for the night. “But it’s a thrill to be here.” Later, he said, “The space is absolutely stunning.”

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: UWGB Jazz Fest 51 thrives on a Green Bay-bred vibe | WFRV