Weidner Center Announces Silver Celebration and Vision for the Next 25 Years

May 24, 2018

(Green Bay, WI) Finger snapping jazz, thought provoking discoveries, toe-tapping musicals, jaw-dropping spectacles, soaring symphonies and Green Bay legends on stage…there is absolutely something for everyone. In honor of the Weidner Center’s 25th Anniversary, the 2018 – 2019 line-up features titles, concerts and speakers that are meant to fully meet our mission: to delight, educate, inspire and entertain.

“Twenty-five years is an important milestone. And it is falling during an exciting and energetic time in Green Bay and the surrounding areas. So we asked the question, ‘What can the arts and culture add to this energy and momentum?’” remarks Executive and Artistic Director, Kelli Strickland. “Cofrin Family Hall is the only state-of-the-art facility of its kind in our region. So we will celebrate that with song, stories and ideas. But we will do more than that.”

“We don’t want to be viewed as an added bonus to the community and university, but as a vital component. I think you’ll see more collaborations, titles that are produced specifically for our community, speakers and art that push the conversations of discovery and innovation. Our 25th year is a new chapter of cultural citizenship for the Weidner Center.”

The 25th Anniversary Season launches with a look back to the inaugural event held in Cofrin Family Hall on January 15, 1993. One of the performers that evening was Wayne Lin, an 11 year-old violinist and featured performer of the Youth Orchestra. After completing his bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School and his Master’s degree at Yale School of Music, Lin is now the associate and acting Concertmaster of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Lin returns this fall to the Weidner Stage as a soloist in the opening Anniversary Symphony Orchestra Concert Event, September 22.

The 2018-2019 Season Line-Up:

Wayne Lin: 25th Season Anniversary Symphony Orchestra Concert
Saturday, September 22, 2018 • 7:30pm

Sebastian Maniscalco – Stay Hungry Tour
Saturday, September 29, 2018 • 7:00pm
(Single ticket sales available now)

The World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra
Saturday, October 6, 2018 • 7:30pm

Brown County Civic Music Association present Raul Prieto, Organist
Friday, October 12 • 7:30pm
(General Admission Tickets available at bccivicmusic.org)

Late Night Tailgate
Saturday, October 20, 2018 • 7:30pm

National Geographic Live! Beauty and the Bizarre with Photographer Anand Varma
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 • 7:30pm

Aquila Theatre presents Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Friday, October 26, 2018 • 7:30pm

Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour
Saturday, October 27, 2018 • 4:30pm
(Single ticket sales available now)

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Saturday, November 17, 2018 • 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, November 18, 2018 • 2:00pm

The Priests
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 • 7:30pm

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 • 7:30pm

Holiday Pops
Friday, December 7, 2018 • 7:30pm
Saturday, December 8, 2018 • 2:30pm

6:30 Concert Series presents
There’s No Place Like Swing for the Holidays – The Holiday Music of Ella Fitzgerald
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 • 6:30pm

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Friday, December 21, 2018 • 7:00pm

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! –King for a Day!
Thursday, January 17, 2019 • 6:30pm

Doctors in Recital
Saturday, January 19, 2019 • 7:00pm

The Bad Plus – Jazz Fest 49
Saturday, January 26, 2019 • 7:30pm

Cirque Mechanics presents 42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels
Thursday, February 7, 2019 • 7:30pm

Tim Hawkins
Saturday, February 16, 2019 • 7:00pm

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia – The Rainbow Fish
Sunday, February 17, 2019 • 2:00pm

By Eric Simonson, based on the book When Pride Still Mattered — A Life of Vince Lombardi written by David Maraniss
Directed by Greg Vinkler, Artistic Director of Peninsula Players
Produced by the Weidner Center
February 22 – March 10, 2019

RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles presents Abbey Road
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 • 7:30pm

Currents by Mayumana
Monday, March 25, 2019 • 7:30pm

Legally Blonde – The Musical
Friday, March 29, 2019 • 7:30pm

La Santa Cecilia
Saturday, April 6, 2019 • 7:30pm

National Geographic Live! Exploring Mars with NASA Engineer Kobie Boykins
Friday, April 12, 2019 • 7:30pm

