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Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Classical Review

In violinist Joshua Bell's performance with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra last Wednesday evening, he proved why he is one of the top stars in classical music. With his signature mop top hair swinging, Bell was a dashing romantic hero in the Concerto in G minor by Max Bruch, gorgeous sound emanating from...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Classical Review

I had a familiar feeling sitting through Così fan tutte at Skylight Opera on Sunday afternoon: seething irritation. It's the experience of witnessing a director's misguided take on an opera, confusing the rightful role of insightful interpreter with that of an original creator. Director Dimitri Toscas wrote a free libretto...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
What I like most about violinist Gil Shaham—besides his captivating playing—is the bubbling, exuberant joy in music-making. He can barely contain his excitement on stage, physically moving around more than any other soloist, periodically flashing a broadly sincere smile...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Classical Review

I looked forward to hearing John Adams' Harmonium at Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra more than any other music in this classical season. I was not disappointed last Friday evening. Harmonium, one of the landmarks in the maturity of Minimalism of the 1970s and '80s, has become...
Classical Review
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011
I knew violinist Ilana Setapen was good. I had heard her in recital and in chamber music. But I didn’t realize how wonderfully and exceptionally good she is until hearing her play Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Milwaukee Symphony last Saturday night. Setapen is associate concertmaster of the orchestra. I would guess that there are few...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011

Also: Frankly Music enlivens Schwan Hall

Sometimes a two-hour concert feels like being transported on a long, rich journey. Such was the case at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on Saturday evening in the vast expanses of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, and Act I of Wagner’s Die Walkre...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011

Classical Review

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson is one of the most accomplished and lasting veterans on the concerto circuit. I don’t recall how often I have heard him play over the years, but surely several to many times. His big guy virility at the keyboard and aesthetic grasp have always been impressive. Considering all this, it was surprising that his performance...