Shepherd Express - Classical Review Tue, 19 Sep 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 A Captivated Contrast at Milwaukee Symphony’s Final Concert for the Season   ]]> Edo de Waart Ends on a High Note   ]]> An Exhilarating 'Barber of Seville' from Florentine Opera   ]]> Present Music’s Sonic Museum Tour a Success   ]]> De Waart Conducts a Transformed MSO in 'The Planets' ]]> Present Music Dazzles at Pitch Project Concert   ]]> Mid-Century Moderns in Top Form at MSO Concert   ]]> ‘Zie Magic Flute’ Plays to the Strengths of its Collaborating Artists   ]]> Rose Ensemble’s Rich Vocal Blend at Early Music Now Concert   ]]> Paganini Also Played Guitar - Frankly Music presented little-known sonata along with Piazzolla’s ‘History of Tango’   ]]> Present Music Gives Thanks Again - Annual holiday concert an artful, joyful, rousing experience   ]]> The ‘Enigma’ of Edward Elgar at the MSO   ]]> Present Music and Quasimondo Haunt the Milwaukee Art Museum   ]]> ‘Thank You. NEXT?’ a Sheer Delight - Milwaukee Opera Theatre peers into the world of aspiring singers   ]]> Joyce Yang Played with Boldness and Taste - Guest pianist was the highlight of MSO concert ]]> Strange Night at the Milwaukee Symphony - Guest conductor runs from brilliant to disappointing Present Music’s Season Finale - The artfully organized chaos of composer Andrew Norman   ]]> Renée Fleming with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra - A tasteful mash up of art songs and Broadway    ]]> MSO Replicates ‘The Godfather’ (But Why?) - Frankly Music’s season closer a charming mix of sounds   ]]> The Florentine’s Frothy ‘Die Fledermaus’ - Strauss’ comic opera closes the season   ]]> Brahms Symphonies were Beyond Good    ]]> Hilary Hahn on Bach - Violinist sets high standards at Wilson Center concert   ]]> Milwaukee Symphony’s ‘Henry V’ a Triumph - Edo de Waart conducts a dramatic performance  ]]> Present Music Springs Forward   ]]> Florentine Opera’s Milwaukee Premiere of ‘Three Decembers’ - A fading actress, an alcoholic daughter, a grieving gay son   ]]> MSO was Plaintive, Passionate, Dramatic - Enthusiastic performances of Brahms, Dvořák, Corigliano   ]]> An Inspired Evening at the Zelazo Center - Present Music ‘In the Chamber’   ]]> Early Music Now’s Baltimore Consort Concert - The spirit of Renaissance music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church   ]]> Romantic, but no Schmaltz - Rachmaninoff given lush, sensitive performance by MSO   ]]> A Thrilling ‘Powder Her Face’ - Skylight Music Theatre stages Thomas Adès’ notorious opera   ]]> 20th-Century Classics at MSO and Frankly Music - Superb performances of Sibelius, Shostakovich   ]]> Prometheus Trio Continues to Explore I have always admired the continuing exploration of literature that is a fundamental aspect of the Prometheus Trio. Over the years I have heard quite a bit of music on their concerts never before encountered. Such was the case with Frank Bridge’s Trio...]]> MSO’s Ilana Setapen Stands Out I knew violinist Ilana Setapen was good. I had heard her in recital and in chamber music. But I didn’t realize how wonderfully and exceptionally good she is until hearing her play Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Milwaukee Symphony last Saturday night. Setapen is associate concertmaster of the orchestra. I would guess that there are few...]]> Beautiful Breakable Toys - Present Music with Margaret Leng Tan Margaret Leng Tan, the world’s first toy piano virtuoso, was the star of Present Music’s concert “Toys!” She was perfectly accompanied by the Present Music string ensemble...]]> ‘Shining Stars’ Highlight Philharmonic Concert - Classical Review The Sound of Tango Piano Debut Two seasons ago Vladimir Feltsman commented negatively about the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Steinway and urged its replacement on a live local public television broadcast. That concert was re-broadcast, and apparently eventually led to the donors' gift of a new piano. The old MSO Steinway has a resonant ring, but also a loose rattle and unevenness. It was time to move on. ]]> More Mozart - Classical Review The snowstorm last week forced a cancelled rehearsal of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and prevented the arrival of the guest soloist, pianist Andreas Haefliger. Conductor Andreas Delfs quickly revised the plans to something the orchestra could do with just one rehearsal. William Schuman’s Symphony No. 5, which the MSO has never before played, and a Mozart piano concerto were scrapped. Instead, the new program included the Overture to Don Giovanni and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 1, with Frank Almond stepping in as soloist. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 was retained as originally planned. ]]> A Misguided Venture - Classical Review The ludicrous production of La Traviata that opened at Skylight Opera last weekend proved that a great Verdi melody is indestructible. This unbelievably misguided venture only works in the final scene, when all its incompetence, bad direction and quarter-baked ideas mercifully recede enough for focus on the bare . . .]]> Inspired Classics - Classical Preview American composer John Adams (b. 1947) once stood under the same Minimalist umbrella as Steve Reich and Philip Glass, but as the ’90s wore on, he developed into something of a “post-post-modernist,” as demonstrated by such works as The Death of Klinghoffer (1991) and the Violin Concerto (1993). ]]> Fluent in French - Classical Review It is irresistibly interesting to speculate what goes on in guest conductor rehearsals with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Were ideas persuasively delivered, spoken or unspoken? ]]>