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Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, July 7, 2009

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In the fifth installment of its Summer Arts in the Park concert series, Wisconsin Lutheran College plays host to a veritable smorgasbord of visual and aural entertainment. There will be fine art on display, craft booths to peruse, a silent auction to consider and food and drink to enjoy. The Steve Lewandowski Jazz Trio starts the day's musical performances...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

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Paris-born pianist Miklos Schön has steadily been collecting prizes in chamber music and solo piano at several international competitions and has appeared at many music festivals and concerts in Europe, Asia and the United States. He founded the Weber Trio in 1994 and is currently artistic director of France's Festival aux Chandelles. The Fine Arts Quartet, artists-in-residence...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Plus: Andreas Delfs’ grand finale

Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe first met each other as freshmen at Juilliard, both eventually earning their bachelor's and master's degrees there. Their friendship and similar musical outlooks resulted in the creation of the piano duo Anderson & Roe, which by now has traveled frequently, performing across the country. In 2008 they release their first CD, Reimagine, and indeed, "reimagine...
Classical Music/Dance
Monday, May 25, 2009

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No one knows what prompted Mozart to compose his last three symphonies in such rapid succession in the summer of 1788, with neither commission nor prospective performance in hand. Indeed, we don't even know if they were ever performed in his lifetime. The most satisfying explanation is that he wrote them to fulfill an inner artistic drive and, as Mozart scholar Alfred Einstein...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, May 19, 2009

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The tumultuous events of the 20th century had a profound effect upon Western music, sweeping Romanticism away and leaving the last of its adherents to become increasingly anachronistic or embrace rapid change. The next Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert under guest conductor Pietari Inkinen explores...
A&E Feature
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Milwaukee Symphony’s composer-conductor

He was born on Aug. 15, 1922, in Berlin, a precocious child who soon showed an interest in music, composing his first work at age 7. Like many families of that time, the Fuchs left Nazi Germany, first to Paris in 1933, and thence to the United States two years later. It was here that young Lukas changed his last name to Foss, and a remarkable new life began...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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By his middle years as a composer (often dubbed his "Heroic Period"), Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) had found his own voice to the extent that he was no longer considered a mere extension of Mozart and Haydn. In 1808 he produced two groundbreaking symphonies (the Fifth and Sixth), as well as a set of piano trios (Op. 70), that represent a return to the intimacy of chamber music that Beethoven had set aside for grander forms. Of the Piano Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2, noted scholar...
Classical Music/Dance
Thursday, April 2, 2009

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While composers often display the influence of their forebears, few come to create a whole new genre. One such rarity was Ludwig van Beethoven, whose compositions for cello and piano were unprecedented. When he started this process the cello was basically a supportive instrument in the orchestra's bass section...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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In 1899 Finland was just another province of the Russian Empire, but Finnish patriotism was ever on the rise. Even so, movement toward independence had to be cautious. That year, Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) responded to a request for music ostensibly for festivals to be held in aid of the journalists' pension fund. In reality, the effort was aimed at the struggle for freedom. Sibelius composed several short...