UW-Green Bay Music’s 360° Thursdays to feature ‘Rose & the Nightingale’ May 1

UW-Green Bay Music will welcome instrumentalists and improvisers Rose & the Nightingale May 1 for the final 360° Thursdays event of the academic year.

The New York-based foursome, which includes Pulaski native and former UW-Green Bay student Leala Cyr, will perform at the University during a weeklong Green Bay residency April 26-May 3. The residency is organized in partnership with the Green Bay Botanical Garden, Wisconsin International School and UW-Green Bay Music Department, and is made possible with support from Chamber Music America through its Residency Endowment Fund.

Rose & the Nightingale’s current project, “Spirit of the Garden,” is inspired by botanic gardens and blurs the boundaries of jazz, folk, world and chamber music. The performance integrates poetry about gardens and nature as song lyrics, as inspiration for improvised interludes, and as thematic threads throughout the concert. In addition to Cyr, vocalist and trumpet player, the group includes Jody Redhage, cellist, composer and vocalist; Sara Caswell, violinist; and Laila Biali, pianist and vocalist.

The 360° Thursdays series features a diversity of performance styles designed to broaden attendees’ horizons and deepen their understanding of music. A component of UW-Green Bay’s 360° of Learning brand, the concert-lecture event helps students, faculty, staff and community members connect with music in more meaningful ways. Performances feature scintillating and provocative pre-concert discussions by a composer, performer or arranger. Attendees will consider a single aspect of music through multiple perspectives.

Each 360° Thursdays performance takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Concerts are free but donations are appreciated. More information on the series is available online. UW-Green Bay is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. More information about UW-Green Bay Music is available online.

In addition to the UW-Green Bay performance, Rose & the Nightingale will present a free public concert at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3 at the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Road. During that concert, the group will showcase songs collaboratively composed with students from the Wisconsin International School in De Pere.

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