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2018-19 Performing Arts Series

Welcome to a new season of performances in the Performing Arts Series! All performances begin at 7:00 pm, with doors opening at 6:30 pm. All performances are presented in the Richard & Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall located inside the Center for the Arts except the Wingra Wind Quintet, who performs in the Harry & Laura Nohr Gallery inside Ullsvik Hall.

Tickets for performances are available through the University Box Office, located in the lower level of Ullsvik Hall. Call 608.342.1298 or 877.727.1CFA (toll-free) or use the Online Box Office at tickets.uwplatt.edu.

The Cashore Marionettes

The Cashore Marionettes

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Unmatched in artistry, grace, and refinement of movement, the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry. The moving and humorous performance has astounded audiences in Europe, the Far East and across North America including stops at the Kennedy Center, Annenberg Center, Kravis Center, and many others.

In the performance Life in Motion, Joseph Cashore presents his collection of marionette masterworks. Characters of depth, integrity, and humanity are portrayed in a full evening unlike anything else in theater today. The performance is a series of scenes taken from everyday life and set to beautiful music by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss, and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, humor, pathos, classic music, and poetic insight, The Cashore Marionettes take the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of life. Life in Motion is a powerful, entertaining, surprising, theatrically satisfying, one-of-a-kind evening for adults and young adults.

Ailey II Dance

Ailey II Dance

Sunday, October 28, 2018

For more than forty years, Ailey II has merged the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Started in 1974 as the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, Ailey II embodies Alvin Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training and community programs for all people. Mr. Ailey personally selected the veteran dancer Sylvia Waters to lead this junior company, and as its Artistic Director for 38 years, she developed Ailey II into one of America’s most popular dance companies. In June 2012, Ms. Waters retired and named her longtime associate Troy Powell as the new Artistic Director. With Mr. Powell at the helm, Ailey II continues to thrive as he brings a fresh dimension to this beloved company.

The critically-acclaimed Ailey II has a distinctive repertory that has included works by dance masters Alvin Ailey, Talley Beatty, Donald Byrd, Ulysses Dove, George W. Faison, Lar Lubovitch, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle and Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison. The company has also performed innovative works by rising choreographers such as Kyle Abraham, Jennifer Archibald, and Jae Man Joo.

Charlie Berens

The Manitowoc Minute's Charlie Berens

Friday, November 2, 2018

Hey der! If you’ve seen Wisconsin-born comedian Charlie Berens on da internets, you already know he is funny as heck. Charlie has played to sold-out crowds all over Wisconsin, and this fall, he brings his show to “da Brodbeck Concert Hall.”

Comedian, host, actor and Emmy-winning journalist Charlie Berens is a dynamic talent in the comedy world. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Berens has always had a love for satire. Berens is the creator and star of the Manitowoc Minute. In 6 months he transformed the viral video series into an hour-long variety show selling out venues, sometimes within minutes. Charlie’s career extends beyond the Manitowoc Minute. From creating content for Funny or Die, TBS Digital and Fox Sports 1, to hosting shows for Fox, CBS Sports Network, and Variety, Berens’ skill set proves invaluable in a rapidly changing media landscape.

Keep ‘er movin’......

Vienna Boys Choir

The Vienna Boys Choir

Friday, November 23, 2018

Audiences and critics worldwide have praised the talented singers of the Vienna Boys Choir for their celestial voices, pure tone, irresistible charm, and above all a wide-ranging repertoire spanning centuries. With a rich history dating back more than 500 years, the Vienna Boys Choir has been associated with many of the world’s greatest composers, such as Mozart and Bruckner. Haydn and Schubert were themselves, choristers.

Today, there are 100 choristers between the ages of ten and fourteen from 31 nations, divided into four touring groups. Altogether, the four choirs give as many as 300 concerts and performances each year, reaching half a million people throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.

The Vienna Boys Choir performs classical and contemporary works which vary each season. The choir will premier in Platteville their “Christmas in Vienna,” a program which captures the wonder and magic of the holiday season.

Wayne Bergeron

2019 Jazz Festival featuring Wayne Bergeron

Friday, February 1, 2019

Wayne Bergeron is enjoying a career as one of the most sought-after musicians in the world. Studio sessions, film dates, international touring, jazz concerts, guest appearances, and clinics keep him busy not only in his hometown of Los Angeles, but worldwide.

