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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...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Classical Review

Of the top pianists touring the world playing recitals and concertos, Jean-Yves Thibaudet achieves something that is increasingly elusive in contemporary classical music. Instead of standard-issue mastery of the keyboard-no small accomplishment, however lacking in individuality it may be-he plays with distinctive sound and style. His return engagement last weekend with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra was brilliant...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Classical Review

The Skylight has a long tradition of Gilbert & Sullivan, which has often been some of the company's best work. Such was the case with The Pirates of Penzance, which opened last Friday. I happily recommend this production to anyone who likes operas, operettas or musicals. The good cast features a nearly ideal Frederic in lyric tenor Robert M. Boldin, charming and believably openhearted. Niffer Clarke...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Classical Review

The MacDowell Club, dedicated to presenting local musicians and composers to music lovers, is a civilizing cultural tradition. The club is named for American composer Edward MacDowell, and was the fruit of his widow's lecture and performance tours about his music after his death in 1908. The Milwaukee chapter is celebrating a remarkable 100th anniversary this season. A centennial concert was held last Tuesday evening at the Athenaeum in the Woman's Club of Wisconsin, and featured the premiere...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Classical Review

Two Early Music Now concerts this season diverted into folk music, a broader definition of what comprises "early music." And why not? Last fall Trio Mediaeval presented a program of Nordic folk songs. Music from the opposite end of Europe was featured in a concert Saturday night by Kitka at the Basilica of St. Josaphat. Kitka, a women's vocal ensemble based in San Francisco, specializes in music from southeastern Europe, particularly from Bulgaria. Music of this...