Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music’s 6:30 Concert Series continues in February with a concert filled with “miniature” compositions which will be performed by the ensemble: a very small consortium. The ensemble consists of UW-Green Bay Music faculty and friends. A miniature composition is defined as a piece containing 100 or fewer notes or lasting one minute or less. This is the 10thanniversary of these concerts of miniatures. This year’s concert will be held on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The concert is open to the public and admission is free.
“Writing a miniature is the closest thing to instant gratification a composer can get,” explains UW-Green Bay Professor Michelle McQuade Dewhirst. “And yet, working in miniature form is surprisingly challenging and raises many fascinating questions about the nature of music. What sounds should or shouldn’t ‘count’ in your allotment of 100 notes? How can a composer express something meaningful in such a short amount of time, or with such limited materials? To work effectively in this format, a composer needs to refine their ideas; the best miniatures feel to me as if they might have started as lumps of coal that were compressed into diamonds.”
The miniatures which will be performed at the concert come from compositions submitted from all over the world. Receiving over 200 submissions annually, the collection is curated by McQuade Dewhirst.
For more information about this or other upcoming music events, please visit www.weidnercenter.com/events/. For a full listing of UW-Green Bay Music events for the 2019-20 season, please visit www.uwgb.edu/music/.
About the 6:30 Concert Series
The 6:30 Concert Series is designed to connect the campus with the community through the exploration of music. Performances feature insightful presentations by performers, composers, and special guests. The series offers new perspectives on diverse styles, often exploring the music from multiple angles. All performances take place at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, begin at 6:30 PM, and last between 60 and 90 minutes. Make an evening of it – join us before the concert for a cocktail at the cash bar!
About the Weidner Center
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 Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance productions, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. 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. The Stage Doors Education Series serves more than17,500 students from 63 cities throughout Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula every year. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, 920-465-2726, 800-895-0071, or follow the ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).
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 8,700 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.