Next 6:30 Thursdays features “Stories for Our Time”

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music program presents its next 6:30 Thursdays concert on March 31 with “Stories for Our Time” featuring the work of trumpeter Thomas Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer, and pianist Tracy Lipke-Perry.

The setting for the lecture and performance will be at Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Pfotenhauer and Perry will give a presentation that focuses on the challenges of increasing awareness and promoting works by female composers, as well as the efforts involved in helping these pieces find their way in the standard repertoire. They will perform selections from Pfotenhauer’s recent CD release “Stories for Our Time,” which features contemporary works for trumpet and piano as well as solo trumpet written by female composers.

Pfotenhauer is an associate professor of trumpet at University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he also teaches brass techniques and coaches small ensembles. He completed his master’s degree in 1993 at the University of Michigan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in music from UW-Green Bay and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance from the University of Kansas. While at the University of Kansas, he studied with William Campbell and Christopher Moore and was a member of the Kansas Brass Quintet, one of the country’s most active faculty brass quintets. He has studied Baroque trumpet with Kris Kwapis and Susan Williams and has performed with professional early music ensembles throughout the United States and Canada.

In 2008, Pfotenhauer was a featured soloist at the Beijing International Congress on Women in Music and performed a program of works for the trumpet written by French female composers. He has also performed with numerous professional and regional orchestras and currently plays third trumpet with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.

Lipke-Perry is an assistant professor of piano at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She holds a Doctorate in piano performance with a minor in neurophysiology from the University of Arizona, a master’s degree from the University of Utah, and a bachelor’s degree in both piano performance and mathematics from UW-Stevens Point. She has been a presenter at national and international conferences including the 2011 MTNA/NATS National Convention and the 2009 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.

Lipke-Perry has appeared on stage with Richard Stoltzman in performance of Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs, and in recital with artists such as Alicia McQuerrey of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and with Yamaha artist, Mary Karen Clardy.

The 6:30 Thursdays concert series is designed to provide an innovative musical experience to connect the campus and community through music in meaningful ways.

The 2015-16 series features a wide array of musical styles and guest artists, including jazz, classical, contemporary and third stream music events. All 6:30 Thursdays are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Following this performance, the remaining 2016 concert is:

  • April 21 — “Alt-Nostalgia” Gypsy Trip

The 1923 Fund is the generous sponsor of the 2015-16 season of 6:30 Thursdays. Contact Linda Parins or 920-465-2944 for more information.

Press Release published on March 24, 2016 on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay website.

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