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Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Solzhenitsyn’s slam-dunk at the MSO

 Very few people are equally adept at conducting and playing an instrument at the highest level of professional performance. Guest conductor/pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn proved his profound dual abilities last Saturday night with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013

MSO celebrates early Beethoven

The “Edo factor” was in full gear at the All-Beethoven Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert last Saturday evening. With music director Edo de Waart as conductor, the MSO is a disciplined, efficient entity. There were no guest artists in this meat-and-potatoes orchestral program
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013

MSO raises the bar

I am not alone in admitting that I can’t completely embrace the symphonies of Anton Bruckner. The surface sound of his music, its harmonies and gorgeous sonorities, is readily appreciated. It’s a grasp of structure and emotional narrative within his abstracted romanticism that has eluded me
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013

Also, Frankly Music’s ‘Art of the Cello’

 There have been few major classical stars at Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in recent seasons. The sell-out audience last Wednesday night was especially eager to hear legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman
Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012

The Shepherd’s 2013 New Year’s Eve Guide

 2012 won’t necessarily be remembered as a great one. It’s almost certain to go down as the year the nation endured another bitter election cycle, stretches of unusual and frequently destructive weather patterns
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012

‘Messiah’ is all over Town

 For millions of people around the world, Messiah, the oratorio by George Frideric Handel, has been encountered regularly from childhood on. I count myself among them. It’s one of the reliably recurring things against
Monday, Nov. 19, 2012

Milwaukee illusionist explores the secrets of his trade

 “What’s the secret of magic?” ponders David Seebach. “The secret of magic is the magician.” He would know. Seebach is arguably the most famous modern magician in the land of Houdini. He’s performed
Friday, Nov. 16, 2012
  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
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012
 Programming—what music to play, in what combination and order, and by whom—is an elusive yet fundamental aspect of any classical concert. Though the individual elements of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012
 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

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