The Civic Symphony of Green Bay
Sunday, April 14, 2019 • 3:00pm

An Evening with David Sedaris
Monday, April 29, 2019 • 7:30pm

Finding Neverland
Thursday, May 9, 2019 • 7:30pm

Brown County Civic Music Association presents Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
May 11, 2019 • 7:30pm
(General Admission Tickets available at bccivicmusic.org)

Tickets Weidner Center 2018-2019 Performing Arts Season tickets are currently on sale via subscription through June 19, 2018 at 4pm. To become a Weidner subscriber, simply select three or more Weidner Center events. Subscribers have the opportunity to buy tickets before the general public, get the best seats and save up to 10 percent on their purchase. Subscription order forms reflect discounted prices. Orders of less than three events will be processed at full price on June 22, 2018, when single tickets go on sale to the general public. You can place your subscription order online at WeidnerCenter.com, by calling 800-895-0071 or in person at all Ticket Star locations. Groups of 10 or more can order now by calling Ticket Star at 920-405-1132. Single tickets go on sale to the general public June 22, 2018, at 11am. All ticketing information is available at www.WeidnerCenter.com.

Special show items to note: Tickets for Sebastian Maniscalco – Stay Hungry Tour, Disney Junior Dance Party and Brown County Civic Music Association shows are on sale now. Tickets for the University Music and Theatre Season go on sale in September.


2018-2019 6:30 Concert Series

The 6:30 Concert Series is an innovative performance series designed to connect the campus and surrounding communities with music in a deeper way. Curated by Professor Michelle McQuade-Dewhirst and performed by UW-Green Bay’s Music Faculty along with guest artists, this season features Florentine Opera, audience favorite a very small consortium and Akros Percussion Collective, an ensemble that pushes the edges of music and sonic art, among many others. This unique performance experience allows curious audiences to experience live music in a relaxed, intimate setting and forge new connections between artists and audience. All performances begin at 6:30pm, last between 60 and 90 minutes, are free (excludes December 12 concert) and open to the public. Visit www.UWGB.com/music in September for the full schedule.

Pianist Lydia Frumkin
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Florentine Opera
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Akros Percussion Collective
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

There’s No Place Like Swing for the Holidays: The Holiday Music of Ella Fitzgerald
Special ticketed event held in Cofrin Family hall. Proceeds from this event support the yearlong free 6:30 Concert Series
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

a very small consortium
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Megan Ihnen and Alan Theisen present…featuring Michael Hall
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Man with a Movie Camera with a new, live film score
Tuesday, April 23, 2019


2018-2019 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music Season

16 Concert Choir & University Singers
19 Wind Ensemble/Studio Orchestra & Symphonic Band

20 Jazz Ensembles *

1 Handel’s Messiah
5 Chamber Ensembles
11 Wind Ensemble/Studio Orchestra & Symphonic Band

26 Jazz Fest 49 with special guest The Bad Plus

16 Annual Honors Recital

MARCH 2019
6 Wind Ensemble/Studio Orchestra and Symphonic Band
8 Concert Choir & University Singers
14 Jazz Ensembles *

APRIL 2019
13 Opera Workshop
26 Wind Ensemble/Studio Orchestra and Symphonic Band

MAY 2019
2 Jazz Ensembles
7 Concert Choir & University Singers
8 Chamber Ensembles

*Event held in University Theatre in the UWGB Theatre Hall building


2018-2019 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre and Dance Season

The Revolutionists* by Lauren Gunderson
October 12-13,18-20, 2018
Directed by Laura Riddle

Nunsense: The Mega Musical* by Dan Goggin
November 15-17, 2018
Directed by John Mariano
Music Direction by Courtney Sherman
Choreography by Denise Carlson-Gardner

Women Playing Hamlet by William Missouri Downs
February 28, March 1-2, 6-9, 2019
Directed by John Mariano

April 6-7, 2019
Artistic Direction by Denise Carlson-Gardner

Julius Caesar* by William Shakespeare
April 26-27, May 2-4, 2019
Directed by Guest Artist Alan Kopischke

*Event held in University Theatre in the UWGB Theatre Hall building