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Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

Skylight’s rare performance of ‘El Cimarrón’

Skylight Music Theatre started the New Year with a production of Hans Werner Henze’s chamber opera El Cimarrón, composed in 1970. Set in 19th-century Cuba, the libretto (originally in German, sun
Classical Music/Dance
Monday, Dec. 23, 2013

MSO delivers a rhythmic, stylish holiday event

 Some years Messiah has felt like an annual obligation, but not this time around. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra 2013 edition lived up to expectations of being a major holiday event. The performance I heard on Thursday evening at the Cathedral of St. John was an uplifting pleasure
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

Prometheus Trio performs elegant, varied program at the Conservatory

 Prometheus Trio gave another literature-rich concert at the Conservatory of Music last week. Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra principal horn player Matthew Annin joined trio regulars Stefanie Jacob (piano), Timothy Klabunde (violin) and Scott Tisdel (cello)
Classical Music/Dance
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
Classical Music/Dance
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
Classical Music/Dance
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
Classical Music/Dance
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
Classical Music/Dance
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
Album Reviews
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