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.
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
6 Ballet Folklórico – University of Nayarit
28 Weidner Philharmonic: The New World Symphony for a New Symphony
12 Brown County Civic Music Association presents Chamber Music Society of
25 Russian Ballet Theatre presents Swan Lake
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
12 Swing for the Holidays: Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite
16 Allouez Village Band
20-21 Holiday Pops
18 Doctors in Recital
25 Squirrel Nut Zippers and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
14 The Q Brothers present Othello: The Remix
20 (M)iyamoto is Black Enough
22 Weidner Philharmonic: Casablanca- An American Classic with Live Orchestration
12 Joe Bonamassa
27 Broadway Princess Party
28 Speakeasy on Stage
6 Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
7 Brown County Civic Music Association presents the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
8-24 “Always…Patsy Cline “
UW-Green Bay Music Season
11-13 American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition
15 Wind Ensemble/Orchestra & Symphonic Band
18 Concert Choir & University Singers
25 Jazz Ensembles*
3 Chamber Ensembles
4 Concert Choir & University Singers
6 Wind Ensemble/Orchestra & Symphonic Band
25 Jazz Fest 50 with special guest Squirrel Nut Zippers and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
8 Annual Honors Recital
28 Wind Ensemble/Orchestra and Symphonic Band
6 Concert Choir & University Singer
12 Jazz Ensembles*
18 Opera Workshop
23 Wind Ensemble/Orchestra and Symphonic Band
24 Concert Choir & University Singers
30 Jazz Ensembles
6 Chamber Ensembles
*Event held in University Theatre in the UW-Green Bay Theatre Hall building.
UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance Season
17-19, 23-26Mary Jane
21-23 “The Rocky Horror Show”
27-29 “This Random World, The Myth of Serendipity”
4-7 “This Random World, The Myth of Serendipity”
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
12 “Disgraced” by Ayad Akhtar*
16 Pro Arte String Quartet
28 Michael Rector Piano Recital
29 “The Children” by Lucy Kirkwood*
11 Words and Music: A Program of Monologues*
29 a very small consortium
10 Future/Primitive: Percussion and Technology – Bill Salak percussion
29 Pierrot Lunaire
*A Think Theatre Series
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