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

Roncalli Graduate Among Several to be Featured in UW Green Bay Honors Recitals | Seehafer News

A graduate of Roncalli High School will be one of the seven featured musicians in this week’s UW Green Bay Music Streams honor recital.Ethan Christiansen is a percussionist and an Instrumental Performance major at the university.

Source: Roncalli Graduate Among Several to be Featured in UW Green Bay Honors Recitals | Seehafer News

STEAM Engine speaker series moves to the Weidner Center

STEAM Engine is a speaker series showcasing presentations on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The series moves to the Weidner Center for Spring 2021. Previously, the series was held at Neville Public Museum. This Event is streaming Live from the Weidner Center Youtube Channel on March 11, 2021, at 7 p.m.

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: ‘Bent Compass’ play set Feb. 24 as online offering in Green Bay

“Bent Compass” background: Inspired by research for an acting part, Brookshire contacted longtime friend Sesek to discuss his military experiences along with the challenges and differences of before and after war. Further conversations led to the development of the one-person play. The play explores how a “new normal” takes hold of the lives of those in combat, and by extension, everyone around them.

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: ‘Bent Compass’ play set Feb. 24 as online offering in Green Bay | wearegreenbay.com

6:30 Concert Series returns March 8 with ‘Sustainable Voices’

UW-Green Bay Music’s 6:30 Concert series returns on March 8, 2021, with Sustainable Voices – A Musical Exploration of Ecological Sustainability. The 6:30 concert series can be viewed LIVE on the Weidner Center’s Youtube Channel.

UW-Green Bay Music faculty and guests present an inclusive program of an array of compositional voices and styles, each of which communicate a powerful, sometimes activist point of view regarding issues relating to the environment. In taking this approach, this program demonstrates that a sustainable future for the performing arts is one that embraces a wide range of musical expression by a full range of artists and produces performances that fully engage with the present moment. The concert will be presented from Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center.

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Green Bay’s Weidner Center outlines series of online programs | WFRV

“We look forward to announcing live event dates for this summer and fall very soon,” said Kelli Strickland, executive, and artistic director. “In the meantime, we are committed to connecting community members with the arts and ideas through continued virtual programming.”

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Green Bay’s Weidner Center outlines series of online programs | WFRV

Veteran Services brings vets discussion and play to Weidner Center

On Feb. 17, 2021, the Weidner Center will host a virtual conversation about returning to civilian life after deployment and how storytelling can facilitate understanding. The sessions, at 1 and 4 p.m. will be hosted by John Maino, a local broadcaster and author of Frontline: World War II – Personal Accounts of Wisconsin Veterans. Register to join the discussion, here.

On Feb. 24, 2021, the Weidner Center and UW-Green Bay Veterans Services present Bent Compass by Neil Brookshire & Colin Sesek—a solo play based on true stories of Colin Sesek’s experiences as an army medic in Iraq. The event will streaming at 7 p.m. Contains strong language, viewer discretion advised.

If you are a veteran or a member of UW-Green Bay campus community, register for viewing.

 

Weidner Center Announces Digital Programming Line-Up for Spring 2021

Livestreamed and pre-recorded theater, concert and speaker events presented free of charge

Green Bay, Wis.—The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts announces a new slate of digital events for Spring of 2021. Upcoming events include a mix of livestream and pre-recorded theatrical performance, concerts and speaker engagements presented on the Weidner Center’s YouTube Channel. Out of concern for public health, all programs will be presented with no-person attendance.

”We look forward to announcing live event dates for this summer and fall very soon. In the meantime, we are committed to connecting community members with the arts and ideas through continued virtual programming,” says Executive and Artistic Director Kelli Strickland

List of upcoming Weidner Center digital events:

Bent Compass: A solo performance written by Neil Brookshire & Colin Sesek. Based on real events, Bent Compass explores the transformation of Army medic, Colin, from fresh recruit to seasoned war veteran during his deployment in Iraq. A pre-recorded performance by Neil Brookshire, directed by Phil Darius Wallace – February, 24, 2021 at 7 p.m.

STEAM Engine: The speaker series showcasing presentations on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics (previously held at the Neville Public Museum) moves to the Weidner Center for Spring 2021. Streaming live March 11, 2021 at 7 p.m. Speaker announcements coming soon.

Pegasis: A virtual concert performed by local Green Bay WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) nominated artist, Pegasis, known for tight harmonies, inventive arrangements, and engaging lyricism. Streaming live March 18, 2021 at 7 p.m.

Weidner Philharmonic String Quartet: A virtual concert featuring string musicians from the Weidner Philharmonic streaming live April 20, 2021 at 7 p.m.

The Weidner Center will collaborate with our University of Wisconsin-Green Bay partners on the following events:

“No Reservations”

A new speaking event series presented by UW-Green Bay College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS). Speaker events include:

  • Ryan Martin – Understanding Your Anger: Prof. Ryan Martin discusses his new book Why We Get Mad: How To Use Your Anger for Positive Change. Streaming live Feb. 10, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Jon Shelton – The Rise and Fall of the Human Capital Myth: Associate Prof. Jon Shelton will explain our current political divisions by examining how Americans’ conception of opportunity has changed over time. Streaming live March 23, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Michelle McQuade Dewhirst – The Next Best Thing: Connecting Through Music in Spite of Everything: Prof. Michelle McQuade Dewhirst discusses pieces she has written in the past year for musicians who are finding new ways to connect in a time of crisis. Streaming live April 15, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Kimberley Reilly – Politics and Mass Consumer Culture: Lessons from the 1920s: Associate Prof. Kimberley Reilly discusses the effect of mass consumer culture on Americans’ political engagement in the 1920s, and what lessons it may hold for today. Streaming live May 4, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

6:30 Concert Series: UW-Green Bay Music’s ongoing 6:30 Concert Series will continue virtually in Spring 2021. Upcoming concert dates TBD.

Additional Information for upcoming digital events available at WeidnerCenter.com.

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).

 

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Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Allouez Village Band putting off start of season until fall (at Weidner Center)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The Allouez Village Band is among many community performing groups in a wait-and-see mode because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.Normally, the 80-member band performs the third Monday of the month from fall through spring at the Meyer Theatre in downtown Green Bay, with special concerts held at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Allouez Village Band putting off start of season until fall