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Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Classical Review

There was an understandable spirit of anticipation in the air at Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on Friday evening. Andreas Delfs returned to the podium, his first appearance in this city since leaving the position of MSO music director in June 2009. Delfs decidedly earned a beloved status in his 12 years with the...
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...