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Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010

Prometheus Trio kicks off 11th season with Haydn, Brahms and Fauré

The piano trio genre originated in the “trio sonata” of the Baroque Era (mid-17th to mid-18th centuries), where a solo instrument (usually the violin) dominated the proceedings, supported by keyboards (harpsichord, for the most part) and a bass stringed instrument. But the genre really took off in the...
Fall Fine Arts Guide
Monday, Aug. 30, 2010
Milwaukee classical music fans are blessed to have so many options available to them, as this smattering of highlights from the new music season makes crystal clear. The Fine Arts Quartet opens its season with a classical masterpiece and two 20th-century works...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Mention the names Mozart, Beethoven, Bach or Brahms to even non-classical music fans and they will almost assuredly ring a bell. But say Kchel, Hoboken, Longo or Deutsch and you’ll get a blank stare. Even classical listeners might have trouble recognizing them. Yet these are the names of gentlemen who...
Classical Music/Dance
Monday, June 7, 2010

Classical Preview

The summer pops concert is a staple of American orchestras, and as summer also means the anniversary of the founding of the United States, these concerts are almost always given a patriotic theme. With the musical framework pretty much set due to these expectations, the challenge is to be different somehow...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Classical Preview

“Organist, pianist, caricaturist, dabbler in science, enamored of mathematics and astronomy, amateur comedian, critic, traveler, archaeologist—he is a restless man.” So American music critic Philip Hale described French composer Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921), who towered over French musical life like no one had since Jean-Baptiste Lully some two centuries before...
Classical Review
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Classical Review

“Shining Stars” was the appropriate title of the Wisconsin Philharmonic's May 2 concert. In addition to the orchestra's usual instrumentalists there appeared the winners of its youth concerto competition as well as a smattering of youth orchestra members. Another “shining star” was Joseph Schwantner, the American composer of the first work, Chasing Light. This four-movement work reflects...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Classical Preview

“I’m very excited about the program we’ve put together for our first concert at the Wilson Center,” says Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster and violinist Frank Almond of his next performing event. It’s easy to see why. Frankly Music (violinist Frank...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Classical Preview

Upon seeing the Liffey River meeting the sea, Anna Livia sings out “Far calls, coming, far!” This may not make a lot of sense, but such is the odd language of James Joyce’s 1939 novel Finnegans Wake. Four decades later, Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu (1930-96) found inspiration in the scene for a piece for violin...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Milwaukeeans treated to music from Philomusica, Fine Arts

The Philomusica Quartet’s next concert is called “Jewish Expressions,” aptly so since that religious and cultural quality is shared by all three composers on the program...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Diverse works come to Pabst Theater, Turner Hall Ballroom

When young composer Aaron Copland (1900-90) witnessed how dancer/choreographer Martha Graham turned his Piano Variations into the “very striking” ballet Dithyramb, he decided to see if they could next work collaboratively on an original stage work. Though she readily agreed, the project wouldn’t materialize for more than...

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