Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Coronavirus: UWGB ‘6:30 Concert Series’ starts Sept. 30 virtually

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music’s wide-ranging “6:30 Concert Series” is going virtual this academic year.In past seasons, the public-outreach concerts have included everything from the premiere of a faculty-composed film score with a large ensemble to intimate presentations – and much exploring.According to a press release: The 2020-2021 season will premiere Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m. with “Luis Fernandez in Recital” featuring the violinist from the UWGB faculty.

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Coronavirus: UWGB ‘6:30 Concert Series’ starts Sept. 30 virtually

UW-Green Bay’s 6:30 Concert Series goes virtual Broadway World

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music’s 6:30 Concert Series is virtual for the 2020-21 season. The first concert is at 6:30 on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 with Luis Fernandez. In order to stop the spread of COVID-19 the series will be livestreamed from Fort Howard Hall in the Weidner Center. All concerts will remain free to the public. Source: Broadway World. The story is also in the Iron Mountain Daily News.

What’s the Weidner Tea? is back for a socially-distanced episode

What’s the Weidner Tea? Is back for a socially distanced episode discussing the near future of the Weidner Center and the current suspension of live performing arts. According to Kelly Strickland, executive and artistic director, the Weidner Center is launching a new website dedicated to hosting live-streamed events and “bite sized digital performances.” Follow them on social media and subscribe to their e-newsletter for more information and updates. Watch the episode.

The first performance is the first concert of the 6:30 Concert Series, featuring Luis Fernandez in Recital, Wed. Sept. 30 (at 6:30 p.m.). See the website for more about the concert and to subscribe to the e-newsletter, the Weidner Wire.

 

UW-Green Bay’s 6:30 Concert Series Goes Virtual for 2020-2021 Season

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music Program’s 6:30 Concert Series is going virtual this season. The 2020-2021 season will premiere Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. with Luis Fernandez in Recital.

In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, all 6:30 Concert Series events will be livestreamed from Fort Howard Hall in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts with no in-person attendance for the 2020-2021 Season. All 6:30 Concerts will remain free and open to the public.

Luis Fernandez
Luis Fernandez

Concert violinist Luis Fernandez will kick off the virtual 6:30 Concert Series performing violin solos spanning more than 300 years of creative works from Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) to Emily Joy Sullivan (b. 1987). He will also be providing commentary and insight into repertoire in both English and Spanish.

The 6:30 Concert will stream live for free on Sept. 30 beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the Weidner Center’s YouTube channel. Fernandez will be answering questions from the livestream audience immediately following the performance. Questions may be submitted in the comments of the YouTube livestream, or via email at 630concertseries@uwgb.edu.

Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Fernandez earned his MA from the University of Florida and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Miami. Fernandez has performed across the globe as part of the Nuevo Mundo Quartet. In addition, he Fernandez has also performed with orchestras across the globe including the Florida Grand Opera, Amarillo Symphony, the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and many others. As an instructor, Fernandez has been invited to teach in Bolivia, Cuba, Columbia, Mexico and across the United States. He joined the faculty of UW-Green Bay in the Fall of 2019 and serves as the Robert and Joanne Bauer Endowed Professor of Strings and Music Education.

Fall 2020 6:30 Concert Series Events will be announced during the September concert stream. The Pierrot lunaire performance previously scheduled for September 30, 2020 will be rescheduled for Fall 2021.

About the 6:30 Concert Series

The 6:30 Concert Series is designed to connect the campus with the community through the exploration of music. Performances feature insightful presentations by performers, composers and special guests. The series offers new perspectives on diverse styles, often exploring the music from multiple angles. All performances take place at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, begin at 6:30 PM, and last between 60 and 90 minutes.

