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2014-15 Season Roster

2014-15 Season Roster

Final concert of our 2014-15 season… includes an evening of Jazz and an optional dinner!

Johannes Wallman Quintet performs at Jazz at Five

Johannes Wallmann Jazz Ensemble

Friday, April 10, Dinner (optional) at 6 PM, Concert at 7 PM
Benny D’z (formerly Olde Opera House)
23 West Oak Street, Sturgeon Bay

In the fall of 2012, Dr. Wallmann moved to Madison, Wisconsin to become Director of Jazz Studies at UW Madison’s School of Music where he is the inaugural holder of the John and Carolyn Peterson Chair in Jazz Studies. Prior to his appointment at UW Madison, Wallmann served for five years as Director of Jazz Studies at California State University East Bay in the East Bay. Over twelve years previously in New York City, followed by his years in the San Francisco Bay Area, Wallmann established himself as a prolific performer in styles as diverse as mainstream jazz and electric fusion, American spirituals, Cantonese pop music and 20th century classical music. Joining Wallmann in the ensemble is Russ Johnson, trumpet; John Christensen, bass and Keith Lienert, drums.

The concert “…will be a combination of my compositions including pieces from my upcoming album release “The Town Musicians” and compositions by some of the great jazz pianists: Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner,” says Dr. Wallmann.

Buy a Season Pass now for next year’s concerts and get a bonus ticket to our final show of this season – $50 for individuals or $125 for families, free for children and music students. Join by clicking below or for more information call 920.743.3755.


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May 3, 20140 commentsRead More
Pro Arte Quartet Chamber Music Dinner Concert at Benny D’s January 29

Pro Arte Quartet Chamber Music Dinner Concert at Benny D’s January 29

Performing throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, the Pro Arte Quartet continually delights audiences around the world, even playing concerts at the White House.

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Featuring David Perry, violin; Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Parry Karp, violoncello, the Pro Arte Quartet never fails to delight audiences with performances of classical string works. The program will include quartets of Haydn and Dvorak, along with a special guest appearance by the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s soprano Emily Birsan. She will join the Pro Arte in performing Schoenberg’s lush, expressive second quartet.

The Pro Arte Quartet is the resident ensemble at Madison’s Chazen Museum of Art for whom they perform a series of five, live, radio broadcasts each year, heard on Wisconsin Public Radio. This month, they are coming to Sturgeon Bay for a very special dinner concert at Benny D’z on Thursday January 29.

The Quartet has an amazing history, founded in 1911-12 by students at the Brussels Conservatory. They played an American debut concert in 1926, performing at the inauguration of the Hall of Music in the Library of Congress, Washington, DC. In 1938 they made their first visit Wisconsin. But, two years later, the quartet was stranded in Madison when Hitler unexpectedly invaded Belgium and triggered the eruption of World War II. Following their concert on the UW campus, the university chancellor offered them a permanent home. It was the first time that such a residency was ever offered by a major American university and became the model upon which many other similar arrangements were developed by other institutions.

Emily Birsan, on the brink of an international career, has just completed her third year at the Ryan Opera Center of the Lyric Opera. In the fall of 2014, she performed in the Lyric’s production of Strauss’ Capriccio, and last season appeared in the in the critically acclaimed Sir David McVicar production of La Clemenza di Tito and in a new production of Wagner’s Parsifal. Praised for her “rich beauty,” “radiant delicacy” and a “thrilling goose-bump raising ability,” Ms. Birsan will join the Pro Arte in music of fervent urgency, Schoenberg’s lush, expressive second quartet.

The former Andre’s Supper Club at 23 W. Oak St. in Sturgeon Bay has been reborn as Benny D’z, under the culinary direction of Chef Josh Blevins. What better spot to stage dinner concerts than at the site of Door County’s only acoustically perfect music shell?

