Door Community Auditorium (DCA) is pleased to announce Winter Water Fest, a fun-packed weekend of activities inspired by this year’s Celebrate Water Door County initiative. Highlights of Winter Water Fest will include a school residency and public performance by Chicago’s Grammy-winning Third Coast Percussion, a lecture by Dr. Roger Kuhns about healthy waters and their human connections, and a Fireside Coffeehouse called “Words on Water,” which will be a collaboration between regional and local poets, the chamber group Nine Worlds Ensemble, and Write On, Door County.
Third Coast Percussion Residency
From January 30 through February 2, Chicago’s classically trained, Grammy-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion will be in residency at DCA. The residency will consist of school performances on January 30 and 31, followed by a public performance on February 1 at 7 p.m.
The February 1 public performance is entitled “Paddle to the Sea.” Focused around the classic children’s book and Academy Award-nominated film of the same name, “Paddle to the Sea” explores our relationship to the bodies of water that connect our lives. Third Coast Percussion composed a new score to be performed live with the film, which tells the story of a Native Canadian boy who carves a wooden figure called Paddle-to-the-Sea and sets him on a journey through all five Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River on his way to the Atlantic Ocean. Existing works inspired by impressions of water and the natural world will weave in and out of the original film and new music, including composers Philip Glass and Jacob Druckman and the traditional music of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. Tickets for “Paddle to the Sea” range from $25-48, with $10 tickets available for students.
On January 30 and 31, Third Coast Percussion will work with Door County youth in performances centered around water. On January 30 at 2 p.m., Third Coast will conduct an interactive presentation and performance for Gibraltar students in grades 3-5 called “Waves,” exploring the science behind sound. Students will learn about the scientific and musical properties of sound waves by participating in interactive activities using app-based technology to visualize learning objectives. On January 31 at 1:15 p.m., Third Coast will perform a student matinee version of “Paddle to the Sea,” entitled “Put Me Back In the Water.” This matinee is free and open to students of all ages.
Dr. Roger Kuhns will deliver this week’s Door County Talks presentation, entitled “Healthy Waters and Navigating Political Shoals,” on February 2 at 10 a.m. in DCA’s cozy Fireside Lobby. Kuhns will discuss water, the risks it faces, and ways to protect it. Kuhns will explore these questions through the lens of both science and policy, discussing ways in which we can guide sound, science-led policy that ensures healthy water for generations to come. The connectivity of water and people, Kuhns argues, strengthens our communities toward a sustainable society.
Roger Kuhns is a writer, filmmaker, performer, geologist, and founder of SustainAudit, LLC, a sustainable practices application company based in Connecticut. His presentation will include a post-talk question-and-answer session. Coffee and bakery from Kick Ash coffee will be available for purchase. Door County Talks events are a collaboration between DCA and The Door County Civility Project and are free to the public. Freewill donations are encouraged.
Fireside Coffeehouse Concert: Words on Water
On Saturday, February 2 at 7 p.m., local and regional poets with join with eclectic chamber group Nine Worlds Ensemble to present “Words on Water” in the DCA Fireside Lobby. Musicians will pair with poets to create a lively coffeehouse atmosphere and a powerful evening of entertainment. The event will center around water and is a collaboration with Write On, Door County.
Nine Worlds Ensemble, whose music will weave in and out of the poetry readings, takes a unique approach to chamber music. With backgrounds in classical, jazz, pop, rock, and more, Nine Worlds brings to their work the groove of pop music, the improvisation of jazz, the complexity of world music, and the emotionality of classical music. Equally comfortable in clubs as in concert halls, Nine Worlds seeks to bring their eclectic brand of chamber music to a wide variety of venues and listeners, while reshaping audience expectations of what chamber music is.
The evening’s poets will include Ralph Murre, Nancy Rafal, Ethel Davis, Rolf Olson, Francha Barnard, Kathryn Gahl, Marybeth Mattson, Sara Sarna, Sharon Auberle, Lisa Vihos, Albert DeGenova, Jim Maronek, Ann Heyse, and Donna Johnson. Tickets for Words on Water cost $17.50. Seating is limited; advance reservations are recommended.
The DCA box office is located on Highway 42 in Fish Creek. The box office is open Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person, on the phone at (920) 868-2728, or online at www.dcauditorium.org.
The DCA winter season is sponsored by Dahl Law Firm and Ross Estate Planning.
Winter Water Fest is made possible with support from program partners Celebrate Water Door County, the Door County Civility Project, Door County Library, Friends of Gibraltar, Kick Ash Products, and Write On, Door County, as well as sponsors the Callsen Family Fund, the Anne and Richard Egan Charitable Fund, the Anonymous Fund, the Barb and Mike Madden Fund, and the Healthy Water Door County Fund of the Door County Community Foundation.