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Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009
Though the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra's Jan. 25 concert had the apt title "Rachmaninoff & Hollywood," Maestro Alexander Platt also dubbed it the "Diaspora concert." All its works spanned the war-torn 1930s and '40s and most of its composers had escaped totalitarianism's tight grip on Europe. The concert opened with a spirited performance of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Overture to Captain Blood, one of several Erroll Flynn...
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Classical Preview

Live classical music generally takes the summer off, with the possible exception of a Fourth of July event held outdoors with lawn chairs and picnic tables substituting for plush seats at a concert hall. The Waukesha Symphony Orchestra (WSO) has just such an event planned, but apart from an “Armed Forces Salute,” much of the program takes on a distinctly Slavic flavor. Since the WSO’s upcoming season is focused on Rachmaninov and his world, Maestro Alexander Platt enlists the summer pops concert as an overture to next season.