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Eat, shop to benefit us

May 5th, 2019

Perkins Restaurant at Military and Shawano donates 10% of all sales between 5 and 8 p.m. on the third Wednesday each month. (Wednesday, May 15, is the next one.) Also, sign up with smile.Amazon.com to designate 0.5% of eligible purchase prices to Civic Music. Find out more about Amazon Smile and the Perkins Dine to Donate programs.

Reminder: Opera at the Hill

May 5th, 2019

All Civic Music subscribers are entitled to free admission for our second annual summer opera concert, at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 23 at Heritage Hill State Park. Local standouts Scott Ramsay and Mary Arendt will join the Florentine Opera recitalists. Same as last year, guaranteed preferred seating will be an additional option, $10/ticket, going on sale in late May. Watch for a postcard reminder and notices on the Civic Music and Heritage Hill web pages.

Siberian Virtuosi – Biography

March 16th, 2019

Season Listing | Program | Biography

Siberian Virtuosi

The State Ensemble of Violinists from Yakutia, Russia 

Siberian Virtuosi, the State Ensemble of the Russian Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), an ensemble of violinists and a pianist, is gaining acclaim both in Russia and around the world. Founded in 1994 as the Virtuosi of Yakutia, the ensemble is known for its energy, unique arrangements and high level of virtuosity. The group typically performs standing, without conductor.

The Ensemble has won numerous international awards, including an international festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, “Music Week of Tours” in France, Grand Prix in Cremona, Italy, a Grand Prix in Hungary, and many others. They often tour around the Russian Federation, performing before capacity audiences in major cities. Their 20-concert American debut in 2012 was followed by a well-received tour of South America including Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Colombia.

The Siberian Virtuosi make frequent radio and TV appearances across the Federation. Their designation as the official state ensemble reflects their cultural and artistic achievements in Russia and abroad, and success in representing the performing arts of their home state and the larger region of Siberia.

Violinists

Julia Baisheva, Efrosinia Efimova, Agafia Kuzmina, Aianna Nikolaeva, Sandaara Semenova, Daria Shakhurdina, Inna Sinyakova, Gelena Starkova, Anastasiia Vasilieva, Anastasiia Voronkova

Pianist

Nadezhda Petrova

Staff

Larisa Gabysheva – Company Director
Stanislav Afanasenko – Artistic Director

Tour Director

Nadia Fleishaker

Production

World Touring, LLC
Leonid Fleishaker, Executive Producer
PMB 117, 21301 S. Tamiami Trl., #320, Estero, FL 33928
631-838-5658 * info@worldtouring.net * www.worldtouring.net

The capital of the Russia Republic of Sakha (also known as Yakutia) is the city of Yakutsk, population 300,000. The city experiences the coldest winters of any major city in the world, with actual January temperatures seldom rising above 25-below, Fahrenheit. Yakutsk is located in the vast expanse of far east-central Siberia, much closer to Alaska and the Bering Sea (still 1,800 miles to the east) than to Moscow (4,600 miles west).

Siberian Virtuosi – Program

March 16th, 2019

Season Listing | Program | Biography

J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Toccata & Fugue in d-minor
Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) – Scherzo
Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908) – Navarra

Grigoras Ionica Dinicu (1889-1949) – Hora Staccato

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) – Vocalise

Antonio Bazzini (1818-1897) – Rondo of Goblins

Astor Piazzola (1921-1992) – Oblivion
Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) – Spanish Dance #1
Johann Strauss Jr. (1825-1899) – Die Fledermaus
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) – Hungarian Dance #1

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Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) – Summer from “Four Seasons”

W.A. Mozart (1756-1791) – Overture, Marriage of Figaro
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) – Air on the G String
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) – Scherzo
Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) – Magic Melodies from Ballet Hits
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) – Valse Triste (Sad Waltz)

Vittorio Monti (1868-1922) – Csardas
George Enescu (1881-1955) – Romanian Rhapsody

Astor Piazzola (1921-1992) – Libertango
Valeri Ermoshkin (1948- ) – Walk along the Hollywood
Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978) – The Sabre Dance

Back to the Future!

March 16th, 2019
April 13, 1932 - Photo of a Civic Music season-kickoff dinner held each spring at the Hotel Northland ballroom in downtown Green Bay

April 13, 1932 – Photo of a Civic Music season-kickoff dinner held each spring at the Hotel Northland ballroom in downtown Green Bay

You’re invited: Celebrate Civic Music,  Civic Music history and Green Bay history!

Join us for the unveiling of what promises to be our community’s biggest and best season of classical music in years!

