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Entertainment and arts at UWPlatteville this weekend
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Thursday: Dr. Kara Candito and her English 3140 Poetry Writing students are hosting an International Poets Reading at the UW–Platteville Markee Pioneer Student Center Thursday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m.

The free event is being held in conjunction with International Education Week.

Candito’s students will read from the creative work of Yehuda Amichai, Robert Desnos, Federico Garcia Lorca, Osip Mandelstam, Valzhyna Mort, Fernando Pessoa and Wislawa Szymborska, who collectively represent seven countries, including Israel, France, Spain, Russia, Belarus, Portugal and Poland.

“I am thrilled that my Poetry Writing students have this opportunity to participate in International Education Week,” said Candito, assistant professor of English in the UW–Platteville Humanities Department. “Their enthusiastic study of these accomplished international poets has provided them with an empathetic window into other cultural experiences and voices.

“This project also recognizes the impressive diversity and curiosity of our UW–Platteville students. Attendees will be treated to bilingual readings of poems and discussions about poetics, politics and the power of art to speak to the personal and universal levels of human experience.”

As part of the event, students will also share poems that they have been working on in class that were inspired by the seven poets.

Student readers from Wisconsin include Phoebe Baker of Platteville, Priscilla Breininger of Richland Center, Antonio Bouxa of Burlington, Justin Brunner of Monroe, Alixe Carpenter of Platteville, Mitch Folcik of Platteville, Aaron Hrubes of Madison, Courtney Hurd of Belleville, Samantha Jayne of Waukesha, Taylor Keesler of Viroqua, John Kohls of Green Bay, Kaela Mellen of Oregon, Taylor Martin of Mineral Point, Matthew Mutiva of Glendale, Julian Robinson of Milwaukee, Ricardo Ruelas of Darlington, Tanner Thiele of Eagle, Nick Vis of New Richmond, Ashley Wilkinson of Hazel Green and Katarina Youngell of Green Bay. Student readers Elliott Frieden and Hannah Palmer are from Moline and Stockton, Ill., respectively.

Friday The UW–Platteville Center for the Arts will host the Four Bitchin’ Babes in the Brodbeck Concert Hall Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

A pre-show dinner option is available.

Showcasing their “Babes” signature brand of estrogen-infused mayhem and award winning songwriting, this Fabulous Female Folkestra creates a new collection of songs from their collective mid life crises and the inherent need for Mid Life Vices.

Mid Life Vices is the celebration of “Whine, Women and Song!” Mid Life Vices journals the lives of the Baby Boomer generation. In Babe fashion, the girls use their musical wacky viewfinder to honor the quirks and habits of men and women who, like the Babes, refuse to act their age.

The Four Bitchin’ Babes are an original “Babes Brand” of musical theater with a career of more than two decades on stage and in studio, releasing multiple recordings and a full length DVD. These four multitalented gal pals, each a brilliant writer, musician, and comedienne, fill the stage with luxurious harmonies and sophisticated stand-up comedy, creating an amazing evening of raucous delight.

Before spending a night with the Babes, a girls night out dinner with cocktails starts at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner is $16 per person. A vegetarian option is also available. The chocolate fountain follows dinner. This is the perfect girls night out while the men prepare for deer hunting.

Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for faculty and senior citizens, $12 for children younger than 18, and $9 for UW–Platteville students with current ID.

Tickets are available through the University Box Office, located in the lower level of Ullsvik Hall. Phone orders can be made by calling 342-1298 or 1-877-727-1CFA.  Tickets are also available online at

The next event in the series is Leahy Family Christmas on Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. For more information on the Performing Arts Series and other performances visit

Saturday: Themes of peace will abound in the UW–Platteville Center for the Arts Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall. on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m.

The Concert Choir, University Singers and Chamber Choir will gather together in a free performance emulating the feeling of tranquility and calm at the end of the day

Trey Davis, UW–Platteville music instructor and associate director of choral activities, will conduct the Concert Choir and University Singers. Dr. Robert Demaree, UW–Platteville professor of music and director of choral activities, will conduct the Chamber Choir.

Opening the performance with an ancient plea for peace, the Concert Choir will sing Melchior Franck’s “Da Pacem Domine,” Felix Mendelssohn’s “How Lovely are the Messengers,” “Abendlich schon rauscht der Wald” by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and “Let Evening Come” by Gwyneth Walker.

The University Singers will join the Concert Choir in Franz Schubert’s “Dona Nobis Pacem” from Mass in E flat major, and then continue on with “Abendfriede” by Joseph Rheinberger and “O schone Nacht” from Vier Quartette, op. 92, by Johannes Brahms. The group will close their portion of the concert by exploring the call for peace with Stephen Jenks’ “Evening Shade,” Harrison Millard’s “Abide With Me,” and Keith Hampton’s “True Light.”

Demaree will then conduct the Chamber Choir in pieces by Bach, Schutz and Mendelssohn that all feature text that translates as “Grant Us Peace.” The group will also perform two canticles from the liturgy “Evensong” that is typically done at the end of the day in the Anglican Church: “Magnificat,” a choral retelling of Mary being visited by the Archangel Gabriel, and “Nunc dimittis,” which revisits Simeon’s song upon seeing Jesus on his way to the temple.

Sunday: The UW–Platteville Symphonic Wind Ensemble will give a free concert celebrating wind soloists and wind band music in the Center for the Arts Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m.

Dr. Barry Ellis, UW–Platteville director of bands, and Matthew Gregg, UW–Platteville associate director of bands, will conduct.

The event features two student flute soloists, Megan Whiteman and Sarah Mathew, and solos by faculty saxophonist, Allen Cordingley.

Whiteman and Mathew, both music majors, won the inaugural Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia/Symphonic Wind Ensemble concerto competition, which was held last May and included a cash prize and the opportunity to solo with Symphonic Wind Ensemble. The UW–Platteville Omicron Iota chapter of Sinfonia funded the competition.

Whiteman, who is from Dubuque, and Mathew, who is from Shannon, Ill., will perform “Andante and Rondo” by Franz Doppler. Ellis said Doppler composed the work in the 19th century for himself and his brother to showcase their talents as flutists.

Cordingley, a UW–Platteville music instructor, will play the solo in selected movements from American composer John Mackey’s “Concerto for Soprano Sax and Wind Ensemble,” which explores the saxophone as a hybrid instrument with attributes that fit into both the brass and woodwind categories.

The program also includes Carl Teike’s “Old Comrades,” which Ellis called “one of the all time great Austrian marches,” Percy Grainger’s multi movement masterpiece “Lincolnshire Posy” and Anthony Iannaccone’s two movement work “After a Gentle Rain.” The Iannaccone piece will be conducted by Gregg.