Richard Wagner

Dear Ruthie forgoes her advice column this week in order to share a plethora of late-summer bashes, shows, festivals and more taking place this week. Read more

Dear Ruthie

The De Waart/MSO opera tradition continued in fine form last weekend with Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. Read more

Classical Music

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Milwaukee Musaik offers lovely chamber music to warm the cold, featuring well-known works by Hummel, Schubert and Wagner. In local theaters, the holiday season arrives with a bang as Chicago’s Second City gives us a Dysfunctional Holiday Re... Read more

Performing Arts Weekly


Photo Credit: Joseph A. Haertle

Festival City Symphony performs “Seascapes” with work by Wagner, Debussy and Bridge as part of its Symphony Sundays series at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb.15 at the Pabst Theater. Read more

Classical Music


Photo by Kathy Wittman

In its exhilarating production of Richard Wagner’s first successful opera, the Florentine Opera brought excitement to a work often overlooked in comparison with his later achievements. The Flying Dutchman does not have the mellifluous cont... Read more

Classical Music

The Florentine Opera’s season opener promises an adventurous, refreshingly engaging experience with an early Wagnerian work, quite a contrast from the later Read more

A&E Feature

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Music Director Edo de Waart conducted his last concert of the season last weekend. I cannot help but repeat some of the same thoughts previously written about his transforming impact on Read more

Classical Music

This weekend Edo DeWaart will conduct the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in three wonderful works in place of the originally scheduled concert-length Mahler Sixth Symphony. The program will begin with Richard Wagner’s enchanting Siegfried Idy... Read more

Classical Music