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2014 Annual Meeting

May 12th, 2014

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Brown County Civic Music Association will be held on Thursday, June 19 at 7:15 pm in the Family Life Center of the First United Presbyterian Church on the corner of Webster and George Streets in DePere. Refreshments will be available. All Brown County Civic Music Association members are welcome! Significant agenda items include election of Board of Directors, Executive Committee and officers.

Date: Thursday, June 19

Time: 7:15 pm

First United Presbyterian Church
605 N Webster Avenue
De Pere, WI 54115


Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra – Biography

May 11th, 2014

Season Listing | Program | Biography

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Edo de Waart, has embarked upon a new era of artistic excellence and critical acclaim. Now in his fifth year with the MSO, Maestro de Waart has led sold-out concerts, elicited rave reviews, and conducted an acclaimed performance at Carnegie Hall on May 11, 2012, in the Spring for Music festival.

Since its inception in 1959, the MSO has become one of the finest orchestras in the nation. The MSO’s 83 full-time professional musicians perform over 130 classics, pops, family, and education concerts each season in venues throughout the state. A cornerstone of Milwaukee’s arts community, the MSO provides enrichment and education activities for audiences of every age, economic status, and background.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra – Program

May 11th, 2014

Season Listing | Program | Biography

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM; Green Bay, WI

Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Margot Schwartz, violin
Wei-ting Kuo, viola

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra, K.364 [320d]
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Presto, Margot Schwartz, Wei-ting Kuo

20:00    Intermission

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Opus 92
I. Poco sostenuto – Vivace
II. Allegretto
III. Presto
IV. Allegro con brio

Early membership incentives

April 6th, 2014

Prize Drawing

Purchase your membership by June 1, 2014 and you will automatically be entered to win one of four restaurant gift certificates:

All Brown County Civic Music Association 2014-15 season membership purchases (new or renewals) received by June 1, 2014 will be entered into a drawing for one of
four restaurant gift certificates. The drawing will be held the evening of June 1, 2014. The winner will be notified by phone and/or email.

Bonus Concert

Join by May 17 and get a free concert for new members with paid membership for the 2014-15 season.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Saturday, May 17, 2014

2014-15 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
DePere, WI 54115-5243

In Person by check at the concert on Saturday, May 17, 2014
Doors: 7 p.m. Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Ralph Holter Auditorium
Green Bay West High School
966 Shawano Avenue, Green Bay, WI

Organist Paul Jacobs Program

April 6th, 2014

Season Listing | Program | Biography

Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Canon in A-flat Major, Op. 56, No. 4Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Voluntary in D Minor, Op. 5, No. 8John Stanley (1712-1786)


Prelude in FNadia Boulanger (1887-1979

Pomp and Circumstance March, Op. 39, No. 1Edward Elgar (1857-1934)


Andante in F, K. 616Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Sonata in D Minor, Op. 42Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)

I. Introduction et Allegro
II. Pastorale
III. Final


Organist Paul Jacobs Biography

April 6th, 2014

Season Listing | Program | Biography

organist-paul-jacobsDescribed by The Chicago Tribune as “one of the most supremely gifted organists of his generation,” Grammy award-winning organist Paul Jacobs unites technical skills of the first order with probing emotional artistry.  His performances of new works and core recital and symphonic repertoire have transfixed audiences, colleagues and critics alike.

In the 2013/14 season, Paul Jacobs returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with conductor Charles Dutoit. He plays solo recitals in Washington DC presented by the National Symphony on the Kennedy Center Concert Hall’s new organ, as well as in Davies Hall presented by the San Francisco Symphony and Disney Hall presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He returns to Spivey Hall in Atlanta and in New York’s Zankel Hall he is featured in Carnegie Hall’s series of concerts, Collected Stories, performing in Arvo Pärt’s Passio, a contemporary setting of the Gospel according to St. John.

