Express Milwaukee - Classical Music/Dance http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-30-1-classical-music_dance.html Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 What Would Devo Do? - Danceworks Gets ‘Plugged In’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23143-what-would-devo-do-danceworks-gets-%25E2%2580%2598plugged-in%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Jason Powell is having a great spring. In March

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Milwaukee Ballet’s 'Peter Pan' Airs Nationally - Dance Happening http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23144-milwaukee-ballet%25E2%2580%2599s-peter-pan-airs-nationally-dance-happening.html  If you couldn’t see it live, here’s a television version to rival Mary Martin’s. If you saw it at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, you can thrill to it again in close-up

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New Voices for Old Music - Present Music and Early Music Now featured great singers http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23122-new-voices-for-old-music-present-music-and-early-music-now-featured-great-singers.html

 Two very different, terrific singers were featured in concerts this weekend. Both sang old music, and both sang in highly evolved style. The similarities end there

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Four Nations from Early Music Now http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23106-four-nations-from-early-music-now.html  The Four Nations Ensemble, Early Music Now’s current artists in residence, brings the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau, Jean-Marie LeClair, François Couperin and Louis-Nicolas Clérambault to stage for the one-night-only show The Paris of LeClair and Rameau. Special artists include

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Milwaukee Ballet's 'Spring Series' - Outstanding world premieres and a celebrated work http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23097-milwaukee-ballets-spring-series-outstanding-world-premieres-and-a-celebrated-work.html

 In Passing, a one-act ballet by San Francisco-based choreographer Amy Seiwert and the first of two world premieres presented by Milwaukee Ballet in its “Spring Series”

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Beethoven Keeps Company with Stravinsky and Adams - MSO gives a blended, balanced, nuanced concert http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23089-beethoven-keeps-company-with-stravinsky-and-adams-mso-gives-a-blended-balanced-nuanced-concert.html

 The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra again performed in the Pabst Theater, for the last time this season, for the final program in its three-concert Beethoven Festival, which has also featured the music of John Adams and Igor Stravinsky. Hearing Beethoven symphonies in this context made

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Catey Ott’s Graceful Homecoming - A tribute to dance and ‘The Incomparable Hildegarde’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23070-catey-ott%25E2%2580%2599s-graceful-homecoming-a-tribute-to-dance-and-%25E2%2580%2598the-incomparable-hildegarde%25E2%2580%2599.html  In her hour-long dance theater piece LIVING IT UP (and dOWN), choreographer/dancer Catey Ott playfully compared aspects of her own life with that

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Dance Happening: Pilobolus http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23065-dance-happening-pilobolus.html  When they started in the experimental early 1970s, Pilobolus seemed less a dance company than a physical theater group—a band of graceful gymnasts who, with the

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Madison Opera’s Dead Man Walking Breaks New Ground http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23053-madison-opera%25E2%2580%2599s-dead-man-walking-breaks-new-ground.html  Rape, murder and its ultimate retribution dressed in 18th century garb constitutes nothing new when it comes to grand opera. Position such actions in a contemporary setting and create a scenario based on the real life events

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MSO Returns to the Pabst - Great acoustics for a challenging repertoire http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23022-mso-returns-to-the-pabst-great-acoustics-for-a-challenging-repertoire.html

 Years ago the Pabst Theater was a regular venue for classical performance. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is playing two concerts there, the first of which took place last weekend. I realized how much I’ve missed hearing classical music at the Pabst

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Dance Happening: March 27 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23009-dance-happening-march-27.html  I was introduced to stepping as a street dance form relished by the teens participating in my theater program at the Boys & Girls Clubs. Often done by teams in tight unison, the insanely rhythmic, fast-paced whole-body

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Julius Caesar Meets Cleopatra - Deathless story in the Florentine’s production of Handel’s opera http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22960-julius-caesar-meets-cleopatra-deathless-story-in-the-florentine%25E2%2580%2599s-production-of-handel%25E2%2580%2599s-opera.html

 George Frideric Handel’s great baroque opera, Julius Caesar (1724), may come as an exhilaratingly provocative and tempestuous treat to those more familiar with the composer’s later choral and orchestral works such as the perennial (and justly acclaimed) Messiah. Although German born

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MSO’s Beethoven Festival Begins http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22961-mso%25E2%2580%2599s-beethoven-festival-begins.html

 Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s three-week Beethoven Festival began last weekend. Besides Beethoven symphonies, the programs feature music by John Adams, a composer whose works have a strong connection to conductor Edo de Waart, and Igor Stravinsky

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Performance Happening: Cooperative Performance Milwaukee http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22931-performance-happening-cooperative-performance-milwaukee.html  Decide what you’d like to see presented in this adventurous performing artists co-op’s first full season. Members will pitch ideas to the public using the entertaining pecha

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A Sleek, Chilling 'Hydrogen Jukebox' - Skylight's performance of the Glass-Ginsberg opera http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22858-a-sleek-chilling-hydrogen-jukebox-skylights-performance-of-the-glass-ginsberg-opera.html

 Artistic Director Viswa Subbaraman continues his bold debut season at Skylight Music Theatre with Hydrogen Jukebox, marking the theater’s first Philip Glass opera production. It runs through March 30

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'LIVING IT UP (and dOWN)' in New York and Milwaukee - Catey Ott Dance Collective comes home http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22859-living-it-up-%2528and-down%2529-in-new-york-and-milwaukee-catey-ott-dance-collective-comes-home.html

