“In performance terms, Alicia Birder is an acorn. She has her own enterprise (Birder Studio of Performing Arts), her own theater troupe (Birder Players) and a theater (Broadway Theatre) in which shows are present at a regular pace. Perhaps most prominent is the group of young singers of Birder Studio of Performing Arts that is part of the chorale’s annual “Holiday Pops” showcase at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.”
The Weidner Center is laying off half of its full-time staff, as the performing arts center, like others around the country, waits out the indefinite halt to touring entertainment caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
For the 27-year-old Weidner Center, the layoffs are about maintaining the financial health of a world-class venue and best positioning it for the return of live performances, said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander.
“We have to do this to make sure the Weidner Center can go forward and be a really strong community resource in the future. It’s not because we’re pulling back at all on our commitment to the Weidner or its role in Green Bay or the region,” he said. “We recognize for sure what a community resource the Weidner is and the history of it. We don’t take that lightly.”
Green Bay entertainment venues are laying off staff as they remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Weidner Center.
There are two shows planned to take place at the UW-Green Bay Weidner Center in the Brown County Civic Music Association’s 2020-21 season. They are:
Sphinx Virtuosi: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 at Cofrin Family Hall, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. An 18-member string ensemble. Planned is a daytime strings clinic for Green Bay-area student musicians, who will be invited to the concert free of charge.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra: Friday, April 23, 2021 at Cofrin Family Hall, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.
The Weidner Center on the UW-Green Bay Campus is featured in this piece from Warren Gerds about Civic Symphony Orchestra of Green Bay conductor and artistic director Seong-Kyung Graham.
The online streaming edition of “A Conversation with Michael Beschloss” was a success! The free online streaming event had over 370 people tuned in to view the online conversation via the Zoom webinar platform. Through July 1, 2020 a recording of the event will be streamed.
Media Contact: Diane Nagy
Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Presidential Historian to be featured in an online streaming event: ‘A Conversation with Michael Beschloss’ This free event is sponsored by the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (Green Bay, Wis.) The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Weidner Center presents “A Conversation with Michael Beschloss.” Join us for a free online streaming event with event moderator Eric J. Morgan, UW-Green Bay Associate Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies and History, on Thursday, April 23 at 6 p.m.
The event, sponsored by the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership, is a free event and open to the public. Registration for the event is required and is available at thompsoncenter.wisc.edu and WeidnerCenter.com.
The New York Times has called Michael Beschloss “easily the most widely recognized Presidential historian in the United States.” The Charlotte Observer has said, “Michael Beschloss knows more about America’s Presidents than perhaps anyone on earth.” Michael is an award-winning historian, bestselling author of nine books and has been a New York Times contributing columnist. He is the NBC News Presidential Historian and a contributor to the PBS NewsHour.
“I’m proud to work with UW-Green Bay to put on another great event,” said Thompson Center Director Ryan Owens. “The people in Green Bay have been fantastic and come out in droves to our events. And the university always operates with pride and integrity. We look forward to working with them more in the future and continuing to put on top-notch events for people in the Green Bay area.”
Weidner Center’s Executive and Artistic Director Kelli Strickland stated, “We are so pleased that Tommy G. Thompson Center was game to partner with us in these unusual circumstances. Nothing will replace gathering together to share ideas, and we can’t wait to get back to it when the time is right. But in the meantime, we are glad to offer new ways to share the ‘virtual’ air with our nation’s big thinkers.”
Eric J. Morgan (Event Moderator) is an associate professor of Democracy and Justice Studies and History at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he teaches a variety of courses on modern U.S. and African history. His scholarship has been featured in, among other publications: Diplomatic History, the International Journal for the History of Sport; Peace & Change; Diplomacy & Statecraft; The History Teacher; Enterprise & Society; Passport: The SHAFR Review; The SHAFR Guide; and the Dictionary of African Biography. He also serves as the editor-in-chief of Voyageur: Northeast Wisconsin’s Historical Review.
About The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership
The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership was established to provide a multi-disciplinary, non-partisan environment to study, discuss, and improve leadership. Students, faculty members, policymakers, and other relevant stakeholders come together to share knowledge and learn about successful public leadership. We pledge to pursue leadership, to foster collegiality, and to be problem-solvers. For more information visit thompsoncenter.wisc.edu.
About the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts opened on January 15, 1993 and is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-plus 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 programs, community events and productions and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, call 920-465-2726 or 800-895-0071, or follow ‘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.
The Weidner Center has announced the cancellation of the Rend Collective this week. Read their statement below: “The performance of Rend Collective Friday, March 13, 2020, has been canceled and we are working to reschedule. Source: Broaday World, Rend Collective at Weidner Center To Be Rescheduled
There will be fewer laughs in the next couple of weeks—at a time when perhaps they will be most needed. Comedian Kathleen Madigan’s March 19, 2020 show at the Meyer Theatre has been postponed due to coronavirus. A rescheduled date is expected shortly. Those with tickets are asked to hang on to them until the new date is announced. Source: Coronavirus and concerts: Cher and Reba rescheduled, Joe Bonamassa, UW Varsity Band canceled
In recognition of behavioral risk mitigation strategies in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and in light of decisions made by the NCAA, the NBA and other large event hosting organizations as it relates to potential exposure to COVID-19, UW-Green Bay, the Weidner Center, and St. Norbert College are postponing or eliminating large gatherings of people for a period of time. As a result, our Mozart Masterworks concert originally scheduled for Friday, March 20, 2020 has been postponed until Friday, September 25, 2020. All tickets purchased for the original performance dates will automatically be valid for our new performance date. If you have questions regarding your tickets or need to request a refund, please contact Ticket Star at 800-895-0071. Please know that in this challenging time, you may experience extended wait times and a delay in processing. You may also contact Ticket Star online.