Reminder, UW-Green Bay Music presents Chamber Ensembles, Dec. 3; Concert Choir and University Singers, Dec. 4 and Wind Ensemble/Orchestra & Symphonic Band, Dec. 6. Don’t miss these end-of-semester performances! See more.
UW-Green Bay Jazz is hosting its first-ever Alumni Dinner Party! The party will be on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2019 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Blue Opus on 1390 Bellevue Street in Green Bay. Come hang out with old friends and help pregame the 50th Jazz Fest celebrations! There will be live music and a jam session into the night, and lots of chances to catch up and relive past times together. A suggested donation of $10 at the door goes to the fund to send UW-Green Bay Jazz Ensemble I on a tour of Slovakia in May. Everyone is invited, but please share with as many Jazz alumni as you can!
Green Bay, Wis.—University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music’s 6:30 Concert Series gets into the holiday spirit with its Swing for the Holidays concert set for 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 12, 2019 in the Cofrin Family Hall UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center.
Quickly becoming one of the area’s most anticipated holiday traditions, this year’s program will feature Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite along with other jazzed up versions of holiday favorites. Performed by the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Adam Gaines, Swing for the Holidays will also feature vocalist and UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Courtney Sherman.
First composed in 1892 by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker Suite has become an instantly recognizable holiday classic being played today in movies, television shows, commercials, and performed at countless symphonies and ballets around the world. In 1960, that the composing duo of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn took a swing at re-imagining the Russian classic. The result was a finger-snapping, toe-tapping, version of The Nutcracker Suite that is truly all their own. More than just a “jazzy” version of Tchaikovsky’s original, it is something completely new and unique without losing the melody, imagination, and feelings evoked in the original.
Swing for the Holidays will be performed by the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra. Consisting of professional musicians from the Green Bay area, the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Jazz music. Directing the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra is Adam Gaines, associate professor of Music at UW-Green Bay. Gaines received his Doctor of Arts from Ball State University and has performed all over the United States and Europe. In addition to teaching at UW-Green Bay, Gaines currently heads the college’s Jazz Ensemble and spearheads JazzFest each year.
Joining the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra is vocalist, Associate Prof. Courtney Sherman. Sherman holds a Doctorate in voice performance from Arizona State University. Sherman has performed classics and operatic music from masters such as Beethoven and Mozart as well as arts songs and new music from living composters. Sherman has appeared as a featured performer on New York City’s Composer’s Voice. In addition to teaching courses in both the music and theatre program at UW-Green Bay, Sherman regularly serves as the conductor and music director for the college’s musical theatre productions—having most recently worked on this year’s production of The Rocky Horror Show. During the Swing for the Holidays concert, Sherman will perform such classics as “White Christmas” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
Proceeds from Swing for the Holidays are used to fund the UW-Green Bay 6:30 Concert Series, a year-long free concert series that is open to the public. The aim of the 6:30 Concert Series is to make music accessible to everyone in the community and to share the talents of professional musicians with the Green Bay area while introducing the community to a variety of different types of music.
Tickets for Swing for the Holidays are $18 and can be purchased through the Weidner Center at www.weidnercenter.com or through Ticket Star at www.ticketstaronline.com or at 800-895-0071. Tickets can also be purchased at the Weidner Center box office.
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.
“A campus production opened Thursday night in University Theater of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a bit of electricity in the air, arcing from the stage. Players sang, danced and acted in eye-catching getups like in a bizarre dark-fantasy dreamscape. Continually heard from knowing quipsters in the hall were remarks on the action and persona in the spotlight. The experience was like sitting in a vat of a bubbling froth of words sung and spoken.” See more via Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ satire and more set free in Green Bay.
The West Shore Chorale will present its winter concert, “Twinkle Twinkle,” on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Herbert L. Williams Theatre at the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus. The concert will feature pieces about stars and holiday songs about the Christmas Star. Freewill offerings will be accepted. For more information, persons may contact the director, Jane Wells, at 715-504-3347.
