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Monday, Oct. 25, 2010
Phil Cousineau, the San Francisco-based writer, world traveler and documentary filmmaker, will hold forth at Boswell Book Co. this Friday, Oct. 29. He’s well worth catching, no matter what subjects his latest books are addressing. He’s a compelling raconteur who never fails to regale a roomful of listeners. When I accompanied my friend Antler...
Classical Music and Dance
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010

Classical Preview

Edo de Waart began and ended last MSO season with exciting performances of two big Mahler symphonies: the Fifth last September and the Third last June. The current season will end next June with Mahler’s spectacular Second with choral finale. This weekend, for the second concert of his second...
Classical Music and Dance
Tuesday, June 1, 2010

MSO season finale: Mahler’s Third

Gustav Mahler said, “A symphony must be like the world—it must embrace everything.” This weekend, as grand finale to his first season as the Milwaukee Symphony’s new music director, Edo de Waart has chosen Mahler’s colossal Symphony No. 3. Once, when Mahler was 5, his father left him sitting on a tree stump in the Bavarian forest and told him to wait there until he returned...
Classical Music and Dance
Monday, March 29, 2010

Classical Preview

This weekend’s Milwaukee Symphony concert gives us a chance to hear the magnificent Symphony No. 1 by Edward Elgar (1857-1934), last played here in 1994. The self-taught son of a music shop owner...
Classical Music and Dance
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009

Classic Preview

The symphonies of Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) are often compared to things huge and noble, like mountains and forests and sunrises and sunsets. They are so expansive they seem to suggest vast glorious landscapes. Like whales, though big and weighty, they’re also supremely graceful. A poet once wrote that Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony would make a good peace treaty between humans and whales. Bruckner lived in landlocked...
Classical Music and Dance
Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Imagine the Whole Universe Bursts into Song

June 12 and 14 Andreas Delfs will conduct the Milwaukee premiere of Mahler's 8th Symphony. Delfs has conducted all the other nine Mahler symphonies here, all more than once, some of them several times. He's wanted to do the 8th for a long time, but it's seldom performed anywhere, not for any lack of greatness but because it's is on an immense scale, even for Mahler. The cost involved in staging this phenomenal work...

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