Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Week ahead: Performances arriving or no longer in calendar, part 50

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music will present a video recording of its annual Honors Recital online on YouTube at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26, with on-demand access continuing until March 2. Info: uwgb.edu/music. Recorded in Fort Howard Hall of Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus, the recital will feature seven music students. Several students will be accompanied by pianist Emily Sculliuffo. Performing are: Ethan Christiansen, percussion, an instrumental performance major and graduate of Roncalli High School. Aygul Garryyeva, soprano, a vocal performance major from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Kameron Jennings, trumpet, a music education major and graduate of Poynette High School. Riannon LeCaptain, trumpet, a music composition major and graduate of De Pere High School. Jeremy Raduenz, piano, a music performance major and graduate of Green Bay West High School. Shoua Xiong, violin, a humanities major and graduate of North High School. Eloise Williamson, soprano, a vocal performance major and graduate of North Crawford High School. The recitalists were chosen by faculty members during a juried selection process.

In Green Bay, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts will present the audio play Bent Compass(preview story) online at 7 p.m. Feb. 24. Info: weidnercenter.com.

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Week ahead: Performances arriving or no longer in calendar, part 50

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: ‘Only for Now’ keeps performance pulse going at UW-Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The revue “Only for Now: A Musical Revue” goes about business in new ways for University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre and Dance – like so many things for so many people in the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.The original creation is continuing online to Dec. 15. Some snapshots:

The 19 student performers introduce themselves – name, major, hometown and school, plus a tidbit about what makes them tick in performing.

The 12 songs in the show are mostly solos with piano accompaniment.

The selection is from Broadway shows.

The songs are of a person at an important moment – like now.

Lyrics and music give the performer the opportunity to create a character – build a soul.

Touches of costuming are part of the enacted singing.

Performances were recorded in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ Fort Howard Hall, the acoustics of which allow singers’ voices to flex freely.

The finale, a trio, works around the revue’s title, with lyrics being lush with meaning, heavily edited here: “Nothing lasts… Life goes on… Full of surprises… You’ll be faced with problems of all shapes and sizes… You’re going to have to make a few compromises… Only for now.”

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: ‘Only for Now’ keeps performance pulse going at UW-Green Bay

Mannheim Steamroller returns to Weidner Center in 2021

Do you remember the first time you heard the Christmas sounds of Mannheim Steamroller? You can again celebrate the holiday magic of Mannheim Steamroller in 2021 when they bring their annual holiday tour to fans throughout the country. 2021 will reunite the #1 Christmas music artist in history with its legion of long-time fans. Experience the music that has become the hallmark of the holidays and a tradition for multi-generational families: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas live in concert in 2021. The show is planned for Dec. 7, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weidner Center for Performing Arts. The pre-sale code is: cookies

To pre-order tickets, see ticketstar here.

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.