Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Green Bay orchestra to feature violinist, dancers and visual artist

Civic Symphony of Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Civic Symphony of Green Bay will offer a spectrum when it presents its “Songs of Movement” concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Meyer Theatre. Info: gbcivic.org.

The program is touted as “a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.”

Included in the program, conducted by music director Seong-Kyung Graham, the orchestra will collaborate with dancers from Northeastern Wisconsin Dance Organization to present “Orchestral Suite No. 1” by Johannes Bach. Twenty-four costumed dancers will perform. Choreography is by Timothy Josephs, who has created dance works for many years.

The concert will also feature violinist and concertmaster Audrey Nowak in Antonio Vivaldi’s “Winter” from “The Four Seasons,” Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 1” and Johann Strauss II’s “Voices of Spring Waltz.” Among her many musical activities, Nowak is orchestra director at Bay Port High School and director of St. Norbert College’s Youth Orchestra program with approximately 170 students.

In addition, Green Bay artist Gregory Frederic will be painting live on stage during the Vivaldi concerto, re-imagining the music on the canvas as it is played. His palette is colorful and style impressionistic. Frederic will also be selling paintings in the lobby at the concert and donating part of the proceeds to Civic Symphony. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Frederic relocated to Green Bay in 2013.

Narrating the concert will be Stuart Smith.

Contact me at warren.gerds@wearegreenbay.com. Watch for my on-air Critic at Large editions on WFRV-TV at 6:20 a.m. Sundays.


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