Chamber group, brass and men’s a capella groups, trio and MSO highlight Brown County Civic Music Association season

GREEN BAY, Wis. (April 22, 2016) — A chamber ensemble based in Florida, a Boston brass group and men’s a capella sextet with Green Bay ties, a classical trio, and a Wisconsin treasure — the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra — will perform during Brown County Civic Music Association’s 2016-17 concert season.

The season will open Sept. 17 with the Chrysalis Chamber Players, emerging stars of the vibrant South Florida concert scene. The musicians combine impeccable technique and energetic musicality. They are led by co-founder Mary Bowden, who entered college at age 14 and earned a master’s at the Yale School of Music. She is an elite trumpeter and featured soloist with classical symphonies around the world.

We will follow up on Oct. 29 with the brash and brassy Boston Brass Quintet. Their dazzling musicianship and entertaining stage presence delights audiences with a repertoire that ranges from formal classical arrangements to swinging jazz standards. “They played with brash abandon at times, then with feathery gentleness,” wrote one reviewer. Boston Brass has performed with orchestras worldwide, on a series of successful albums, and on NPR and the CBS Early Show.

Just in time for Christmas, Chapter Six will perform sacred Christian and holiday favorites on Dec. 10. The Indiana-based group got its start by winning the collegiate a cappella competition for Milliken University in Decatur, Ill. These standout vocalists turned professional and kept on winning awards, acclaim and concert bookings far and wide. The members include Bayport High School graduate Nathan Pufall.

Our performers will return to the stage on March 4, 2017, with the Manhattan Piano Trio. Don’t let the name fool you, they are truly an international group featuring San Francisco native Wayne Lee on the violin; Reykjavik, Iceland, native Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir on cello, and Moldova native Milana Strezeva on piano. They have earned rave reviews from top critics, reflected in their busy recording schedule and regular dates at prestigious venues including Alice Tully Hall and the Ravinia Festival.

The season will close on May 6, 2017, for the tenth straight year with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. The MSO is considered one of the nation’s leading orchestras. Under the direction of Maestro Edo de Waart, the 68 full-time professionals of the MSO have earned glowing reviews for their performances of works by Ravel, Handel, Beethoven Mozart, Schubert, Bernstein and Prokofiev.

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in Ralph Holter Auditorium at Green Bay West High School. A season ticket for the five concerts is $80 for adults and $25 for students. Tickets are available online and individual concert tickets are sold at the door.

As an incentive to new members, those who buy a 2016-17 membership by this season’s final concert, May 21 with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, may attend that concert as a special bonus — six concerts for the price of five.

For more information, contact the Brown County Civic Music Association at (920) 338-1801 or by e-mail at The website is and