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Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Finding fresh ideas in Rossini’s ‘La Cenerentola’

“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
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

MSO guest conductor Rossen Milanov’s passionate evocations

 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
Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

Present Music concert featured contemporary female composers

 Present Music has regularly explored alternative concert venues, not out of line with the downtown and Brooklyn scene that has emerged in New York in the last decade. The Saturday evening concert was held at Anodyne Coffee in Walker’s Point. Ambient room sounds were sometimes
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

Skylight’s rare performance of ‘El Cimarrón’

Skylight Music Theatre started the New Year with a production of Hans Werner Henze’s chamber opera El Cimarrón, composed in 1970. Set in 19th-century Cuba, the libretto (originally in German, sun
Monday, Dec. 23, 2013

MSO delivers a rhythmic, stylish holiday event

 Some years Messiah has felt like an annual obligation, but not this time around. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra 2013 edition lived up to expectations of being a major holiday event. The performance I heard on Thursday evening at the Cathedral of St. John was an uplifting pleasure
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

Prometheus Trio performs elegant, varied program at the Conservatory

 Prometheus Trio gave another literature-rich concert at the Conservatory of Music last week. Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra principal horn player Matthew Annin joined trio regulars Stefanie Jacob (piano), Timothy Klabunde (violin) and Scott Tisdel (cello)
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

Frankly Music breaks ground with program of art songs

 The Frankly Music series broke new ground last week by adding a singer into its chamber music mix. Baritone Kelly Markgraf, who grew up in Cedarburg, was the featured soloist in a concert last week at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

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