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The 6:30 Concert Series is an innovative performance series designed to connect the campus and local communities with music in a deeper way. Performances feature insightful presentations by performers, composers, and special guests. The series offers new perspectives on diverse musical styles, often exploring the music from multiple angles. The primary focus of the 2016/2017 series is the adventurous musicianship of the UWGB Music Department faculty. All performances begin early (6:30 PM), last between 60 and 90 minutes, and are free and open to the public.

Concert Schedule: Fall 2016 / Spring 2017

Fort Howard Hall Events

29 September 2016
Jiebing Chen, erhu and Hsin Wei Lin, piano

Brazilian Duo

Jiebing Chen has been hailed as one of the world’s foremost erhu virtuosi. She is known for her mastery of the classical Chinese repertory for the erhu and for her award-winning contemporary innovations using this versatile two-stringed instrument. Ms. Chen has pioneered the use of the erhu in the symphonic concert hall, performing as a featured soloist with world-class symphonies. In addition to performing for our campus community, Ms. Chen will talk about her life growing up in the Cultural Revolution in China in the 1960s. Pianist Hsin Wei Lin will accompany Ms Chen. This program is made possible by donations from Lois Golde, Sharon Resch, UWGB Student Life and the Czech/Slovak Voice Competition.


7 October 2016: Beyond Polkas: Trumpets in Czech and Slovak Music
Adam Gaines, Trumpet

Brazilian Duo

Adam Gaines, Associate Professor of Music, will introduce the audience to a brief history of the trumpet in Czech and Slovak music, including performances of some of the best and lesser known works for trumpet from central European composers. Dr. Gaines’s frequent travels to the region to visit his wife’s family and perform both classical and jazz concerts have yielded a wealth of stories and insights he will share in relation to the music being presented.


14 October 2016
Michael Mizrahi, Piano

Brazilian Duo

Praised as "intrepid" (Philadelphia Inquirer), "engaging" (Houston Chronicle), and "endlessly fascinating" (WQXR New York), pianist Michael Mizrahi has won acclaim for his compelling performances of a wide-ranging repertoire and his ability to connect with audiences of all ages. He has appeared as concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and teaching artist across the United States and abroad, and is currently on the faculty at Lawrence University. Mizrahi’s appearance on the 6:30 Concert Series is made possible by a generous donation from Mrs. Der Hua Lin.


12 December 2016: Duo Piano Transcriptions
Pianists Sylvia Hong and Michael Rector

Brazilian Duo

A program of transcriptions explores an eclectic variety of styles, some in the holiday spirit! Highlights include an arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite for two pianos, a concerto by J.S. Bach and a preview of music from UWGB composition professor Michelle McQuade Dewhirst’s new original score to the film Metropolis.


24 February 2017
a very small consortium

Michael Rector

This innovative ensemble consisting of UWGB music faculty and friends performs “miniature morsels of music” that either consist of 100 or fewer or last one minute or less. The eclectic repertoire for this concert will be drawn from pieces submitted to our yearly international call for scores.


28 March, 2017: I/You: Duos for Soprano and Cello
Courtney Sherman, Soprano; Michael Dewhirst, Cello

Brazilian Duo

Friends and collaborators Courtney Sherman and Michael Dewhirst have been performing newly-composed music for soprano and cello for the better part of seven years. Join them to hear selections of their duo repertoire and to learn about their adventures as a collaborative team.


6 April 2017: American Experiments
Bill Sallak, Percussion

Brazilian Duo

An evening of percussion works from the American experimental tradition, including pieces by John Cage, Lou Harrison, Stuart Saunders Smith, and others.