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Opera, Symphony highlight return with Spring ’22 ‘mini-series’

Saturday, December 18th, 2021

The Brown County Civic Music Association is proceeding with plans to offer a three-concert subscription series in Spring 2022.

The programs are:

* New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players production of “The Pirates of Penzance,” a fully staged light opera at the Weidner Center at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2022;

* Alliance Brass quintet, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2022, at the Cup O Joy auditorium, 525 N. Taylor St., Green Bay;

* Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra with featured pianist Allesio Bax performing Brahms’ Second Concerto, 3 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2022 at the Weidner Center;

The cost of a three-concert subscription is $55 for adults, $20 for students K-16. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on concert night, when seating is available, at a higher individual-event price: $38 for Civic Music performances held at the Weidner Center, $25 for other venues.

For tickets, call the Civic Music recorded line at 920 338-1801 and leave your question or request, or email office@bccivicmusic.org

Civic Music shares plan to make good on past cancellations

Friday, December 10th, 2021

Brown County Civic Music Association has notified past subscribers, in writing, of the Association’s plan to make up for the three concerts postponed during the initial COVID outbreak in spring 2020.

Subscribers to that disrupted 2019-20 season enjoyed two concerts in fall but then experienced cancellations involving the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band in March, the Washington Saxophone Quartet in April, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in May.

Two of those three concerts are being rescheduled to calendar year 2022, with dates and venues TBD. Series organizers are close to announcing a November date for the Washington Saxophone Quartet. It is expected the Klezmer program will take place in late spring or summer.

Patrons who held tickets for these two postponed events have several options for claiming the admission(s) that were previously purchased:

• They may use the paper tickets they received two years ago, if they kept them on file;
• If they didn’t keep them, they should visit the Civic Music check-in table at the door on concert night, where a ticketholder roster will be consulted to issue replacements;
• They may also contact the office (office@bccivicmusic.org or 920 338-1801) in advance of the concert in question, if they want to transfer the tickets for will-call pickup by someone else.

With regard to the 2020 postponement of the annual, season-ending finale featuring the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, a determination was made that the MSO’s always-tight schedule and financial factors would not allow for a “makeup” concert that would result in two Symphony appearances for Civic Music in the same calendar year.

Instead, the Association’s volunteer, nonprofit board reached consensus that Civic Music will issue those subscribers additional tickets that can be used for the next MSO appearance in Green Bay, the May 15th, 2022, concert at the Weidner Center. (Actually, the tickets will be “wild card” admissions for one or the other of the two Weidner concerts: the MSO or the March 14 “Pirates of Penzance” show.) Subscribers will receive one wild-card ticket per each season pass purchased for the disrupted 2019-20 season.

Cautious optimism

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

The Brown County Civic Music Association, like other presenters in these uncertain times, will continue to monitor public health developments pertaining to the COVID pandemic.

Concertgoers who provide email addresses when ordering their subscriptions will receive reminders in advance of each concert as to any social-distance seating options, general precautions and scheduling adjustments, if warranted. Any such measures will be at the recommendation of our Spring ’22 venues — the Weidner Center and Cup O Joy auditorium — in consultation with Civic Music.

SORRY FOR THE DELAY: New website to debut soon

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

The volunteers at Brown County Civic Music devoted much attention this past fall to setting the stage for the return of live performances. The result is a three-concert Spring 2022 mini-series that represents, by far, the largest spring talent budget in the organization’s 94-year history.

Unfortunately, among the administrative tasks delayed by our nearly two-year COVID layoff was a functional redesign and total updating of this website.  (The lone exception, of course, is the CIVIC MUSIC NEWS column along the righthand side of the homepage, which is now updated regularly.)

We appreciate your patience and understanding.  Look for a new and improved website by January, and full functionality of online communication and ticketing options.