Robert Ashley’s opera Perfect
Lives was featured in Peter Greenaway’s documentary 4 American Composers after enjoying a long career at the cutting
edge of musical theater. Ashley will perform his Lectures to Be
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has become pretty remarkable in the
era of Edo de Waart. Under his assured guidance, the orchestra has been
transformed by important player changes, new levels of technical discipline
Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana (1937) has become one of
the most familiar classical compositions from the modern era. The workout it
provides for choral groups may be one reason for its popularity on concert
stages, but another
One of the founding fathers of German Romanticism, Carl Maria von
Weber, is today best remembered for his seminal opera, Der Freischutz (1821). Weber was the quintessential Romantic
artist, turning to myth, folklore
For its latest concert, the Racine
Symphony Orchestra presents an all-Beethoven program. Artistic Director
Pasquale Laurino welcomes violinist Sharan Leventhal for a performance of the
brilliant Violin Concerto...
Was Mahler the new
Beethoven? The groundbreaking Ninth Symphony as well as Beethoven’s later
sonatas and quartets provided direct antecedence to Mahler, who so
startlingly combined the passion of 19th-century...
Parts of Tchaikovsky's score for Swan Lake are so overly familiar that I admit I went into the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's performance last Friday evening with some dread. But as the substantial “selections from” unfolded...
After the warm acoustics of Carnegie Hall, the sound of Uihlein Hall was duller than ever in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) concert of Friday evening. My ears were working hard to find a small percentage of the depth heard...
One week. Six North American orchestras. Such was the Spring for Music festival at Carnegie Hall last week, which featured the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on Friday evening. The festival, for which orchestras compete by proposed...
Last weekend was the second preview of the May 11 appearance of Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. I think it's safe to say that few involved knew what to expect in composer Qigang Chen's 45-minute work, Iris dévoilée...