Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: ‘Evening of Miniatures’ big on exploration in Green Bay
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – From whimsy to dead seriousness, one of the most unusual annual concerts around was presented Thursday night in a new way because of the COVID-19 pandemic – which made its presence known in the theme of some works.“Part of the goal is to present new music in an accessible way,” Michelle McQuade Dewhirst said in September 2011.By “accessible,” she meant – and still means – bite-sized. Pieces can be no longer than one minute and contain 100 or fewer notes. They are morsels.In May 2021, the accessibility has gone up a notch to mean something additional, the Internet, plus continued access anytime via the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music’s YouTube channel.Michelle McQuade Dewhirst of the faculty has overseen the project from the start. She also has two distinctive pieces on this year’s program.