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Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010

Classical Review

Bass players rarely become renowned soloists. Edgar Meyer is the exception, performing his own compositions as well as the small body of music by other composers for the instrument. Meyer’s longstanding appeal goes beyond out-of-the-ordinary curiosity. His artistry was happily...
Classical Music/Dance
Monday, Nov. 8, 2010

Also: Chamber Music Milwaukee turns to film

The Saturday evening concert at the Zelazo Center by the London ensemble Fretwork was historical in the truest sense. The program mixed old and new in an engrossing theme: The World Encompassed – Sir Francis Drake. The six-player viol group commissioned composer Orlando Gough to write music...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010

Classical Review

As much as we appreciate the established top classical performers in town, it is good to see a new, young professional player who, by talent and ability, earns a place in their company. Ilana Setapen is in her second season as associate concertmaster at Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She presented a Sunday afternoon recital at Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, presented by Civic Music Association...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

Classical Review

The Basilica of St. Josaphat is one of the few public places in Milwaukee that conjures the city’s soul, past and present. Awe-inspiring as it is, performances in the Basilica are chancy, to say the least. Unaccompanied choral music works best there, particularly of music intended to be heard in cathedral acoustics...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010

Classical Review

Talent does not come any bigger than that possessed by pianist Joyce Yang. She grew up in Seoul, South Korea, and moved to the United States at a young age to study at Juilliard. At 19 she won the silver medal at the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and has since established an international career. Edo de Waart is one of her champions, performing with her not only with...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

MSO, Early Music Now add to embarrassment of riches

The greatness of Gustav Mahler’s eccentric Symphony No. 7 lies in its mysteries. Almost entirely built in very brief episodes, the music does not accumulate in a grand statement typical of the composer. Even veteran concertgoers can be left baffled by it. This is territory for only the most experienced conductor. In a Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performance last Saturday evening Edo de Waart was the...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010
Wisconsin’s largest arts organization by far, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, began a new season last Friday night with a concert that showed more a promise for the future than a highly polished present. The orchestra sounded as if it needed more rehearsal to gel and find its stride of last spring. The program...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010
Present Music (PM) has settled into Turner Hall Ballroom, the idiosyncratic Downtown landmark. Saturday night’s concert, which launched a new season, marked the last appearance of retiring pianist Phillip Bush, a longtime ensemble member. The Piano Concerto by György Ligeti, with the largest PM chamber orchestra ever assembled, is very difficult music...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Classical Review

Present Music has explored more performing venues than any other classical group in town. Last Friday evening two performances took place at a nightclub, The Wherehouse, in the harbor area, at the end of National Avenue. Though unlikely, the space is a favorable one. The rectangular room with a very high ceiling and wooden floor (typically for dancing) rendered surprisingly good sound...