Express Milwaukee - Classical Music/Dance http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-30-1-classical-music_dance.html Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 Present Music Opens with Five Times the Ince http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23873-present-music-opens-with-five-times-the-ince.html Present Music will open its 33rd season Aug. 30 with Ince by Ince, a program of five recent works by Turkish American composer Kamran Ince, including three American premieres. These pieces cover great ground stylistically, says Ince, who will conduct the concert, but they are united by a]]> Danceworks’ Global Spin on Tap Dancing - ‘Tap the Map’ concert was thoughtful and fun http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23820-danceworks%25E2%2580%2599-global-spin-on-tap-dancing-%25E2%2580%2598tap-the-map%25E2%2580%2599-concert-was-thoughtful-and-fun.html Looking for new ideas, tap dance choreographers sometimes succumb to gimmickry. Danceworks on Tap avoided that nicely in Tap the Map, a new concert performed at ]]> Florentine’s Four Fabulous Females to perform at Colectivo, Bay View and Lakefront http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23757-florentine%25E2%2580%2599s-four-fabulous-females-to-perform-at-colectivo-bay-view-and-lakefront.html  For the curtain call of their summer season, the Florentine Opera Company has decided to don their best evening gowns and show off their feminine side with “4 Divas” at Colectivo in Bay View (Wednesday, Aug. 13) and Colectivo Lakefront Café (Thursday, Aug. 14) at 7 p.m. each evening

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Danceworks Matches Art to Art - Recycled edition remains original http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23758-danceworks-matches-art-to-art-recycled-edition-remains-original.html

 The annual Danceworks Art to Art concert of new work by choreographers partnered with artists from other disciplines is always issue laden and interesting. Nothing lasts

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DANCE HAPPENING: Danceworks http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23719-dance-happening-danceworks.html  Long the anchor of the Danceworks DanceLAB summer series of dance experiments, Danceworks on Tap enjoys upending preconceptions about tap dance. According to Artistic Director Amy Brinkman, this year’s

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Danceworks Ignites a Hip-Hop Experience http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23715-danceworks-ignites-a-hip-hop-experience.html

 The pleasure of Ignite: A Hip Hop Dance Experience, the first of three concerts in the Danceworks DanceLAB series that started last weekend, lay above all in seeing so

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Danceworks’ Annual ‘Art to Art’ - ‘Recycled’ is the theme as dancers work with music, film http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23701-danceworks%25E2%2580%2599-annual-%25E2%2580%2598art-to-art%25E2%2580%2599-%25E2%2580%2598recycled%25E2%2580%2599-is-the-theme-as-dancers-work-with-music-film.html  Milwaukee choreographers team up with non-dance artists to create experimental performances in Art to Art, the worthy centerpiece of the annual Danceworks

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At Home with Present Music? - Caroline Shaw octet provided a break in the gloom http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23541-at-home-with-present-music-caroline-shaw-octet-provided-a-break-in-the-gloom.html

 Present Music presents a smorgasbord of composers and styles, with some degree of hit and miss as part of the nature of performing new music. The season finale, performed Friday evening at the Cabot Theatre (normally home to Skylight) was decidedly more miss than hit

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Multi-media Exploration of Home and Place - Present Music and Milwaukee Opera Theatre join with Reginald Baylor’s TypeFace Project http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23530-multi-media-exploration-of-home-and-place-present-music-and-milwaukee-opera-theatre-join-with-reginald-baylor%25E2%2580%2599s-typeface-project.html  Present Music joins forces with Milwaukee Opera Theatre in Home Place, a multi-media exploration promising to challenge our views of home and place. The event is cast in three segments beginning outside the Broadway Theatre Center in Catalano Square with new works by local students

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MSO’s Season Finale - Gilbert Varga conducts Tchaikovsky and Mozart http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23433-mso%25E2%2580%2599s-season-finale-gilbert-varga-conducts-tchaikovsky-and-mozart.html

 Guest conductor Gilbert Varga returned to conduct the final classical concert of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra season last weekend. The highlight was Karen Gomyo’s account of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Violin, with every note and nuance emerging with clarity and exquisite taste.

