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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
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

An evening out with Pallade Musica, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

 The vocal influence on the Pallade Musica concert of Italian Baroque music for violin, cello and continuo was unmistakable last Saturday evening at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, presented by Early Music Now. This Montreal-based ensemble of four young musicians was the 2012 winner of
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

Frankly Music 10th season opened with Mozart and more

 Frankly Music, Milwaukee’s best chamber music series, celebrated the beginning of its tenth anniversary season last week in concerts at the Conservatory of Music. Frank Almond’s steadfast commitment to this series has been impressive. He has achieved and sustained a high artistic
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

Guest conductor Asher Fisch brings playfulness and drama

 Due to travel, Saturday evening was my first chance to hear the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in this new season. It’s always good to come back home, after hearing concerts in Europe, and be assured of what an excellent orchestra we have in this city. I realized anew how fundamental the MSO is to enhancing life in
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

Present Music and Early Music Now

 Present Music created a remarkable audience experience last Saturday afternoon with John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit for 99 percussionists. The Lynden Sculpture Garden was the inspired site for this environmental music
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Various Artists

 The Putayamo label has earned a reputation as the classy curator of music from elsewhere. Vintage France is a CD for a Bastille Day spent with good wine and friends—a compilation of contemporary and veteran French singers and musicians rendering sterling interpretations of lilting
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

MSO’s Classical Season Finale

 Edward Elgar’s monumental The Dream of Gerontius is a repertory staple in Britain, but is not often heard in the U.S. Before last weekend, the last Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performance was in 1980. Though the
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Violinist takes the lead in chamber orchestra concert

 Frank Almond, one of Milwaukee’s most admired musicians, performed in an unusual role at the Frankly Music season finale last week. Rather than playing violin, he was conductor for a chamber orchestra concert
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Skylight’s superb ‘Porgy & Bess’

 Anyone who cares about theater or opera needs to see the Skylight production of The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess (through June 9). I was skeptical beforehand, since this grand scale opera with a large orchestra, cast and chorus

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