Weidner Center Announcement of the 2019-2020 Performing Arts Season

May 15, 2019

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts revealed the 2019-2020 Performing Arts Season on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. during a special event for patrons, press and the campus community. This season the Weidner Center celebrates a theme of “Connection.”

“This season features artist and titles that we know and love, as well as artists that connect us to the world beyond us. I hope that audiences will partake of both opportunities,” states Executive and Artistic Director Kelli Strickland. “The tunes of Patsy Cline, Carole King and Duke Ellington are comfortable and assuring like a warm blanket. It is equally powerful to enjoy and appreciate artists that shed light on something different from our experiences, like DeLanna Studi, the Q Brothers or the dancers of Nayarit.”

The establishment of the Weidner Philharmonic at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, builds upon the success of the Weidner Center’s 25th Anniversary Concert and fulfills the promise of Cofrin Family Hall’s celebrated acoustics. The orchestra will showcase the talented UW-Green Bay music faculty and their accomplished musician colleagues who work, play and live in the region.

The Weidner Center connection continues this season by moving audiences closer to artists with immersive onstage experiences. In two unique events, the Speakeasy On Stage and (M)iyamoto is Black Enough (MiBE), the Cofrin Family Hall stage will be transformed with audiences seated onstage with the artists. With big band music, bartenders mix up old fashioneds and the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra leads the hepcats to the dance floor – patrons will be a part of the transformation to the Speakeasy On Stage.  Fresh from the Kennedy Center, (M)iyamoto is Black Enough (MiBE) will embed the audience on stage in a club atmosphere for this spoken word with original musical composition collaboration. MiBE will be part of a season-long Word Festival celebrating hip hop theatre, spoken word and storytelling. The Weidner Center is proud to continue connecting with artists by producing again this season, this time with co-producers Theo Ubique, for a three week run of Always…Patsy Cline in the intimate Fort Howard space.

This year we continue to build upon the popular UW-Green Bay Music “6:30 Concert Series” and introduce a new connection with the UW-Green Bay Theatre faculty for the “Think Theatre” series.  These series are designed to connect the campus the community and will showcase the talents of our faculty and their collaborators.

Through our ongoing Creative Green Bay series, the Weidner Center is proud to present the best of our community’s many performing arts organizations. We welcome to the Weidner stage perennial favorites, the Allouez Village Band, Doctors in Recital, the Dudley Birder Chorale, Birder Studio of Performing Arts and Northeastern Wisconsin Dance Organization. We are especially excited about our growing partnership with the Brown County Civic Music Association, celebrating their 92nd year of presenting professional artists of national and international acclaim.


Weidner Center 2019-2020 Performing Arts Season tickets are currently on sale via subscription. 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, downloadable from www.WeidnerCenter.com, reflect discounted prices. Orders of less than three events will be processed at full price on June 14, 2019, 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 Kelly at Ticket Star at 920-405-1135. Single tickets go on sale to the general public June 14, 2019, at 11a.m. All ticketing information is available at www.WeidnerCenter.com.

Special show items to note: Tickets for Paw Patrol Live: The Great Pirate Adventure are on sale now. Tickets for Joe Bonamassa will go on sale in July. Tickets for the University Music and Theatre Season go on sale in September.

2019-2020 Performing Arts Season lineup

September 2019
6          Ballet Folklórico – University of Nayarit
28        Weidner Philharmonic: The New World Symphony for a New Symphony

October 2019
9          RENT
12        Brown County Civic Music Association – Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
25        Russian Ballet Theatre presents Swan Lake

November 2019
9-10    PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure
14-16  And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey on the Trail of Tears
21        Cirque Dreams Holidaze

December 2019
12        Swing for the Holidays: Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite
16        Allouez Village Band
20-21  Holiday Pops

January 2020
18        Doctors in Recital
25        Squirrel Nut Zippers and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

February 2020
14        The Q Brothers present Othello: The Remix
20        (M)iyamoto is Black Enough
22        Weidner Philharmonic: Casablanca – An American Classic with Live Orchestration

March 2020
12        Joe Bonamassa
27        Broadway Princess Party
28        Speakeasy on Stage

April 2020
6          Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

May 2020
7          Brown County Civic Music Association presents the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
8-24    Always…Patsy Cline


UW-Green Bay Music Season

October 2019
11-13  American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition
15        Wind Ensemble/Orchestra & Symphonic Band
18        Concert Choir & University Singers

November 2019
25        Jazz Ensembles*

December 2019
3          Chamber Ensembles
4          Concert Choir & University Singers
6          Wind Ensemble/Orchestra & Symphonic Band

January 2020
25        Jazz Fest 50 with special guest Squirrel Nut Zippers and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

February 2020
8          Annual Honors Recital
28        Wind Ensemble/Orchestra and Symphonic Band

March 2020
6          Concert Choir & University Singer
12        Jazz Ensembles*

April 2020
18        Opera Workshop
23        Wind Ensemble/Orchestra and Symphonic Band
24        Concert Choir & University Singers
30        Jazz Ensembles

May 2020
6          Chamber Ensembles

*Event held in University Theatre in the UW-Green Bay Theatre Hall building.


UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance Season

October 2019
17-19, 23-26 Mary Jane

November 2019
21-23              The Rocky Horror Show

February 2020
27-29              This Random World, The Myth of Serendipity

March 2020
4-7                  This Random World, The Myth of Serendipity

April 2020
4-5                 DanceWorks
24, 25, 30      A Doll’s House, Part 2


6:30 Concert Series and Think Theatre Events

September 2019
12        Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar*
16        Pro Arte String Quartet

October 2019
28        Michael Rector Piano Recital
29        The Children by Lucy Kirkwood*

February 2020
11        Words and Music: A Program of Monologues*
29        a very small consortium

March 2020
10        Future/Primitive: Percussion and Technology – Bill Salak percussion

April 2020
29        Pierrot Lunaire

*A Think Theatre Series
All take place in Fort Howard Hall

About the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. The Weidner Center is home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance programs, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series — Stage Doors. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, call 920-465-2726 or 800-895-0071, or follow ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.