Casablanca performers spend time with media this week previewing Saturday’s show

UW-Green Bay faculty were making the rounds to promote Saturday’s performance by the Weidner Center’s Philharmonic of Casablanca—considered by critics to be one of the greatest movies of all time. It’s Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-show talk at 6:30 pm. On Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, Bill Sallak (percussion) and Kelli Strickland (executive director of the Weidner Center) were featured on the WBAY Noon Show. On Friday, Sallak and Luis Fernandez (violin) spent some time with WFRV. Fernandez played “As Time Goes By.” For details, including tickets, head to the weidnercenter.com.

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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12 students selected to perform at UW-Green Bay Honors Recital

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music program will hold its annual Honors Recital on Saturday, February 8 at 2 p.m. at Fort Howard Hall in UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s recital will feature 12 outstanding music students from across the state of Wisconsin and one international student. Admission to the recital is free and open to the public.

Of the 12 students participating in this year’s Honor Recital, five are vocalists and seven are instrumentalists. Pieces to be performed are from great artists such as George Frideric Handel, Johann Strauss, and Francesco Durante, among others. Student vocalists participating in the recital are:

  • Brooke DeGoey, soprano, a K-12 Choral/General Music Education major and graduate of Freedom High School. DeGoey is the daughter of Joseph DeGoey of Menasha, Wis. and Vicky Verbeten of Freedom, Wis.
  • Chay Austyn Schmitt, soprano, a Theatre Studies major/Vocal Performance minor and a graduate of Richland Center High School. Austyn is the daughter of Gregg and Christine Schmitt of Richland Center, Wis.
  • Eloise Williamson, soprano, a Vocal Performance major and graduate of North Crawford High School. Williamson is the daughter of Rita Berkley Smith of Wittenburg, Wis.
  • Julia Kreitzer, mezzo-soprano, a Business Administration major minoring in Vocal Performance and a graduate of West Bend East High School. Kreitzer is the daughter of Bob and Carol Kreitzer of West Bend, Wis.
  • Aygul Garryyeva, soprano, a Vocal Performance major and international student from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Garryyeva is the daughter of Begli Garryyeva and Bahar Pirova of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Student instrumentalists participating in the recital are:

  • Jayce Gorski, alto saxophone, an undeclared junior and graduate of West De Pere High School and the son of Amber Kouba of De Pere, Wis.
  • Rachel Rabas, trombone, a Psychology major with minors in Music Performance and History and a graduate of Denmark High School. Rabas is the daughter of Greg Rabas of Denmark, Wis. and Theresa Heggeland of De Pere, Wis.
  • Katie Warpinski, piano, a Human Biology major minoring in Music Performance and a graduate of Green Bay Preble High School. Warpinski is the daughter of Rick & Heidi Warpinski of Green Bay, Wis.
  • Tony Fenner, percussion, a Music Education major and graduate of Oak Creek High School. Fenner is the son of Ronald and Amy Fenner of Oak Creek, WI.
  • Ethan Christiansen, marimba, an Instrumental Performance major and graduate of Roncalli High School. Christiansen is the son of Troy and Lynn Christiansen of Two Rivers, Wis.
  • Kameron Jennings, trumpet, a Music Education major and graduate of Poynette High School. Jennings is the son of Jason and Karen Jennings of Poynette, Wis.
  • Victor Tec Cob, violin, a Music Performance major and graduate of De Pere High school. Tec Cob is the son of Rene DeLeon and Lorena Tec Cob of De Pere.

Students for the Honors Recital were chosen by faculty members during a juried selection process. 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 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 8,700 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: Holiday M.U.S.E. at UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus, Dec. 5

The UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus celebrates music with many concerts each year. On Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, the Jazz Ensemble, University Singers and Vocal Jazz Ensemble begin their official holiday festivities, hosting the M.U.S.E. Concert (Music of the University Soloists and Ensembles) beginning at 7 p.m. in the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Fine Arts Theatre. Paul Sucherman conducts both the Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Ensembles, Mike Schulz directs the combined community and student Chorus, and Tricia Marton serves as the staff accompanist. The box office opens at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5, with tickets being free for all local students and priced at $10 for adults.

Sci-fi cult classic brought to life by UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance and Music programs

Audience encouraged to dress up and participate

GREEN BAY – University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre and Dance and Music programs will present Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show” Nov. 21, 22 and 23, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. with an additional special late-night performance at 11 p.m. on Nov. 22. Performances will be held in the University Theatre, Theatre Hall UW-Green Bay.

The production is directed by John Mariano with musical direction by Courtney Sherman and choreography by Denise Carlson-Gardner and performed by UW-Green Bay students.

