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Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: New hall at Silver Lake College to host music series

Seven concerts are scheduled in the 464-seat Endries Hall.
Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance
Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance

PHOTO: The Concord Chamber Orchestra of Wauwatosa will open the season of Silver Lake College’s Artist Music Series.

GREEN BAY, Wis., (WFRV) – Silver Lake College of the Holy Family has a new performance hall for its Artist Music Series.

The 464-seat Bob and Pat Endries Hall is central in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance, which was dedicated Oct. 4 on the campus at Manitowoc.

The 35,000-square-foot center includes more than 25 rooms, including a rehearsal hall, classrooms, an atrium large enough for 200 people and Endries Hall. A public open house will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 26.

The schedule for the Artist Music Series, with added information at www.sl.edu/about-silver-lake/events-and-community-programs/artist-music-series/:

- Concord Chamber Orchestra, Oct. 27. Founded in 1975, the orchestra of approximately 50 musicians consists of players from various professions and age groups. The orchestra made Wauwatosa its home in 1993, and it performs regularly at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

- Bay Area Big Band, Nov. 15. The 17-piece ensemble is comprised of musicians from the Green Bay area. It plays jazz, swing, 1940s big band and dance music along with some popular contemporary vocal tunes.

- Bells of the Lakes, Feb. 9. The handbell ensemble is from Minnesota’s Twin Cities of Minnesota. It is directed by William H. Mathis, a nationally known conductor and arranger of handbell and choral music. The ensemble was founded in 1996. In 2011, the group released its fourth CD, “Hymns,” to celebrate the history of handbells in worship and the first Handbell Musicians of America Director’s Seminar held in Minneapolis.

- An Octave Above (a cappella), Feb. 15. Based in Chicago, the eight musicians cover a repertoire that includes original arrangements and covers from the Beatles, pop rock, new metal, ’50s doo-wop, jazz, disco and more.

- Wisconsin Brass Quintet, March 1. Founded in 1972, the group is a faculty ensemble-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music. The group has performed extensively throughout the Midwest and nationally, including appearances at New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall.

- Atlantic Wave (traditional Celtic), March 23. Formed in Milwaukee in 2004, the group plays music of Celtic nations that touch the Atlantic Ocean and beyond. The performances pay special attention to Cape Breton music along with Irish and Scottish tunes featuring dueling fiddles.

- Varshavski & Shapiro Piano Duo, April 4. Russian natives Stanislava Varshavski and Diana Shapiro met at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel, where they were encouraged to play as a piano duo. The collaboration brought the pair international acclaim, and they have won piano competitions worldwide. In 2005 they came to the United States, and both earned doctor of musical arts degrees from UW-Madison.

You may email me at warren.gerds@wearegreenbay.com. Watch for my on-air features on WFRV at 6:45 p.m. Thursdays and every other Sunday between 6 and 8 a.m. (usually around 7:45 a.m.)

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