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Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010

Classical Review

Distinguished opera composer Dominick Argento once said to me, “The characters in The Marriage of Figaro are so rich, in both text and music, that I know them better than I know my own family.” There are plenty of reasons to see the new production of Mozart’s opera (sung in English) at Skylight Opera Theatre. Bill Theisen’s direction keeps the characters clear and the complex story moving forward...
Classical Music/Dance
Monday, Jan. 4, 2010

Classical Review

Combining aerialists, jugglers and acrobats with classical music played by an orchestra is the most exciting idea to hit the symphonic pops circuit in some time. Cirque de la Symphonie played three concerts with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra last weekend to large and diverse audiences. The best thing about the Saturday evening performance was...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009

Classical Review

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra presented a run of five performances of Messiah last week at three locations. I caught the Saturday evening performance at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, our city’s traditional, grand and elegant space. The cathedral is also Milwaukee’s most acoustically satisfying among its large churches...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009

Plus: Prometheus Trio’s rich performance

The old adage “the show must go on” came to mind Saturday evening when one member of the vocal quartet Anonymous 4 was hospitalized not long before the 5 p.m. Early Music Now concert at St. Joseph Center Chapel. If the remaining three members were agitated by circumstances (and who wouldn’t be?), it was not apparent...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009

Classical Review

Frankly Music presented an all-Shostakovich program at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music last Monday and Tuesday evenings. Pianist Adam Neiman kicked off the program with Three Fantastic Dances and 13 of the 24 Preludes, Op. 34. Neiman often sliced the air with sharply drawn phrases, playing with assertive...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009

Classical Review

I have never experienced an opera performance more undermined by poor set design than the Florentine Opera Tosca production that opened last Friday evening. Noele Stollmack’s set consisted of an uncomfortably steep raked platform, vast drab spaces in dark colors, and little else. Chic contemporary minimalism simply...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009

Classic Review

The young South Korean conductor Shi-Yeon Sung had the unenviable position of being the first guest conductor in this MSO season. In all other concerts before this, including regional touring, the musicians have essentially been through a bracing orchestral boot camp led by new music director Edo de Waart. The discipline and ensemble improvements in balance...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009

Early Music Now showcases Kirkby, Lindberg

As a critic I don’t come across many breakthrough events that go far beyond expectations into sensational territory, showing what’s possible. Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s concert performance last weekend of Béla Bartók’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle was electrifying and magnificent, the first watershed achievement of the Edo de Waart era at MSO...

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