Roncalli Graduate Among Several to be Featured in UW Green Bay Honors Recitals | Seehafer News

A graduate of Roncalli High School will be one of the seven featured musicians in this week’s UW Green Bay Music Streams honor recital.Ethan Christiansen is a percussionist and an Instrumental Performance major at the university.

Source: Roncalli Graduate Among Several to be Featured in UW Green Bay Honors Recitals | Seehafer News

CAHSS Launches ‘No Reservations’ Speaker Series beginning Feb. 10

UW-Green Bay’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is filled with brilliant teachers, scholars, and creatives. The goal of the college is to provide an accessible forum for sharing bold, challenging, and even radical ideas. Scholars from across the college will do one talk each month on topics ranging from connecting through music to the politics of consumer culture. Each talk will be streamed live from Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts and will include a short presentation followed by a Q and A with Dean Chuck Rybak. Online viewers will be able to submit questions as well. It is free and open to the public.

Spring 2021 Schedule:

Feb 10, 6:30 p.m.
Title: Understanding Your Anger
Speaker: Prof. Ryan Martin

Description: Like any emotion, our anger exists for good reason.  When we are willing to take an honest look and dig deep into our frustration, we can learn a lot about ourselves and the situations we find ourselves in.

Speaker Bio: Ryan Martin is a psychologist, anger researcher, and author of the book, Why We Get Mad: How to Use Your Anger for Positive Change. He is the Associate Dean for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences


March 23, 6:30 p.m.
Title: The Rise and Fall of the Human Capital Myth
Speaker: Associate Prof. Jon Shelton

Description: This talk will help explain our current political divisions by examining how Americans’ conception of opportunity has changed over time.  Shelton argues that American policymakers in the recent past have asked public education to do too much, and we have to ensure that every American, no matter their level of education, has a guarantee of economic security.

Speaker Bio: Jon Shelton is associate professor and chair of Democracy and Justice Studies.  He is the author of the prize-winning book Teacher Strike! Public Education and the Making of a New American Political Order and a recent postdoctoral fellow of the National Academy of Education.


April 15, 6:30 p.m.
Title: The Next Best Thing: Connecting Through Music in Spite of Everything
Speaker: Prof. Michelle McQuade Dewhirst

Description: The pandemic has forced musicians to rethink the ways in which they relate to their audiences and to each other. In this talk, I’ll discuss pieces I’ve written in the past year for musicians who are finding new ways to connect in a time of crisis.

Speaker Bio: Michelle McQuade Dewhirst is a composer, horn player, and Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.


May 4, 6:30 p.m
Title: Politics and Mass Consumer Culture: Lessons from the 1920s
Speaker: Associate Prof. Kimberley Reilly

Description: Historians have long debated the effect of mass consumer culture on Americans’ political engagement in the 1920s. How should we understand the decline of political participation in the jazz age? And what lessons does the 1920s hold for our own time?

Speaker Bio: Kimberley Reilly is an associate professor of Democracy & Justice Studies and History, and co-chair of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.


Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Year in review: Best professional presentations of 2020 in our region

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)–In a year that lasted barely 2½ months in most cases for live professional theater in Northeastern Wisconsin, bright spots were like flickers of fireflies.In a normal year, I see 155 productions for review in the 75-mile broadcast radius of WFRV-TV, Channel 5.This year, I saw 80, with 43 being live, in-person performances and the rest virtual.Below I start with a special mention and then list my top five picks, followed by honorable mentions.


Husband and wife Michael Rector and Sylvia Hong of University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music pour on pianistic compatibility in “American Romantics.”

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Year in review: Best professional presentations of 2020 in our region

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Jazz Ensemble will present a concert, Monday, Dec. 14

The Jazz Ensemble will present a concert on the Weidner Center’s YouTube site on Monday, December 14 at 5:30. The concert will be prerecorded but will be presented as a one-time only livestream. The concert will feature big band music from Swing to Latin and everything in between. Works by Count Basie, Spyro Gyra, Maynard Ferguson, Neil Hefti and more.

