Bernstein tribute, visit by Preble band highlight UW-Green Bay concert

The music of legendary 20th century American composer Leonard Bernstein and a guest appearance by a local high school marching band will be highlights when the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

The UW-Green Bay groups are directed by Associate Professor of Music Kevin Collins. They will be sharing the program with the Preble High School Marching Band, conducted by Megan Sweeney.

UW-Green Bay’s 40-member Symphonic Band will open the evening with Clare Grundman arrangement of Bernstein’s “Candide Suite.” Bernstein wrote the score for the 1956 Broadway debut of Candide and revisited his work for revivals in the 1970s and ’80s. Although the play itself has typically earned mixed reviews, the music is widely praised for its blend of Broadway energy and concert-hall quality. The medley includes “The Best of All Possible Worlds,” “Westphalia Chorale and Battle Scene,” “Auto-da-fe” (What A Day), “Glitter and Be Gay,” and “Make Our Garden Grow.”

The Wind Ensemble will follow with music from Mass and West Side Story, two of Bernstein’s most renowned works.

“Suite from Mass” offers select movements from the monumental 1971 work including the Alleluia, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Simple Song, Offertory, and Almighty Father.

“Symphonic Dances from West Side Story” was completed in 1961, when Bernstein prepared a suite of orchestral music taken from the 1957 Broadway smash to correspond with the release of the film version of West Side Story. The 32 members of the UW-Green Bay ensemble will perform excerpts from the suite including the Prologue, Somewhere, Scherzo, Mambo, Cha-Cha, Meeting Scene, and Finale movements.

After intermission, the Preble High School Marching Band, 125 players strong, will take the stage to perform band versions of pop classics including Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” the 1930’s standard “Over the Rainbow” made famous by Judy Garland, the 2009 hit “Monster” by the band Skillet, and the 2008 collaboration “4 Minutes” by Justin Timberlake and Madonna.

UW-Green Bay Symphonic Band personnel are as follows:
Flute: Emily Brown, Kayla Brzosky, Kayla Christianson, Angela Rintmaki, Shannon Alba, Andrea Schroeder, Allie Andres; Clarinet: Kaitlyn Francois, Dylan Bergman, Lashawna Tucker; Bass Clarinet: Veronica Kasperek; Alto Saxophone: Kyle Henrickson, Alex Munson, Courtney Ingraham, Taylor Boelhower, Gracie Kellow, Nicole Eparvier, Sheng Lor; Tenor Saxophone: Matthew Hayes; Baritone Saxophone: Kyle Schneider; Horn: Jillian Patrick, Molly Dietrich, Abigail Englebert, Kathi Arnold; Trumpet: Evan Patton, Jake Hurley, Greg Koeller; Trombone: Joe Russett, David Feld; Bass Trombone: Patrick Romanek; Euphonium: Kristen Woodard; Tuba: Danielle Dungan, Paul Dugan, James Jones; Percussion: Michaela Hogan, Bobby Jo Magers, Brandon Pszanka, Jack Van Beek, Adam Ziepke; Keyboard: Sydney St. Clair; String Bass: Miranda Malone.

UW-Green Bay Wind Ensemble personnel are as follows:
Flute: Kailey Mucha, Kaylee Heideman, Laura Cortright, Rachel Massey, Anne Reis, Jessica Brown, Ashley Gutting; Clarinet: Rebekah Erdman, Heather Roberts, Sarah Tomasiewicz; Bass Clarinet: Oliver Konecny, Isaac Zwicker; Alto Saxophone: Sam Stranz, McKenna VanderLeest; Tenor Saxophone: Kelton Jennings; Baritone Saxophone: Kyle Hall; Horn: Jillian Patrick, Brandt Bailey; Trumpet: Gatlin Grimm, Greg Koeller, Chase Collins; Trombone: Patrick Romanek; Euphonium: Cole Watkins; Tuba: Joe Russett; Percussion: Jamie Rodgers, Kyle Sweeney, Bobby Jo Magers, Lisa Ford, Michaela Hogan; Piano/Keyboard: Nick Saldaña, Rissel Pequero; String Bass: Tony Pesavento.

Tickets for the Oct. 30 concert are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. Call (920) 465-2400 or visit For more information, visit The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, is located at 2420 Nicolet Drive.


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