6:30 Thursdays caps semester’s concerts with ‘Dragons, Stones and Circuses’

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music program presents its final 6:30 Thursdays concert of the fall semester on Dec. 3 with the program “Dragons, Stones and Circuses” featuring the work of composer David Colson.
The setting for the lecture and performance will be Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Colson will talk about his compositions, living a creative life, and advocating for music in the context of community.  Performing his music will be UW-Green Bay faculty and friends.

Colson is the longtime former director of the School of Music at Western Michigan University. He is currently a fellow with the MacDowell Colony arts center in New Hampshire. Colson’s compositions have been performed and recorded in Europe and the United States. His works are released on MMC Recordings Ltd. and Red Mark, and are published by Avera Music Press. Colson has performed extensively as both a conductor and percussionist, and his recording of George Crumb’s “Ancient Voices of Children” was nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award.
“Dragon Music” — referenced in the title of his UW-Green Bay program — is one of his better-known compositions, for clarinet, piano and percussion ensemble.  He has described it as “angry and a little bit reckless, yet I hope the listener will also hear other parts of the piece which are defined as possibly more tender and vulnerable.”

The 6:30 Thursdays concert series is designed to connect the campus and local communities with music in meaningful ways, offering new perspectives on diverse musical styles, and often considering a single aspect of music through multiple perspectives.

The 2015-16 series features a wide array of musical styles and guest artists, including jazz, classical, contemporary, and third stream music events. All 6:30 Thursdays events are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

The 1923 Fund is the generous sponsor of the 2015-16 season of 6:30 Thursdays. Contact Linda Parins or 920-465-2944 for more information.


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