Gerds/Review: The classical music scene on the mend | WFRV Local 5

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Northeastern Wisconsin’s classical music scene has taken a hit from the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the music makers didn’t leave.

Here’s a look at how some groups are coming back:

Expert musicians from across America continue to perform at the peninsula’s first music festival in three seasons. Three of the festival’s nine concerts remain at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek this week.

The organization is looking for a successor to its beloved conductor and musical director Victor Yampolsky, whose title is now Laureate Conductor.

For small ensemble classics, the group called Midsummer’s Music offers dozens of concerts throughout the summer.

After the Peninsula Music Festival wraps up, The Midsummer’s Music season will continue at newer venues like the Carol and Donald Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor.

As fall approaches, the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra will have a new conductor/music director, Ernesto Estigarribia, chosen from a pool of 107 applicants from 14 countries.

As the orchestra enters its 104th season, it will also have a new executive director. Joshua Hernday arrives after leading the Green Lake Music Festival and concert stage.

Door County’s own Griffon String Quartet/Brown County will begin their concert season next month in many locations.

The Brown County Civic Music Association expects its first uninterrupted season in a few years, with three of its performances at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts in Green Bay.

The Weidner Philharmonic at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will have a slightly bigger presence in the center, starting September 24 with “Women’s Work” featuring compositions by women.

The American Czech and Slovak International Voice Competition – the region’s one and only international voice competition – after a postponement, returns in October for three days at the UWGB’s Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center.

Organizers Sarah Meredith Livingston and Sharon Resch invite talented singers from North America and abroad.

Conductor/Music Director Seong-Kyung Graham of the Civic Symphony of Green Bay has planned a huge day for November 19 – “Gridiron Gala with the Symphony” – with multiple events and a concert at Lambeau Field Atrium.

On the program for the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra season, two world premieres, including one composed by John Henneken of the faculty of St. Norbert College in De Pere.

Developments about these and other items will continue to be part of my columns on this site.

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