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06.10.2014 | | Posted at 08:36 AM

New from the maker of Koyaanisqatsi

By David Luhrssen
  Godrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi (1983) in a movie theater was an unforgettable experience, but I’ve never been fortunate to see any of his following films on anything larger than my TV screen. Size has probably been an obstacle to full appreciation. The director’s latest, Visitors (out in a Blu-ray-DVD package) consists of 74 discrete moving images. On a big screen Visitors m...
03.06.2014 | | Posted at 03:53 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
Next Wednesday, March 12, the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will hold its annual Bill of Rights celebration.ACLU has been working hard on a number of projects including, most prominently and recently, trying to strike down Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban in federal court. But it’s also focusing on empowering youth, ensuring fair funding for public transit, bl...
Monday, Jan. 21, 2013

Philomusica Plays Haydn, Glass and Beethoven

Presenting a selection that spans more than two centuries of string quartet literature, Milwaukee’s Philomusica Quartet will take its audience on a tour full of musical humor, incandescence and elegance. Haydn’s charming and
Monday, March 19, 2012


Quebec instrumental band Sagapool would be well off pursuing a career in movie soundtracks. While their clarinet- and accordion-based music has roots in Eastern Europe, the branches form sparse sonic pictures suggesting the wintry landscape of northern lands. The structure of...
Monday, Feb. 27, 2012

The Essential Philip Glass (Sony Classical)

Few composers of “contemporary classical music,” much less opera, have found as large and welcome an audience as Philip Glass. The prolific composer and recording artist is honored for his 75th birthday with a triple-CD “best of” collection covering the late...
02.25.2010 | | Posted at 08:31 AM

Danny Elfmans Music

By David Luhrssen
Tim Burton and Danny Elfman are almost as inseparable in the imagination as Batman and Robin. Most of Burton�s films have featured original scores by Elfman, whose music is integral to the mood of the pictures. Elfman will be audible throughout Burton�s upcoming film, Alice in Wonderland (opening March 5). On the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD (released by Walt Disney Records) El...
08.13.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Godfrey Reggio�s film Koyaanisqatsi (1982), a virtually wordless montage of slow motion footage and time-lapse photography, was a visual indictment of modern society. Koyaanisqatsi�s juxtapositions implied that civilization was utterly out of sync with the rhythms of nature and racing headlong into the abyss. The film would have been considerably less moving and memorable without its original ...
Monday, June 29, 2009

Recent takes on “The Juniper Tree” and “The Nose”

When he emerged as part of New York's edgy "downtown scene" in the 1970s, Philip Glass became the target of vituperative put-downs by the older generation of modernist composers and critics in their thrall, who composed and appreciated music according to the dictates of increasingly sterile intellectual theories. Fortunately, the spirit of those composers migrated to university...