Brown County Civic Music Association

Brown County Civic Music Association Discover a World of Great Music! Brown County Civic Music Assoc. founded in 1927, invites you to experience anew the electricity of live classical performance the way you like it - fresh, face-to-face & affordable.

A 5-star, 5-concert subscription series. BC Civic Music has been bringing the world's finest music to Green Bay since 1927. With grass-roots volunteers and little or no overhead, our members see and hear full value in the music.

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Music’s Most Treacherous Assignment: Finishing MozartA scholar dared to complete violin sonata fragments left by the gre...
Music’s Most Treacherous Assignment: Finishing Mozart

Music’s Most Treacherous Assignment: Finishing Mozart
A scholar dared to complete violin sonata fragments left by the great composer. They’re featured on a new album.

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A scholar dared to complete violin sonata fragments left by the great composer. They’re featured on a new album.


For you show tune fans... Join PlaybyPlay Theatre in this fun event.

Name That Show Tune - Saturday February 13th at 4pm CST/5pm EST - Absolutely free to play!

"Play-by-Play Theatre is Green Bay's first professional regional theatre company and a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization."

Concert News - June 2021 in Egg Harbor, WIPeninsula Music Festival

Concert News - June 2021 in Egg Harbor, WI
Peninsula Music Festival

Frank Almond x John Ridley Interview

Frank Almond x John Ridley Interview

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In case you missed this update right after Christmas...

Hello, Friends and Subscribers of Brown County Civic Music,

Merry Christmas to you, and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2021.

I write to you today with news of another round of postponements. Our plans to bring you the three COVID-cancelled concerts from last spring -- Washington Saxophone Quartet, Maxwell Street Klezmer Band and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra -- have been delayed yet again. See the news release below for details.

This is no surprise, I'm sure, and it's not the first time we've traveled this road since that earliest lost concert last March. All during the coronavirus outbreak Civic Music has needed to be optimistic and a little speculative about scheduling, because the venues and in-demand performers we contract typically set their calendars a year or more in advance.

It's why, many months ago, we penciled in Spring 2021 makeup dates and continued to negotiate with potential performers on future series Reality intervened, of course, and the result is today's announcement. Music-industry experts now tell us audiences are unlikely to feel fully comfortable at large indoor events until late 2021, even if vaccine rollouts proceed efficiently and effectively. We can also expect social-distance seating options and mask recommendations to remain in place.

That's OK. Those of you have seen family, neighbors or co-workers affected by the pandemic, or who have struggled with it yourself, know there are no substitutes for patience and caution. Additionally, Civic Music has no reason to rush the re-start. We'll be fine. As I mentioned to somebody the other day, we have a 100-year history and a loyal subscriber base. Civic Music went dark for several years in the Great Depression and again during World War II but rebounded swiftly each time. It's a good bet we'll bounce back again.

Right now, we are planning for The Classical Series to return (with suitable patron precautions) in October 2021. We'll announce that series, as always, in April. In the meantime, stay safe, be patient and know that those Klezmer, Sax and MSO admissions you bought way-back-when will still be good when we finally rebook.

May we all see each other again, eventually, at yet another great Civic Music concert. I know it's going to be worth the wait.

Christopher Sampson
board president, Brown County Civic Music Association

Civic Music cancels spring makeup concerts

GREEN BAY – Brown County Civic Music Association announced today (Friday, Dec. 18) that it is postponing all spring 2021 concerts including the annual Green Bay appearance of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra due to continuing concerns over the coronavirus.

Three concerts from the Association’s 2019-20 series were cancelled this past spring at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. The makeup dates planned for spring 2021 have now also been cancelled. The changes involve:

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, April 23, CANCELLED (new date TBA)

Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, April 17, CANCELLED (new date TBA)

Washington Saxophone Quartet, tentative March 14, CANCELLED (new date TBA)

Board president Christopher Sampson says Civic Music intends to honor its commitment to local classical music concertgoers by again rescheduling each of the performing groups as either stand-alone “make-good” concerts or folded into future season series. Subscription passes or individual tickets purchased for last spring’s concerts will be honored at those performances.

Announcement of the new five-concert season and launch of the subscription sales campaign are expected in April.


