Green Bay Press Gazette: Pianist hits the ‘wow’ note

Nakamatsu takes difficult piece on thrilling coaster ride
Concert Review by Warren Gerds • Green Bay Press Gazette • February 12, 2010

Shining review from the Green Bay Press Gazette’s Warren Gerds:

“Wow. It’s rare that a winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition appears in Green Bay, so hearing one is … wow.

Jon Nakamatsu, an American who won the famed competition in 1997, has advanced to greater performance levels.

He took on reputedly one of the most difficult concertos in standard repertoire Tuesday night in a Brown County Civic Music Association series concert with the Philharmonia of the Nations in Ralph Holter Auditorium at Green Bay West High School.”

The full story is available on the Press-Gazette website:

Sousa Reigns Triumphant

Unless you searched online, you probably missed Warren Gerds’ review of Keith Brion & his New Sousa Band.  However, if you read the complete article about the St. Norbert football team’s season opener (‘Dublin Friday Night Lights’), you may have caught mention that local concert reviews ran on the Press- Gazette website.  But if you missed it, here is the link. In a nutshell, Civic Music’s season opener was a winner!

Review: Soloists spice New Sousa Band concert for Civic Music
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Obvious from the buzz and the smiles, audience members were delighted by the retro concert as they conversed with our guest musicians at the post-concert reception at Titletown Brewing Co. Sousa musicians praised Civic Music’s good fortune to have booked the Calefax Reed Quintet for our next concert and raved about the talents of the musicians in the group.

Warren Gerds, Critic-at-Large

warren-gerdsSince the retirement of Warren Gerds, extended press releases, concert notices and concert reviews of fine arts performances have been noticeably absent from the pages of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. However, we have been informed of some good news;  Warren has accepted a part time position as “Critic-at-Large” at WFRV Channel 5.

You may read his blog at by clicking on “Entertainment” and looking for his articles. The first posting was on June 4th and was a review of the Civic Music Brass-E5 concert. Warren will appear on TV on Thursdays during the 6-7 p.m. news and occasionally on Sunday mornings leading into CBS Sunday Morning. We are so pleased to know that the Fine Arts in the Green Bay area will once again get some well-deserved publicity and attention in the media. Thank you, Warren!