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Weidner Philharmonic plans outdoor concert at Green Bay Botanical Garden

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is heading to the Green Bay Botanical Garden to bring Weidner Philharmonic back to the stage as its members perform “Walton’s Facade: An Entertainment” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 23, in the Billie Kress Amphitheatre.

This concert will mark the Weidner Center’s first in-person live performance in more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to comply with safety policies, the concert will use a staggered admissions and socially distanced seating. Masks will be mandatory for concert attendees when moving from one location to another outside or inside any buildings. View more on the Green Bay Botanical Garden’s COVID-19 policies at gbbg.org/coronavirus/.

Beverage concessions will be available for purchase. Concert goers are invited to pack a picnic to enjoy in the gardens. Beverage carry-ins are not allowed. Please refer to the Green Bay Botanical Garden’s website for more information on visitor policies.

“Walton’s Facade: An Entertainment” is a series of poems by Edith Sitwell, accompanied by instrumentals composed by William Walton. Despite being highly controversial for its absurdist avant-garde nature upon its debut in 1922, “Walton’s Facade: An Entertainment” survived its notoriety to become an essential tongue-in-cheek classic.

Featured Weidner Philharmonic performers include: Kortney James, flute; Rich Tengowski, clarinet; Sam Stranz, saxophone; Adam Gaines, trumpet; Michael Dewhirst, cello; and Bill Sallak, percussion. Narration will be provided by Courtney Sherman, joined by a surprise guest narrator, under the direction of Randy Meder.

Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. today and can be purchased at ticketstaronline.com or by calling Ticket Star at 1-800-895-0071.

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