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THELMA to host student piano recital for Fond du Lac teachers

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) is partnering with the Fond du Lac Piano Teacher’s Association to present a joint student recital in THELMA’s Great Hall Sunday, March 22. 

The free recital will be held from 1 to 4 pm. The public is welcome to attend any or all of the recital and view the art in the Contemporary Wing. 

“This recital is a great opportunity to see children at a variety of ages and skill levels,” said Kevin Miller, Executive Director.  

The Fond du Lac Piano Teacher’s Association is proud to hold this recital at THELMA, said Kris McLain, one of the teachers. “We invite all to attend this first time event in a fine performance setting,” she said.

Students from age 5 to 18 will perform a variety of selection from compositions they have studied or pieces they have played for competitions. 

Students of the following teachers will be performing: McLain, Georgene Antos, Helen Gilsdorf, Ruth Koepsell, Wendy Pelletier, and Michelle Robson.

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. THELMA is a member-based, privately-funded non-profit dedicated to providing experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.

Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Will and Anthony Nunziata bring Broadway to Fond du Lac

Two New York-based brothers will bring Broadway to Downtown Fond du Lac when they perform Thursday, March 12 in the intimate and stunning Great Hall at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA).

“We have fresh takes on timeless songs,” said Anthony Nunziata. Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Billy Joel are just some of the artists’ work they will showcase when they bring “Broadway Our Way” to THELMA, he said. 

The twin brothers are consummate performers building on their competitive nature as siblings but who are also passionate about what they do. Their father is a talented singer and their maternal grandfather, Bill Wendell, was a radio and television announcer who worked for numerous entertainers including Jerry Seinfeld, Ernie Kovacs and David Letterman.

“Growing up, music and performing was always a big part of our life,” Anthony Nunziata said. They love the reaction of an older generation so familiar with the music they perform and the brothers enjoy introducing these standards to a younger generation.

Will and Anthony Nunziata also trained with the Upright Citizens Brigade, a New York theatre company that has been the training ground for so many performers, many of who go on to join the cast of Saturday Night Live. This training allows them to be very comfortable in their own skin, interact with the audience and stay in the moment on stage. There is a lot of interaction with the audience during their performances.

The twin brothers performed in Fond du Lac several years ago at the Fond du Lac Performing Arts Center. However, this time they will be accompanied by one of the great pianists and music directors on Broadway – Eugene Gwozdz. 

“Eugene is a one-man orchestra,” Anthony Nunziata said. Gwozdz has performed with so many major Broadways stars including Audra McDonald, Patti Lupone, Chita Rivera, Leslie Uggams, Billy Porter, Shirley Jones, Betty Buckley, Will Chase, Kristin Chenowith, and Lou Diamond Phillips.

Gwozdz just joined the brothers on the road about one month ago. However, he has known them and their work for a while. 

“They are so funny together,” Gwozdz said about Will and Anthony. “They are always trying to top each other and the way they talk to each other sometimes, it’s like they are married,” he joked.

“Sometimes I have to step in and be a referee,” Gwozdz joked.

He wanted to work with the brothers because he believes they are on their way up. “Their duets are so amazing,” he said. 

The performance begins at 7:30 pm, Thursday, March 12. Doors and the bar open at 5 pm because it is also THELMA Thursday – an evening the Contemporary Wing is also open to view the art exhibits. Tickets start at $15. Bistro tables for four or pub tables for two may be reserved by calling 920.921.5410. Table reservations include tickets. If you would like just a seat, visit thelmaarts.org and click tickets.

To learn more about Will & Anthony Nunziata or Eugene Gwozdz, visit thelmaarts.org or willandanthony.com.

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. 

Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

THELMA now serving Blue Goose Coffee in partnership with Horicon Bank


Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) and Horicon Bank have partnered to improve the experience of guests of THELMA by serving delicious Blue Goose Coffee.

The Blue Goose Coffee House is located within the Horicon Bank branch at 854 E. Johnson St. and is the only one like it in Wisconsin. The idea of putting a coffee house inside a bank was uncharted territory for banking, but after a visit with his son to the Coffee Museum in Leipzig, Germany, Bank President Frederick F. Schwertfeger incorporated the idea into his dream for Horicon Bank. 

The Blue Goose Coffee House serves locally owned Black Waters Coffee, roasted in Beaver Dam, Wis. 

Coffee House Manager, Mary Weishapple said serving locally roasted coffee strengthens ties to the community. “Horicon Bank is a community bank looking support local businesses and community organizations – like Black Waters Coffee and THELMA. The Blue Goose Coffee House is an extension of that community outreach and support.”

Blue Goose Blend coffee will be available free to THELMA patrons at certain events and available for a fee to rental clients. 

“We are excited to bring the Blue Goose brand to THELMA,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA Executive Director. “Having coffee associated with one of our local businesses only adds to the great experience we want for all THELMA patrons.” 

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. THELMA is a member-based, privately-funded non-profit dedicated to providing experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.

Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Marian professor, students and Minneapolis artist to exhibit

Two new solo exhibits and a group student exhibition will open at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) Thursday, February 26. A free reception with the artists is set for Friday, February 27.

Artist and Marian University professor Shane McAdams will open his first solo exhibition at THELMA this Thursday. Before the Weight Can Leave the Air features the artist’s characteristic material explorations and investigations of landscape and nature. McAdams who splits time between his New York and Wisconsin studios, has exhibited widely around the United States and abroad. His work has been reviewed in the New York Observer, The Village Voice, Vogue, Phaidon and The New York times, among others. 

THELMA also welcomes a solo show by Minneapolis-based artist Erik Benson. Night Moves features imagery gleaned from the streets of Brooklyn, where Benson recently lived before relocating to Minneapolis. Benson’s imaginative compositions of modernist architecture and eerie urban landscapes have shown widely around the United States and Europe, including Roebling Hall, Storefront Bushwick, DC Moore, Salon 94 and Tyler Nahem Fine Art to name just a few. 

THELMA will also hold a group show of Marian University students in the café gallery. Make it Strange offers a selection of the best and most idiosyncratic visions of Marian University’s creative talent. 

“We are thrilled to bring in the works of these amazing artists while fostering the future of art,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA executive director. 

THELMA’s Contemporary Wing is free to the public, thanks to the generosity of Horicon Bank. Horicon Bank has a tradition steeped in art and shares the belief that art should be accessible to all. The gallery is open from 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday and until 8 pm Thursdays. Check THELMA’s website for any changes in the hours due to private events.

McAdams’ paintings in Before the Weight Can Leave the Air reflect a year of exploration of unconventional, overlooked, often industrial materials that have since been refined and reintegrated into more traditional contexts. The collision of his diverse elements and materials force the viewer to question basic presumptions of what is natural and what is unnatural.

McAdams work is about landscape, exploring it from a formal, linguistic, historical and material, perspectives.

Erik Benson’s paintings in Night Moves emerge from odd fragments and skewed glances of the urban landscape. They are rooted in the familiar even pedestrian imagery one often takes for granted, but they take on a more idiosyncratic presence in his hands. Each composition inhabits a peculiar crease between generic and specific, universal and personal.

The Marian University Art Students Exhibition: Make It Strange, will be in Café 1906. In this exhibit, viewers may explore the strange and singular artistic visions of the school’s students. The exhibition is comprised of a variety of media with a flair for the extraordinary. 

All three shows run from February 26-April 11. A free reception is set for 5 8 pm, Friday, February 27. The bar will be open for the reception and cheese from Grande will be available.

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. 

Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

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