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

Photo of UW-Green Bay students in Jazz Ensemble class on the main stage at the Weidner Center. Music students use specialized slotted masks, bell covers on brass instruments, and sit 6-feet apart as part of the COVID-19 prevention.

Photos: Music students play-on through pandemic

During the pandemic, UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Adam Gaines (Music) teaches his Jazz Ensemble class on the main stage at the Weidner Center. Music students use specialized slotted masks, bell covers on brass instruments, sit six feet apart, and leave the stage every 30 minutes for the air to disperse. Gaines said he is “blown away” by his students resilience and has been impressed watching them persevere through these pandemic challenges. Click to advance slideshow or view the album on Flickr.

UW-Green Bay: Resilient Music Students Play on Through Pandemic

– Photos by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: Green Bay orchestra continues virtual series with perspectives

The second virtual offering of the Civic Symphony of Green Bay offers something seldom performed publicly in this region, a violin duet. Because its in-person concerts have been cut off by the coronavirus COVID-19, the orchestra is producing a series that not only includes performances but introduces individual players, who talk on a topic. This video teams Audrey Nowak and UW-Green Bay’s Luis Fernandez in a mirrored dance studio with good acoustics.

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: Green Bay orchestra continues virtual series with perspectives

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: Livestream ‘American Romantics’ time-travels in Green Bay

At the piano were an associate professor (Michael Rector) and an associate lecturer (Sylvia Hong) of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music faculty. They are husband and wife. In fact, their son-on-the-way (the couple’s second son), Atticus, got his first airtime mention when Michael Rector spoke between selections.

Michael Rector spoke of the research that went into the program. The quest among a huge output was for hidden gems, ones that would intrigue and excite the duo. One that they found in the Library of Congress was an unpublished manuscript, and thus Michael Rector said, “Fantastic Caprice” got a kind of modern premiere.

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: Livestream ‘American Romantics’ time-travels in Green Bay

McQuade Dewhirst to participate in panel discussion, ‘Live Music in COVID era’ Wednesday, Nov. 4,

Professor Michelle McQuade Dewhirst (Music) will participate in a Wisconsin Music Ventures Industry Talk on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 from Noon to 1 p.m. The topic of the online conversation will be “Live Music in the COVID Era”. Tickets to the talk are $3-$5 and are available in advance on their website. Join in on the conversation with music industry leaders from around the state. They pick a topic to start with and the conversation will go from there. WMV Industry Talks will happen at least once a month. These meetings will also be an opportunity to connect with other musicians and music industry leaders in the area.

Weidner Philharmonic Brass Musicians Join Together for November Concert Series

Principal Weidner Philharmonic performers include two UW-Green Bay Music faculty members: Adam Gaines on trumpet, and horn player Michelle McQuade Dewhirst. They are joined by Philharmonic members Jaimie Waroff on trumpet, Andrew Zipperer on trombone and Steve Wilda on tuba. McQuade Dewhirst says the dynamic concert program “embodies the artistic mission of the Weidner Philharmonic by fostering diversity and inclusion and representing a wide array of musical genres and voices.”

Source: Weidner Philharmonic Brass Musicians Join Together for November Concert Series, Broadway World, Appleton.

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Virtual ‘American Romantics; Piano Pieces for Four Hands’ slated

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music will continue its virtual offerings with “American Romantics; Piano Pieces for Four Hands,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2. The concert will be live-streamed and accessible via the Weidner Center’s YouTube site at www.youtube.com/WeidnerCenter. There will be no charge or tickets required to watch the concert. Audience members can simply view the streaming video on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.

The UW-Green Bay piano faculty—Michael Rector, associate professor, and Sylvia Hong, associate lecturer—will present rediscovered music by American composers for piano for four hands.  he works to showcase the variety of styles during the late 19th and early 20th century.

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Virtual ‘American Romantics; Piano Pieces for Four Hands’ slated

UW-Green Bay: Weidner Philharmonic brass musicians join together for 6:30 concert series

Principal Weidner Philharmonic performers include two UW-Green Bay Music faculty members: Adam Gaines on trumpet, and horn player Michelle McQuade Dewhirst. They are joined by Philharmonic members Jaimie Waroff on trumpet, Andrew Zipperer on trombone and Steve Wilda on tuba. McQuade Dewhirst says the dynamic concert program “embodies the artistic mission of the Weidner Philharmonic by fostering diversity and inclusion and representing a wide array of musical genres and voices.”

Source: UW-Green Bay: Weidner Philharmonic brass musicians join together for 6:30 concert series, Wis Business

Weidner Philharmonic Brass promotional art, stylized trumpetd

Weidner Philharmonic Brass Musicians Join Together for 6:30 Concert Series, Nov. 16

GREEN BAY, Wis.—University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music program’s 6:30 Concert Series presents Brass Musicians of the Weidner Philharmonic streaming live Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. on the Weidner Center’s YouTube channel. In keeping with University policy and COVID-19 restrictions on public events, all 6:30 Concert Series events will be livestreamed from Fort Howard Hall in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts with no in-person attendance. All 6:30 Concerts are free and open to the public.

Principal Weidner Philharmonic performers include two UW-Green Bay Music faculty members: Adam Gaines on trumpet, and horn player Michelle McQuade Dewhirst. They are joined by Philharmonic members Jaimie Waroff on trumpet, Andrew Zipperer on trombone and Steve Wilda on tuba. McQuade Dewhirst says the dynamic concert program “embodies the artistic mission of the Weidner Philharmonic by fostering diversity and inclusion and representing a wide array of musical genres and voices.”

The program centers around two pieces by living composers: Luminosity by New York-based composer Jessica Meyer and Lux Aeterna from Lawrence University graduate, Evan Williams. Meyer’s music often explores the wide palette of emotionally expressive colors available to each instrument. Her compositions have been called “other-worldly” (The Strad) and “evocative” (The New York Times). Williams’s compositions reflect inspirations from the Baroque period, Romanticism, Modernism, Minimalism and contemporary popular music. He is music director of the Rhodes Orchestra, assistant professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Activities at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.

Additional information about 6:30 Concerts Series and upcoming events is available at this the Music website or by emailing 630concertseries@uwgb.edu.

About the 6:30 Concert Series
The 6:30 Concert Series is 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. All performances take place at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, begin at 6:30 PM, and last between 60 and 90 minutes.

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 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 productions, community events and productions and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. 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. 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 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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