Manitowoc, Wis.—The majestic Capitol Civic Centre will resound with joyous music of the holiday season when the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Lakeshore Wind Ensemble presents “Festival of Christmas” on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is conducted by Associate Prof. of Music, Marc Sackman. Tom Zalaski, WFRV Channel 5 news anchorman, is back this year to narrate. Joining the Wind Ensemble will be vocalists David Bourgeois and Barbara Whitcomb, as well as the delightful Festival of Christmas Children’s Choir under the direction of Manitowoc’s Monroe Elementary music teacher David Bourgeois.
Sackman’s plans for the program include traditional holiday tunes, a few sacred favorites and selections that will transport you back to Christmases of yesteryear. Join with LWE musicians as they prepare you for the season of giving with, “Carol of the Drum” (The Little Drummer Boy), “O Magnum Mysterium,” “Minor Alterations-Christmas Through the Looking Glass” and more.
The excitement and enthusiasm children bring to the stage has enchanted audiences for years. The LWE’s Festival of Christmas Children’s Choir is made up of children, grandchildren and relatives of LWE members. Bourgeois has 14 eager and energetic children in the choir this year that have been busy practicing since late October. This year, the choir will be performing “Merry Christmas to You,” “Hot Chocolate!,” “We’re Makin’ Cookies” and “Still, Still Still.”
The audience is invited to join the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble, Sackman, Zalaski and the Festival of Christmas Children’s Choir for a medley of traditional carols. Sing-a-long selections include “Joy to the World,” “Deck the Halls,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman,” “Good King Wenceslas,” “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”
Following the concert, the audience is invited to a reception in the Capital Civic Centre’s Mertens Family Lobby to meet the conductor, narrator, musicians and choir members.
Tickets for “Festival of Christmas” are available at the Capitol Civic Centre Box Office and are $16 for adult seating, and $9 for students and all balcony seating. The quoted ticket prices do not include the CCC ticket fee or sales tax. For additional ticket information, you may call the CCC Box Office at 920-683-2184 or visit them on the web at cccshows.org.
Check out the music, theater and art performances at UW-Green Bay’s four campuses in the weeks ahead:
Green Bay Campus
Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Cofrin Family Hall, Weidner Center
Rocky Horror Show, Nov. 21, 22 and 23 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 22, 11 p.m., University Theatre, Weidner Center
Jazz Ensembles, Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m., University Theatre, Weidner Center
Larry the Cable Guy, Nov. 30, 8 p.m., Cofrin Family Hall, Weidner Center
Chamber Ensembles, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Fort Howard Hall, Weidner Center
Concert Choir and University Singers, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Cofrin Family Hall, Weidner Center
Wind Ensembles/Orchestra & Symphonic Band, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., Cofrin Family Hall, Weidner Center
Rais Bhuiyan, Dec. 10, 6 p.m., Cofrin Family Hall, Weidner Center
Swing for the Holidays, Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m., Cofrin Family Hall, Weidner Center
47th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Nov. 14-Dec. 12, Lawton Gallery
Lawton Small Talks: Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Nov. 21, 12:30-1 p.m., Lawton Gallery
Reckless, Nov. 22, 23, and 24 7:30 p.m., Theatre on the Bay
A Journey East: Japanese Bunraku Puppets!, Dec. 14, 1 p.m.; Dec. 15, 5 p.m., Lakeside Hall Building
LWE Festival of Christmas, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Capitol Civic Centre
Color Dynamics Structures, Nov. 1-Dec. 7, Founder’s Hall Art Gallery
Movie: The Field, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2 p.m. Manitowoc Campus Theatre
Sheboygan Files & Assorted Mysteries, Dec. 6-Feb. 14, 2020, Fine Arts Gallery
UW-Green Bay Music presents Concert Choir and University Singers on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cofrin Family Hall in the Weidner Center. Conducted by Randall Meder, Concert Choir is the premier choral ensemble of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The University Singers, conducted by Tomás Dominguez, includes quality singers from all over campus. Both choirs perform repertoire drawn from a wide variety of periods and styles, from Bach to traditional folk tunes. Information and tickets.
UW-Green Bay music presents Chamber Ensembles on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. From complex African rhythms, to lofty brass fanfares and the avant-garde sounds of post-1945 works, UW-Green Bay Chamber Ensembles offer something for every musical taste. Led by Professor Bill Sallak, Hand Drumming, Percussion and New Music Ensembles are joined by other UW-Green Bay small ensembles for an intimate performance.