About the Weidner Center

UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. The Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance productions, community events and productions and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series – Stage Doors. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, 920-465-2726, 800-895-0071, or follow the ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8.700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Reminder: UW-Green Bay 6:30 Concert Series: ‘Future/Primitive: Percussion & Technology’ is March 10

The next 6:30 Concert Series is on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the Weidner Center. It is titled “Future/Primitive: Percussion & Technology,” and will feature UW-Green Bay Music’s Bill Salak as he explores intersections between the very old and very new, including Pulitzer-Prize-winner John Luther Adams’ “Wail” (with video by London-based video artist Natalia Jaeger), Eric Richards’ immersive “Finalbells,” and Alvin Lucier’s “Nothing is Real,” a visionary deconstruction of the Beatles for piano and amplified teapot. The concert and free and open to the public. More here.

New Weidner Tea for final 6:30 Concert Series events

There is a new Weidner Tea out today for the final two 2019-2020 6:30 Concert Series events. The first event, Future/Primitive: Percussion and Technology, is on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. This event features UW-Green Bay’s Bill Sallak exploring the differences between old and new age percussion instruments with the overwhelming improvements in technology over the years. The second event, Pierrot lunaire, is on Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall. This event features Soprano soloist Courtney Sherman telling the tales of a set of fantastical poems by Albert Giraud, supported by an ensemble of UW-Green Bay Music faculty and friends.

There is also a fairly new episode of  Weidner Tea out about the Speakeasy on Stage event on Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center. This event features Roaring 20’s big band music from the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra.

UW-Green Bay 6:30 Concert Series Highlights Percussion & Technology, March 10

Green Bay, Wis—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay 6:30 Concert Series continues on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 with Future/Primitive: Percussion & Technology in the Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The concert is free and open to the public. All 6:30 concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.

UW-Green Bay Assistant Professor Bill Sallak (Music) will explore the intersection of percussion historical roots with today’s modern technology. Sallak says, “I’ve been wanting to give a concert like this ever since coming to UW-Green Bay in 2016. It not only combines my two main musical interests, it’s a program that’s both really experimental and really fun to listen to.”

Among the pieces to be performed is Pulitzer-Prize-winner John Luther Adams’ “wail” from Mathematics of Resonant Bodies which will be presented with video by London-based video artist Natalia Jaeger. Also included in the program will be a performance of Eric Richards’ immersive Finalbells, as well as Alvin Lucier’s Nothing is Real, which is described as a visionary deconstruction of The Beatles for piano and a normal, everyday teapot—amplified.

For more information about this or other upcoming music events, please visit www.weidnercenter.com/events/. For a full listing of UW-Green Bay Music events for the 2019-20 season, please visit www.uwgb.edu/music/.

About the 6:30 Concert Series

The 6:30 Concert Series is designed to connect the campus with the community through the exploration of music. Performances feature insightful presentations by performers, composers and special guests. The series offers new perspectives on diverse styles, often exploring the music from multiple angles. All performances take place at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, begin at 6:30 PM, and last between 60 and 90 minutes. Make an evening of it – join us before the concert for a cocktail at the cash bar!

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6:30 Concert Series continues with 10th Anniversary of ‘Miniature’ Compositions, Saturday, Feb. 29

UW-Green Bay Music’s 6:30 Concert Series continues in February with a concert filled with “miniature” compositions which will be performed by the ensemble: a very small consortium. The ensemble consists of UW-Green Bay Music faculty and friends. A miniature composition is defined as a piece containing 100 or fewer notes or lasting one minute or less. This is the 10thanniversary of this popular concert of miniatures. This year’s concert will be held on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The concert is open to the public and admission is free. See more.

 

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: ‘Words & Music – A Program of Monologues’ sparkles in Green Bay | #wearegreenbay.com#

If you’ve got the horses, ride ’em. And so it was Tuesday night, with the horses being various performing/creative talent on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Musicians blended with actors in a quick, one-hour showcase of imagination. The last time something like this was done on campus was never. In introductions, Kelli Strickland depicted it as “a hair brained idea, and we’ll see what comes of it.” Ahem. It’s a great idea, and the evening was a blast. Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: ‘Words & Music – A Program of Monologues’ sparkles in Green Bay | #wearegreenbay.com#