The concert begins at 7 PM. Dining beforehand is optional and serving takes place at 6 pm. The Dinner Concert Menu includes your choice of the following:

  • Prime Rib of Beef – 8 ounce Succulent Prime Rib Of Beef slow roasted for over 24 hours and served with Home made aus jus
  • Mushroom Chicken – Grilled Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast topped with sautee’d Mushrooms and a Swiss Cheese Béchamel
  • Portobello Mushroom – Grilled Marinated Portobello Cap with Provolone Cheese and sautee’d Onions and Peppers

All entrees are served with mashed baby red potatoes and candied carrots and the price is set at $20 per person which includes non-alcoholic beverage, tax and tip.

Door Concerts, Inc. provides an affordable opportunity to attend superb quality concerts with concert tickets at $15 for adults and free for children and music students. For more information, please call 920.743.3755.

January 16, 20150 commentsRead More
Sunday Pre-concert Luncheon Menu by Chef Joshua Blevins

Sunday Pre-concert Luncheon Menu by Chef Joshua Blevins

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Luncheon Menu Choices:

Coq Monsieur – Grilled Chicken Breast, Onions, Swiss and Provolone on Sourdough, Egg Dipped and Grilled.

Grilled Portobello “Burger” – Marinated Portobello Mushroom Cap with Provolone Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, and Onion

Shaved Prime Rib Sandwich on Sourdough with Onions, Cheddar and Horseradish Sauce

All Luncheon choices include Chipotle Potato Salad, non-alcoholic drink, tax and tip serving at 12:30 PM
$12

November 14, 20140 commentsRead More
Wingra Woodwind Quintet

Wingra Woodwind Quintet

On Friday, October 24, the Wingra Woodwind Quintet will take to the stage at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Auditorium, 1756 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay for the next Door Concert performance.

Wingra Woodwind Quintet From left: Kostas Tiliakos, oboe; Linda Kimball, horn; Linda Bartley, clarinet; Stephanie Jutt, flute; and Marc Vallon, bassoon. Photograph by Michael R. Anderson.

Since its formation in 1965, the Wingra Woodwind Quintet has been featured in hundreds of performances around the world and records for Golden Crest, Spectrum and the School of Music recording series. New York Times critic Peter Davis, in reviewing the ensemble’s recent Carnegie Hall concert, writes, “The performances were consistently sophisticated, sensitive and thoroughly vital.”

In addition to master classes and performances throughout the country, the quintet has given over 200 performances and clinics in Wisconsin over the past 30 years.

Listen: Wingra plays Dvořák, Quintet in E‐flat major after String Quartet No. 10, Op.51 (1878), arr. David Jolley I. Allegro, II. Dumka: Adante con moto.

The concert takes place at 7 PM. Tickets are $15 for adults, available at the door. But, a Door Concerts, Inc. Season’s Pass is a much better plan… join us!

Season Passes are available for the five upcoming concerts at only $50 for individuals or $125 for families, free for children and music students. Join by clicking below or for more information call 920.743.3755.


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September 22, 20140 commentsRead More
Hans Christian to Open 2014-15 Door Concerts Season, Sept 20

Hans Christian to Open 2014-15 Door Concerts Season, Sept 20

Door County is fortunate to attract a broad spectrum of gifted and talented artists and musicians.

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Hans Christian is ranked worldwide as a brilliant composer and musician. He is a maker, one who creates and assembles his own and other artists’ work in a number of different ways. I would brand him rustic modern, a time traveler, in that he draws from ancient musical traditions, plays many antiquated instruments from around the world, and yet couples all of that tradition with a thoroughly profound and technical mastery of digital arts, computers, recording and performing. At times, he sounds like an East Indian deep within a raga meditation, shifting to a Medieval court musician, a classical cellist crossing gracefully into electronica.

On Saturday, September 20, at 7 pm you can experience the incredible virtuosity of Hans Christian in concert at St. Peters Lutheran Church Auditorium, 108 W. Maple Street in Sturgeon Bay.