UW-Green Bay Theatre & Dance produce two original virtual shows in time for the holidays

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre & Dance program will offer two virtual performances in December. The first, a world premiere of an original drama entitled: Faithfall will premiere on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Pre-show interviews and a post-show discussion on the play’s themes will provide additional insights. The second performance, Only for Now, a musical revue will premiere on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Both shows will be broadcast on the Weidner Center’s YouTube site free of charge.

Faithfall is the story of Whitney Long, a young woman struggling with grief over the suicide of her estranged sister, a nun. Following the funeral, Whitney meets Father Michael, the young priest who knew Whitney’s sister. With Father Michael’s guidance, Whitney embarks on a journey to gain a greater understanding of her grief, beliefs, and relationship with her sister. A poignant story of faith and love in times of crisis, Faithfall was written by UW-Green Bay Theatre Associate Professor Thomas Campbell. The production is being directed by John Mariano and will feature Allie Lent as Whitney Long and Sean Stalvey as Father Michael. Lent is a senior from Albany, Wis. majoring in theatre. Stalvey is a senior from Manitowoc, Wis. majoring in theatre. Earlier this year, Faithfall had a staged reading at the Texas A&M University-Commerce but this will be the world-premiere production of the show.

The broadcast of Faithfall will include pre-show interviews and a post-show discussion. The pre-show talk feature playwright Thomas Campbell discussing his inspiration for the story and insights into his writing process. The post-show talk will be a panel discussion with psychology and mental health community leaders and professors. The panel will discuss coping with grief, suicide prevention and stress management and offer professional opinions and information on community resources.

The second production, Only for Now, is a musical revue featuring an ensemble of theatre, dance students. It will premiere online on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. The production is being directed by Laura Riddle with musical direction by Courtney Sherman and choreography by Denise Carlson-Gardner. The title of the show is also the closing song of the revue and is from the Broadway musical Avenue Q. According to director Laura Riddle, the title is also a nod to the current nature of education and theatre during a global pandemic. In addition to the song from Avenue Q, the revue will also feature songs from a wide variety of Broadway shows including: Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, Hairspray, and Les Misérables. The selections in the revue were chosen to highlight what it means to be a performing artist and inspire hope for the future. Cast members include Mason Amidon, Connor Anderson, Isabelle Austgen, Jasmine Christyne, Hayley Eastman, Alyssa Hannam, Faith Klick, Grace Kolb, Rhean Krueger, Cory J. O’Donnell, Autumn Rettke, Aisa Rogers, Liesl Sigourney, Annie Skorupa, Olivia Smith, Audrey Soberg, Aubrey Stein, and Ally Stokes.

Out of concern for the health and well-being of the audience, actors, and production crew, theatre and dance performances for the semester are being filmed and presented for viewing rather than livestreamed or presented as a traditional live performances. Please be advised that Faithfallfocuses on issues of suicide and has adult content and themes. Only for Now contains strong language and adult content. Both productions are recommended for mature audiences.

Faithfall will premiere online on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. with the recorded pre-show beginning at 6:30 and is part of the Common CAHSS: Beyond Sustainability virtual conference. The production will then be available for viewing through Tuesday, Dec. 8. Only for Now will premiere online on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. and will be available for viewing through Tuesday, Dec. 15. There is no charge to view the productions but donations in support of scholarships for Theatre & Dance students are welcomed and can be made by visiting:

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, 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 8,500 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


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

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: ‘The show must go on’ in new ways in Northeastern Wisconsin

The famous line, “The show must go on” is getting new meaning these days. Northeastern Wisconsin performance folks are coming up with answers to limitations caused by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: ‘The show must go on’ in new ways in Northeastern Wisconsin, WFRV

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Livestream set for ‘Brass Musicians of the Weidner Philharmonic’

Critic-at-Large Warren Gerds reports Brass Musicians. “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.”

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Livestream set for ‘Brass Musicians of the Weidner Philharmonic’, WFRV