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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Classical Preview

By his middle years as a composer (often dubbed his "Heroic Period"), Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) had found his own voice to the extent that he was no longer considered a mere extension of Mozart and Haydn. In 1808 he produced two groundbreaking symphonies (the Fifth and Sixth), as well as a set of piano trios (Op. 70), that represent a return to the intimacy of chamber music that Beethoven had set aside for grander forms. Of the Piano Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2, noted scholar...
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009

Tonight @ The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, 7:30 p.m.

For the third program of its 2008-2009 season, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s resident piano/violin/cello ensemble the Prometheus Trio will perform lesser-known pieces from three of classical music’s most enduring composers. Among the program’s selections are Hayden’s Trio in C Minor, Hob. XV:13 and Martinu’s Trio No. 2...
Monday, Feb. 9, 2009

Tonight @ The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, 7:30 p.m.

For the third program of its 2008-2009 season, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s resident piano/violin/cello ensemble the Prometheus Trio will perform lesser-known pieces from three of classical music’s most enduring composers. Among the program’s selections are Hayden’s Trio in C Minor, Hob. XV:13 and Martinu’s Trio...
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008

Classical Reveiw

Any organization that survives 50 years deserves to celebrate. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra crosses that milestone this season, and kicked off commemorations with a 50th Anniversary Gala last Thursday evening. The unsentimental truth is that at 50 the ensemble is almost certainly at its peak in quality. Its best years are likely yet to come. Itzhak Perlman was guest artist for the Beethoven Violin Concerto. The audience was excited by his presence, and perhaps did not notice that there was lagging energy in most of Perlman's first movement. His playing woke up in the cadenza at the end of the movement, but it wasn't until the high, pure melodies of the second movement that...
Monday, April 7, 2008

Tonight @ the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music - 7:30 PM

The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s Prometheus Trio wraps up its 2007-2008 season tonight and tomorrow night with 7:30 p.m. performances of its latest program. The bill includes classic pieces from Haydn, Clara Chumann and Novak, as well as a newer, 1986 composition from Paul Schoenfield, “Café Music.”

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