“The Rocky Horror Show” debuted in London in 1973 but it is most widely known for its 1975 film adaption: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Over the years, the movie version has developed a cult following due, in large part, to midnight showings at movie theaters across the country. As the cult following grew, so did audience participation leading to audience members dressing up as their favorite characters to attend viewing and even bringing their own props to act out scenes. In addition to the cult following, the show has been praised by critics for its message of inclusivity, acceptance, and sexual liberation.

Featuring a score of rock-n-roll, “The Rocky Horror Show” pays tribute to the science fiction and B horror movies of the 1930s-50s. The show tells the story of Brad and Janet, clean-cut, wholesome couple who get stranded at a castle when their car breaks down during a rainstorm. There they meet Riff Raff, the butler, Magenta, his sister, a groupie named Columbia, and Dr. Frank N Furter, a scientist. But Brad and Janet are in for a night like no other when Dr. Frank N Furter introduces them to his latest creation.

UW-Green Bay’s production encourages audience participation. Prop bags complete with instructions will be available for purchase in the lobby prior to the performance. Audience members are encouraged to dress up when attending the production and an online costume contest will be held with the cast and crew from the production picking winners who will receive tickets to upcoming productions. The production is rated R for adult content.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.weidnercenter.com and www.ticketstaronline.com, by calling Ticket Star (1-800-895-0071) or the University Ticketing & Information Center (920-465-2400), or visiting the Ticket Star Box Office at the Resch Center or the University Ticketing & Information Center, located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. Tickets are $30 for adults in advance and $33 at the door, $25 for senior citizens and students in advance and $28 at the door. UW-Green Bay students $18. The venue box office opens 90 minutes prior to the performance.

For additional information on this event, please visit https://www.ticketstaronline.com/events/detail/the-rocky-horror-show. For a full listing of UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance events for the 2019-20 season, please visit www.uwgb.edu/theatre/season/calendar-of-events.

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 8,800 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, D-I athletics 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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Holiday M.U.S.E. at UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Dec. 5

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus celebrates music with many concerts each year. On Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, the Jazz Ensemble, University Singers and Vocal Jazz Ensemble begin their official holiday festivities, hosting the M.U.S.E. Concert (Music of the University Soloists and Ensembles) beginning at 7 p.m. in the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Fine Arts Theatre.

Paul Sucherman conducts both the Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Ensembles, Mike Schulz directs the combined community and student Chorus and Tricia Marton serves as the staff accompanist.

The box office opens at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5, with tickets being free for all local students and priced at $10 for adults.

6:30 Concert Series returns Sept. 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 (except the December swing concert) and are open to public. See more via 6:30 Concert Series Returns Sept. 16 With Pro Arte Quartet, Broadway World.

Piano Academy Beginning September

Prof. Rector leads ‘piano academy’ for students 10-17

UW-Green Bay Prof. Michael Rector (Music) has created an immersive musical training series called Piano Academy for kids aged 10-17, as a way to impart his love of classical music to the community. According to Psychology Today, there is abundant evidence that supports the idea that learning to play music can enhance cognitive performance in many ways. Researchers have linked musical training with improvement in working and verbal memory, visual attention, intelligence and even creativity. Piano Academy takes place on the Green Bay Campus. Students spend one hour with Prof. Rector in UW-Green Bay’s state-of-the-art piano lab, and then they practice what they’ve learned for another hour and a half in guided sessions with Professor Rector’s assistant music teachers. Piano Academy is a 13-week series providing a solid foundation in musical training, covering technique, theory and performance. Classes start Sept. 14. Learn more and register for Piano Academy.

Get your tickets for ‘Mamma Mia!’ at the Marinette Campus’ Theatre on the Bay

Announced last week was the cast and crew for “Mamma Mia!” The production comes to Theatre on the Bay (TOB) at the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus, this July, kicking-off its 53rd season with music and laughs in the Greek isles. ABBA’s disco-pop songbook propels this tale of love, laughter and friendship. “Mamma Mia!” promises to be a trip down the aisle not to be forgotten.

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Ticket Packages

2019-2020 season tickets are available in six-show (20% discount) at tinyurl.com/sixshowseasonpass and three-show (10% discount) packages at tinyurl.com/threeshowseasonpass. For additional ticket information, patrons may contact the main office at 715-735-4301 during UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus business hours.

Faculty note: Lecturer Tricia Marton will present at WMTA Conference

UW-Green Bay Associate Lecturer Tricia Marton (Sheboygan Campus) will be a presenter at the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association (WMTA) state conference in October 2019. The session title is “The 80% and Above Club: Demystifying Music Theory for Students” and will present practical advice to music teachers on preparing their students for the WMTA state theory exam. Session Description: Haven’t we all heard, “If I had studied my theory maybe I could go to state?” Hear practical advice to help teachers prepare students for the District Audition theory exams…especially the elementary to intermediate levels. See more on page 7 of the May 2019 WMTA newsletter.