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Isthmus Brass – April 2016 e-Notes

April 17th, 2016

After starting the season with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Ensemble, we changed direction — two toe-tapping, hand-clapping concerts featuring squeezeboxes galore with the Accordion Virtuosi of Russia and then a repeat performance by the highly popular Quartetto Gelato.

On April 23, we will continue the trend with an encore performance by the Madison-based Isthmus Brass Ensemble. They last appeared on our stage in December 2014. You — our members — enjoyed that concert so much that you joined the musicians in asking for a repeat engagement. You spoke. We listened. Here they come!

This month we also unveil our 2016-17 season. It includes chamber and brass groups, a trio, a male a cappella ensemble and, of course, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. We are confident that you will enjoy these five concerts for the bargain price of $80 for the season. We offer early membership incentives and a bonus concert for new members.

We also remind you that we have numerous opportunities to volunteer and that your financial contributions help make these concerts a vital part of the Green Bay cultural scene.

You can also join fellow music lovers at a post-concert reception at Titletown Brewing Co. and for monthly dining at Perkins, Military and Shawano, Green Bay. So many opportunities, for fun and fellowship. Please tell your family, friends, neighbors — even strangers on the street about Brown County Civic Music Association.

We look forward to joining you April 23 for the exciting Isthmus Brass concert as well as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on May 21 — and all next season.

Now, whet your appetite for the upcoming performance by Wisconsin’s premiere large brass ensemble by checking out the program and player bios.

Announcing the 2016-17 season

April 17th, 2016

The Brown County Civic Music Association is pleased to announce the 2016-17 concert season. Click here 2016-17 season brochure (pdf).

Saturday, September 17: Chrysalis Chamber Players

Saturday, October 29:  Boston Brass Quintet

Saturday, December 10:  Chapter Six

Saturday, March 4, 2017:  Manhattan Piano Trio

Saturday, May 6, 2017:  Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra


All performances in the 2016-17 season:

  • are at Ralph Holter Auditorium
  • Green Bay West High School
  • begin at 7:30 p.m. (auditorium doors open at 7 p.m.)
  • are general admission seating

Early membership incentives

April 17th, 2016

Purchase a membership – new or renewal – by June 1 and be automatically entered in a drawing to win one of four restaurant gift certificates from program advertisers:

  • Alpha Delights
  • Mackinaws
  • Titletown Brewing Company
  • Union Hotel

The winner will be notified by phone and/or email.

Bonus concert


Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra – Edo de Waart Music Director

New memberships for 2016-17 include a free bonus concert, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Memberships must be paid prior to the MSO concert, right up to concert time that evening.


2016-17 membership will be available for online purchase, soon at www.bccivicmusic.org/tickets

By Mail

Mail a check and the brochure membership form to:

Brown County Civic Music Association
P.O. Box 5243
De Pere, WI 54115-5243

By check, in person

In person by check at the concert on Saturday, May 21, 2016

Doors: 7 p.m. Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Ralph Holter Auditorium
Green Bay West High School
966 Shawano Avenue
Green Bay, WI

Isthmus Brass Program

April 17th, 2016

Season Listing | Program | Biography

Music for the Royal Fireworks—George Frederick Handel (1685-1759)
Arr. Christopher Mowat

Don Giovanni’s Ride To Hell—Jan Koetsier (1911-2006) Featuring Mike Forbes, Tuba

Clair de Lune—Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Featuring Keith Lienert, Steel Pan
Arr. Christopher Mowat/Mike Forbes

Var. on “The Carnival of Venice”—Jean-Baptiste Arban (1825 – 1889)
Featuring Dave Cooper, Trumpet, Arr. Dave Cooper

Jealously—Jacob Gade (1879-1963)
Arr. Richard Bissill


Torque—Mike Forbes (b. 1973)

Benediction—John Stevens (b. 1951)

Concert Etude—Alexander Goedicke (1877-1957)
Featuring Mark Hetzler, Trombone—Arr. Roger Harvey

Tico-Tico—Zequinha de Abreu (1880-1935) Featuring Don Sipe, Trumpet
Arr. John Iveson

I Only Have Eyes For You—Harry Warren (1893-1981) Featuring Mark Hoelscher, Bass Trombone & Dave Cooper, Trumpet
Arr. Roger Harvey

I Got Rhythm—George Gershwin (1898-1937)   Featuring Ricardo Almeida, Horn & Mike Forbes, Tuba
Arr. Roger Harvey

Isthmus Brass – Biographies

April 17th, 2016

Season Listing | Program | Biography

Isthmus Brass Personnel

CONDUCTOR: John Stevens, UW-Madison (Emeritus)


