We are proud to present the creative and energetic wind ensemble, WindSync, performing Simple Gifts: A Holiday Sampler, on Thursday, December 11th at 7:30 p.m.
Hailing from Houston, Texas, the legendary quintet is internationally recognized for their unique performances that are unlike any other. WindSync dresses up in costumes, organizes choreography to go with their tunes, and does not use sheet music. They perform strictly from memory. The ensemble loves to perform in many different settings, from concert halls to local schools. They give back to the community by offering innovative and interactive educational programs with hour long sessions during classes. WindSync is the recipient of the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize and was proclaimed the 2012 Victor Elmaleh Concert Artists Guild Competition winner.
The performance will feature works such as Copland: Simple Gifts, Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes, Resphigi: Three Botticelli Pictures, Valerie Coleman: Umoja, Three Folk Song Settings for Wind Quintet, Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker and Twas the Night Before Christmas (including popular melodies: Little Dummer Boy; The Christmas Song, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Sleigh Ride) with arrangements by WindSync.
Tickets for the December 11th performance are $20 to $40, with discounts for seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased on the WindSync event page, by phone at (414) 766-5049, or in-person at the Box Office at 901 15th Avenue, South Milwaukee, WI 53172. The show will start at 7:30 p.m.
The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (SMPAC) provides the greater Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin communities with creative, innovative and diverse performing arts. Located on the South Milwaukee 6-12 campus, it serves the students of the city of South Milwaukee and provides professional services for more than 500 shows, performances, rehearsals and other events annually. Upcoming 2014-15 artists include WindSync’s Simple Gifts: A Holiday Sampler, Milwaukee Ballet II, the Pedrito Martinez Group, Jerome Kitzke’s Winter Count and Howl, Robert Trentham’s In Thinking of America: Songs of the Civil War and the 10th Anniversary Gala: An Extravaganza of Local Talent.
Student matinees, workshops and talk-backs for all grade levels are provided by some season artists, including Robert Glasper, the Milwaukee Ballet II, Avner Eisenberg, Sybarite5, ACME, Baby Wants Candy, Calmus and Christopher McIntyre Perceptions (CMP). Other artists and organizations that provide performing arts experiences for students include the Florentine Opera, Danceworks, Still Waters Collective, Skai Academy of the Performing Arts and the Missoula Children’s Theatre.
SMPAC also opens our doors to other presenters for artists such as George Winston, Lindsey Buckingham, Arlo Guthrie, Jesse Cook, Ruthie Foster, Tommy Emmanuel, John Hiatt, Ian Hunter, Joe Lovano, Cantare Chorale and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. The SMPAC provides a home to the School District of South Milwaukee events and the Grant Park Players, the local community theatre.
The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is located at 901 15th Avenue in South Milwaukee between College and Rawson Avenues. It is easily accessible from I-94 and 794. Free parking is located in the northwest parking lot. Patrons should enter door #9. For tickets or directions, call 414-766-5049. For more information about the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, visit southmilwaukeepac.org.
Performances are supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.