As a co-founder of the legendary world music group RASA, he has developed a devoted fan base. His affiliation with Wisdom University as artist-in-residence has garnered him rare access to the Chartres Cathedral in France for repeated performance and recording sessions. Recent noteworthy collaborations include a double CD with Andrew Harvey (Rumi Symphony/Allemande Music, 2011) and award-winning Canadian artist Harry Manx (You are the Music of My Silence/Allemande Music, 2012).

In 90s, he moved to Door County from California, first establishing a studio in Sister Bay and eventually moving to Sturgeon Bay where he built his Studio 330 and  the Allemande Music Company.

Here, he is performing at the AMBIcon 2013 ambient music conference on May 5, 2013 in San Rafael, California.

September 10, 20140 commentsRead More
Chef Josh Blevins Creates Dining Concerts at the Olde Opera House

Chef Josh Blevins Creates Dining Concerts at the Olde Opera House

chef-josh-blevinsThe former Andre’s Supper Club in Sturgeon Bay has been reborn as the Benny D’z, under the culinary direction of Chef Josh Blevins. What better spot to stage dinner concerts than at the site of Door County’s only acoustically perfect music shell?

Pro Arte Quartet
Thursday, January 29 Dinner (optional) at 6 PM, Concert at 7 PM

Johannes Wallmann Jazz Ensemble
Friday, April 10 at 7 PM Dinner (optional) at 6 PM, Concert at 7 PM

Dinner Concert Menu:

  • Prime Rib of Beef – 8 ounce Succulent Prime Rib Of Beef slow roasted for over 24 hours and served with Home made aus jus
  • Mushroom Chicken – Grilled Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast topped with sautee’d Mushrooms and a Swiss Cheese Béchamel
  • Portobello Mushroom – Grilled Marinated Portobello Cap with Provolone Cheese and sautee’d Onions and Peppers

All served with mashed baby red potatoes and candied carrots
$20 per person which includes non-alcoholic beverage, tax and tip.

July 7, 20140 commentsRead More
A Full Spectrum Sampler, The UWGB Music Faculty Concert, March 28

A Full Spectrum Sampler, The UWGB Music Faculty Concert, March 28

Like a box of sweets, the UWGB Faculty Ensemble will provide an irresistible collection of tasty musical treats on Friday, March 28 at 7 pm at the Prince of Peace Church in Sturgeon Bay.

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While their name implies the embodiment of a collection of artists performing together en masse, the UWGB Faculty Ensemble members have such a wide range of capability, in so many different musical niches that their shows are more like a talent revue. At their upcoming Sturgeon Bay concert, you can expect to hear “musical compositions that span history from the 16th century to current Broadway pops,” says vocalist Sarah Meredith Livingston.

The ensemble artists are drawn from current UWGB music faculty and alumni that include: Abigail Mace, piano; Courtney Sherman, soprano; Sarah Meredith Livingston, mezzosoprano; Adam Gaines, trumpet; Eric Hansen, clarinet and Chris Salerno, jazz vocalist/piano. They will be joined by Algoma school teacher and UWGB alum David Robertson, baritone.

Together, their individual interests and musical specialties permit them to provide audience members with a delightful and diverse sampling that ranges from classical and jazz to contemporary original works.

The University of Wisconsin Green Bay Faculty Chamber Ensemble plans to perform a delightful repertoire that will include:

Toccata in D major, BWV 912, J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Abigail Mace, piano

Suite in D, George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Adam Gaines, trumpet with Abigail Mace, piano

Premiere Sonata, Francois Devienne (1759-1803)
Solo De Concours, Andre Messager (1853-1929)
Eric Hansen, clarinet with Abigail Mace, piano

Dobru noc, Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Reingestimmt die Saiten from Ziguenermelodien
Sarah Meredith Livingston, mezzosoprano with Abigail Mace, piano

Barcarolle  from Tales of Hoffman, Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
Sarah Meredith Livingston, mezzosoprano and Courtney Sherman, soprano with Abigail Mace, piano

“Song to the Moon” (Mesicku na nebi hlubokem) from Rusalka, Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Courtney Sherman, soprano with Abigail Mace, piano

