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Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Confident performances of Fauré, Ravel and Stravinsky

 For years now, since the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra found its groove with Music Director Edo de Waart, I’ve written that the orchestra has never sounded better. That remains true. When De Waart is on the podium, as was the case in a concert last Friday, the MSO plays with confident
Classical Music/Dance
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
 At the Early Music Now concert series I sometimes encounter music I never thought I would ever hear in live performance. Like all music students in college, years ago I gained only first-glance familiarity with the 14th-century French poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut. His music
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

Frank Almond’s inspiring chamber concert

 The shocking story of the armed robbery of the 1715 “Lipinski” Stradivari violin from Frank Almond on the cold night of January 27, after a Frankly Music concert at Wisconsin Lutheran College, has traveled around the world. This unjust and violent act is a horrendous violation of Almond as a
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

Milwaukee Opera Theatre presents new work

 As is sometimes the case, there was more than one classical performance of interest last weekend. With Music Director Edo de Waart on the podium, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra was in top form on Saturday evening. The young Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan was a last-minute
Classical Music/Dance
Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

Present Music concert featured contemporary female composers

 Present Music has regularly explored alternative concert venues, not out of line with the downtown and Brooklyn scene that has emerged in New York in the last decade. The Saturday evening concert was held at Anodyne Coffee in Walker’s Point. Ambient room sounds were sometimes
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

Skylight’s rare performance of ‘El Cimarrón’

Skylight Music Theatre started the New Year with a production of Hans Werner Henze’s chamber opera El Cimarrón, composed in 1970. Set in 19th-century Cuba, the libretto (originally in German, sun
Classical Music/Dance
Monday, Dec. 23, 2013

MSO delivers a rhythmic, stylish holiday event

 Some years Messiah has felt like an annual obligation, but not this time around. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra 2013 edition lived up to expectations of being a major holiday event. The performance I heard on Thursday evening at the Cathedral of St. John was an uplifting pleasure
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

Prometheus Trio performs elegant, varied program at the Conservatory

 Prometheus Trio gave another literature-rich concert at the Conservatory of Music last week. Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra principal horn player Matthew Annin joined trio regulars Stefanie Jacob (piano), Timothy Klabunde (violin) and Scott Tisdel (cello)
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

Frankly Music breaks ground with program of art songs

 The Frankly Music series broke new ground last week by adding a singer into its chamber music mix. Baritone Kelly Markgraf, who grew up in Cedarburg, was the featured soloist in a concert last week at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music