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Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Fantastic rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth

Two years ago the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra could only seem to play with razor sharpness and unity of purpose when Music Director Edo de Waart was conducting. It had taken de Waart, a master technician, more than three years to move the ensemble from good to excellent, a pretty
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Frankly Music opens its season with Bach

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra was the place to be in town on Saturday night, with the great film composer John Williams as guest. The concert sold out in four hours upon announcement. It undoubtedly felt like a rare event to everyone there, including the orchestra itself. Electricity buzzed
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Finding fresh ideas in Rossini’s ‘La Cenerentola’

“Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” That often-quoted quip applies as much to opera as to theater, and nothing is harder in operatic comedy than Gioachino Rossini. Not only are there vocal challenges in the bel canto style, but the often repeated lines and many numbers seem to scheme
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Caroline Shaw octet provided a break in the gloom

 Present Music presents a smorgasbord of composers and styles, with some degree of hit and miss as part of the nature of performing new music. The season finale, performed Friday evening at the Cabot Theatre (normally home to Skylight) was decidedly more miss than hit
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Gilbert Varga conducts Tchaikovsky and Mozart

 Guest conductor Gilbert Varga returned to conduct the final classical concert of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra season last weekend. The highlight was Karen Gomyo’s account of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Violin, with every note and nuance emerging with clarity and exquisite taste.
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A great ensemble hits its stride as season nears end

 A member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra I have wanted to hear more from as a soloist is principal cellist Susan Babini. After her first featured solo in the orchestra a few seasons ago, I paraphrased the famous line from Jerry Maguire: “She had me at hello.” I have heard her only
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

‘8 is Enough’ reaches lyrical heights

 The final Frankly Music concert of the season was performed last week at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Most in the audience certainly were aware of the events of the previous concert at this venue, after which the Stradivarius violin Frank Almond plays was stolen. The story traveled around