An outstanding six-piece bluegrass band from Nashville will open the Fine Arts Series at UW-Washington County (UW-WC) this fall. Mountain Heart, featuring brother and sister, Lee Roy and Elaine Roy, will kick off the Friday night features at 7:30pm on Friday, September 28 in the campus theatre. The grammy nominated band’s name has been synonymous with cutting-edge excellence in acoustic music circle, since the group’s creation in 1999. They have appeared at the Grand Old Opry more than 100 times and have shared the stage with Lynyrd Skynyrd, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss and other notables. With diverse music, unmatched energy and amazing musicianship and entertainment dynamics, Mountain Heart has forged an amazing show, which appeals to a wide variety of musical tastes.
Four additional Friday Night Features include the The Alley Cats (doo-wop) on December 7, Nineteen Thirteen (chamber rock) on February 1, Randy Sabien and the Fiddlehead Band on April 12 and Wisconsin Brass Quintet on May 3.
Two theatre productions complete the series. The fall production is a musical documentary titled “Gone Missing,” and will be performed November 2-3 and 9-10. Created by the acting company, The Civilians and written by Steven Cosson from interviews by the company, Gone Missing explores the fractured and funny world of all things missing. In spring, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” will be performed March 1-2 and 8-9. Both productions are directed and designed by UW-WC Professor Brad Ford. Community members (over 18) are welcome to audition or help with work behind-the-scenes.
All 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 are now available and include all five Friday Night Features as well as the two theatre productions and are available at a savings of 25% ($68 adults, $52 seniors (over 62) and youth (under 18). You can also “pick four” different shows and save 15% ($44 adults, $34 seniors and youth). Phone the campus main office at 262-335-5208 or email: WSH-Tickets@uwc.edu 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:
Friday, September 28, 7:30pm
Six-piece bluegrass band.
The Alley Cats
Friday, December 7, 7:30pm
America’s premier doo-wop group performing greatest songs of 50s-60s.
Friday, February 1, 7:30pm
Chamber rock trio, featuring Victor DeLorenzo, Janet Schiff and Scott Johnson.
Randy Sabien & The Fiddlehead Band
Friday, April 12, 7:30pm
Six piece band performs rhythmic, bluesy sound.
Wisconsin Brass Quintet
Friday, May 3, 7:30pm
UW-Madison’s ensemble-in-residence performs brass chamber music.
Auditions: Sept. 26, 7pm
Performances: November 2, 3, 9, 10 7:30pm
A musical documentary that explores the fractured and funny world of all things missing! This delightful comic revue is a collection of very personal accounts of things “gone missing” and creates a unique tapestry of ways in which we deal with loss in our lives. Directed and designed by Professor Brad Ford
Dead Man’s Cell Phone
Auditions: January 30, 7pm
Performances: March 1, 2, 8, 9 7:30pm
A wildly imaginative dark comedy by playwright Sarah Ruhl. The thought-provoking play is an odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. 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.
For a Fine Arts brochure, contact University Relations at 262-335-5208.