The Brown County Civic Music Association is a presenter of classical music concerts featuring national and international artists. Civic Music, a Green Bay institution since 1927, exists to bring classical music to our community at a price affordable for attendees. It is nearly entirely volunteer-driven resulting in little or no overhead. Members see and hear full value in the music. For more information, visit or call 920 338-1801.
Linda J. Marquardt
Brown County Civic Music Association
(920) 338-1801
[email protected]

Leisure Activity Preferences Could Be Key To Tackling Daily Stress
Leisure Activity Preferences Could Be Key To Tackling Daily Stress

Leisure Activity Preferences Could Be Key To Tackling Daily Stress

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee psychologist Marcellus Merritt is studying the link between people's reasons for enjoying leisure activities and the impact that has on our stress levels.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Musicians

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Musicians

This week, we’re honoring our newest retirees. Bassist Laura Snyder has been a member of the Milwaukee Symphony for 50 years. She has often been center stage performing as a vocal soloist and a narrator. We were able to catch Laura on the phone during our first snow storm of the winter...

Laura: Why aren’t you here helping me shovel?

Us: You took a leave of absence last season, and this year was another “forced sabbatical.” How have things been going?

Laura: Well, before the pandemic, we were traveling a lot, me and the boys (sons John and Jared, living in Los Angeles). Jared works for one of the airlines, so we were flying for free or close to it. When the pandemic started, of course that all came to an end. Now, I’m dealing with the challenge of teaching lessons on Zoom or FaceTime. It is taxing. It’s really hard! It’s hard to keep the students’ attention. I can’t see their bodies. The sound doesn’t always work properly. I have to guess some of the time whether some of the notes are there. I really want to teach in person again.

Us: What are you doing for relaxation?

Laura: Well, I’ve always loved jigsaw puzzles, and I’m still playing piano. I’m knitting and walking, and I started studying Spanish using the Duolingo app. It’s fun!

Us: What are you looking forward to in your retirement?

Laura: Getting back to traveling, of course. I’m still performing, still singing. There’s also the possibility of performing with Jenny (daughter Jennifer Snyder Kozoroz, violist and program director at Brevard Music Center, regular MSO substitute) in some of the orchestras in North Carolina, like Asheville.

Us: What are your most distinctive memories of the MSO?

Laura: Oh my gosh... the tours, the halls. The beautiful halls we’ve played in, in Europe, Japan, on our east and west coast tours. That little hall in a bank building in Troy, NY where we played Symphonie Fantastique with Macal. The bass players felt the vibrations in the floor, it was just amazing. A Christian college somewhere... we were told in no uncertain terms to not misbehave in any way, and then as we were walking along a path on the way to the hall, Eriks (the late Eriks Klavins, principal second violin) unbuttons his shirt for all to see. Joann Faletta’s first concert, performing La Forza del the music got louder and louder, we couldn’t figure out why we couldn’t see her... part of the stage was going down into the pit. Nobody ever figured out what happened. The stage can’t descend by accident. Joann just kept on conducting... showed no emotion whatsoever. Also, you know, in the 70s, someone on the Milwaukee Common Council complained that here we have an elite orchestra with very few black people in it, and what’s with that? Richard Thomas, who was our general manager, asked me to go to City Hall and explain to the aldermen what was required, so that was an early outreach activity.

Us: Are there any musical lessons from your MSO experiences that you want to share?

Laura: I think I learned from each music director. Their interpretations... all so different. Schermerhorn wasn’t so great with his hands, but he could be so charismatic! I loved doing all that Slavic music with Macal. Most of all was Peter (the late bassist Peter Cuje). We were always stand partners when he was here. He was my soulmate. We thought alike. We helped each other, we kept each other out of trouble. Mostly, I enjoyed what I did here. I’m who I am, and I can’t be anything different.

Wycliffe Gordon

Well, this is a fun little duet!!

Santa's on his way!


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Did you like Cantus? Head over to the middle of the state and hear them again with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra !
Art Street in downtown Green Bay this Fri., Sat. and Sun., Aug. 25, 26 and 27. Visit the Brown County Civic Music Association booth on Cultural Street and enter the raffle to win a pair of tickets to a concert of your choice for the 2017-2018 season. Celebrating 90 years of bringing world class professional performances to the community!