Native songwriters, symphony, Mardi Gras
Events scheduled at Gerold Opera House
By Angie Landsverk
The Weyauwega-Fremont High School Band will work with members of the Fox Valley Symphony during an upcoming program at the Gerold Opera House, in Weyauwega.
The program will begin at noon on Thursday, Feb. 1 and is open to the public.
“The Fox Valley Symphony has an outreach program,” said Kathy Fehl, of Wega Arts.
She said Wega Arts is pleased to host an event in conjunction with the symphony.
“Working with the local youth is part of our mission,” Fehl said. “Helping to provide the opportunity to be inspired and informed by Chris Brubeck and members of the symphony is very exciting.”
Brubeck plays the trombone and will perform with the symphomy on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Performing Arts Center, in Appleton.
He is the son of the late Dave Brubeck, who was an American jazz pianist and composer.
Fehl said Wega Arts looks forward to participating in future events with members of the Fox Valley Symphony.
“The effort to work with us and other places in the area is wonderful; encouraging kids to consider a life in the arts is very important,” she said. “We hope that introducing the symphony and the current high school band members to the Gerold Opera House, our wonderful venue, will lead to future collaboration.”
Two other events will also take place at the Gerold during February.
The Oneida Nation Arts Program, in conjunction with Wega Arts, will present an evening of Native Songwriters at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at the opera house.
The singers include Sadie Buck, Pura Fe, Wade Fernandez, Elizabeth Hill, Annie Humphrey, Kelly Jackson and Rebecca Miller.
Tickets are $5, with no charge for children ages 14 and under when they are accompanied by an adult.
People may purchase tickets in advance at the Bookcellar, in downtown Waupaca.
Tickets will also be available at the door.
Light refreshments will be available for purchase.
The event is being made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Oneida Nation and Wega Arts.
Then on Saturday, Feb. 10, Wega Arts will present its seventh annual Mardi Gras.
The doors of the Gerold will open at 5 p.m.
The evening will feature a catered dinner by Rockman’s Catering and the music of Copper Box.
Fehl said the dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and include jambalaya, Cajun style green beans, cornbread and Maque Choux.
There will also be King Cake, beads and masks for those who attend, with a costume contest as well.
Copper Box will begin playing at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $38 in advance and may be purchased at wegaarts.com, with the price increasing to $45 after Feb. 6.