Named for the mythical bird famous for its fiery rebirth, the Green Bay Phoenix shares its spirit with many esteemed sports programs, including a women’s basketball team that has been ranked as high as 16th in the NCAA Division I and a men’s squad that has made the NCAA Tournament four times. One of only four Division 1 schools in Wisconsin, the Green Bay Phoenix is a member of the Horizon League and their teams––including men’s tennis and women’s swimming and diving––have brought home a total of 29 league championships over the past decade.
Celebrating their fifth anniversary, the Green Bay Bullfrogs field a roster comprising some of college baseball’s finest batsmen and mound tenants. A member of the Northwoods League, a baseball summer league intended to prepare college players for professional ball, the team battles other collegian-laden clubs from June 1 to August 14, when baseball players around the world go into hibernation. This season’s team is stocked with quality players ranging from infielder Joe Betcher, a member of the 2010 Horizon League All-Newcomer Team, to 1.67 ERA pitcher Greg Blohowiak. Chant, clap, or gape in stunned silence as the team assaults rival squads such as the Battle Creek Bombers and Madison Mallards with feats of athleticism and punishingly good sportsmanship.
For 97 years, the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra has entertained and enriched the community with masterful performances, captivating collaborations, and powerful world-premieres from its professional 60-member ensemble. The orchestra has been taking steps to determine their next music director, allowing music mavens to participate in the search through a series of candidate-conducted concerts. Baton-brandisher Stephen Squires will audition his ictus by leading pieces from Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, and Symphony No. 1 of Brahms, while pieces penned by the likes of Berlioz and Beethoven will be led by Donato Cabrera on April 9. Become acquainted with England’s Fab Four— John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Harrison Ford —on February 26, as Music of the Beatles will feature rock group Jeans 'n Classics performing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety with symphonic accompaniment.
Keggers creates a lively atmosphere for casual parties and get-togethers. Its outdoor beer garden hosts live music events where patrons can sit at a wooden bar or lounge on the patio and sip a variety of beers including Miller Light, Spotted Cow, and Leinenkugel. For more intimate gatherings, the Lyric Room is available for rental as an event space with a 100-person capacity and entertainment capabilities for bands, DJs, or your fledgling mime act.
In its 16th season, the Civic Symphony of Green Bay streams the symphonic sounds of three master composers through the historic halls of Meyer Theatre. Conductor Seong-Kyung Graham opens the evening's program by summoning Reznicek's overture to Donna Diana with the help of a baton that's part Ouija board planchette. The Czech composer then gives way to the stirring sounds of Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major. UW-Green Bay associate professor and trumpeter Adam Gaines' solo horn sends a clarion cry through the hall's gold-flecked plasterwork and below the star-studded ceiling. For the final piece, Schubert brings the symphony back together for his masterwork of melody, the Symphony no. 9 in C Major. The Civic Symphony's corps of volunteer and professional musicians arrive in their chairs from all walks of life, from students to long-established soloists to court musicians of just-deposed kings.
Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.