Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Weidner Center season announcement emphasizes university role

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Live performances, most by University of Wisconsin-Green Bay faculty or students, were woven through Wednesday’s announcement of the 2019-2020 season for the Weidner Center of the Performing Arts on campus.

Info: weidnercenter.com.

Notably, Chancellor Gary L. Miller announced the Weidner Philharmonic, a new symphony orchestra. More: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/critic-at-large-wearegreenbay/warren-gerdscritic-at-large-weidner-philharmonic-a-new-orchestra-announced-to-start-in-fall/2004200013.

Kelli Strickland, executive and artistic director of the center, introduced the artistically influenced season.

The announcements were made in Cofrin Family Hall, the center’s 2,021-seat main hall. Programming also will take place in the center’s Fort Howard Hall and Jean Weidner Theatre.

An overview, from a press release:

This season the Weidner Center celebrates a theme of “Connection.”

 “This season features artist and titles that we know and love, as well as artists that connect us to the world beyond us. I hope that audiences will partake of both opportunities,” Strickland says. “The tunes of Patsy Cline, Carole King and Duke Ellington are comfortable and assuring like a warm blanket. It is equally powerful to enjoy and appreciate artists that shed light on something different from our experiences, like DeLanna Studi, the Q Brothers or the dancers of Nayarit.”

The Weidner Center connection continues this season by moving audiences closer to artists with immersive onstage experiences. In two unique events, the Speakeasy On Stage and (M)iyamoto is Black Enough (MiBE), the Cofrin Family Hall stage will be transformed with audiences seated onstage with the artists. With big band music, bartenders mix up old fashioneds and the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra leads the hepcats to the dance floor – patrons will be a part of the transformation to the Speakeasy On Stage. (M)iyamoto is Black Enough (MiBE) will embed the audience on stage in a club atmosphere for this spoken word with original musical composition collaboration. MiBE will be part of a season-long Word Festival celebrating hip hop theater, spoken word and storytelling.

The Weidner Center will continue connecting with artists by producing again this season, this time with co-producers Theo Ubique, for a three-week run of “Always…Patsy Cline” in Fort Howard Theatre.

Continuing is the popular UW-Green Bay Music “6:30 Concert Series.”

New is a connection with the UW-Green Bay Theatre faculty for the “Think Theatre” series.  

These series are designed to connect the campus the community and will showcase the talents of our faculty and their collaborators.   

Through the  ongoing Creative Green Bay series, the Weidner Center will present community performing arts organizations. They are the Allouez Village Band, Doctors in Recital, the Dudley Birder Chorale, Birder Studio of Performing Arts, Northeastern Wisconsin Dance Organization and Brown County Civic Music Association.

2019-2020 Performing Arts Season lineup

September 2019

6          Ballet Folklórico – University of Nayarit

28        Weidner Philharmonic: The New World Symphony for a New Symphony


October 2019

9          RENT

12        Brown County Civic Music Association presents Chamber Music Society of 

Lincoln Center

25        Russian Ballet Theatre presents Swan Lake

November 2019

9-10    PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure

14-16  And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey on the Trail of Tears

21        Cirque Dreams Holidaze

December 2019

12        Swing for the Holidays: Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite

16        Allouez Village Band

20-21  Holiday Pops

January 2020

18        Doctors in Recital

25        Squirrel Nut Zippers and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

February 2020

14        The Q Brothers present Othello: The Remix

20        (M)iyamoto is Black Enough

22        Weidner Philharmonic: Casablanca- An American Classic with Live Orchestration

March 2020

12        Joe Bonamassa

27        Broadway Princess Party

28        Speakeasy on Stage

April 2020

6          Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

May 2020

7          Brown County Civic Music Association presents the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

8-24    “Always…Patsy Cline “

UW-Green Bay Music Season

October 2019

11-13  American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition 

15        Wind Ensemble/Orchestra & Symphonic Band

18        Concert Choir & University Singers

November 2019

25        Jazz Ensembles*

December 2019

3          Chamber Ensembles

4          Concert Choir & University Singers

6          Wind Ensemble/Orchestra & Symphonic Band

January 2020

25        Jazz Fest 50 with special guest Squirrel Nut Zippers and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

February 2020

8          Annual Honors Recital

28        Wind Ensemble/Orchestra and Symphonic Band

March 2020

6          Concert Choir & University Singer

12        Jazz Ensembles*

April 2020

18        Opera Workshop

23        Wind Ensemble/Orchestra and Symphonic Band 

24        Concert Choir & University Singers

30        Jazz Ensembles

May 2020

6          Chamber Ensembles

*Event held in University Theatre in the UW-Green Bay Theatre Hall building.

UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance Season

October 2019 

17-19, 23-26Mary Jane

November 2019

21-23              “The Rocky Horror Show”

February 2020

27-29              “This Random World, The Myth of Serendipity”

March 2020

4-7                  “This Random World, The Myth of Serendipity”

April 2020

4 & 5               “DanceWorks”

24, 25, 30       “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

6:30 Concert Series and Think Theatre Events

All take place in Fort Howard Hall

September 2019

12        “Disgraced” by Ayad Akhtar*

16        Pro Arte String Quartet

October 2019

28        Michael Rector Piano Recital

29        “The Children” by Lucy Kirkwood*

February 2020

11        Words and Music: A Program of Monologues*

29        a very small consortium

March 2020

10        Future/Primitive: Percussion and Technology – Bill Salak percussion

April 2020

29        Pierrot Lunaire

*A Think Theatre Series 

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. My seven books are available in Green Bay at Neville Public Museum and Bosse’s.

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