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Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010

Strong performances aid uneven production

Warm congratulations to the Florentine Opera on its first world premiere. Rio de Sangre by composer Don Davis, librettist Kate Gale and translator Alicia Partnoy is a somber full-scale opera in Spanish. The idealistic Christian Delacruz, newly elected to lead a fictional Latin American country, is ruined by the machinations...
Off the Cuff
Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010
I recently had an opportunity to sit down with the three newest additions to the Milwaukee Ballet, Julianne Kepley, Joshua Reynolds and Tanner Schwartz. I asked them how they joined the company...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

Florentine delivers first world premiere

When William Florescu joined the Florentine Opera as its general director five years ago, he helped to usher in a new era for the opera company. “The company had, I think, a reputation as financially successful but somewhat insular,” he says. “We’ve turned our vision outward into the community and the world.” Now in its 77th year...
Monday, Sept. 27, 2010

Performance Review

The theme of the 6th Performance Art Showcase was “Souvenirs.” To emphasize the ephemeral nature of live performance, co-producers Pegi Christiansen and John Loscuito asked each participating artist to offer the audience an object memento of their interaction. Twenty separate performances, many with...
Cover Story
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010

UWM’s Peck School connects students, professionals

Art is the best means human beings have found to face, understand, become and transcend themselves. It’s a cliché to note the large amount of art produced in Milwaukee, much of it original, made from scratch to reflect and address our human, national and global situations and to rethink the communicative possibilities and applications of the disciplines. There’s much concern about our city’s...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010

Carnival-like event ‘Souvenirs’ takes place at MIAD

For the sixth Performance Art Showcase, 28 artists will fill the fourth-floor gallery of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design with imaginative new works. As always, the presentation by co-producers Pegi Christiansen and John Loscuito is adventurous. One end of the gallery will contain a tent with semicircular seating and a stage on which five different acts will appear in continuous rotation. The rest of the space...
Off the Cuff
Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010
Donte McFadden is a scholar of works by black filmmakers from the United States, continental Africa, Britain and the Caribbean. He is finishing a Ph.D. in the modern studies program of UW-Milwaukee’s English Department. Let’s start with your work screening films for local festivals. I help them make conscious choices about which of the available films...