University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre’s latest production, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, explores the riots that erupted when the police officers charged in the 1991 violent beating of Rodney King were acquitted.
Join UW-Green Bay Music students and conductor Luis Fernandez for a concert by the String Ensemble on Nov. 19, 2020 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The concert will be live-streamed and is free to the public. The concert can be viewed via the Weidner Center’s Youtube site.
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.
There is a new Weidner Tea out today for the final two 2019-2020 6:30 Concert Series events. The first event, Future/Primitive: Percussion and Technology, is on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. This event features UW-Green Bay’s Bill Sallak exploring the differences between old and new age percussion instruments with the overwhelming improvements in technology over the years. The second event, Pierrot lunaire, is on Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall. This event features Soprano soloist Courtney Sherman telling the tales of a set of fantastical poems by Albert Giraud, supported by an ensemble of UW-Green Bay Music faculty and friends.
There is also a fairly new episode of Weidner Tea out about the Speakeasy on Stage event on Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center. This event features Roaring 20’s big band music from the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra.
UW-Green Bay Music will present its Concert Choir and University Singers on Friday, March 6, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. in Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center. Conducted by Randall Meder, Concert Choir is the premiere choral ensemble of UW-Green Bay. The University Singers, conducted by Sarah Meredith Livingston, includes singers from all over campus. Both choirs perform repertoire drawn from a variety of periods and styles, from Johann Sebastoam Bach to traditional folk tunes. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.
There are still three more performances of This Random World this Thursday, March 5 through Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jean Weidner Theatre at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. “Through a swirl of nearly missed connections, This Random World follows a series of intersecting lives: A mother determined to maintain her independence, two sisters seeking common ground, a daughter longing for adventure and a son falling prey to an internet prank gone awry. In this funny and touching new play, playwright Steven Dietz investigates what it is to love, to lose and be touched by the serendipity of life.” To purchase tickets, please click here.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and Lakeshore Big Band will be performing “The Winds of March” on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in the Capitol Civic Centre. This performance will be conducted by UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Conductor and Music Director Marc Sackman, and will also feature LWEA Young Artist Solo Competition winners Becky Swanson on the saxophone and Adam Nelson on the french horn. For tickets and more information, please click here.
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre will present seven performances of “This Random World” by Steven Dietz starting this week in Jean Weidner Theatre of Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27-29 and March 4-7. Info: weidnercenter.com. Directing is John Mariano of the theater faculty. Performing are UWGB students. According to a press release: The play is recommended for ages 12 and older. In a world that seems to be filled with chaos, Steven Dietz asks the audience to question the chaos and randomness of our lives and how they intersect with some people while missing connections with others. Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Steven Dietz play ‘This Random World’ opening in Green Bay
The inaugural 2019-2020 Weidner Philharmonic season was one that “exceeded expectations.”
Showcasing two incredible shows, “The New World Symphony for a New Symphony” on Sep. 28, 2019 and “Casablanca – An American Classic with Live Orchestrations” on Feb. 22, 2020, the Weidner Philharmonic orchestra featured the talents of UW-Green Bay music faculty, and the accomplished orchestral musicians who live and work in the region playing in the outstanding acoustics of the Weidner Center’s Cofrin Family Hall.
Kelli Strickland, executive and artistic director at the Weidner Center, anticipates positive growth moving into next season. “The inaugural season of the Weidner Philharmonic surpassed our expectations. For a new orchestra, the players meshed quickly, delivering a very pleasing quality of musicianship. And the audiences were so enthusiastic.” Strickland says to watch for a new season announcement in April that could include
In Green Bay, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts will host “(M)iyamoto is Black Enough” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. Info: weidnercenter.com. The production is described as an amalgam of punk, funk new poetry punk, acid new music in combination with poems to form “complex musical compositions that, together, speak directly and forcefully to the issues of all our times with driving and hypnotic beats. Featured are the poetry of Roger Bonair-Agard and the compositions of Andy Akiho (steelpan and percussion) with Jeffrey Zeigler on cello and Sean Dixon on drums. Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Week ahead: A mid-winter flurry of theater in Northeastern Wisconsin