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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Present Music and Early Music Now featured great singers

 Two very different, terrific singers were featured in concerts this weekend. Both sang old music, and both sang in highly evolved style. The similarities end there
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MSO gives a blended, balanced, nuanced concert

 The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra again performed in the Pabst Theater, for the last time this season, for the final program in its three-concert Beethoven Festival, which has also featured the music of John Adams and Igor Stravinsky. Hearing Beethoven symphonies in this context made
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Great acoustics for a challenging repertoire

 Years ago the Pabst Theater was a regular venue for classical performance. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is playing two concerts there, the first of which took place last weekend. I realized how much I’ve missed hearing classical music at the Pabst
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
 Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s three-week Beethoven Festival began last weekend. Besides Beethoven symphonies, the programs feature music by John Adams, a composer whose works have a strong connection to conductor Edo de Waart, and Igor Stravinsky
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