"The Lakeshore goes Hollywood: A Celebration of Garth Neustadter's Emmy Award" was held on March 16, 2012 at the Capitol Civic Centre. Neustadter became one of the youngest composers to receive a Primetime Emmy Award in 2011 for his score for the PBS ‘American Masters’ documentary, “John Muir in the New World.” Raised in Manitowoc and a graduate of Manitowoc Lutheran High School and Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis., Neustadter is presently studying composition at Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

The March 16 concert celebrated Neustadter’s accomplishments and featured the Garth Neustadter Trio, which includes parents Kris and Gary Neustadter of Manitowoc. Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels, a Lutheran High classmate and friend of Garth, served as emcee. The event was a fundraiser for the Capitol Civic Centre, an organization that the Neustadters feel strongly about and a stage where they have performed a number of times.

According to Capitol Executive Director, Matt Schliesman, “We join this community in feeling great pride over Garth’s truly exceptional accomplishment.  He is a shining example of the magic of Manitowoc and the Lakeshore, and a shining example of why arts and culture are important to all of us. As the Lakeshore’s Performing Arts Center, we are grateful to Garth, Gary and Kris Neustadter for making this Capitol Civic Centre fundraiser possible. We enjoyed a very special and memorable evening!”

Many thanks to our exceptional event sponsors: Holy Family Memorial; Amy & Mike Molepske, Bank First National; Paula & Terry Fox; Eileen & Lee Kummer; Gina & Peter Deschler; Mark Klaiber; Terri & Jim Vopat; The Laurino Family; Dr. Scott Behringer Family; Candice & Tom Giesen, Schenck; Dr. Tracy Rupke & Family; Ann & Tim Salutz, Salutz & Salutz LLP; The Capitol Civic Centre Board of Directors; Fricke Printing Service.

We are very grateful for the support of the following: Alex & Dave Salm, Al Corso Restaraunt; Julia & Tom Angst; Charles Bouc; Lisa & Tony Burgarino, Tony's Pizza; William Casey, Access Investment Advisors; Ben Cress, RiverBank; Dr. Jennifer Garvin-Cress & John Cress; Dr. Julia Hester-Diaz & Dr. Alfredo Diaz; Eleanor & Joe DiRaimondo; Diana Dreger, The Flower Gallery & Gallery Interior Design; Vicki Grimstad; Jenny & Ben Harrison, Kaysun Corporation; Heid Music Store; Patty & Bernie Huettl; Kathy & Dr. Jeff Jacoby; John Jagemann, Courthouse Pub; The City of Manitowoc; Manitowoc Lutheran High School; Manitowoc Trophy; The Don Markwardt Family; Justin Nickels; Jerry Simmet, Classique Limousine; Triangle Distributing & Legacy Brands; Village of Reedsville; Jean Wolfmeyer School of Dance.

In addition, we recognize the time, commitment, and enthusiasm of our Capitol Fund Development and Special Event Committee Members: Paula Fox (chair), Shelly Braun, Don Markwardt, Ben Cress, Justin Nickels, Amy Fricke-Weigel, and Gary Neustadter.

This, and every event, at the Capitol Civic Centre would not be possible without the dedication and teamwork of our volunteers and staff.

To Garth, Kris, and Gary: thank you for a memorable evening of joy, song, and celebration. Your kindness, talent, and effort made "The Lakeshore Goes Hollywood" possible. Thank you!