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Off the Cuff
Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010
Gwen Gillen’s works include the sculpture of Mary Tyler Moore tossing her hat in the air that stands in downtown Minneapolis, the duck family on the bridge over the Milwaukee River on Wisconsin Avenue, and sensitive life-sized sculptures of Father Kentenich, founder of the...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010

Michael Pink scores another hit with moving cry against abuse of power

After expressing unabashed enthusiasm for three of Michael Pink’s ballets last season, I came to the opening of Esmeralda in search of something I could criticize. No luck. On the contrary, this brand-new reworking of his 12-year-old ballet The Hunchback of Notre Dame (changed enough to warrant the new title) is magnificent. Every moment is rich with feeling and sense...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010

Classical Preview

The Florentine Opera is not the only Milwaukee opera company to present a world premiere this year. With equal courage, the Milwaukee Opera Theatre (MOT) has undertaken the task of developing an original operetta by local composer and writer Jason Powell. A staged concert reading of his Fortuna the Time Bender...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010

Strong performances aid uneven production

Warm congratulations to the Florentine Opera on its first world premiere. Rio de Sangre by composer Don Davis, librettist Kate Gale and translator Alicia Partnoy is a somber full-scale opera in Spanish. The idealistic Christian Delacruz, newly elected to lead a fictional Latin American country, is ruined by the machinations...
Off the Cuff
Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010
I recently had an opportunity to sit down with the three newest additions to the Milwaukee Ballet, Julianne Kepley, Joshua Reynolds and Tanner Schwartz. I asked them how they joined the company...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

Florentine delivers first world premiere

When William Florescu joined the Florentine Opera as its general director five years ago, he helped to usher in a new era for the opera company. “The company had, I think, a reputation as financially successful but somewhat insular,” he says. “We’ve turned our vision outward into the community and the world.” Now in its 77th year...
Monday, Sept. 27, 2010

Performance Review

The theme of the 6th Performance Art Showcase was “Souvenirs.” To emphasize the ephemeral nature of live performance, co-producers Pegi Christiansen and John Loscuito asked each participating artist to offer the audience an object memento of their interaction. Twenty separate performances, many with...