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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...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Shortly after 1800, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) told a friend he would soon “pursue a new path” in music. Heretofore his output—though quite distinctly his own—was clearly indebted to the Haydn-Mozart tradition. As great as Beethoven’s early works...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010

Also: Frankly Music presents Brooklyn Rider

Out of necessity and limited resources true creation can emerge. Witness the case of a young Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) who had but two violinists, a violist and cellist at hand to fulfill the desire of a royal patron for new music. Haydn essentially became the founder of the string quartet—one of the fundamental genres of Classical Music...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010

Classical Preview

As a creative artist, Alexander Borodin (1833-1887) was perhaps the most accomplished of the late-19th-century Russian nationalist composers; his remarkable gifts were evident in nearly every work he wrote. Alas, there aren’t very many, for composing was always merely his part-time job. Indeed, it often took years for works to be finished...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010

Classical Preview

The effect of location on a composer’s works cannot often be overstated. Witness the output of late-Renaissance composer Giovanni Gabrieli (1553-1612), who succeeded his uncle (and fellow composer) Andrea Gabrieli as music director of Venice’s St. Mark Cathedral in 1586. Therein, he purposely...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009

Classical Christmas celebrations in Milwaukee

The great thing about Classical Music around the holidays is that there is just so much of it available, and none need fall into the dreaded schmaltz category (all too easy to do at Christmastime). Indeed, two local ensembles avoid the cheap stuff and go right for the luxuries of Christmas past...