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June 2018

GEM EVENT – Randy Sabien – Triple Fiddle Band

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In the early 1930s, the now legendary Bob Wills created what he called a “Texas fiddle band.” It featured him and others on fiddles in addition to just about any other instrument. The band played almost any style of music: blues, country, Mexican, polka, ragtime, swing, cowboy songs, and of course, fiddle tunes. If it made people dance, they played it.    Randy Sabien, a jazz violinist, has tapped into that tradition by including three fiddles (or two fiddles and one…

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GEM EVENT – Andrew Rogers “Silent Movie”

June 10 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Organist Andrew Rogers accompanies Mel Brooks’s comedic silent film “Silent Movie” on our Moeller Theatre pipe organ as part of our Gem of a Season series. Following the film, Andrew will talk about and demonstrate scoring and accompanying a silent film. About the movie: In this dialogue-free slapstick comedy, film director Mel Funn (Mel Brooks) travels to the ailing Big Picture Studios to pitch his comeback film: the first feature-length silent movie in many years. Desperate for a hit, the…

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GEM EVENT – Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company was established in 2013 and is comprised of Native American Ojibwe, Lakota, Potawatomi, Menominee and Apache dancers. The group represents men’s and women’s Native American styles including traditional, fancy, jingle, grass and hoop. Our focus is the telling of historic tales and stories using traditional native songs and dances. In 2017 Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company became an Associate Partner with the Native American Tourism Of Wisconsin (NATOW).    Their format is…

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July 2018

GEM EVENT – The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

July 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

...A Legend Lives On The first Glenn Miller Orchestra did not make it at all. It was a total and absolute economic failure. But Glenn knew what he wanted, held to that dedication and relentlessly worked to succeed. He launched his second band – the one that lives on today – in March of 1938. The Glenn Miller Orchestra has been a “hit” ever since. The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all dance bandleaders back…

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GEM EVENT – Dave Wickerham

July 22 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dave Wickerham was born in Encino, California in 1962. He began playing the electronic organ at the age of four and had his first pipe organ experience at age ten. His musical education started at age seven. When he moved to Arizona in 1976, he became Associate Organist at the famous Organ Stop Pizza Restaurants in Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson. While in Arizona, he continued his musical studies with Roseamond Crowley, one of the few remaining descendants of the Louis…

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September 2018

GEM EVENT – Michael Mizrahi & Friends: Tribute to Leonard Bernstein

September 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Praised as "intrepid" (Philadelphia Inquirer), "engaging" (Houston Chronicle), and "endlessly fascinating" (WQXR New York), pianist Michael Mizrahi has won acclaim for his compelling performances of a wide-ranging repertoire and his ability to connect with audiences of all ages. He has appeared as concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and teaching artist across the United States and abroad. Mr. Mizrahi has performed in the world’s leading concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Toyko’s Suntory Hall, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Jordan Hall and…

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GEM EVENT – ABBA Salute

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

ABBA Salute is quite literally the most accurate ABBA tribute band in the country. With painstaking attention to detail, they’ve recreated an ABBA experience that won’t soon be forgotten.  Fronted by two dynamic ladies with angelic voices, and backed by a group of world class musicians, the music of the greatest pop band in history comes to life in a Las Vegas type show that mesmerizes the viewer, both young and old alike.  This show opens with a tribute to the…

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October 2018

GEM EVENT – Madison Bach Musicians: Baroque Quartet

October 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Four outstanding members of the Madison Bach Musicians will give a virtuosic and intriguing program that explores and compares the magnificent music of Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederick Handel―both born less than a month apart, only eighty miles apart, and in 1685!! MBM director Trevor Stephenson will also talk about the selections and about the remarkable baroque instruments the musicians will bring: harpsichord, baroque violin, baroque cello. Soprano soloist Chelsea Sheppard will talk a bit about the art of…

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