Express Milwaukee - Classical Music/Dance http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-30-1-classical-music_dance.html Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 MSO Becomes a Great Orchestra - Fantastic rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24212-mso-becomes-a-great-orchestra-fantastic-rendition-of-tchaikovsky%25E2%2580%2599s-fifth.html Two years ago the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra could only seem to play with razor sharpness and unity of purpose when Music Director Edo de Waart was conducting. It had taken de Waart, a master technician, more than three years to move the ensemble from good to excellent, a pretty ]]> DANCE HAPPENING: Alverno Presents and UW-Milwaukee http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24196-dance-happening-alverno-presents-and-uw-milwaukee.html

Five years ago, Alverno Presents generously nurtured the world premiere of choreographer Molly Shanahan’s Stamina of Curiosity by providing crucial time and space to create it. Shanahan has stayed

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Milwaukee Symphony’s Restrained ‘German Requiem’ - On same weekend, Early Music Now presented fiery Irish music http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24184-milwaukee-symphony%25E2%2580%2599s-restrained-%25E2%2580%2598german-requiem%25E2%2580%2599-on-same-weekend-early-music-now-presented-fiery-irish-music.html
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Arena Dances http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24154-arena-dances.html

Does Main Street still exist in our technological world? Minneapolis choreographer Mathew Janczewski has been asking that question of young people and seniors. With

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Movie Music at the MSO - Frankly Music opens its season with Bach http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24134-movie-music-at-the-mso-frankly-music-opens-its-season-with-bach.html Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra was the place to be in town on Saturday night, with the great film composer John Williams as guest. The concert sold out in four hours upon announcement. It undoubtedly felt like a rare event to everyone there, including the orchestra itself. Electricity buzzed]]> ‘German Requiem’ at the Milwaukee Symphony - Robert Spano conducts the Brahms’ masterpiece http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24135-%25E2%2580%2598german-requiem%25E2%2580%2599-at-the-milwaukee-symphony-robert-spano-conducts-the-brahms%25E2%2580%2599-masterpiece.html Although the link is by no means exclusive, choral music’s association with Christian liturgy is a strong one. Through composers such as Léonin, Pérotin, Giovanni Palestrina, Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel, choral music gradually migrated from the cathedral to the concert hall. Ludwig van]]> Early Music in Irish Pub Style http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24136-early-music-in-irish-pub-style.html
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Prometheus Trio Opens With Pierné and Beethoven http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24109-prometheus-trio-opens-with-pierne-and-beethoven.html
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Cinderella at the Skylight - Finding fresh ideas in Rossini’s ‘La Cenerentola’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24051-cinderella-at-the-skylight-finding-fresh-ideas-in-rossini%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598la-cenerentola%25E2%2580%2599.html “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” That often-quoted quip applies as much to opera as to theater, and nothing is harder in operatic comedy than Gioachino Rossini. Not only are there vocal challenges in the bel canto style, but the often repeated lines and many numbers seem to scheme ]]> MKE Follies is Milwaukee’s Young Variety Show http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24052-mke-follies-is-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-young-variety-show.html Karen Raymond and Katie Rhyme—aka Dance Revolution Milwaukee—are providing a community service with MKE Follies, their inexpensive bimonthly variety show intended to introduce the next generation of ]]> Opera at the Milwaukee Symphony - MSO executes a superb ‘Don Giovanni’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24010-opera-at-the-milwaukee-symphony-mso-executes-a-superb-%25E2%2580%2598don-giovanni%25E2%2580%2599.html
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Wild Space in ‘Brew City Dreams’ - Turning Schlitz Stock-House into a performance space http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23996-wild-space-in-%25E2%2580%2598brew-city-dreams%25E2%2580%2599-turning-schlitz-stock-house-into-a-performance-space.html The Schlitz Stock-House occupies a long stretch on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive from Cherry to Galena streets. On the fifth floor of this monumental warehouse, audience members strolled past tall windows,]]> Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Opens Season with ‘Don Giovanni’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23965-milwaukee-symphony-orchestra-opens-season-with-%25E2%2580%2598don-giovanni%25E2%2580%2599.html The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s season opener promises a stunning, provocative departure from their usual format with a live performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, one of the 10 most frequently performed operatic works]]> MKE Follies - Music, dance and variety http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23975-mke-follies-music-dance-and-variety.html Indonesia, Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation (W.W. Norton), by Elizabeth Pisani http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23942-indonesia-etc-exploring-the-improbable-nation-%2528ww-norton%2529-by-elizabeth-pisani.html Indonesia was an idea for a nation hatched by restless local activists in the early 20th century. As Elizabeth ]]> ‘Brew City Dreams’ in Schlitz Park - Wild Space premieres new piece in brewery setting http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23929-%25E2%2580%2598brew-city-dreams%25E2%2580%2599-in-schlitz-park-wild-space-premieres-new-piece-in-brewery-setting.html “You’ll never see this space like this again—ever,” Debra Loewen said as we toured the raw fifth floor of the historic Schlitz Brewing Company Stock-House, a cement-floored]]> 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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