Back by popular demand! Last year’s holiday-season concert by Isthmus Brass Ensemble was so popular we’ve invited them back for an April concert and a deeper dive into their audience-pleasing repertoire. Led by brass icon and former UW Music School director John Stevens, Isthmus Brass is Wisconsin’s premiere large brass ensemble. The players are a who’s who of University of Wisconsin professors, prominent music alumni and members of professional orchestras and ensembles.
Return of a series favorite! Longtime Civic Music subscribers know these master musicians from Toronto have been responsible for some of the most electric, entertaining evenings in our series’ history. From serious classical music and operatic arias to tangos, gypsy fiddling and vocals in the tradition of the great Italian tenors, Quartetto Gelato (Ice Cream Quartet) serves up a tasty and eclectic musical treat… with a double dip of fun.
Accordian Virtuosi! The accordion is traditionally an instrument of the people, a centerpiece of popular culture and folk music around the world. The Accordion Virtuosi of Russia have toured extensively in Europe and North America, dazzling audiences with exquisite arrangements of traditional Russian folk songs and familiar classical favorites. Founded by Pavel Smirnov in war-torn Russia of the 1940s, the ensemble is led today by his sons Yuri and Vladimi and grandson Yaroslav.
The Accordion Virtuosi include 30 accordions, a percussionist, a pianist, and a conductor who is also a violinist.
The celebrated London chamber orchestra! Civic Music opens its season in magnificent fashion with the classic elegance of a premier chamber ensemble. The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is renowned for its wide-ranging studio work, sold-out concerts and expressive soundtracks for Hollywood films including “Amadeus” and “The English Patient.” With a 50-year history, more than 500 recordings and a dozen gold discs on the Billboard Classical Chart, the Academy is one of the best-selling classical groups in the world, famous for impeccable musicianship and a polished and refined sound.
Civic Music has booked The Academy of St. Martin of the Fields Chamber ENSEMBLE, which is 8 musicians.
Below is a video of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble playing Felix Mendelsssohn Octet for Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 20 Fourth Movement (Presto).
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Chamber Ensemble, Accordions, Brass and MSO highlight Brown County Civic Music Association season
GREEN BAY, Wis. (April 13, 2015) — A celebrated chamber group, accordions like most people have never heard them, an eclectic quartet, a brass ensemble and the ever-popular Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will entertain audiences in the Brown County Civic Music Association 2015-16 concert season.
The season will open in magnificent fashion on October 18 with the classic elegance of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. The group was created in 1967 to perform the larger chamber works — from quintets to octets — with players who customarily work together. Drawn from the orchestra’s principal players, it tours as a string octet, string sextet, and in other configurations, performing in Europe, Australia, and North and South America. The ensemble has released more than 30 CDs.
The season will strike a different note on November 21 with Accordion Virtuosi of Russia. The 37-member group, which includes 30 accordions, harp, guitar, piano, percussionists, and a violinist-conductor, performs both traditional Russian folk songs and familiar classical favorites. Since its founding in St. Petersburg in 1940s’ war-torn Russia by Pavel Smirnov, the group has performed throughout Europe, Africa and Japan. Pavel Smirnov’s sons Yuri and Vladimi, and grandson Yaroslav now lead the group.
On March 19, 2016, Civic Music will welcome the return of Quartetto Gelato. These master musicians from Toronto are warmly remembered for some of the most electric, entertaining evenings in our series’ history. Their program ranges from serious classical music and operatic arias to tangos, gypsy fiddling and vocals in the tradition of the great Italian tenors.
On April 23, 2016, Isthmus Brass Ensemble — the stars of a December 2014 Christmas concert — will return by demand of our members. Wisconsin’s premiere large brass ensemble, under the direction of John Stevens, is a who’s who of University of Wisconsin professors, prominent music alumni and members of professional orchestras and ensembles.
The season will close on May 21, 2016, for the ninth 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 80 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 2015-16 membership by this season’s final concert, May 9 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 BCcivicmusic@gmail.com. The website is bccivicmusic.org and facebook.com/bccivicmusic.