Wilson Center In the News
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August 19, 2019 - Competition Winners Announced at Multi-Genre International Guitar Festival
Hailing from 50 cities around the world, 15 of the next generation of guitar greats were announced as winners of the seventh annual international Wilson Center Guitar Festival on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Newly expanded this year to five genres—Blues, Classical, Fingerstyle, Jazz, and Rock—the three-day Guitar Festival welcomed a total of 61 semi-finalists to the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield, Wisconsin, from August 15-17, for a chance at their share of $40,000 in cash prizes and a performance at Milwaukee Irish Fest. Read full release.
August 6, 2019 - Telepathically Tight John Scofield Trio Headlines International Guitar Festival
In a three-day, all-ages celebration of the greatest guitarists of today and tomorrow, one of the most popular jazz guitarists of all time is back with his great friends Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart to headline the seventh annual international Wilson Center Guitar Festival taking place at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts on August 15-17, 2019. Read full release.
June 27, 2019 - Wilson Center Guitar Festival Announces 2019 Competition Semi-Finalists
Following a record number of preliminary-round applications, the seventh annual international Wilson Center Guitar Festival has announced the 61 semi-finalists from 50 cities around the world who will be competing on August 15-17, 2019, for their share of $40,000 in cash prizes and a chance to perform at the 2019 Milwaukee Irish Fest. Newly expanded this year to five genres—Blues, Classical, Fingerstyle, Jazz, and Rock—it is the goal of the Guitar Festival to celebrate the greatest guitarists of today and tomorrow. Read full release.
January 17, 2019 - Kate and Don Wilson to be Celebrated as Recipients of 15th Annual EDDY Award at Big Event
The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that Greater Milwaukee philanthropists Kate and Don Wilson will be honored with the 15th annual EDDY Award at the Wilson Center’s premier annual arts education fundraiser, The Big Event, co-chaired by The Burke Family and Barri and Dave Drury on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Read full release.
September 11, 2018 - Trinity Irish Dance Company Kicks Off Wilson Center 18/19 Season
Fresh off a three-week tour of Japan, Milwaukee’s own Trinity Irish Dance Company will open the 2018/2019 performance season at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts with two performances on Friday, Sept. 28, at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 29, at 7:00 p.m. Through a unique blend of hard-driving percussive power and aerial grace, TIDC sends a clear message of female empowerment as recently recognized by The New York Times: “As if on the women’s terms,” and The Boston Globe: “Where the women make the form their own.” Read full release.
May 3, 2018 - Wilson Center Names Executive Director
Following a nationwide search, the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts has named Anna M. Thompson as its Executive Director. Thompson comes to the Wilson Center from the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she served for two-and-a-half years as the Associate Vice President and Executive Director, overseeing a $4.8 million budget and producing and presenting more than 700 performances, residencies, and events annually. Read full release.
March 19, 2018 - Wilson Center Presents Acclaimed Jessica Lang Dance in Milwaukee Premiere
A stunning and stirring evening of dance await audiences as the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts welcomes Jessica Lang Dance for a Milwaukee-area premiere performance on Saturday, Mar. 24, at 8:00pm. Read full release.
December 5, 2017 - Wilson Center President and CEO Lynn Sprangers Announces Retirement
The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts is announcing that President & CEO Lynn Sprangers has announced her retirement. Sprangers, who joined the Wilson Center in the summer of 2016, will step down on December 31. Read full release
November 7, 2017 - Wilson Center Presents Celebration of South Indian Classical Dance
A sense of reverence, unfolding mystery, and imagination awaits audiences in the full-evening solo, They Rose At Dawn, performed by classical Bharatanatyam Indian dancer Aparna Ramaswamy at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Wilson Center) on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. Read full release
October 12, 2017 - Dynamic Sphinx Virtuosi to Perform 20th Anniversary Concert at Wilson Center
A celebration of concerti through the ages awaits audiences as the dynamic and diverse Sphinx Virtuosi bring their 20th Anniversary tour to the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Wilson Center) on Friday, Oct. 27, at 8:00 p.m. Read full release
October 10, 2017 - Bud and Sue Selig Announced as 2018 Wilson Center EDDY Award Recipients
The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Wilson Center) is pleased to announce that Allan H. (Bud) Selig and Suzanne L. Selig will be honored with the 14th annual EDDY Award at the Wilson Center’s premier annual arts education fundraiser, The Big Event, on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Read full release