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#

Reminder: ‘Words & Music – A Program of Monologues’ at the Weidner on Feb. 11

Join UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance for “Words & Music—A Program of Monologues,” Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m at the Weidner Center. This is the final event in the Weidner Center’s “Think Theatre Series” launched in 2019-20 and a collaboration of faculty from three of UW-Green Bay’s four campuses.

This is a free event for the public and a collaboration with UW-Green Bay Music’s 6:30 Concert Series. Performers and performance pieces:

-Rebecca Stone Thornberry, Marinette Campus and Michelle McQuade Dewhirst (Reckless by Craig Lucas)
-Alan Kopischke and Luis Fernandez (Amadeus by Peter Shaffer)
-Kelli Strickland and Luis Fernandez (The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams)
-Thomas Campbell, Sheboygan Campus and Michelle McQuade Dewhirst (Original text by Campbell)
-Noah Simon and John Salerno (Clarity by Mark Young)
-Laura Riddle and Courtney Sherman (PSA: National Anthem by Laurie Anderson)
– Noah Simon/Kelli Strickland and Adam Gaines (Improvised text and music)

Think Theatre Words and Music

‘Words & Music: A program of Monologues’

A 6:30 Concert Series and Think Theatre Series combined event, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (Green Bay, Wis.) Join UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance for “Words & Music—A Program of Monologues,” Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. This is the final event in the Weidner Center’s “Think Theatre Series” launched in 2019-20 and a collaboration of faculty from three of UW-Green Bay’s four campuses.

This is a free event for the public and a collaboration with UW-Green Bay Music’s 6:30 Concert Series. Performers and performance pieces:

-Rebecca Stone Thornberry, Marinette Campus and Michelle McQuade Dewhirst (Reckless by Craig Lucas)
-Alan Kopischke and Luis Fernandez (Amadeus by Peter Shaffer)
-Kelli Strickland and Luis Fernandez (The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams)
-Thomas Campbell, Sheboygan Campus and Michelle McQuade Dewhirst (Original text by Campbell)
-Noah Simon and John Salerno (Clarity by Mark Young)
-Laura Riddle and Courtney Sherman (PSA: National Anthem by Laurie Anderson)
– Noah Simon/Kelli Strickland and Adam Gaines (Improvised text and music)

The 6:30 Concert Series was 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.

Think Theatre Series was designed to push the boundaries of idea and form one spoken word at a time. UW-Green Bay Theatre faculty and special guests invite you to an inspired series of readings that not only entertain but also provoke responses, pose questions and spark dialogue.

The Think Theatre Words & Music: A Program of Monologues event is part of the Word Festival. The Word Festival is sponsored by Arts Midwest, the National Endowment for the Arts and UntitledTown Book and Author Festival.

About the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts opened on January 15, 1993 and is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-plus 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 programs, community events and productions and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, call 920-465-2726 or 800-895-0071, or follow ‘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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What’s the Weidner Tea: Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite is coming to the Weidner Center, Dec. 12

Kelli and Troy are spilling the tea in another episode of ‘What’s the Weidner Tea?’. In this episode, they talk about the upcoming 6:30 Concert Series: Swing for the Holidays featuring Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. The show is on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Weidner Center’s Cofrin Family Hall.

All proceeds from this special event support ongoing and free performances in the 6:30 Concert Series. Tickets are $16 a person and can be purchased here.

Reminder: Swing for the Holidays Dec. 12

Enjoy a little Christmas jazz and support UW-Green Bay Music and the (typically) free weekly 6:30 Concert Series by purchasing tickets to “Swing for the Holidays,” Thursday night Dec. 12 at the Weidner Center. The players of the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra and faculty vocalist Courtney Sherman will perform the Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn version of the Nutcracker Suite, along with other jazzy holiday favorites. All proceeds from this special event support ongoing and free performances in the 6:30 Series. Tickets are $16 plus fees and available through the Weidner Center website, or by calling Ticket Star at 800-895-0071 or in person at the University Ticketing & Information Center.

Swing for the Holidays, Dec. 12, 2019

Swing for the Holidays: Duke Ellington, Dec. 12

UW-Green Bay’s newest holiday tradition, “Swing for the Holidays” returns on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Weidner Center’s Cofrin Family Hall. “When Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn got their hands on ‘Nutcracker Suite,’ no one would have guessed how Tchaikovsky’s sugar plum fairies could swing! Ellington, along with your jazzy holiday favorites, is certain to make for a cheery night. All proceeds from this special event support ongoing and free performances in the 6:30 Concert Series.  Tickets are $16 a person and can be purchased here.

6:30 Concert Series hosts 100-plus patrons; next concert is Nov. 5

More than 100 patrons attended the 6:30 Concert Series at the Weidner Center, on Oct. 28, 2019. Associate Prof. Michael Rector (Music) presented a concert entitled: Edges of Romanticism. Rector has performed all over the United States and internationally. Nov. 5, 2019 is the next in the series with Juxtatonal and Nick Zoulek – voice, cello and saxophone.

6:30 Concert Series offers something for everyone with contrasting performances

Green Bay, Wis.—University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music’s 6:30 Concert Series seeks to reimagine the concert experience through sharing musical insights and connecting the music with the community. The series offers everything from standard repertoire to performances that blur the lines between music and theatre. Strongly contrasting musical styles will be showcased during the next two concerts, Oct. 28 and Nov. 5, 2019.

