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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...
Classical Music/Dance
Monday, Oct. 26, 2009

Classical Review

Milwaukee Symphony Chorus (MSC), the premier choral group in a choral town, is rarely heard without orchestra. That opportunity arose in a pair of concerts last weekend at St. Anthony Church, at Ninth Street and Mitchell. Another of the city’s distinguished church interiors, its acoustics are wonderfully flattering to choral music. In this environment, unaccompanied...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009

Classical Review

Frankly Music, Milwaukee’s best chamber music series, began a new season last Monday in a concert at Wisconsin Lutheran College. It was a near sellout, despite the Packers-Vikings-Favre drama playing out on television. Some Wisconsinites apparently prefer Brahms to football. Violinist Frank Almond, concertmaster at Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Frankly Music artistic...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009

Classical Review

Standard repertory is often performed in a generalized mix of style and tradition. Even good results are undistinguished as a result. A better, higher route is fresh and vibrant consideration. This requires rehearsal time, but also intellectual insight and evolved aesthetic taste. Edo de Waart has both those qualities and more...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009

Classical Review

Present Music has settled into Turner Hall for four of its six 2009-10 concerts. The funky space suits the group, and acoustics are satisfying, but Turner Hall is not without its problems. A low rumble came through the floor on the right side of the hall at the concert last Saturday evening, a constant distraction. Light was scarce; I resorted to reading...