Ethan Bortnick to Perform at Weidner July 11

For Immediate Release – April 25, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI – Child Prodigy Ethan Bortnick will perform live at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, July 11 at 7:00 PM for the Kress/Mattson Parkinson’s Fundraiser, also being recorded for Bortnick’s PBS special. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26th at 11:00 AM through Ticket Star at 1-800-895-0071 or online at  Tickets range from $40 to $100, plus fees.

At 12 years old Ethan Bortnick has moved audiences nationally and internationally as a pianist, composer, singer, entertainer, and a driven humanitarian, dedicated to combining his musical pursuits with his charity work.  Ethan has toured the world, connecting with diverse audiences in countries such as South Africa, Brazil, and Australia. In 2011, he made history as the youngest entertainer to headline a show in Las Vegas and recently, Ethan was certified a Guinness World Records title-holder as The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline his own Tour.  

Ethan has been featured on many national late night and morning television shows, including multiple appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Good Morning America” and “Oprah,” where he was named one of Oprah’s “All Time Smartest, Most Talented Kids.” In 2010, Ethan made history as the youngest musician to create and host his own award-winning, nationally-televised concert special on PBS.

Legend Quincy Jones has this to say of his songcraft: “Ethan’s imagination and ability to create music from stories is unbelievable.”

Last year, Ethan completed shooting a full-length feature film called “Anything Is Possible” which will be released in late 2013. He starred in the film, co-wrote all of the songs in the film and scored all the music.

For more information about this event, or to schedule an interview with Ethan Bortnick, please contact Nancy Mattson or Pat Szalinski.

Media Contacts:

Nancy Mattson

Pat Szalanski

Jim Gaffigan: The White Bread Tour

For Immediate Release April 22, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI – Jim Gaffigan: The White Bread Tour will perform live at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, July 27th at 7:00 PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26th at 10:00 AM through Ticket Star at 1-800-895-0071 or online at

JIM GAFFIGAN has proven himself a major talent beloved to a wide range of audiences, achieving accolades and awards for his stand-up comedy, acting, and writing.

His clever, quiet style has made him one of the top five most successful touring comedians in the country today and his CDs and DVDs have reached platinum sales. Gaffigan has had an unprecedented number of appearances on late night’s “Letterman” and “Conan.” His writing and voice work on the animated series “Pale Force” for Conan led to nominations for both a Broadband Emmy and a Webby Award.

Gaffigan has had breakout guest appearances on many comedies and dramas ranging from HBO’s cult hits “Flight of the Concords” and “Bored to Death” to dramatic roles in all three versions of “Law & Order”.

In recent years, Gaffigan has also become a mainstay on the big screen with memorable roles in “Going the Distance”, “Away We Go” and “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.” Gaffigan was also seen alongside Jennifer Connolly, Ed Harris, Pierce Bronson, and Greg Kinnear in the film “Salvation Boulevard” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011.

Further broadening his career, Gaffigan starred in his first Broadway production, “That Championship Season”. As part of the highly acclaimed play, Gaffigan appeared in the ensemble alongside Chris Noth, Brian Cox, Jason Patric, and Kiefer Sutherland.

Gaffigan’s latest venture, a DRM-free download of his comedy special “Mr. Universe,” launched April 11th for $5. One dollar of each download will go to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, helping wounded servicemen and their family. He is currently on a national tour called Jim Gaffigan: The White Bread Tour.