Bergeron first big break was playing lead trumpet with Maynard Ferguson’s band in 1986. Bergeron continually demonstrates why Maynard remarked, “Wayne is the most musical lead trumpet player I’ve had on my band.”

As a sideman, Bergeron’s list of recording credits reads like a who’s who in contemporary jazz and pop, running the stylistic gamut from Ray Charles and Barbra Streisand to Green Day and The Dirty Loops. His session work includes over 350 TV & motion picture soundtracks, and Bergeron can be heard as a featured soloist on films such as Ted 2, Minions, Jersey Boys, The Incredibles, Rocky Balboa, The Green Hornet, Despicable Me 2, Leather Heads, The Perfect Game, and numerous TV shows including Jeopardy.

Bergeron has recorded and played with Quincy Jones, Gordon Goodwin, Arturo Sandoval, Pat Williams, Sammy Nestico, Jack Sheldon, Tom Kubis, Bob Florence, Bob Curnow, and many others. Bergeron’s debut effort, “You Call This a Living?” earned him a Grammy nomination in 2004 for Best Large Jazz Ensemble. Bergeron’s second CD, “Plays Well With Others,” released on the Concord Jazz label in 2007, was met with likewise acclaim. He is excited about his new CD project, which will be released in 2016.

Bergeron is a National Artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America and is co-designer of the YTR-8335LA trumpet and YFH-8315G Flugelhorn. Bergeron also designed a series of trumpet mouthpieces with GR Technologies.

Bergeron was mentored by legends like Uan Racey, Bobby Shew, Warren Luening, and George Graham. He hopes to inspire a new generation of young players and feels it’s important to give back. Bergeron says, “Nothing makes me feel more accomplished than hearing a young musician say that I inspired them or had a positive influence on their life. For me, that’s the real payday.”

Steel Betty

Steel Betty

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Distinctively Austin. Steel Betty lives at the crossroads of what makes Austin Texas the engine driving traditional music in America. Flavors of bluegrass, folk, blues, Tex-Mex, Old Time music, and classic country, are a reflection of today’s American music scene. Steel Betty, the hip, virtuosic trio, embraces Austin’s eclectic culture and brings this lively music out of Texas for the rest of the country to experience.

David McD (guitar, vocals), Maddy Froncek (banjo, upright bass, vocals), and Micah Motenko (mandolin, piano, vocals) are multi-instrumentalists capturing the sounds and harmonies of Austin like no other ensemble. Music of Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, Spirituals, the Conjunto tradition, and more highlight Steel Betty’s performances. The trio often conducts workshops for aspiring musicians and students and has a wonderful, interactive program for schools introducing children to the great variety and depth of music from their part of America.

The Wingra Wind Quintet

The Wingra Wind Quintet

Monday, April 1, 2019 - Nohr Gallery inside Ullsvik Hall

Since its formation in 1965, the Wingra Wind Quintet at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music has established a tradition of artistic and teaching excellence.  The ensemble has been featured in performance at national conferences such as MENC (Miami), MTNA (Kansas City), and the International Double Reed Society (Minneapolis). The quintet also presented an invitational concert on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess series at the Chicago Public Library, broadcast live on WFMT. In addition to its extensive home state touring, the quintet has been invited to perform at numerous college campuses, including the universities of Alaska-Fairbanks, Northwestern, Chicago, Nebraska, Western Michigan, Florida State, Cornell, the Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Paris Conservatoire, where quintet members offered master classes.

The Wingra Wind Quintet has recorded for Golden Crest, Spectrum, and the UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music recording series and is featured on an educational video entitled Developing Woodwind Ensembles. Always on the lookout for new music of merit, Wingra has premiered new works of Hilmar Luckhardt, Vern Reynolds, Alec Wilder, Edith Boroff, James Christensen, and David Ott. The group recently gave the Midwest regional premiere of William Bolcom’s Five Fold Five, a sextet for woodwind quintet and piano, with pianist Christopher Taylor. New York Times critic Peter Davis, in reviewing the ensemble’s Carnegie Hall appearance, stated “The performances were consistently sophisticated, sensitive, and thoroughly vital.”

Current members of Wingra Wind Quintet are Timothy Hagen, flute; Aaron Hill, oboe; Alicia Lee, clarinet; Marc Vallon, bassoon; and Joanna Schulz, horn.

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