A reminder, the 6:30 Concert Series premieres tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, with UW-Green Bay Music’s Luis Fernandez in Recital. This free, livestreaming event will be followed by a Q&A based on audience-submitted questions. The concert will stream live on the Weidner Center’s YouTube Channel.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music’s wide-ranging “6:30 Concert Series” is going virtual this academic year.In past seasons, the public-outreach concerts have included everything from the premiere of a faculty-composed film score with a large ensemble to intimate presentations – and much exploring.According to a press release: The 2020-2021 season will premiere Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m. with “Luis Fernandez in Recital” featuring the violinist from the UWGB faculty.
Like most places, Wisconsin’s performing arts has been an uncertainty. Green Bay Community Theatre plans to open an off-stage season starting with a scenic design webinar. Kelli Strickland, executive and artistic director for the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts announced a new website launch, livestreamed events, and mini performances.
“I’m sure you all know, the ecosystem around live performing arts has been very unpredictable for the last few months due to COVID-19 concerns. The Weidner Center is among many venues that have paused live events at least through the end of 2020. So it remains unclear when we’ll be able to welcome our audiences back. We continue to work preparing for the future and adapting some of our offerings for the near term. The Weidner Center will be launching a new website that is dedicated to hosting livestreamed events and some digital bite-size performances with opportunities for the viewers to interact directly with the artists.”
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music’s 6:30 Concert Series is virtual for the 2020-21 season. The first concert is at 6:30 on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 with Luis Fernandez. In order to stop the spread of COVID-19 the series will be livestreamed from Fort Howard Hall in the Weidner Center. All concerts will remain free to the public. Source: Broadway World. The story is also in the Iron Mountain Daily News.
What’s the Weidner Tea? Is back for a socially distanced episode discussing the near future of the Weidner Center and the current suspension of live performing arts. According to Kelly Strickland, executive and artistic director, the Weidner Center is launching a new website dedicated to hosting live-streamed events and “bite sized digital performances.” Follow them on social media and subscribe to their e-newsletter for more information and updates. Watch the episode.
The first performance is the first concert of the 6:30 Concert Series, featuring Luis Fernandez in Recital, Wed. Sept. 30 (at 6:30 p.m.). See the website for more about the concert and to subscribe to the e-newsletter, the Weidner Wire.
“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.