Reminder: Next 6:30 Concert, the Florentine Opera Company, tomorrow (Oct. 23)

The Florentine Opera Company, featuring the Donald and Donna Baumgartner Studio Artists, as a part of the 6:30 Concert Series, will be performing at the Weidner Center on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. The Florentine Opera Company is Wisconsin’s oldest fully professional performing arts organization and the sixth-oldest opera company in the United States. The company, which is celebrating its eighty-fifth anniversary season, will perform an array of operatic classics. The event is free but registration is recommended. The lobby opens at 5 p.m. and house opens at 6 p.m. Please arrive by 6:15 p.m. to ensure your spot for the concert. Learn more.

Next 6:30 concert: Maria Murawska Piano Recital set for Monday, Oct. 29

Prof. Maria Murawska (Music), a concert pianist visiting from the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Poland, will be performing a program of piano selections by Fredrick Chopin on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Weidner Center as a part of the 6:30 Concert Series. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more.


The UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Lakeshore Wind Ensemble kicks off 35th season on Saturday, Oct. 20

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Lakeshore Wind Ensemble will be kicking off its 35th Anniversary Season, “Celebrating 35 Years of Music on the Lakeshore,” on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. The event will take place at the Capitol Civic Centre in downtown Manitowoc at 7:30 p.m. with “Music of the Masters.”

“Music of the Masters” will be conducted by Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Conductor and Music Director Marc Sackman and Conductor Emeritus Michael J. Arendt, and will feature alto saxophone soloist David Lovrien. Lovrien is a staff arranger and webmaster for the Dallas Winds in Dallas, Texas.

The concert will include “Egmont Overture” by Beethoven, David Lovrien’s presentation of “A Gershwin Fantasy” arranged by Ralph Martino, Maestro Arendt’s selection “Beacons” by Emmy award-winning composer Garth Neustadter and “Embraceable You” by George and Ira Gershwin. “Egmont Overture” was written for a production of Goethe’s tragic drama that was performed in the Hoftheater in Vienna, Austria in 1810. Martino’s, “A Gershwin Fantasy,” is a collection of seven Gershwin hits for alto sax including “Summertime” and “I Got Rhythm.” “Beacons” was commissioned by the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and first performed by the ensemble in May 2014. Neustadter said of his composition in 2014, “Beacons is inspired by the people and sources that provide guidance and direction in our lives.” “Embraceable You,” a Gershwin favorite will be performed along with LWE/LBB vocalist, Kim Hofmann.

thumbnail_UWGB-MC LWE students - 1 (1)The recipients of the 2018-2019 Arendt Family Talentships, a program established by Michael and Peter Arendt to recognize and encourage musically talented UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus students who are members of the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble, will be introduced during the concert. The Arendt Family Talentships are funded and supported by the Arendt family and Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association.

Tickets for “Music of the Masters” are available at the Capitol Civic Centre Box Office, $16 for adult tickets and $9 for students and all balcony seating. These prices do not include the $2 per ticket preservation fee. For further information, please call the Capitol Civic Centre Box Office at 920-683-218.

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

Reminder: Raúl Prieto Ramírez, organist, to perform at Weidner Center on Friday, Oct. 12

Raúl Preto Ramirez will be performing at the Weidner Center on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. With brilliance and bravado, elegance and energy, this young, Spanish-born artist has staked his claim among the world’s elite performers. See more. Tickets can be purchased through the Brown County Civic Music Association.

Reminder: Free saxophone recital at Weidner Center on Monday, Oct. 8

Anna Marie Wytko, soprano and alto saxophones, will be performing at the Weidner Center on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wytko has performed worldwide and has presented extensive concerto, solo and chamber music performances throughout Europe, North America, South America, Mexico and Canada. This performance is free. Learn more.

Save the date: Upcoming at the Lawton Gallery

Save the date for the following events occurring at the Lawton Gallery located in Theatre Hall at UW-Green Bay:

Topographies: Work by Jessica Calderwood, Sarah Gross, Debbie Kupinsky, Michelle Tobia and Valerie Zimany, March 2 through 30
Opening Reception: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 2, 2017

Each artist seeks to create an experience that allows viewers to contemplate the meaning of their own personal terrains and challenge them to consider the cultural, physical and spiritual notions of topography. The artists were chosen for a diverse approach to concept, material, surface and form. Featured artists include Jessica Calderwood, an associate professor at Ball State University; Sarah Gross, an assistant professor at the University of Kansas-Lawrence; Debbie Kupinsky, an assistant professor at St. Norbert College; Michelle Tobia, a studio artist in North Wales, Pa.; and Valerie Zimany, an assistant professor at Clemson University.

Bill Sallak, Gallery Concert, Noon, Friday, March 3
UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Bill Sallak (Music) teaches percussion, recording technology and world music. Sallak will be performing Michael Pisaro’s Closed Categories in Cartesian Worlds for solo crotales and sine tones. The Lawton Gallery serves as a fantastic acoustic space in which to enjoy this delicate and ambient work. Audience members are invited to come and go as they please, and walk around the Lawton Gallery space to enjoy the piece’s many subtleties. Sallak will give a short talk at noon before playing.

Rector-Hong Piano Duo Recital on Monday, Dec. 12

A program of transcriptions explores an eclectic variety of styles, some in the holiday spirit! Highlights include an arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite for two pianos, Percy Grainger’s Fantasy on Theme from Porgy and Bess (Gershwin) and a preview of music from UWGB composition professor Michelle McQuade Dewhirst’s new original score to the film Metropolis. Michael Rector and Sylvia Hong have performed around the world as a piano duo and are prizewinners of the Ellis Duo Piano Competition. Rector is Assistant Prof. of Music at UWGB and Hong is Artist in Residence at Belhaven University. The event is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 at the Weidner Center and is part of the 6:30 Concert Series.

UW-Green Bay Music, community choirs join together for Handel’s Messiah sing-along

Handel’s Messiah is returning to UW-Green Bay this December, but this time as a sing-along. At the 7:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, Dec. 3, audience members are invited to join in with the choruses. The UW-Green Bay Choral Ensembles, Green Bay Choral Artists, and Festival Orchestra will be joined on the stage by choirs from Algoma, Sevastopol and Southern Door High Schools, along with UW-Green Bay Alumni soloists. Prof. Randall Meder will conduct the concert — the sixth performance of Messiah since 2008. Meder, director of choral activities at UW-Green Bay, says he enjoys incorporating unique elements to each. See more.

Complete Brahms Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Gu and Kautsky (Monday)

Violinist Wen-Lei Gu and pianist Catherine Kautsky will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 7 in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center. Gu was the gold medalist of the Heida Hermanns International String Competition and China’s Fourth National Violin Competition, the silver medalist in the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition and the Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition. Kautsky has concertized throughout the United States and abroad as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra and chamber musician, appearing in venues such as Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, Jordan Hall and the Gardner Museum in Boston, the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., and the Cultural Center in Chicago. Both are faculty members at Lawrence University.