Oct 2019 E-Notes

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Saturday, October 12 • 7:30 p.m.

Straight from Alice Tully Hall in New York City, thirteen of the world’s most renowned chamber musicians come to the Weidner Center to open Civic Music’s 2019-20 season in spectacular fashion. With amazing artistry and a knockout program capped by Aaron Copland’s incomparable Appalachian Spring Suite, it’s a night not to be missed! For more information, see the season listing, program, and biography.

Artists are ‘who’s who’ of classical music

Cellist David Finckel is an American “Musician of the Year” honoree. Clarinet cognoscenti have rated David Shifrin among the best for decades. Pianist Gloria Chien made her debut with the Boston Symphony at age 16. Violinist Arnaud Sussman’s old-school style has won comparisons to Jascha Heifetz and Fritz Kreisler. Each of the 13 artists who will perform at the Weidner on Oct. 12 has a remarkable bio. See artist biographies.

Great American musicians, great American program

The ‘New World Spirit’ tour spotlights two pairs of composers that shaped the course of American music. Harry T. Burleigh was Antonin Dvořák’s star pupil in New York. The African-American composer and singer exposed the Czech composer to American spirituals and was in turn encouraged by Dvořák to perform African-American folk music. Two generations later, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein conceived an American sound that conveys the wonder and awe of open spaces and endless possibilities. See concert program.

Come early for flute music, artist talk

Exterior doors open at 6:30 p.m., followed by Cofrin Family Hall doors at 7.  Early arrivals can enjoy the music of Green Bay’s own Sounds of Silver flute ensemble in the Grand Foyer, with a pre-concert concert from 6:30 to 7:15. .At roughly 7 p.m., the dozen or more flutists will yield their ‘stage’ beneath the Chihuly chandelier to nationally renowned cellist Nicholas Canellakis, who’ll speak for a few minutes previewing the night’s Lincoln Center performance. There’ll be a cash bar, treats and some seating in the foyer/lobby, similar to last May’s pre-MSO setup for the East H.S. chamber group.

Valet parking makes it easy

Saturday’s concert is the first of two this season at the Weidner Center. Here’s a reminder: Convenient valet parking is only $4 for those with DOT Disabled Parking Permits, and $8 per car for all others. Just pull up to the main entrance, under the canopy, and you’ll be greeted by a helpful attendant. They’ll park your car and retrieve it for you after the concert.

Post-concert reception

You’re invited to meet your concert-going friends for a reception with light refreshments at St. Brendan’s Inn and Irish Pub at 234 S. Washington St., Green Bay. After many years at Titletown Brewing (Thanks, Titletown!), we will host all of this season’s receptions at St. Brendan’s. See you there!

Dine to Donate is back

A few members have asked if the reorganization of Perkins Restaurants’ parent company will affect our favorite local outlet and the profitable ‘Dine to Donate’ fundraiser. Not a bit! Same as last year, you can benefit Civic Music by patronizing our Perkins partners at Military and Shawano, between 5 and 8 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. They donate 10 percent of all proceeds to Brown County Civic Music. The next one is Oct. 16.

Bonus concerts in Marinette-Menominee

A perk of your Civic Music membership is reciprocity with our sister organization in Marinette-Menominee. In this way, you actually get six concerts – our five PLUS one of those offered by River Cities Concerts. Their remaining dates are the piano/cello/violin trio Take 3, Oct. 15; pianist Thomas Pandolfi, Nov. 14; the pop a cappella group Ball in the House, March 26; and the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, April 27. Contact the Civic Music Office to reserve a spot on the pass list. Visit RCConcerts.com for concert information.

Artstreet drawing winners

Brown County Civic Music Association’s booth at Artstreet did land-office business this year. Les Heckman and his volunteers distributed hundreds of brochures and invited visitors to enter a drawing for two tickets to the concert of their choice. Our ten winners who get to sample an evening of Civic Music are:

From Seymour: Peter Pelky

From Neenah: Jess Moxon

From Green Bay: Madison Smith, Sonia Hulse, Patrick Baier,

Vicki Kralapp, Tom Youngell, Andree Rusholdt, LeeAnn Laes