Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: Weidner Philharmonic brass serve a smorgasbord

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – A buffet is a lot of different food. A smorgasbord is a lot of different food made with a flair. The definitions are right here in my dictionary.Served Monday evening in a special livestream concert was a varied menu of music for brass quintet. The smorgasbord included, in order in the program below, works that could be labeled regal, inventive, sweet, sacred, jaunty and mucho gusto. Versatility marked the concert “Brass Musicians of the Weidner Philharmonic” – versatility in programming and performing. The event was part of University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s “6:30 Concert Series,” which has become a virtual offering since the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has throttled most live, in-person performances.

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: Weidner Philharmonic brass serve a smorgasbord

Tonight, Monday, Nov. 16! Brass Musicians of the Weidner Philharmonic

This concert highlights the power and versatility of the brass quintet musicians of the Weidner Philharmonic. The core of the program features two imaginative works by living composers: Luminosity by New York-based composer Jessica Meyer and Lux Aeterna from Lawrence University graduate, Evan Williams. Principal Weidner Philharmonic performers include two UW-Green Bay Music faculty members: Adam Gaines on trumpet, and horn player Michelle McQuade Dewhirst. They are joined by Philharmonic members Jamie Waroff on trumpet, Andrew Zipperer on trombone and Steve Wilda on tuba. The performers will share insights about the music during their performance. The 6:30 Concert will stream live for free on November 16 beginning at 6:30pm on the Weidner Center’s YouTube channel.

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Weidner Philharmonic Brass Musicians Join Together for 6:30 Concert Series, Nov. 16

GREEN BAY, Wis.—University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music program’s 6:30 Concert Series presents Brass Musicians of the Weidner Philharmonic streaming live Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. on the Weidner Center’s YouTube channel. In keeping with University policy and COVID-19 restrictions on public events, 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. All 6:30 Concerts are free and open to the public.

Principal Weidner Philharmonic performers include two UW-Green Bay Music faculty members: Adam Gaines on trumpet, and horn player Michelle McQuade Dewhirst. They are joined by Philharmonic members Jaimie Waroff on trumpet, Andrew Zipperer on trombone and Steve Wilda on tuba. McQuade Dewhirst says the dynamic concert program “embodies the artistic mission of the Weidner Philharmonic by fostering diversity and inclusion and representing a wide array of musical genres and voices.”

The program centers around two pieces by living composers: Luminosity by New York-based composer Jessica Meyer and Lux Aeterna from Lawrence University graduate, Evan Williams. Meyer’s music often explores the wide palette of emotionally expressive colors available to each instrument. Her compositions have been called “other-worldly” (The Strad) and “evocative” (The New York Times). Williams’s compositions reflect inspirations from the Baroque period, Romanticism, Modernism, Minimalism and contemporary popular music. He is music director of the Rhodes Orchestra, assistant professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Activities at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.

Additional information about 6:30 Concerts Series and upcoming events is available at this the Music website or by emailing 630concertseries@uwgb.edu.

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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Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: Clarinetist goes travelin’ with finesse in Green Bay

Monday evening, a university professor traveled with his clarinet and took listeners along on a Livestream concert. The program, “Travel in Place with Clarinetist Eric Hansen,” was a travelogue in a broad sense. The first work covered a lot of places with musical pictures. The second work was a trip of the mind. The third work took listeners soaring with birds. And the final work envisioned flourishes of exhilarating dance.

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: Clarinetist goes travelin’ with finesse in Green Bay – wearegreenbay.com

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Clarinetist Eric Hansen set for livestream concert in Green Bay

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music’s 6:30 Concert Series will present its second live stream concert of the season at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26. “Travel in Place,” will feature clarinetist Eric Hansen of the music faculty. “I wanted to share fun, travel-themes clarinet solo music with everyone this year since so many of us are eager for a fun trip or vacation,” Hansen says.

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Clarinetist Eric Hansen set for live stream concert in Green Bay – We Are Green Bay

Tonight: travel in time with clarinetist Eric Hansen in this free, streaming event

Set your mind at ease with a free virtual concert tonight from the Weidner Center. In this 6:30 Concert Series event, Clarinetist Eric Hansen gives a live performance at 6:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer session. Prof. Hansen states, “I wanted to share fun, travel-themed clarinet solo music with everyone this year, since so many of us are eager for a fun trip or vacation.” The program includes A Week in Plasencia by Mike Curtis, The Jungleby Eric Mandat, Wings by Joan Tower, and Spanish Sketches by Ivan Olenchik. Access the Livestream, here.

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.