Dave Cooper, UW-Platteville & Madison Symphony

Don Sipe, Carrol University

Jon Schipper, Madisalsa & Phat Phunktion

Brent Turney, UW-Stevens Point

HORN: Ricardo Almeida, Madison Symphony Orchestra


Mark Hetzler, UW-Madison

Dylan Chmura-Moore, UW-Oshkosh

Mike Dugan, UW-Whitewater

Mark Hoelscher, UW-Milwaukee

TUBA: Mike Forbes, UW-La Crosse & La Crosse Symphony

PERCUSSION: Keith Lienert, UW-Platteville

Under the direction of brass-icon, John Stevens, and comprised of the finest professional brass players in the Midwestern US, the Isthmus Brass is Wisconsin’s premiere large brass ensemble. Isthmus Brass was established in 2009, through the collaboration of the best and busiest brass players in Southern Wisconsin. They initially performed charitable Christmas concerts but now are active year-round, presenting concerts of varying styles and repertoire in concert series throughout the Midwest. They promote the ideology of energy, entertainment, and eclecticism of virtuosic repertoire — much of it especially arranged for them — showcasing the best of brass music in a variety of musical settings and styles. Their recent, critically-acclaimed Summit Records release of “Isthmus Brass Christmas” was heralded as “…one of the best brass Christmas albums of all time” by American Record Guide.

Member Biography

Ricardo Almeida (horn) is a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and performs extensively throughout Southern Wisconsin as a freelance hornist and chamber musician.

Dylan Chmura-Moore (trombone) is Assistant Professor of Music at UW-Oshkosh where he teaches trombone and serves as Director of Orchestral Activities, conducting the University Symphony Orchestra.

Dave Cooper (trumpet) is the Chair of the Department of Music at UW-Platteville and also Associate Professor of Trumpet.

Michael Dugan (trombone) is the Associate Professor of Trombone at UW-Whitewater and has appeared with the Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Mike Forbes (tuba) is the founder and manager of the Isthmus Brass. He is also the Principal Tubist with the La Crosse Symphony and the Instructor of Low Brass at UW-La Crosse.

Mark Hetzler (trombone) is the Associate Professor of Trombone at UW-Madison, a member of the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, and a member of the Empire Brass Quintet from 1996-2012.

Mark Hoelscher (bass trombone) is a member of the Chicago-based Millar Brass Ensemble, an Edwards artist/clinician and Adjunct Professor of Trombone at UW-Parkside and UW-Milwaukee Peck School of Music.

Keith Lienert (percussion) is percussion instructor at UW-Platteville. His performing and teaching career credits include Disneyland’s Collegiate All-Star Show Band and Arizona State University.

Jon Schipper (trumpet) is Director of Bands and Music Dept. Chair at Madison Country Day School in Waunakee, WI and an active freelance trumpeter.

Don Sipe (trumpet) is a member of Present Music, Stained Glass Brass, the Wilson Center Big Band, and the Milwaukee Brass Quintet. He teaches trumpet at Carroll University and conducts the Brass Choir at the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra

John Stevens (conductor) has recently retired from the Tuba/Euphonium Professorship at UW-Madison and served twice as the Director of the School of Music.

Brent Turney (trumpet) is an active cross-genre soloist and ensemble player throughout the country and has been Professor of Trumpet at UW-Stevens Point since 2007.

Learn more about the artists at: http://www.IsthmusBrass.com

Classics by Request

April 17th, 2016

Every Saturday from 10 am to 11 am on WPNE, 89.3, WPR Host Ruthanne Bessman plays listener’s classical requests on Classics by Request.

Listeners can submit their requests online at http://www.wpr.org/classics-request or call in toll free during the show at 800-442-7106. This is a great chance to get the word out about Brown County Civic Music Association and hear the Isthmus Brass Ensemble perform. Be sure to mention that the Isthmus Brass will be performing at the Brown County Civic Music Association Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in Ralph Holter Auditorium at West High School, Green Bay.

Post-Concert Reception

April 17th, 2016


You’re invited to meet and greet the performers and your concert-going friends at Titletown Brewing Company and nibble on complimentary snacks after the concert. A big thanks to the Titletown Brewing Company for providing the space and the snacks.

Location: Titletown Brewing Company, 200 Dousman St, Green Bay, WI

We need your support

April 17th, 2016

Special thanks go to Donald Salmon, our newest Patron Donor. Please remember Brown County Civic Music Association in your charitable giving. Your support is essential in helping us meet our mission of presenting an annual series of affordably priced concerts performed by outstanding professional artists and ensembles from around the world. We also invite you to remember Brown County Civic Music Association in your estate planning. Brown County Civic Music Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We have been bringing world-renowned performers to Green Bay since 1927. To support BCCMA or learn more, see our Support page.

Coming up

April 17th, 2016

Be sure to mark your calendars with these upcoming spring concert dates.

Volunteer opportunities

April 17th, 2016

Brown County Civic Music Association depends on dedicated volunteers to make these concerts part of what we all love about Green Bay. We have numerous opportunities to match your talents and interests, including advertising, history/archives, hosting artists backstage, membership campaign, publicity and marketing, ushers/greeters, talent selection, fundraising and online promotion. We also need a new president to assume leadership beginning in June.

We need your help and invite you to contact us at office@bccivicmusic.org or (920) 338-1801.

For more information, visit our volunteer opportunities page.