 “The Incomparable Hildegarde,” aka Hildegarde Loretta Sell, of Adele, Wis., graduated from Marquette to become a singing star on the international supper club circuit in the mid-twentieth century. Gloved, gowned

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Early Music Now Presents East of the River http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22825-early-music-now-presents-east-of-the-river.html  East of the River integrates musicians from classical, jazz, rock and world music to create an aural sensuality unfamiliar to Western ears. In its program “Levantera”—an unrelenting east wind of the Adriatic region—the artists of East of the River will blow listeners across the far-reaching

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A Tempting Collaboration http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22826-a-tempting-collaboration.html  Danceworks Performance Company and Present Music joined forces for Temptation’s Snare, a retelling of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale with choreography by Dani Kuepper, direction by Jason Powell, and Julian

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Dance Happening: LeeSaar The Company http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22827-dance-happening-leesaar-the-company.html  New York’s LeeSaar The Company comes to Milwaukee to share a production inspired by the choreographers’ six years in the Israeli military. The company is most notable for its use of Gaga

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Classical Afternoon Delights - Racine Symphony mixes Baroque and Romantic eras http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22773-classical-afternoon-delights-racine-symphony-mixes-baroque-and-romantic-eras.html  The Racine Symphony Orchestra’s next Masterworks concert, “Afternoon Introductions,” presents light and beautiful music perfectly suited to a late-winter Sunday afternoon

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Milwaukee Symphony Keeps its Groove - Confident performances of Fauré, Ravel and Stravinsky http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22760-milwaukee-symphony-keeps-its-groove-confident-performances-of-faure-ravel-and-stravinsky.html

 For years now, since the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra found its groove with Music Director Edo de Waart, I’ve written that the orchestra has never sounded better. That remains true. When De Waart is on the podium, as was the case in a concert last Friday, the MSO plays with confident

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Classical Happenings http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22723-classical-happenings.html

 Richard Hynson leads the Bel Canto Chorus and Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra in James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross and Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, at the Basilica of St. Josaphat, 2333 S. Sixth St. For more information, visit

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Orlando Consort Goes Medieval http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22696-orlando-consort-goes-medieval.html

 At the Early Music Now concert series I sometimes encounter music I never thought I would ever hear in live performance. Like all music students in college, years ago I gained only first-glance familiarity with the 14th-century French poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut. His music

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Milwaukee Ballet’s Triumphant Winter Series - Young and veteran dancers bring viewers close to the act of creation http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22677-milwaukee-ballet%25E2%2580%2599s-triumphant-winter-series-young-and-veteran-dancers-bring-viewers-close-to-the-act-of-creation.html

 Like a proud father, Michael Pink opened his company’s Winter Series with an unannounced curtain raiser. MBII, Milwaukee Ballet’s 20 young professionals

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A Late Medieval Valentine - Early Music Now brings Orlando Consort to Milwaukee http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22649-a-late-medieval-valentine-early-music-now-brings-orlando-consort-to-milwaukee.html

 Early Music Now presents the Orlando Consort, one of Britain’s most revered vocal ensembles, in a performance of Guillaume de Machaut’s Le Voir Dit and 15th- and 16th-century masterworks by Dufay, Josquin and Ockeghem as the ensemble graces Milwaukee on its five-city U.S. tour

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Piano Trio Takes On Dvorak - Prometheus exciting concert series continues http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22598-piano-trio-takes-on-dvorak-prometheus-exciting-concert-series-continues.html

For Prometheus Trio’s third concert in this season’s four-part series, Scott Tisdel (cello), Stefanie Jacob (piano) and Timothy Klabunde (violin) will perform Antonín Dvorák’s challenging Trio in F Minor, Op. 65, a set of quirky Viennese drinking song variations by Hans Gál, and Ned Rorem’s

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Before the 'Lipinski' Theft - Frank Almond’s inspiring chamber concert http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22599-before-the-lipinski-theft-frank-almond%25E2%2580%2599s-inspiring-chamber-concert.html  The shocking story of the armed robbery of the 1715 “Lipinski” Stradivari violin from Frank Almond on the cold night of January 27, after a Frankly Music concert at Wisconsin Lutheran College, has traveled around the world. This unjust and violent act is a horrendous violation of Almond as a

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The Meaning of Movement - Wild Space and UW-Milwaukee offer 'Sight Readings' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22600-the-meaning-of-movement-wild-space-and-uw-milwaukee-offer-sight-readings.html

 There was so much to consider during “Sight Readings,” Debra Loewen’s new site-specific dance performance at INOVA Gallery, that the hour-long experience

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MSO in top form for Brahms - Milwaukee Opera Theatre presents new work http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22560-mso-in-top-form-for-brahms-milwaukee-opera-theatre-presents-new-work.html

 As is sometimes the case, there was more than one classical performance of interest last weekend. With Music Director Edo de Waart on the podium, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra was in top form on Saturday evening. The young Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan was a last-minute

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'Winter Dances: Past Moving Forward' - The UWM dance department on the move http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22575-winter-dances-past-moving-forward-the-uwm-dance-department-on-the-move.html Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the UW-Milwaukee dance department brought forth a new chapter with Winter Dances: Past Moving Forward. Five artists with ties to UWM choreographed the performances. The themes of the evening included human connection, intimacy and perseverance

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