Weidner Philharmonic at the UW-Green Bay Announces Provost Michael Alexander as Conductor for Copland

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August 26, 2019

Michael Alexander, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, will conduct the first piece of music to be played by the Weidner Philharmonic at its inaugural concert, September 28, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. The piece that has been added is Aaron Copland’s inspiring “Fanfare for the Common Man.”

A pre-concert dinner has been added. The dinner will be held in the Weidner Center’s Fort Howard Hall at 6 p.m. For the dinner and dessert choices, more information can be found when purchasing the tickets online at www.WedinerCenter.com. Tickets for the dinner and the performance are sold separately.

Provost Alexander is also a featured guest in the new episode of the “Bird in the Wings” podcast hosted by Weidner Center Executive and Artistic Director, Kelli Strickland. Strickland sits down with Michael to discuss his journey becoming the provost along with his experience in conducting and love for music. To listen to the podcast go to the Bird in the Wings blog hosted by Phoenix Studios at http://blog.uwgb.edu/bird-in-the-wings/.

The new provost comes to UW-Green Bay having served as director of the School of Music at the University of Northern Colorado. He has also served as the interim director of the School of Music at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. The Grand Island, NY native lived in Wisconsin from 1995 to 2004. He earned his master’s degree at UW-Milwaukee and his doctorate at UW-Madison.

Buoyed by the strong community response to the orchestral concert that opened its 25th anniversary season in 2018, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay music faculty and UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, announced in May the establishment of the Weidner Center Philharmonic Orchestra. According to UW-Green Bay Music Program Chair and Associate Professor Randy Meder, the Weidner Philharmonic will showcase the talents of UW-Green Bay music faculty, as well as other accomplished orchestral musicians who live and work in the region, in the outstanding acoustical environment of Cofrin Family Hall.

The Weidner Philharmonic at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay performance held on Saturday, September 28, 2019 will consist of the following selections:

The New World Symphony for a New Symphony

Featured Guest Artist:
Victor Yampolsky, Conductor

Featured Artists:
Michael Alexander, Conductor
Kevin Collins, Conductor
Randy Meder, Conductor
Courtney Sherman, Soprano

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man (Alexander)
Barber: Overture to The School for Scandal (Yampolsky)
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise featuring Courtney Sherman (Meder)
Márquez: Danzón No. 2 (Collins)
Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World” (Yampolsky)

Tickets for The New World Symphony for a New Symphony with the Weidner Philharmonic at the UW-Green Bay are available by calling Ticket Star at 800-895-0071, online at www.WeidnerCenter.com and in person at all Ticket Star locations.