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UWM Presents Summerdances 2014 - New choreography by faculty, students and guests http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23397-uwm-presents-summerdances-2014-new-choreography-by-faculty-students-and-guests.html

 The UW-Milwaukee Dance Department closes each school year with an edition of “Summerdances,” a concert of new work by faculty and guest choreographers created

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MSO cellist shines in Schumann concerto - A great ensemble hits its stride as season nears end http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23398-mso-cellist-shines-in-schumann-concerto-a-great-ensemble-hits-its-stride-as-season-nears-end.html

 A member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra I have wanted to hear more from as a soloist is principal cellist Susan Babini. After her first featured solo in the orchestra a few seasons ago, I paraphrased the famous line from Jerry Maguire: “She had me at hello.” I have heard her only

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Summerdances 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23381-summerdances-2014.html  The end-of-the-school-year concert of the UWM Dance Department is always enjoyable and you can also learn a lot. Lineage will close the department’s 50th year

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Kalliope Vocal Arts http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23382-kalliope-vocal-arts.html  Kalliope Vocal Arts presents “Faith, Hope & Love,” a concert of three fully staged, not-often-performed opera scenes showcasing 12 young vocalists, string quartet and piano. “What’s cool about this event is all the stories are very compelling—these don’t drag and are very dramatic. And translations

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Sister Carrie’s Star Rises - New American opera in the Florentine’s @ The Center Series http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23361-sister-carrie%25E2%2580%2599s-star-rises-new-american-opera-in-the-florentine%25E2%2580%2599s-a-the-center-series.html

 In the small, high-ceilinged Florentine studio in Riverwest, a kind of chapel for opera, the audience sits within arm’s reach of the singers whose resonant voices penetrate

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Sing Out with Milwaukee Children’s Choir - Choral group celebrates 20 years of music making http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23351-sing-out-with-milwaukee-children%25E2%2580%2599s-choir-choral-group-celebrates-20-years-of-music-making.html

 Milwaukee Children’s Choir (MCC), a nonprofit choral organization touching the lives of nearly 700 children with in-school and afterschool programming, will celebrate 20 years of music making with a concert. Featured will be all of its performance-level choirs (first through 12th graders)

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‘Sister Carrie’: A Workshop Performance of a New American Opera - Classical Happening http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23342-%25E2%2580%2598sister-carrie%25E2%2580%2599-a-workshop-performance-of-a-new-american-opera-classical-happening.html  When the new opera of Theodore Dreiser’s great 1900 novel Sister Carrie enters the international repertory, as it will if it follows the path of its celebrated sibling Elmer Gantry, you can remember taking part in its development. The composer and librettist Robert Aldridge and Hershel Garfein

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The Dark Glamour of Snow White - Milwaukee Ballet premieres ‘Mirror Mirror’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23321-the-dark-glamour-of-snow-white-milwaukee-ballet-premieres-%25E2%2580%2598mirror-mirror%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Milwaukee Ballet’s Mirror Mirror is a spectacle of very high order. The darkly glamorous reconstruction of Snow White by choreographer Michael Pink and

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Frank Almond Returns to Wisconsin Lutheran - ‘8 is Enough’ reaches lyrical heights http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23322-frank-almond-returns-to-wisconsin-lutheran-%25E2%2580%25988-is-enough%25E2%2580%2599-reaches-lyrical-heights.html

 The final Frankly Music concert of the season was performed last week at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Most in the audience certainly were aware of the events of the previous concert at this venue, after which the Stradivarius violin Frank Almond plays was stolen. The story traveled around

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The Glamorous Sound of 'La Bohème' - Florentine’s production of the world’s favorite opera http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23290-the-glamorous-sound-of-la-boh%25C3%25A8me-florentine%25E2%2580%2599s-production-of-the-world%25E2%2580%2599s-favorite-opera.html

 Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème is probably the world’s favorite opera, about romance within a group of impoverished young artists in Paris and the intrusion of tragic fatal illness. The music is so appealing and sympathetic that it will connect with an audience in almost any performance

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Dancing Around the Mysteries of Life - Wild Space reflects on the horror, joy and beauty http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23272-dancing-around-the-mysteries-of-life-wild-space-reflects-on-the-horror-joy-and-beauty.html

 All About Life, the uninterrupted dance premiered by Wild Space Dance Company last weekend at the Stiemke Studio, is a seamless collaboration by four choreographers

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Classical Happening: May 8 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23262-classical-happening-may-8.html  Milwaukee Opera Theatre is returning to a beloved work from its past: Fortuna the Time Bender vs. The Schoolgirls of Doom, the Jason Powell operetta that blended comic book heroism and Gilbert & Sullivan pastiche into a blockbuster success for the company in 2012. That production’s

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The Best Elgar Ever - De Waart leads MSO in warm, full-bodied performance http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23246-the-best-elgar-ever-de-waart-leads-mso-in-warm-full-bodied-performance.html

 Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Music Director Edo de Waart conducted his last concert of the season last weekend. I cannot help but repeat some of the same thoughts previously written about his transforming impact on

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Dance Happening: Milwaukee Ballet http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23247-dance-happening-milwaukee-ballet.html

This is something special. A full-length ballet of the Snow White story by choreographer Michael Pink and composer Philip Feeney, years in the making, will have its world 

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DeWaart conducts Wagner, Mozart and Elgar - Three superb pieces at the MSO this weekend http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23225-dewaart-conducts-wagner-mozart-and-elgar-three-superb-pieces-at-the-mso-this-weekend.html

 This weekend Edo DeWaart will conduct the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in three wonderful works in place of the originally scheduled concert-length Mahler Sixth Symphony. The program will begin with Richard Wagner’s enchanting Siegfried Idyll. He wrote it as a birthday present

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Bach’s Second Son http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23228-bach%25E2%2580%2599s-second-son.html  Join Ensemble Musical Offering for a pre-concert presentation (7 p.m.) titled “The Sons of Bach” before its final performance of the season celebrating Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), J.S. Bach’s second son and distinguished proto-Romantic musician and composer. Featured

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Plugging into MTV - Music videos inspire Danceworks' 'Plugged In' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23196-plugging-into-mtv-music-videos-inspire-danceworks-plugged-in.html

 My date was surprised that Jason Powell is not a rock star, so perfectly does he look and sound the part in Plugged In, the wonderful Danceworks Performance Company

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Discovering Rachmaninoff - Edo de Waart guides MSO with insight and transparency http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23203-discovering-rachmaninoff-edo-de-waart-guides-mso-with-insight-and-transparency.html

 What I like best about Edo de Waart is that he is not an imposing interpreter. Some conductors’ personalities ultimately seem as important as the composer of the work performed. This is not De Waart’s approach, which in my opinion makes him one of the best “interpreters.” Under his guidance

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Four of Milwaukee’s Finest Dancers on One Stage - Wild Space is ‘All About Life’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23161-four-of-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-finest-dancers-on-one-stage-wild-space-is-%25E2%2580%2598all-about-life%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Seated in the Wild Space Dance Company studio for an interview with the four choreographers who are jointly creating

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Shakespeare By Prokofiev and Mendelssohn - MSO guest conductor Rossen Milanov’s passionate evocations http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23181-shakespeare-by-prokofiev-and-mendelssohn-mso-guest-conductor-rossen-milanov%25E2%2580%2599s-passionate-evocations.html

 A conductor’s influence on a performance is one of the ever-fascinating aspects of orchestra concerts. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra sounds its best self, which is better than good, with Edo de Waart on the podium, a decidedly non-indulgent and tasteful conductor who stresses technique

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