Civic Symphony of Green Bay to perform at Weidner Center on Sunday, April 14

The Civic Symphony of Green Bay is collaborating with Bay Port High School’s Chamber Orchestra for an afternoon of classical and romantic works by Sibelius, Schubert and other composers on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 3 p.m. at the Weidner Center. Following the Civic Symphony’s performance of Sibelius’ Finlandia, the students will take to the stage for a side-by-side performance for Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony No. 8. Learn more and purchase tickets.

Great news: Verdi’s Requiem is rescheduled for May 13, 2018

The Civic Symphony of Green Bay’s season finale concert, which was postponed due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled! The performance of Verdi’s Requiem will now take place Sunday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. on the Weidner Center stage. This is a collaboration concert with UW-Green Bay Music featuring a mass choir made up of singers from the UW-Green Bay Concert Choir, the UW-Green Bay University Singers, St. Norbert College Chamber Singers, UW-Marinette and West Shore Chorale and Silver Lake College Chorale, as well as the Green Bay Choral Artists. The work will also feature four soloists.

Tickets from the previously scheduled concert on Sunday, April 15, will be honored for the new performance date of Sunday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m.

If you purchased tickets for the original concert date and cannot make the rescheduled event, choose one of three options:

• Give the tickets to someone who can attend.
• Donate them back to the Symphony.
• Request a refund.  If you are unable to attend on the new concert date of May 13, please return your tickets to Ticket Star by May 10, 2018 for a refund. The mailing address is: 1901 South Oneida Street, Green Bay, WI 54304.  Please call Ticket Star at 920-494-3401 with any further questions about refunds, or if your tickets were being held in Will Call.

If the previous date didn’t fit your schedule, but this one does: new tickets are available!

UW-Green Bay Music and The Civic Symphony of Green Bay, perform Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem

Green Bay, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music is collaborating with the Civic Symphony of Green Bay to perform Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, a work for four soloists, double choir and orchestra, on April 15, 2018 at 3 p.m. in Cofrin Family Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. This performance will feature approximately 200 singers. The one-time afternoon performance will be a “first” for the Civic Symphony on the Weidner Center stage and will be the final concert of the Orchestra’s 23rd season. Show time is April 15 at 3 p.m. Tickets and more information, here.

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Randall Meder (Music) is Chorus Master for the concert and is coordinating the choirs from UW-Green Bay, Dudley Birder Chorale, the Green Bay Choral Artists, UW-Marinette, St. Norbert College and Silver Lake College. The Civic Symphony of Green Bay will be conducted by Seong-Kyung Graham and soloists are UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Courtney Sherman (Music), soprano; Katherine Donner, mezzo-soprano; Jesse Donner, tenor and Christopher Besch, bass-baritone.

The theme of the concert is “New Site, New Sound,” as the afternoon performance will be a “first” for the Civic Symphony on the Weidner Center stage, who until now have performed at the Meyer Theatre in downtown Green Bay.

Established in 1995, the Civic Symphony of Green Bay is an all-volunteer orchestra composed of professional musicians and amateurs from all walks of life and from many communities of Northeastern Wisconsin. For more information about the Civic Symphony of Green Bay visit:

Tickets: Adult, advance $20; Adult, at the door $23; Senior $15; Student $10; or family of 4, $50

Purchase Tickets: in person at the University Ticketing & Information Center. Call 920-465-2400 or Ticket Star 920-494-3401 or online at and or at the Weidner Center Box Office 90 minutes prior to the performance.


Dr. Coussons gives the gift of music

The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra’s 100-year collection of music scores will remain available for the community via UW-Green Bay’s David A. Cofrin Library on a limited basis. The music collection has been donated to the Cofrin Library and can be accessed by local music groups requesting the scores at the service desk on the library’s third floor. The historical documentation about the GBSO was donated to the library’s Archives and Area Research Center, on the library’s seventh floor.

“This substantial musical score collection will remain a community resource thanks to the generous donation by Dr. Herbert Coussons,” said Paula Ganyard, Director of the Cofrin Library.

Both the youth and orchestral music libraries were purchased and donated by Dr. Coussons (a Green Bay-area physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology) after the GBSO disbanded as a professional organization in the past year. The Youth Symphony, Civic Symphony and music programs at UWGB and St. Norbert College retain access to the collection that includes photos, news clippings, season program books and historic audio recordings of concerts.

“The UWGB Archives is pleased to add the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra historical records to its collections,” said University Archivist Deb Anderson. “The original documents date from the Symphony’s inception in 1913 to its final performance in 2015. Included in the collection are photographs, recordings, programs, and scrapbooks. The collection of Green Bay Symphony Orchestra records helps us preserve the rich musical heritage of the area.”

The Symphony records will complement the Green Bay City Band records also housed in the Archives Department.

Hansen ‘shone’ in featured role with Civic Symphony

Eric Hansen, associate professor of Music, earned a lengthy ovation and a glowing review from WFRV’s Warren Gerds for his featured turn with the Civic Symphony of Green Bay in Sunday’s concert at the Meyer Theatre. In playing the clarinet concerto that Mozart composed in the final months of his life in 1791, “Hansen played comfortably and in complete control of Mozart’s dips, rises, shifts and variations, sometimes within milliseconds of one another,” Gerds wrote. “Hansen’s skill and dexterity fueled an appreciation for the scope of the instrument… Mozart had a gift, and Hansen tapped into that with a fine, fine performance” To read more.