Johannes Brahms


Eun Sun Kim, Photo by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performed Brahms’ greatest work with enormous gravitas and precision under the skillful baton of guest conductor Eun Sun Kim. Read more

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Photo Credit: Jonathan Kirn

This weekend’s Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert showed that, even without a music director, the orchestra’s technique is in top form. Read more

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This week, we look at a musical tribute to the legendary Judy Garland at Sunset Playhouse, as well as two classical music concerts by Frankly Music and the Festival City Symphony. Read more

Performing Arts Weekly


Roger Viloria

The Festival City Symphony honors “Saints and Heroes,” the Concord Chamber Orchestra’s season sampler concert offers “People Power,” and the Fine Arts Quartet’s 55-year run of Milwaukee concerts comes to a grand finale. Read more

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Off the Cuff talks to local organ recitalist Karen Beaumont. Read more

Off the Cuff

In their latest concert, the Frankly Music ensemble brilliantly performed chamber pieces by Joseph Haydn, Max Reger and Johannes Brahms. Also, the MSO under Assistant Conductor Yaniv Dinur welcomed the great violinst Itzhak Perlman for Max ... Read more

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A young singer, Rachel Willis-Sørenson, sang the Four Last Songs (Vier letzte Lieder) by Richard Strauss (composed in 1948) with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra last Saturday evening with a voice finely attuned to the music. The concert al... Read more

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The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under Music Director and Conductor Edo de Waart concluded their two-weekend Brahms Festival in high style with terrific performances of Brahms’ Third and Fourth Symphonies. Read more

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On Sunday, May 15 at 3 p.m. the Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra and the Moraine Chorus will perform Johannes Brahms’ German Requiem at Holy Hill Basilica under the direction of retiring Music Director Paul Thorsgaard. Read more

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The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performs Brahms Symphonies No. 1 and 2 on April 30 at 8 p.m. and May 1 at 2:30 p.m., and Symphonies No. 3 and 4 on May 6 at 11:15 a.m. and May 7 at 8 p.m. at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Read more

A&E Feature

Guest conductor Joshua Weilerstein brought youth, talent and enthusiastic energy to his debut with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in works by Brahms, Dvořák and Corigliano. Read more

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Wisconsin Philharmonic presents Hyperion Knight in a concert of Gershwin. Read more

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Among the world’s most ambitious and gifted singers, Kurt Elling pursues what philosophers call the life examined on Passion World. He examines the concepts of passion and romance among various cultures, including songs in English, Spanish,... Read more

Album Reviews

Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) by Johannes Brahms has been one of those touchstone pieces at Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Edo de Waart conducted it in 2010, applying his approach of clarity and careful balance. The piece was a fa... Read more

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“Dowland in Dublin: An Evening of Lute Songs in an Irish Pub,” which opens the 28th season of Milwaukee’s Early Music Now ensemble, breathes new life into the works of Renaissance composer and musician John Dowland (1563-1626) by strippi... Read more

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Although the link is by no means exclusive, choral music’s association with Christian liturgy is a strong one. Through composers such as Léonin, Pérotin, Giovanni Palestrina, Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel, choral music gr... Read more

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Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) composed one of the great masterpieces of sacred choral music, the “German Requiem,” by astutely, even assiduously, avoiding standard requiem texts and references. Its emotional power was drawn from the deaths... Read more

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Frankly Music features Frank Almond and pianist William Wolfram in a program previewing their CD, A Violin’s Life, scheduled for release on Avie Records later this spring. All of the works on the CD have direct historical Read more

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