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Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
When listening to classical music, acoustics and where you sit in the hall are almost as important as the performance itself. At the Sunday afternoon Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert I was seated in row J on the main floor, about eight or nine rows closer than my regular seats. That doesn’t seem like much, but the difference was enormous. Further back in the hall the sound...
Classical Music/Dance
Monday, Feb. 15, 2010

Classical Review

Chamber Music Milwaukee presented an engaging concert last Thursday evening at the Zelazo Center at UW-Milwaukee. As is usually the case with CMM, the program was a potpourri of various works and UWM faculty performers, enlivened by the presence of soprano Susanna Phillips, a guest artist. Phillips has a captivating, creamy, clear lyric voice. She is currently singing a leading role in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at Lyric Opera of Chicago. A highlight...
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...