On Oct. 28, pianist Michael Rector will present a concert entitled: Edges of Romanticism. Rector has performed all over the United States and Canada. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from

Michael Rector
Michael Rector

Oberlin College, a master’s degree from the University of Maryland and a doctoral degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He is currently an associate professor at UW-Green Bay where he is committed to making the language of classical music vivid for people of all ages and backgrounds.

During the Edges of Romanticism concert, Rector will perform two comparative, yet contrasting pieces from and inspired by the Romantic period. The first piece, Davidsbündlertänze, composed by Robert Schumann, takes the audience on a journey of infatuation, love, joy, longing and heartache while showcasing the contradictions of these emotions through musical time and tone. The second piece, Palais de Mari, composed by Morton Feldman, is an introspective piece, encouraging the audience to look into the recesses of their mind and memories through the imperfect symmetry of the music. For Rector, the two pieces are “like mirror images…and challenge the idea of musical time.” Edges of Romanticism will be presented in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center October 28 at 6:30 p.m.

In almost complete contrast to the more conventional pieces being presented at the Edges of Romanticism concert is the Nov. 5 concert featuring Juxtatonal (see feature photo) with Nick Zoulek. Juxtatonal is a contemporary voice and cello duo with Detroit-based soprano Jocelyn Zelasko and New York City-based cellist Bryan Hayslett. Currently on a North American tour, Juxtatonal will be joined by Chicago saxophonist, Nick Zoulek. Through a series of duos, solos, and trio pieces, Juxtatonal and Zoulek will present an evening of contemporary music that blurs the lines between music, art, and theatre. Juxtatonal recently commissioned new works from 14 composers, including UW-Green Bay Music Professor Michelle McQuade Dewhirst. Two of McQuade Dewhirst’s pieces will be performed at the 6:30 Concert: Such Little Arrows, on the texts of Virginia Woolf and #nofilter, a miniature song cycle on texts derived from spam emails. In addition, Zoulek will perform the title track from his second album, Enter Branch. In keeping with the contemporary and non-traditional theme of the music, the Nov. 5 performance will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Foyer and Orchestra Lobby of the Weidner Center under the chandelier by famed glass artist Dale Chihuly.

A cash bar will be available adding to the unique musical experience. Both events are free and open to the public. Reservations and tickets are not required.

For more information about this or other upcoming music events, please visit the Weidner Center website. For a full listing of UW-Green Bay Music events for the 2019-20 season, click here.

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 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. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. 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. The Stage Doors Education Series serves more than17,500 students from 63 cities throughout Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula every year. 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 nearly 8,000 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, 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.

Pro Arte Quartet

6:30 Concert Series returns Sept. 16 with Pro Arte Quartet

Green Bay, Wis.—On Sept. 16, 2019, Pro Arte Quartet, one of the world’s most distinguished string quartets, kicks off the first featured event of the 2019-2020 6:30 Concert Series. The 6:30 Concert Series at the Weidner Center is an exploration of music featuring composers, performers and special guests. All performances start at 6:30 p.m. and last between 60 to 90 minutes. Events are free (except the December swing concert) and are open to public.

Founded by conservatory students in Brussels in 1912, Pro Arte Quartet become one of the most celebrated ensembles in Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. The quartet was performing in Madison, Wis. in May 1940 when Nazi forces invaded Belgium. The University of Wisconsin responded to the emergency by offering the quartet a permanent campus home, the first such arrangement at a major American university. Current PAQ members, together since 1995, are David Perry and Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Parry Karp, cello. See the full 6:30 Concert schedule.

Donations accepted. Proceeds from this ticketed event support the yearlong free 6:30 Concert Series.

Additional performances in 2019:

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Pro Arte Quartet

6:30 Concert Series returns September 16 with Pro Arte Quartet

On Sept. 16, 2019, Pro Arte Quartet, one of the world’s most distinguished string quartets, kicks-off the first featured event of the 2019-2020 6:30 Concert Series. The 6:30 Concert Series at the Weidner Center is an exploration of music featuring composers, performers and special guests. All performances start at 6:30 p.m. and last between 60 to 90 minutes. Events are free (accept the December swing concert) and are open to public. Donations accepted.

Founded by conservatory students in Brussels in 1912, Pro Arte Quartet become one of the most celebrated ensembles in Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. The quartet was performing in Madison, Wis. in May 1940 when Nazi forces invaded Belgium. The University of Wisconsin responded to the emergency by offering the quartet a permanent campus home, the first such arrangement at a major American university. Current PAQ members, together since 1995, are David Perry and Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Parry Karp, cello. See the full 6:30 Concert schedule. Additional performances in 2019:

  • October 28, 2019 Edges of Romanticism  | Michael Rector, piano
  • November 5, 2019 Juxtatonal, with Nick Zoulek  | Voice, Cello, Saxophone
  • December 12, 2019* Swing for the Holidays | Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite
    Tickets $18 • Weidner Center’s Cofrin Family Hall
    Proceeds from this ticketed event support the yearlong free 6:30 Concert Series