Gypsy Trip performs debut ‘Alt-Nostalgia’ in final 6:30 Thursdays concert of semester

11264986_10153545780561450_2360324759499314751_n-624x416GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay music program presents its final 6:30 Thursdays concert on April 21, with the program “Alt-Nostalgia” featuring the work of regional band Gypsy Trip.

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. Gypsy Trip will perform its debut recording, Alt-Nostalgia.

Gypsy Trip — a band featuring mostly UWGB faculty members — has been performing together since April 2007. The group originally started as a duo with Stefan Hall and Nick Winkler, but then progressed into a trio adding bassist Fletcher Gazella in 2008. A year later, Adam Gaines and Eric Hansen joined Gypsy Trip. Now Gypsy Trip is a sextet, including core members Michael Dewhirst on bass, Michelle McQuade Dewhirst on voice and horn, Gaines on trumpet, Lada Gaines on accordion, Hall on guitar, and Adam LeGrave on percussion. Emeritus Members include Eric Hansen on clarinet, Ben Hogan on percussion, Mike Fowler on guitar, Nick Winkler on guitar, and Fletcher Gazella on bass. Gypsy Trip takes inspiration from the “hot club” jazz of Django Reinhardt and infuses it with a modern sensibility. They have one recorded album, Alt-Nostalgia, which was released in September 2015.

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.

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 April 6, 2016 on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay website here.

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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.

UWGB faculty and friends perform ‘Miniatures Consortium’ at next 6:30 Thursday

GREEN BAY –The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay music program presents its next 6:30 Thursdays concert on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 with the program “Miniatures Consortium” featuring the work of UWGB faculty and friends. The free concert begins at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.
This innovative ensemble performs “miniature morsels of music” that are either 100 notes or fewer, or one minute or less in duration. The concert will feature selected pieces from more than 250 submissions worldwide and will be composed in an array of different styles.

UW-Green Bay Music faculty who have either composed, will perform or both include Associate Prof. Adam Gaines, Associate Prof. Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Associate Prof. Kevin Collins, Assistant Prof. Michael Rector, Associate Prof. Eric Hansen, Adjunct Instructor Michael Dewhirst, Associate Prof. Sarah Meredith Livingston, Associate Prof. Courtney Sherman, Associate Prof. Randy Meder, adjunct instructor Lada Gaines and Artist in Residence Ben Hogan. UWGB friends who are performing with the faculty are Steve Johnson, Jennifer Schmitz Johnson and Ken Barhite.

The 6:30 Thursdays concert series is designed to provide “music from every angle,” which gives 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 blending jazz and classical. All 6:30 Thursdays are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Following this performance, remaining 2016 concerts are:

  • March 31— “Stories For Our Time” Trumpeter Thomas Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer and Pianist Tracy Lipke-Perry
  • 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 Feb. 22, 2016 on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Website.

Next 6:30 Thursdays features ‘Hodges to Ornette’

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay music program presents its first 6:30 Thursdays concert of the spring semester on Feb. 18 with the program “Hodges to Ornette” featuring the work of saxophonist Jeff Benedict.

The setting for the lecture and performance will be at Fort Howard Hall, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Benedict will present a lecture and a performance of music by the most influential saxophonists, from the beginning of Jazz through the 1970s. Included will be music of Sidney Bechet (Early Jazz), Johnny Hodges (Swing), Charlie Parker (Bop), Paul Desmond (Cool), Cannonball Addreley (Hard Bop), John Coltrane (Sheets of Sound) and Ornette Coleman (Free Jazz).
Jeff Benedict is Professor Emeritus of Music at Cal State Los Angeles. There he continues to teach saxophone and courses in jazz studies. He has been playing professionally since 1972 and is highly regarded both as a jazz and classical saxophone performer and teacher.

jeff benedictBenedict has recorded two jazz albums, Castle Creek Shuffle and Standard Fare, and was a sideman on a recent release by the critically acclaimed Hawk-Richard Jazz Orchestra, The Hawk’s Out. He is an accomplished classical musician as well, having performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and the Aspen Festival Orchestra, just to name a few. Benedict has also won four DeeBee awards from theDownbeat Magazine for Best Instrumental Jazz Soloist, Best Original Composition and Best Classical Chamber Music Group.

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 Benedict’s performance, remaining 2016 concerts are:

  • February 25 — “Miniatures Consortium” UWGB Faculty and Friends
  • March 31— “Stories For Our Time” Trumpeter Thomas Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer and Pianist Tracy Lipke-Perry
  • 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 Feb. 3, 2016 on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Website.