Paul Jacobs played the first concert on the newly restored Kuhn organ at Alice Tully Hall in New York, performing Bach’s monumental Clavier-Übung III as part of Lincoln Center’s first annual White Light Festival in 2010.  A favorite and frequent guest of the San Francisco Symphony, he has performed and toured with them and Michael Tilson-Thomas in varied repertoire including Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Organ with Percussion and Copland’s Organ Symphony, both of which were recorded on the SFSO label. He has been guest soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, California’s Pacific Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, Miami’s New World Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony with James Conlon at the Cincinnati May Festival and previously with the Chicago Symphony and Pierre Boulez in Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass. Internationally, he appeared with the San Francisco Symphony at the Lucerne Festival and in London at Westminster Cathedral’s Grand Organ Festival.

His recording of the Messiaen Livre du Saint Sacrement, released by Naxos in 2010, was awarded that year’s Best Solo Instrumental Grammy of the Year, the first time a disc of solo organ music has received this honor.

Paul Jacobs made musical history at the age of 23 when he played Bach’s complete organ works in an 18-hour marathon on the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death.  He has also performed the complete organ works of Messiaen in marathon performances throughout North American and reached the milestone of having performed in each of the fifty United States.

Prodigiously talented from his earliest years, at 15 Jacobs was appointed head organist of a parish of 3,500 in his hometown, Washington, Pennsylvania.  He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, double-majoring with John Weaver (organ) and Lionel Party (harpsichord) and at Yale University with Thomas Murray (organ).

Paul Jacobs joined the faculty of The Juilliard School in 2003 and was named Chairman of the Organ Department in 2004, one of the youngest faculty appointees in the school’s history. He received Juilliard’s prestigious William Schuman Scholar’s Chair in 2007.  His own students have won prominent national and international competitions and are forging their own careers as performers and teachers at prestigious venues and academic institutions in the United States and abroad.

In addition to his concert appearances and teaching, Jacobs has appeared on American Public Media’s Pipedreams, Performance Today and Saint Paul Sunday, as well as NPR’s Morning Edition, ABC-TV’s World News Tonight and in August 2011 he presented a recital for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts which remains available for viewing on www.npr.org.

Announcing the 2014-15 Season

April 5th, 2014

The Brown County Civic Music Association is pleased to announce the 2014-15 concert season. Click here 2014-15 season brochure (pdf)

Date Performer
Sat, Sept. 27, 2014 Tenor Anthony Kearns
Fri, Nov. 7, 2014 Red Priest
Sat, Dec. 13, 2014 Isthmus Brass Ensemble
Sun, Mar. 29, 2015 A Far Cry
Sat, May 9, 2015 Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

All performances in the 2014-15 season:

  • are held 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

Tickets will be available for sale online soon.

Reminder: Change of Venue

April 5th, 2014

Weidner CenterRemember that our next concert on Friday, April 11 will be at a different venue — the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the UW-Green Bay campus. Organist, Paul Jacobs will return to regale Civic Music audiences playing the Weidner Center’s majestic Wood Family Organ.

Weidner Center
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001

UWGB Campus Map (PDF)

Google Map

Post-Concert Reception

April 5th, 2014

You’re invited to meet and greet Paul Jacobs and your concert-going friends at Mackinaws Grill & Spirits and nibble on complimentary snacks after the concert.

Location: Mackinaws Grill & Spirits
2925 Voyager Drive (I-43 and East Mason)
Green Bay, WI 54311
Google Map

Driving Directions

Leave the campus at the Main Entrance.  Turn left onto Nicolet Drive.  Take Nicolet Drive onto I-43 toward Milwaukee.  Exit I-43 at exit 183, E. Mason Street.  Turn left onto E. Mason Street.  Go 0.4 mile on Mason St.  (Mackinaws is visible on the right) Turn right at the  traffic light onto Challenger Drive.  Go one short block and turn right onto Voyager Drive.  Mackinaws will be on your right.  The reception will be in a private room at the back of the building.  Suggestion: go to the far end of the parking lot – enter the door on the east side of the building near the rear.

Or an optional route:

If you are familiar with the campus and can find Bay Settlement Road, turn Right (southward).  It eventually becomes  Huron Road.  Go a couple of miles until you get to E. Mason Street.  (Shell station and banks at intersection)  Turn Right onto E. Mason St.  Turn Left at the Second light (Challenger Drive)  Go one short block and turn Right onto Voyager Drive.  Go 0.2 mile and Mackinaws is on your right.  The reception will be in a private room at the back of the building.  Suggestion: go to the far end of the parking lot – enter the door on the east side of the building near the rear.

