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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...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Classical Review

Andreas Delfs knows how to make an exit. After 12 years as music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, last weekend was his final concert. Symphony No. 8 by Gustav Mahler is rich in philosophy, theology, literature, and is one of the great monuments of symphonic literature. Because of the...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
A few weeks ago I said that more than any other composer, Brahms is the sound of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra during the Andreas Delfs era. Last Saturday night's performance of Brahms' Symphony No. 1 supported that statement. The combination of Delfs and the MSO...
A&E Feature
Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Revered MSO music director heads to Honolulu next

Morale at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in the mid-1990s was at a low ebb. Attendance was off, the performances sometimes indifferent. The fortunes of the orchestra began to change with the appointment of Andreas Delfs, who first conducted as music director in 1997. The years seem to have flown by. Delfs conducts the last concerts of his tenure this weekend with Symphony No. 8 by Mahler, a piece...

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