Music by Grosso, Gaines, ‘eco-composer’ Burtner, Zappa on one bill

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay music program is preparing a concert for those whose tastes fall in the realm of the eclectic.

Prof. Adam Gaines will lead the New Music Ensemble and Prof. Cheryl Grosso will direct the Hand Drumming Ensemble in a concert that promises to challenge and entertain. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, in the University Theatre in Theatre Hall.

The program will begin with the New Music Ensemble performing a pair of compositions by Matthew Burtner, “Siknik Unipkaaq” and “Prismic Generations.” Burtner is the Alaskan composer who was artist-in-residence at UW-Green Bay in late March. He is a multi-media composer whose work combines electroacoustic music and environmental systems.

Next on the program is a Gaines original, “What/So.”

After that the ensemble will tackle two compositions by the late Frank Zappa (yes, that Mothers of Invention Frank Zappa), “Music for Electric Violin and Low-Budget Symphony Orchestra,” and “The Idiot Bastard Son.”

The New Music Ensemble will conclude its performance with an original composition, “Bottles and Cans.”

Following an intermission, Prof. Grosso will direct the 14-member UW-Green Bay Hand Drumming Ensemble in the performance of five of her “Rhythm Chants.”

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. They can be purchased at the door, or in advance online at or by calling at (920) 465-2217 or 1-800-328-TKTS.


R. Terry Anderson

I teach English Composition and handle media and marketing for the Institute for Learning Partnership.

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