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Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

MSO to perform a late work by the great composer

 The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming performance of Schubert’s Mass No. 6 in E flat major for vocalists, chorus and orchestra is a seldom-performed work ranked among classical music’s finest choral compositions. Its romantically inspired melodiousness gently rivals the more
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

Best rock group, hip-hop artist and more

Some artists just seem more dedicated than others. Though she’s barely out of high school, Brookfield native Nora Collins has gigged relentlessly over the last three years, averaging about 200 performances a year, charming audiences in any venue that’ll have her with her personal songs
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have come a long way since the Indigo Girls’ 1987 debut Strange Fire broke into the world of mainstream pop with its hit “Closer to Fine.” The Indigo Girls have remained one of the
10.10.2013 | | Posted at 03:20 PM

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By Evan Rytlewski
On this week's Disclaimer grab bag, WMSE's Ryan Schleicher, A.V. Club Milwaukee editor Matt Wild and I tackle a quartet of unrelated topics. In the wake of a number of high-profile show cancellations, we open the show by responding to an infuriating blog post by the singer from Passion Pit justifying canceled concerts. Our takeaway from that piece? Maybe the band shouldn't even bother booking show...
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
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Violin’s Life (Avie)

 Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond’s new CD, recorded with pianist William Wolfram, is a fascinating collection of music associated with the 1715 “Lipinski” Stradivari he plays. The CD features Almond
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

MSO performs his first and final symphonies

 Brahms may not have been the most enterprising of composers. The first of his four symphonies was 20 years in the making, a gestation period culminating in an initial performance in 1876 when the composer was 44 years
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Florentine Opera’s Near-Perfect Finale

 The Florentine Opera’s season finale, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, was an unqualified delight. Not only was it a tribute to this gentlest of the great composers, but a reminder that the tendency to “reinvent” operatic

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