Final ‘After Thoughts’ of 2015-16 features ‘Women Who Dare’

GREEN BAY –The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s final After Thoughts presentation of the academic year will explore the contributions, obstacles and challenges of selected women performing artists from the 12th century to the present.

meredith-livingston-209x287UW-Green Bay Professor of Music Sarah Meredith Livingston will present “Women Who Dare” on Tuesday, April 5 in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Wisconsin Public Television (WPT)’s University Place series is partnering with UW-Green Bay, and will be video recording the lecture for later rebroadcast.

Meredith Livingston will share highlights of the lives of five amazing performing artists: Hildegard von Bingen, composer and visionary; Clara Schumann, concert pianist; Antonia Brico, conductor; Isadora Duncan, dancer/choreographer; and Billie Holiday, jazz artist. Meredith Livingston’s presentation will emphasize the factors that constrain and further women’s creativity by looking at the lives and work of these women and she will help the audience members delve into what can be learned from each of the artists in order to cultivate their own dynamic personal journeys.

Her presentation will feature special guest, Jiebing Chen, world-renowned erhu performer, who will share some insights about her life as an international female performing artist.

An Iowa native, Meredith Livingston is a current UW-Green Bay professor of Music, Women and Gender Studies and Global Studies. She received degrees from Iowa State University, (Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music), Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, (Master of Management, Music of Education/Voice performance), Hochschule fur Musik, Hamburg, Germany (Auslander Diplom), and the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa (Doctorate of Music Arts, Voice performance/opera). Throughout Europe, the U.S. and South America, Meredith Livingston, mezzosoprano, has performed as a soloist, recitalist, masterclass teacher and adjudicator. For the last 23 years, Meredith Livingston has organized student and faculty groups to perform in Canada, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Germany, Czech Republic and Brazil. She is the founder and director of the Montreal International Czech/Slovak Voice Competition, distinctly noted as being the only competition promoting Czech/Slovak music in the U.S.

Now in its fifth full season, After Thoughts seeks to connect members of the community with UW-Green Bay. The gatherings showcase talented women among University faculty, staff and alumni, and convene men and women after their workday for learning, enrichment and fun.

After Thoughts begins with a 5 p.m. reception in Studio One of the Weidner Center, followed by Meredith Livingston’s talk on women performing artists beginning at 5:45 p.m. Each After Thoughts event takes place from 5-7 p.m. The event begins with time to socialize, network, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres before the featured presentation.

Seating for After Thoughts is limited, so advanced registration is recommended. The cost of each program is $15. To reserve your spot, send a check (payable to UW-Green Bay Foundation) to: UW-Green Bay Foundation, CL 805, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311; or register online. Walk-up registration also is an option. Call (920) 465-2074 for more information. You can find After Thoughts on Facebook. Visit After Thoughts website for more information about the series.

Press release published on March 14, 2016 on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay website.

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