The UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble’s 2012-2013 concert series will close with “An American Salute” on May 4. The ensemble’s 29th season will conclude with a patriotic salute honoring veterans, past and present. Conducted by Professor Michael J. Arendt and narrated by Brian Norton, the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Civic Centre.
The concert will open with “Fanfare for Freedom” by Harry J. Bulow. The fanfare was dedicated to members of the United States armed forces who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. The audience will then be asked to rise while a color guard from the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 731 presents the colors, accompanied by local veterans of other recent conflicts. The Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and LWE Vocal Ensemble will then perform “The Star Spangled Banner.”
The concert will continue with “Valor,” written by James Barnes in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2002. The next two selections on the program were composed by Robert W. Smith in honor of veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars. Smith’s father served in both conflicts. The first composition is “Inchon,” site of a decisive battle in the Korean War. The second is titled “Mekong,” referring to the Mekong River and Mekong Delta, both areas that were critical areas during the Vietnam War.
The second half of the wind ensemble’s tribute to veterans will begin with another selection titled “Fanfare for Freedom.” This fanfare was composed by Graham Lloyd, and Australian composer who wrote the fanfare in honor of all veterans who fight to preserve democracy.
The wind ensemble will be joined by the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Vocal Ensemble for two selections with World War II themes. James Barnes’ composition “Lonely Beach (Normandy 1944)” is a moving work that pays tribute to all World War II soldiers who lost their lives on D-Day, June 6, 1944, when Allied forces stormed the beaches in France as they began the invasion to liberate Europe from Nazi control. He was inspired to compose the piece after seeing footage of soldiers struggling to gain a foothold in the beginning of the invasion. Following “Lonely Beach” the wind ensemble will perform “Hymn to the Fallen” by John Williams. It was written as the centerpiece for the score of Saving Private Ryan, a poignant and emotional film set during World War II.
The wind ensemble will then perform “Armed Forces Salute,” a medley of official songs of all five branches of our armed forces, the Coast Guard, Marines, Army, Air Force and Navy. Veterans in attendance will be asked to rise and be recognized during the playing of their service song.
The next selection on the program, performed by both the wind ensemble and vocal ensemble, will be Samuel Augustus Howe’s “America, The Beautiful,” which is considered by some to be America’s second national anthem. The concert will close with America’s favorite march, John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
A reception for musicians, vocalists, conductor, narrator and audience members will be held in the Kadow Museum following the concert.
Tickets for “An American Salute – Tribute to Veterans Past and Present” are available in the Box Office at the Capitol Civic Centre. Tickets are $16 for adult main floor and mezzanine seating, and $11 for students and all balcony seating. These prices do not include the CCC Preservation Fee or sales tax. For further ticket information, you may call the Box Office at 920-683-2184.
Patrons may also purchase tickets or place ticket orders for the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble’s 2013-2014 concert season prior to the concert or during intermission. The ensemble’s 30th anniversary season is titled “A String of Pearls – the Conductor’s Choice” and will feature Conductor Michael J. Arendt’s personal favorite selections that have been performed during the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble’s twenty-nine years.
The University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble (LWE) has announced that the group will be travelling to Japan to perform in June 2013. The trip will include a performance in Manitowoc’s sister city, Kamogawa, which the group also visited during a 1995 trip.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker acknowledged the significance of the trip. “Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Manitowoc, Wisconsin and Kamogawa in Chiba Prefecture, Wisconsin's sister state,” he remarked. “As we look to build on this partnership I would like to thank the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and others for traveling to Japan celebrate the 20th anniversary.”
The former mayor of Kamogawa, Toshio Honda, invited the LWE to return as part of the 20th anniversary celebration. Approximately 40 musicians are expected to participate in the trip and performances are tentatively scheduled in Kamogawa, Chiba City, and at Tokyo’s Disneyland.
“The UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble truly embodies the Wisconsin Idea – extending the campus borders across their community, the state and around the globe,” said Kevin Reilly, UW System President. “I congratulate the group and its conductor, Professor Michael J. Arendt, on their invitation to perform and extend my sincere best wishes for a successful tour.”
According to Arendt, “This trip is a great opportunity for the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble to strengthen Manitowoc’s sister city relationship while we also commemorate our own 30th anniversary.”
The UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble was founded in 1983 by Arendt and is comprised of both student and community members. The group currently has more than 90 members and is known as one of the Lakeshore’s premier musical groups. More information about the LWE can be found online at www.lakeshorewindensemble.org and www.facebook.com/lakeshorewindensemble.
Professor Michael J. Arendt, founder and conductor of the UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and Lakeshore Big Band, has announced that Anthony Bauer will serve as assistant conductor of the Lakeshore Big Band.
Mr. Bauer is a member of the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and Lakeshore Big Band alto saxophone sections. He earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006, and has a Wisconsin Music Educator’s License. He has taught music in several Wisconsin school districts, has taught in afterschool classes in New York City, math skills in the Valders summer school program, and with the summer Americorps Vista with Preschools of Hope in Madison, Wisconsin, working to boost students’ literacy and math skills. He received certification after participation in International Teacher Training, and completed multiple Spanish courses at UW-Madison from 2008-2009, continuing his Spanish studies via private lessons. From October, 2010 through March, 2012, he taught English to adult students in Santiago, Chile,
An accomplished musician, Mr. Bauer has performed on tenor and alto saxophone in numerous musical venues ranging from small clubs to large theaters. He has played in jazz groups, blues groups, rock bands, concerts bands, and salsa and meringue groups. As a counselor at the 2007 UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic he designed and taught a jazz course as well as a saxophone methods class. From 2005 to the present he has had a private studio, working with students on saxophone technique, performance technique, music theory composition, and improvisation.
Professor Arendt commented, “I am thrilled to have someone with Anthony’s expertise available to assist me with the Lakeshore Big Band. With the help of David Bourgeois as Vocal Director and Anthony’s skill, I’m excited that the LBB will continue to grow and evolve as a major musical force in the area.
Professor Michael J. Arendt, founder and conductor of UW-Manitowoc’s Lakeshore Wind Ensemble has announced that the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association has commissioned a work by Garth Neustadter to be performed by the wind ensemble during its 30th anniversary concert season, 2013-2014. Professor Arendt stated that the commission was awarded to Mr. Neustadter at this early date in consideration of his active academic and professional schedules. He is a graduate student at Yale University, pursuing his master’s degree, and has won numerous awards for his compositions, most notable the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for his score for the PBS documentary “John Muir in the New World.
As a high school student at Lutheran High School in Manitowoc, Garth won the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association’s Young Artist Competition twice. He won the high school division with an alto saxophone solo in November of 2001, and performed the solo with the wind ensemble at its “Winds of March” concert in 2002. In November, 2003, he auditioned on piano and again won the high school division, performing with the ensemble in March of 2004. Garth was also a member of the UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Big Band’s saxophone section during the 2003-2004 concert season.
Commenting on the announcement, Arendt said: “I’m really excited about this project. I’m looking forward to consulting with him regarding the type and scope of the work. To have a work commissioned by the LWEA by someone of Garth’s expertise is in itself phenomenal, let alone his ties to our community, makes it even more meaningful.”