WHAT: Campaign Kickoff and All-Membership Luncheon

WHEN: Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
11-noon, registration/reception; noon meal; 12:45 program

WHERE: Historic Crystal Ballroom, restored Northland Hotel
A return to Civic Music’s longtime former campaign ‘headquarters’

MENU: Tarragon Dijon Chicken
With gnocchi, shaved brussels, salad, breads, dessert and more

MUSIC: The Griffon String Quartet of Door County
Elegant reception music and brief featured performance during program

HOW: $20 per person, members and guest(s)
RSVP at concerts (table in lobby) or mail; Payment to BCCM by April 6

Pro string quartet to play

March 16th, 2019
The Griffon String Quartet

The Griffon String Quartet

Civic Music is thrilled to announce that our annual kickoff luncheon will be enhanced by the presence of a first-rate, professional string quartet. The Griffon String Quartet will provide pre-dinner music during the reception/registration hour, and a brief featured performance during the program. For more on the group, visit www.midsummersmusic.com.

Friends Wanted

November 3rd, 2018

Putting a group the quality of Cantus on stage, at the affordable prices we offer, is only possible with an amazing crew of volunteers. From greeters and ushers to backstage hospitality, program preparation and booking the talent, members like you make the difference. (It’s fun, too!) Email Brown County Civic Music Association president Christopher Sampson at CSampson@new.rr.com if you would like to offer your assistance and join the team.

Eat, shop to benefit us

November 3rd, 2018

Perkins Restaurant at Military and Shawano donates 10% of all sales between 5 and 8 p.m. on the third Wednesday each month. (This month it’s the night before Thanksgiving.) Also, sign up with smile.Amazon.com to designate 0.5% of eligible purchase prices to Civic Music. Find out more about Amazon Smile and the Perkins Dine to Donate programs.

Winter Break

November 3rd, 2018

Some of our members escape winter with extended visits to the Gulf Coast or desert Southwest. Even those of us who tough it out here will sometimes curtail our outings when snow and ice cover the roads. That’s why we typically avoid the coldest months in booking our season. Here’s a reminder, so save the date! After Cantus on Nov. 10, our next concert will be on Friday, March 22, 2019 at Green Bay West High School with the elegant Siberian Virtuosi chamber ensemble.

Cantus – Biography

November 3rd, 2018

Season Listing | Biography | Program

The “engaging” (New Yorker) men’s vocal ensemble Cantus is widely known for its trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming and engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The Washington Post has hailed the Cantus sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to the “spontaneous grace” of its music making. The Philadelphia Inquirer called the group nothing short of “exquisite.”

As one of the nation’s few full-time vocal ensembles, Cantus has grown in prominence with its distinctive approach to creating music. Cantus performs more than 60 concerts each year both in national and international touring, and in its home of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Cantus has performed at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, UCLA, San Francisco Performances, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.

In their 2018-19 touring program Alone Together, Cantus explores what it means to connect in a modern world where our ability to communicate has never been easier or more advanced, but where the rifts between nations, among communities, and in individual relationships only seem to widen. The program is anchored by three works written for Cantus by Steven Sametz, David Lang and a new, multi-movement work by Libby Larsen, commissioned by Music Accord and written specifically around themes of technology and connection in our modern world. The program – also weaving in music by Jennifer Higdon, Laura Mvula, McCartney and Lennon, Saint-Saëns, Beethoven, Dave Matthews, Arcade Fire, and Sydney Guillaume – will be presented in 36 cities and 21 states and provinces.

Cantus is the recipient of three prestigious Chorus America awards, including the 2016 Dale Warland Singers Commission Award (Presented in partnership with the American Composers Forum), the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and the Education Outreach Award. Cantus was also Artist in Residence on Minnesota Public Radio and on American Public Media’s Performance Today.

Integral to the Cantus mission is its commitment to preserve and deepen music education in the schools. Cantus works with more than 5,000 students each year in master class and workshop settings across the country. Now in its eleventh year, the award-winning High School Residency program brings Cantus into Minnesota schools several times a year for mentoring and a culminating public concert in the spring.

Cantus is an artist-led ensemble, so the process that is used for preparing and rehearsing music is a unique one. A complete democracy in the rehearsal room would be an inefficient use of time, so each piece performed is assigned to one of the singers to produce. This producer is responsible for initial interpretation, leading the allotted rehearsal time, and quality control on the fundamentals (notes, rhythms, tuning, vowel choice, etc.). Once these basics are established, the producer also facilitates discussion of interpretation and execution from the entire group. This collaborative work style allows Cantus to be more flexible, adaptive and ready to embrace new ideas. The performance that you enjoy – whether in a recording or in a live concert – is one that would be entirely impossible without the artistic involvement of the entire ensemble.