New Century Saxophone Quartet Biography

February 25th, 2014

Season Listing | Program | Biography

About the Quartet

New Century Saxophone Quartet is a pioneering and versatile group winning new-found enthusiasm for its diverse repertory of innovative contemporary works and imaginative adaptations comprising an extraordinary range of musical styles. New Century has been heard in major concert venues and on radio and television throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia; in recordings for the Channel Classics label; and in unusual performance settings including two Command Performances for President Clinton at the White House, an appearance with the United States Navy Band, in Washington, and a Chinese New Year broadcast seen by a television audience of over 300 million worldwide.

Recent and ongoing projects include performances of New Century commissions such as Peter Schickele’s “New Century Suite” (Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra), a new work from jazz saxophonist Bob Mintzer, the innovative “A New Century Christmas” program, and “The Art of Fugue” Project. The only ensemble of its kind to win First Prize of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the quartet is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and in its home state from the North Carolina Arts Council.

About the Musicians

DREW HAYS serves as an Assistant Professor of Music at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, where he teaches saxophone and jazz studies. He has performed with many groups throughout North Carolina and Virginia including the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony, the Roanoke Symphony, the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, the North Carolina Saxophone Ensemble, and the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet. Drew also performs with his own jazz small groups throughout the Greensboro and Winston-Salem area. Drew grew up in a musical family in rural, southern Ohio where he studied saxophone and oboe and played guitar and bass in local rock bands. He completed a DMA in saxophone at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

CHRIS HEMMINGWAY, born in Florence, SC and now living in Pittsburgh, PA. Chris’ natural fluency in both classical and jazz styles separates him from most chamber musicians. Now in his fifth season with the New Century Saxophone Quartet, his performing career is equally complemented with an active freelance jazz career in Pittsburgh. He performs regularly with Azucar Pittsburgh’s Premier salsa band, the Roger Humphries Big Band, the Al Dowe Quintet, and with New York City jazz trumpeter Sean Jones, who has just recently released his first solo recording. As a sophomore undergraduate at Duquesne University, Chris won the School of Music’s prestigious concerto competition. At the young age of 21, he was also a featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony.

MICHAEL STEPHENSON, soprano saxophonist for New Century Saxophone Quartet, received his Bachelor of Music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts where he was a student of James Houlik. He received his Master of Music degree from Ithaca College where he was a student of Steven Mauk. From 1988-92, Michael was a Visiting Artist at Randolph and Pitt Community Colleges. As a Visiting Artist, Michael performed over 400 concerts across North Carolina, as well as at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. As an orchestral saxophonist he has appeared with the North Carolina, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Western Piedmont Symphonies.

STEPHEN POLLOCK is a founding member and tenor saxophonist of the New Century Saxophone Quartet. He was born in Wurtzburg, Germany and grew up in various cities in the United States and abroad. Mr. Pollock received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied with Concert Saxophonist James Houlik. He has performed as Principal Saxophonist with the Western Piedmont, Salisbury, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Charlotte, North Carolina, Charleston, and the Tanglewood Massachusetts Festival Symphonies. As a solo recitalist, Mr. Pollock has performed throughout North Carolina as well as at the Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford, the University of Michigan School of Music, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has also appeared with celebrities such as Steve Allen, Helen Reddy, Marvin Hamlisch, Boots Randolph, and Natalie Cole.

XIN GAO of Chengdu City, China, has enjoyed tremendous success in his young musical career. As a high school student at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, he met American tenor saxophone virtuoso, James Houlik, which paved the way for his move to the United States. In 2004, Xin moved to Pittsburgh, PA, to study with Houlik at Duquesne University. During his time at Duquesne, he competed in the Second International Jean-Marie Londeix Saxophone Competition in Bangkok, Thailand, advancing to the semi-final round, and founded the QuadrATOMIC saxophone quartet, which competed in both the Fischoff and Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competitions and won the prestigious Coleman Saunderson Prize.