The Prayer Duet, Carole Sager and David Foster
Sarah Meredith Livingston, mezzosoprano and David Robertson, baritone

The Farm, Chris Salerno
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“Tell Me on a Sunday” from Song and Dance, Andrew Lloyd Webber
“My Funny Valentine” from Babes in Arms, Rodgers and Hart
“Think of Me” from Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber
“I Could Have Danced all Night” from My Fair Lady, Lerner and Loewe
Courtney Sherman, soprano with Abigail Mace, piano

Children, music students and students of all ages are admitted free to Door Concerts, Inc. events. Single ticket prices for adults are $10.  For more information or reservations please email music@doorconcerts.com or call 920.493.0517. Immediately following the concert there will be a meet-the-artists informal talk and reception with refreshments in the meeting area of the hall. Students and children are especially encouraged to ask questions. Learn more about the performing artists and Door Concerts, Inc.’s superb quality musical events at affordable prices by subscribing to our e-newsletter.

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Prince of Peace Church is located at 1756 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay.

March 13, 20141 commentRead More
Goldwing Express in Concert at Prince of Peace Church in Sturgeon Bay, Feb 28

Goldwing Express in Concert at Prince of Peace Church in Sturgeon Bay, Feb 28

Dedicated to embodying their Native American heritage, the Goldwing Express delivered an appealing mix of heart-felt melodies backed with hard-driving acoustics that brought the music of Americana to life for fans in Sturgeon Bay!

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From classic Southern Gospel and contemporary country favorites, to a lineage  of historic bluegrass that began it all, Goldwing Express provided a mix of the lonesome western cowboy and hard-riding brave – wrapped in song, comedy and a few tears. Coupled with some of the best instrumentalists on any stage, this award-winning father and his three sons evoked a powerful musical heritage each time they hit the stage.

On Friday, February 28,  2014 they made their first concert appearance in Door County at Prince of Peace Church in Sturgeon Bay. hosted by Door Concerts, Inc..

“This year we’ll average over 250 show dates across the country,” says Goldwing Express founder Bob Baldridge . “We travel nationwide in a 2004 Prevost Entertainer Coach and we’re all about entertaining folks. We strive to make people happy when they come to see Goldwing Express in concert.”

The band is made up of three Native American brothers and their father, originally from Okmulgee, Oklahoma. A segment of each performance is dedicated to their Indian Heritage. Each brother wears his very own Native American headdress which represents the Creek Indian Tribe from which their mother is descended. They now reside in Branson, Missouri, producing their own music show along with making many concert appearances throughout the United States and Canada.

Bob Baldridge, the father plays mandolin and sings lead for the group. He also does a lot of the onstage comedic storytelling for Goldwing Express. His music career began when he and his brothers and sister sang in the early 70’s and 80’s. The family would gather at Grandmother’s house and have all-day singing. Bob wanted to form his own family band shortly thereafter and along came sons Paul, Steven and Shawn.

Paul is the eldest son. He sings high tenor and plays the guitar for Goldwing Express. Paul covers much of the traditional bluegrass singing for the group. He has won several music awards throughout his career.

Steven, the middle age son, who sings mostly baritone, also plays the banjo. He loves to add gospel music to the show and wows the crowd with his traditional sounds on the banjo. Steven handles the business management of Goldwing Express.

Shawn is the youngest brother. He plays the upright bass fiddle and sings all the low-end notes. Crowds gather to hear Shawn sing songs like “Hello Darlin,” “Lay you down,” and “Long Black Train.” He likes to spice things up a bit by sounding like far off train whistle on occasion.

Their mother was a full blood Native American Creek Indian from Oklahoma. She and Bob decided to buy instruments for the boys at very young ages. Twenty-five years later, they are headlining many of the top bluegrass festivals and various concerts around the United States.

The name Goldwing Express came from their mother.

“We used to ride Honda Gold Wing’s in the late 80’s,” says Shawn. “That’s when Mom decided to name us the ‘Goldwing Express.’”

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February 7, 20140 commentsRead More