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

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

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

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

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.

CANCELLED: Spring ’21 makeup concerts delayed again

December 18th, 2020

GREEN BAY – Brown County Civic Music Association announced today (Friday Dec. 18, 2020) that it is postponing all spring 2021 concerts including the annual Green Bay appearance of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra due to continuing concerns over the coronavirus.

Three concerts from the Association’s 2019-20 series were cancelled this past spring at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. The makeup dates planned for spring 2021 have now also been cancelled. The changes involve:

• Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, April 23, CANCELLED (new date TBA)
• Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, April 17, CANCELLED (new date TBA)
• Washington Saxophone Quartet, tentative March 14, CANCELLED (new date TBA)

Board president Christopher Sampson says Civic Music intends to honor its commitment to local classical music concertgoers by again rescheduling each of the performing groups as either stand-alone “make-good” concerts or folded into future season series. Subscription passes or individual tickets purchased for last spring’s concerts will be honored at those performances.

Announcement of the new five-concert season and launch of the subscription sales campaign are expected in April.

New series delayed one year; make-ups pushed to spring ’21

June 19th, 2020

GREEN BAY – Brown County Civic Music Association announces today (Friday, June 19, 2020) that it is immediately suspending its just-launched membership campaign and will reschedule classical music groups announced for the 2020-2021 Classical Series to the following season.

Cancellations include not only concerts that are part of the new series but also two that were rescheduled from spring as Covid-19 concerns cut short last season’s series. Cancelled are:
• Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, Sept. 3, 2020 at the Ashwaubenon PAC *
• Sphinx Virtuosi, Oct. 3, Weidner Center
• Janoska Ensemble, Nov. 14, West High’s Holter Auditorium
• Washington Saxophone Quartet, Dec. 12, Holter Auditorium *
• VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, March 13, 2021, Holter Auditorium
• Alliance Brass, April 17, Holter Auditorium
                            * 2019-’20 attractions, previously rescheduled

Board president Christopher Sampson says that as recently as three weeks ago, Civic Music was optimistic that many or all of the scheduled concerts could proceed. Consideration was given to a “split-concert” format that would have spread concertgoers over two separate, shortened performances on a given evening to make social distancing easier.

With a growing cascade of venue cancellations locally and nationally, however, and some agents and artists advising Civic Music of increasing doubts about fall and even spring tours, the Association’s board of directors voted unanimously earlier this week to postpone the upcoming subscription series in its entirety.

Civic Music has a current subscription base of about 650 members. Sampson says the few dozen accounts that have already renewed for the now-postponed 2020-21 Classical Series are being contacted by phone and email. Subscribers will be offered cancellation refunds or a payment credit toward the same five performances when presented as the 2021-22 season.

The Association hopes to present makeup concerts beginning in April of 2021, to bring subscribers the three attractions that were cancelled this past spring. If public health allows, the concerts will be Maxwell Street Klezmer, April 17 at Holter Auditorium; the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, April 23 at the Weidner; and the Washington Saxophone Quartet, date and venue TBD. Tickets purchased for last spring’s concerts will be honored at these events.

For more information, visit www.BCcivicmusic.org or call 920 338-1801.

New dates announced for Klezmer, Saxophone concerts

April 18th, 2020

Brown County Civic Music Association has announced the rescheduling of two concerts that had been postponed by this spring’s coronavirus pandemic. The new dates and information:

Maxwell Street Klezmer Band
Thursday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m.
Ashwaubenon Performing Arts Center

Washington Saxophone Quartet (Holiday Concert)
Saturday, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Green Bay West H.S. Holter Auditorium

The Ashwaubenon PAC represents a change in venue for the Klezmer concert, which had originally been scheduled for West High School which was unavailable on the new date. It will be the second Civic Music visit ever to the Ashwaubenon auditorium, which was the site of a 2018 piano duo concert by Anderson and Roe.

The Washington Saxophone Quartet concert remains at West, but the shift to a December date will result in a change in repertoire, with the quartet offering its popular holiday-favorites program.

Civic Music subscribers who kept their unused tickets from the cancelled concerts (March 14 for Klezmer, April 18 for Washington Saxophone) may use them for admission. If tickets have been lost or misplaced, 2019-20 subscribers should visit the check-in table in the lobby to claim replacements.

New subscribers for the 2020-’21 Civic Music series will find that both of the rescheduled concerts from the previous subscription series will be free “bonus concerts.”

No rescheduling, yet, for Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

April 18th, 2020

Brown County Civic Music has rescheduled two of the three spring 2020 concerts cancelled by concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic, with only the postponed Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert still unresolved as of mid-April.

The MSO evening at the Weidner Center was to have been the fifth and final scheduled event of the season, initially planned for Thursday, May 7. The venue pulled out in March, and the MSO informed Civic Music in early April that it was cancelling the rest of its spring and early summer concerts.

Christopher Sampson, Civic Music board president, says the organization is looking at late summer and early fall dates for a possible makeup concert. He says Civic Music will make every effort to honor the commitment to this year’s subscribers. However, the second half of 2020 is especially busy for the Milwaukee Symphony with the planned opening of the orchestra’s new home concert hall in downtown Milwaukee and what is already a tight concert schedule.

If the MSO cannot be rescheduled for 2019-20 Civic Music subscribers, Sampson says the association’s board of directors is considering other options. Those could include a substitute attraction; a voucher offer that could bring complimentary tickets for the next regularly scheduled MSO appearance in 2021; or the ability to declare the unusable tickets a tax-deductible donation, or request a nominal, pro-rated refund.

Washington Saxophone concert cancelled for April 18

March 19th, 2020

The Washington Saxophone Quartet concert previously scheduled for Saturday, April 18, as part of the Brown County Civic Music series has been cancelled.

Series subscribers are advised to retain their tickets. Association board president Christopher Sampson says both Civic Music and the Quartet are interested in rescheduling for later 2020. A summer date is possible, should public-health guidelines permit, but Civic Music is also considering the desirability of inviting Washington Saxophone Quartet for a holiday concert addition to the December or late November calendar. Such a holiday concert would be a make-up date for current subscribers, and a sixth concert for new subscribers at no additional charge.

Brown County Civic Music has announced cancellations for two concerts as part of its current season: the saxophone quartet and, earlier this month, the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, both of which had been scheduled for Green Bay West High School’s Holter Auditorium.

The fate of the fifth and final scheduled event — a Thursday, May 7 visit by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra — remains to be determined. Barring a major reversal, it will not take place at the Weidner Center. The Center informed Civic Music earlier this week that the facility must follow state and university directives and cancel all public events through at least mid-May. In contrast, the MSO has officially cancelled all its concerts only through the end of April. As of March 19 the Symphony was continuing to hold the May 7 date for a possible Green Bay visit.

“It seems like things are changing day by day, but as of now the Symphony would like to wait another week or two to see if the coronavirus outlook suddenly improves,” Sampson says. “I’m not optimistic. But if we get an official all-clear or some sudden vaccine and, most important, definitive assurance that it’s safe for all our members to attend, it’s at least theoretically possible we could host a concert sometime in May, at some venue or another.

“We’re certainly also exploring possibilities to rebook for fall or just wait until April 2021 and their next annual appearance.”

Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, postponed for coronavirus

March 13th, 2020

The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band concert has been POSTPONED from Saturday, March 14. We will reschedule when coronavirus concerns are resolved. The April 18 and May 7 concerts are, as of this posting, planned to go on, but check back for any updates.