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Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010

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The MacDowell Club of Milwaukee’s next concert (“Solos and Ensembles”) certainly lives up to its billing, providing concertgoers with all sorts of instrumental and/or vocal combinations performing a wide variety of works. But the best adjective to describe this event (and a word near and dear to everyone’s heart) is that it’s free!
Classical Music/Dance
Monday, Dec. 6, 2010

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After the highly successful “In Harmony: At Home With Biedermeier” series of concerts consisting of Classical and early Romantic chamber pieces, Ensemble Musical Offering’s Artistic Director Joan Parsley looked forward to a different kind of homecoming. “I missed the Baroque...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

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Of the several hundred works composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91), there are but six piano trios. He first entered the field in 1776, returned with two more a decade later, and added a final three in 1788. For their next concert, the Prometheus Trio has selected the second from the last: Piano Trio in C Major, K. 548...
Classical Music/Dance
Monday, Nov. 22, 2010
The fact that Peter Tchaikovsky’s (1840-93) Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 (1878) is both melodious and structurally sound attests to the resilience of its creator, for it was composed shortly after Tchaikovsky’s disastrous marriage and abortive suicide attempt. The D Major Concerto fairly teems with...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010

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An openhearted and thoroughgoing romantic, Samuel Barber (1910-81) was one of the few 20th-century American composers to fight for the primacy of lyricism (though his music migrated somewhat away from this later in life). In particular, an emotive violin concerto and the Adagio for Strings have gained a popularity exceeded only by certain works of Gershwin and Copland...
Classical Music/Dance
Monday, Nov. 8, 2010

Upcoming concerts include Philomusica String Quartet, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

With their next concert, the Philomusica String Quartet—newest resident faculty ensemble at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music—begins a multi-year canvassing of all the quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Appropriately enough, they start more or less at the beginning...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010

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If you were setting forth upon the briny main in a sailing ship in 1577 on a voyage of discovery and piracy—one that would take years and circumnavigate the globe—what would you take with you? Such is the question that faced Francis Drake (1540-96) on a November day over four centuries ago. Not on your list, most likely, would be musical instruments...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

Wisconsin Philharmonic’s tribute to veterans

“Our Nov. 7 concert, a musical tribute in the spirit of Veterans Day,” says Alexander Platt, “is the fulfillment of a long-held dream of mine: to pay homage, in words and music, to the service and sacrifices of our service men and women past and present.” And thus, Maestro Platt will lead the former Waukesha Symphony...
Classical Music/Dance
Monday, Oct. 4, 2010

MSO returns to Rachmaninoff

A contemporary of such “revolutionary” figures as Scriabin, Schoenberg, Ravel and Ives, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) never questioned the validity of the late Romantic tradition he inherited from Tchaikovsky, Rubinstein and Rimsky-Korsakov. But his eschewal of impressionism, atonality and all the...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010

Frankly Music opens its season with Tchaikovsky, Strauss

One of the best attributes of Classical music is how it can paint an aural picture of a time and place—more than mere travelogue—giving the listener a sense of what the composer experienced so long ago and far away. Two very divergent such musical portraits will be presented by Frankly Music through the string sextet genre in their first concert of the season...

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