Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Weidner Philharmonic – a new orchestra – announced to start in fall

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The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will have a symphonic orchestra, the Weidner Philharmonic, starting in fall.

The announcement was made Wednesday afternoon at the announcement for the coming season of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus.

The university had dropped a hint of such an orchestra in September during “Homecomings 25th Anniversary Concert” at the center, celebrating the center’s anniversary.

Chancellor Gary L. Miller spoke at the performance as the Weidner Anniversary Orchestra was seated on stage. The orchestra was drawn from multiple sources in the region from active players and teachers on various levels… “rooted in high-level area talent,” my review said.

Miller spoke of the collaborative nature of higher education in enhancing culture in the region. Some of the musicians in the orchestra were from other institutions in the region.

UWGB Music will take a major role in the new philharmonic.

The university is bolstering its string offerings with the hiring of string specialist.

A donation of $1 million was announced in the past year to bolster a UWGB string program.

The new UWGB provost, Michael Alexander, has a background in music. Alexander will be one of the conductors in the first concert of the Weidner Philharmonic. Another will be Victor Yampolsky, music director and conductor of Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra in Door County and of the Northwestern University faculty.

Among the first selections performed will be Antonin Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 9,” popularly known as his “New World Symphony.”

The first season for the Weidner Philharmonic will have two concerts in Cofrin Family Hall, the showcase hall of the Weidner Center.

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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