6:30 Thursdays: music from every angle is an innovative performance series designed to connect the campus and local communities with music in more meaningful ways. Performances feature scintillating and provocative discussions by composers, performers, and arrangers. The series offers new perspectives on diverse musical styles, often considering a single aspect of music through multiple perspectives. The 2015-16 series features a wide array of musical styles and guest artists, including jazz, classical, contemporary, and third stream music events.
All performances are 60 to 90 minutes, have informative presentations, take place in Fort Howard Hall, begin at 6:30 pm, are free and open to the public ($5 suggested donation).
Concert Schedule: Fall 2015 / Spring 2016
1 October 2015: Melodic Mastery
Dmitri Matheny, Flugelhornist-composer
Based on the teachings of his mentor, jazz legend Art Farmer, Dmitri Matheny advocates a lyrical, melodic approach to jazz which stands in stark contrast to the chord scale and pattern-based methods currently in vogue. “Your solo is an opportunity to express something entirely new and profoundly personal,” Matheny says. “Create your own melody. Tell your own story. Sing your own song! This is no time for plugging in recycled, memorized material.”
15 October 2015: The Music Trance
Pianist Duo Sylvia Hong and Michael Rector
In a program that illuminates the power of harmony and repetition to create intense musical effects, duo-pianists Sylvia Hong and Michael Rector will perform pieces by a stylistically diverse group of composers. Expression ranges from Romantic yearning in Schubert’s Fantasy to the architectonic force of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and the developing ecstasy of John Adams’s Hallelujah Junction.
Sylvia Hong and Michael Rector, a husband and wife two-piano team, are prize-winners of the Ellis Duo Piano Competition and have concertized extensively in both the U.S. and abroad. Sylvia is Artist-in-Residence at Belhaven University; Michael is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
5 November 2015: Travelogue
Transient Canvas (Marimba/Clarinet Duo)
"We love to travel. It's really the best part about being a musician - meeting new people, seeing new sights, eating new food. After all, everyone - especially artists - are shaped by the people they've met, the places they've been, and the experiences they've lived. Travelogue brings together pieces from all over the United States - from the East to the West. It features music by a Floridian who migrated to San Francisco and a young man from Rome living in Connecticut via Wisconsin. Just like each of us, the music is a product of the journey so far.
This program will feature a world premiere by UWGB professor Michelle McQuade Dewhirst."
12 November 2015: Piano Per Diem: 30 Piano Pieces in 30 Days
Pianists Holly Roadfeldt and Michael Rector
Associate Professor of Music, Michelle McQuade Dewhirst challenged herself to write one new piano piece each day for the month of September 2015. All 30 "Piano Per Diem" pieces will be premiered, featuring pianists Michael Rector and Holly Roadfeldt.
3 December 2015: Dragons, Stones, and Circuses
David Colson, composer; music performed by UWGB Faculty & Friends
Composer David Colson talks about his compositions, a creative life, and advocating for music in the context of community.
Colson's compositions have been performed and recorded in Europe and the United States. His works are released on MMC Recordings Ltd. and Red Mark, and are published by Avera Music Press. Colson is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony. Colson has performed extensively as both a conductor and percussionist, and his recording of George Crumb's Ancient Voices of Children was nominated for a 2006 Grammy® Award.
18 February 2016: Hodges To Ornette
Jeffrey Benedict, saxophonist
A lecture/performance of music by the most influential (Alto) Saxophonists from the beginning of Jazz through the 1970’s. 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).
25 February 2016: Miniatures Consortium
UWGB Faculty & Friends
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 many world premiers as a result of an international call for scores and composed in an array of different styles.
31 March 2016: Stories For Our Time
Thomas Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer, trumpeter, and Tracy Lipke-Perry, pianist
Sexism and gender bias run deep in the world of music. Unfortunately, this is all the more evident among performers of brass instruments and composers. This presentation will focus 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 into the standard repertoire. Dr. Thomas Pfotenhauer and Dr. Tracy Lipke-Perry will perform selections from Dr. Pfotenhauer’s recent CD release “Stories for Our Time.” The recording features contemporary works for trumpet and piano as well as solo trumpet written by female composers.
21 April 2016: Alt-Nostalgia
Gypsy Trip takes inspiration from the "hot club" jazz of Django Reinhardt and infuses it with a modern sensibility. Their debut recording, Alt-Nostalgia, was released in September 2015.