Bill Sallak – The Power of Trial & Error & Success

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Dive in, the water is deep. This episode of Bird in the Wings maybe the deepest dive into the working mind of a musician we have ever done. And that’s saying something.

This time Kelli sits down for a fascinating discussion with UW-Green Bay Music Professor, Bill Sallak. He and Kelli discuss his journey through academia as a student, performer, researcher, and educator. In addition, they also discuss the creation of the new Weidner Philharmonic at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and the upcoming inaugural concert.

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The New World Symphony for a New Symphony will take place in Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center on Saturday, Sept 28 at 7:30pm. Get your tickets at WeidnerCenter.com 

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About Our Guest:

William Sallak is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he teaches percussion, recording technology, and world music. As a performer, conductor, composer, technologist, and researcher, Bill Sallak’s work has appeared in many national and international festivals and conferences. He holds degrees from SUNY-Fredonia, The University of Akron, and Arizona State University.

 

 

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Dr. Michael Alexander – A New Provost for a New Symphony (2.0)

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UW-Green Bay’s new Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Michael Alexander, sits down with Kelli for a Bird In The Wings exclusive interview! AND this time we hit record…

In addition to being the second highest administrative, and senior academic officer on campus, Dr. Alexander will conduct the first piece at the inaugural concert of the Weidner Philharmonic at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. In this episode, he and Kelli discuss his journey to becoming provost, his experience as a conductor, his love of music, and balancing an administrative & artistic life.

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The New World Symphony for a New Symphony will take place in Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center on Saturday, Sept 28 at 7:30pm. Get your tickets at WeidnerCenter.com 

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About Our Guest:

Dr. Michael Alexander comes to UW-Green Bay from the University of Northern Colorado where he served as Director of the School of Music. A native of Grand Island NY, Alexander previously lived in Wisconsin from 1995-2004, earning his master’s degree at UW-Milwaukee, and doctorate at UW-Madison. Dr. Alexander is now the 13th provost in UW-Green Bay’s 53-year history. The provost oversees programming leadership of the four academic colleges, the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement, the Cofrin Library, Office of Admissions, as well as the UW -Green Bay branch campuses in Marinette, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan. For more information, visit uwgb.edu

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Jacob Beranek – Having Faith in the Creative Process

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We’re on location in Sturgeon Bay for a special interview with Composer-In-Residence of the Midsummer’s Music Festival, Jacob Beranek. Jacob is an internationally recognized composer and pianist, whose music is rooted in melody and narrative structure.

In this episode, Kelli and Jacob discuss the creative and academic journey of a young artist pursuing their passion, while reconciling personal discipline and having faith in a force outside of yourself.

 

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About Our Guest:

Jacob Beranek is an internationally acclaimed composer and pianist, who is the first ever Composer-In-Residence at Door County’s Midsummer’s Music Festival. His music has been performed across the country, as well as abroad including in London, and Prague. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Composing at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. For more info and to hear some his work visit www.beranekmusic.com. And follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to keep up on his journey.

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