Sindoolaa opens series on Friday, September 24

Sindoolaa is the first of five visiting artists that comprise the Friday Night Features at UW-Washington County (UW-WC) this school year. The lively West African rhythms of the ten-member ensemble Sindoolaa, will be heard on Friday, September 24.  The Fine Arts Series also includes a fall musical production (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and spring theatre production (The Ladies Man), both produced and directed by UW-WC Professor Brad Ford.  

The remaining Friday Night features include: Chapter 6, a professional a cappella ensemble comprised of six male vocalists; Carrie Newcomer, talented folk singer and songwriter, Wisconsin artist, Ariane Lydon, who sings and performs on a variety of instruments, and UW-Madison’s Pro-Arte String Quartet, comprised of UW-Madison music faculty. 

In conjunction with the Sindoolaa concert, African artwork featuring wood carvings and native animal mounts will be on display. Also on the agenda, is a lecture that will focus on the Cultural Influences of Africa.  Dr. Aliko Songolo of UW-Madison will speak on this topic on Wednesday, September 29 at 7pm in the theatre. Admission for the lecture is free of charge.

Ticket prices remain at an affordable $12 for adults, $9 for seniors (over 62) and $9 for youth (under 18). Admission for UW-WC students is free, with campus ID.  All evening performances begin at 7:30pm in the campus theatre (located on the second floor of the college at 400 University Drive in West Bend). Free parking is available.

Season tickets include all five Friday Night Features as well as the two theatre productions and are available at a savings of 25% ($63 adults, $47 seniors (over 62) and youth (under 18). You can also “pick four” different shows and save 15% ($40 adults, $30 seniors and youth). Phone the campus main office at 262-335-5208 to receive the free Fine Arts brochure or to reserve tickets. Additional information is also available on the campus website at: http://washington.uwc.edu

The complete series includes:


  • Sindoolaa
    Friday, September 24, 7:30pm

Experience the rhythms and movements of West Africa with this ten-member ensemble.

Comprised of dancers and drummers from Senegal and Milwaukee.  

  • Chapter 6
    Friday, December 3, 7:30pm
    Six male vocalists present a light-hearted, high-energy concert! This amazing professional a cappella ensemble has won both international and national awards, presenting original songs as well as pop and jazz.
  • Carrie Newcomer
    Friday, January 28, 7:30pm
    Well-known folk singer, Carrie Newcomer presents her original songs with genuine depth, wisdom, and whimsy.  
  • Ariane Lydon
    Friday, April 1, 7:30pm
    Wisconsin artist, Lydon is a powerful songwriter, singer and performer, with a rich extraordinary voice. She plays a variety of instruments, including 6 and 12 string guitar, keyboards, Celtic harp and bodhran.  
  • ProArte String Quartet

Friday, April 8, 7:30pm

UW-Madison’s music faculty ensemble, the ProArte Quartet, are committed to the performance of chamber music. They perform an exciting blend of both new and old repertoire. 

THEATRE: Two theatrical productions directed by UW-WC Theatre Professor Brad Ford:

  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
    Sept. 22, 7pm

Performances: November 5, 6, 12, 13,  7:30pm
Nominated for six Tony awards, this one act musical comedy features six quirky overachievers who compete in the Bee at Putnam County Middle School. As they vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime, the spellers soon learn that winning isn’t everything.  Rated PG-13.  Directed and designed by Professor Brad Ford

  • The Ladies Man

Auditions: January 27, 7pm
Performances: March 4, 5, 11, 12,  7:30pm

Based on the works of George Feydeau’s 1889 farce, the spring play can best be described as delirious absurb madness! In Paris, the recently married Dr. Hercule Molineaux tells “one, tiny, little, hardly noticeable lie” to cover an innocent but embarrassing indiscretion. From that single untruth, a cascade of increasingly consoluted misunderstandings and mistaken identities add up to a hilarious farce.    Directed and designed by Professor Brad Ford

Tickets can also be purchased by mail, by sending payment and a $1 handling fee to: UW-Washington County, Attn: University Relations, 400 University Drive, West Bend, WI 53095


Sue Bausch