Rick Walters

Two mighty works from the mid-20th century showed the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in top form on Saturday evening. more

Jan 23, 2017 10:41 AM Classical Music

On Saturday, the Rose Ensemble performed to a full house audience in Saint Joseph Center Chapel. With its very high arched ceiling, its acoustics are ideal for choral music. more

Dec 12, 2016 2:44 PM Classical Music

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 ... more

Oct 4, 2016 4:07 PM Classical Music

Despite flutist Sonora Slocum’s excellent solo work in Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s performances of Scandinavian Classical pieces was competent but undistinguished. more

Feb 23, 2016 2:33 PM A&E

Tosca, once notoriously called “that shabby little shocker” by an author/critic, is an opera about passion and murder. I wish there had been more passion in the performance I saw at Skylight Music Theatre on Sunday afternoon. Too often t... more

Sep 29, 2015 8:03 PM Classical Music

Present Music ended the season last Friday evening with “Music Nation” at Hot Water Wherehouse. Most of the music was chosen by audience vote. The result was a good and consistently intriguing program. more

Jun 9, 2015 8:27 PM Classical Music

Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg returned to town to play with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra last Friday evening, bringing her one-of-a-kind artistry to the fascinating Concerto No. 1 by Dmitri Shostakovich. more

Apr 7, 2015 8:14 PM Classical Music


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The strange and wonderful new opera, The Snow Dragon, with music and libretto by Somtow Sucharitkul, had its premiere at Skylight Music Theatre. more

Mar 17, 2015 8:05 PM Classical Music


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It was a little more than a year ago that the violin made by Antonio Stradivari, which Frank Almond plays, was bizarrely stolen in the parking lot of Wisconsin Lutheran College after a Frankly Music concert in Schwan Hall. Last week Frankly... more

Feb 17, 2015 8:43 PM Classical Music


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With James Feddeck as guest conductor for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, last Friday’s performance highlighted the glamour of Tchaikovsky and the subtleties of Sibelius. more

Feb 3, 2015 9:07 PM Classical Music


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The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under guest conductor Asher Fisch performed Schumann, Berg and Strauss with mezzo-soprano soloist Michelle DeYoung. more

Nov 25, 2014 9:18 PM Classical Music

Early Music Now presented Quicksilver in two terrific concerts last weekend at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. On Friday evening the ensemble performed a program of Italian music of the early Baroque period with sensuality and extraordinarily ... more

Nov 12, 2014 12:28 AM Classical Music

Two years ago the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra could only seem to play with razor sharpness and unity of purpose when Music Director Edo de Waart was conducting. It had taken de Waart, a master technician, more than three years to move the ... more

Oct 21, 2014 9:54 PM Classical Music 1 Comments

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... more

Oct 15, 2014 3:04 PM Classical Music

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra was the place to be in town on Saturday night, with the great film composer John Williams as guest. The concert sold out in four hours upon announcement. It undoubtedly felt like a rare event to everyone there, ... more

Oct 8, 2014 12:20 AM Classical Music

Prometheus Trio opened a new season last week in the recital hall at Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, one of the city’s performing spaces we perhaps take for granted. This intimate, lovely room is nearly ideal for small ensembles (except fo... more

Oct 1, 2014 2:16 AM Classical Music

“Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” That often-quoted quip applies as much to opera as to theater, and nothing is harder in operatic comedy than Gioachino Rossini. Not only are there vocal challenges in the bel canto style, but the often re... more

Sep 23, 2014 12:58 AM Classical Music

Present Music presents a smorgasbord of composers and styles, with some degree of hit and miss as part of the nature of performing new music. The season finale, performed Friday evening at the Cabot Theatre (normally home to Skylight) was d... more

Jun 25, 2014 1:13 AM Classical Music


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Guest conductor Gilbert Varga returned to conduct the final classical concert of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra season last weekend. The highlight was Karen Gomyo’s account of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Violin, with every note and nuance ... more

Jun 10, 2014 10:01 PM Classical Music

A member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra I have wanted to hear more from as a soloist is principal cellist Susan Babini. After her first featured solo in the orchestra a few seasons ago, I paraphrased the famous line from Jerry Maguire:... more

Jun 4, 2014 1:00 AM Classical Music


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Todd Levy was his best self in a big solo in the Kodály piece, expressive and with refined tone. more

Feb 6, 2018 2:06 PM Classical Music

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra gave a concert focused on Beethoven’s Emperor concerto with sophisticated guest conductor Fabien Gabel. more

Jan 30, 2018 4:34 PM Classical Music

At last weekend’s concert, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s all-American program included a latter-day work by Leonard Bernstein along with Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. more

Jan 23, 2018 9:16 AM Classical Music

Edo de Waart returned to conduct the Milwaukee Symphony in a concert featuring a difficult work by contemporary composer John Adams. more

Jan 15, 2018 11:02 AM Classical Music

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus gave five performances of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah recently; a performance attended by one of our critics seemed to him to be a bit of a mixed bag. more

Dec 19, 2017 1:31 PM Classical Music

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Early Music Now showed that there is more to Christmas music than “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells” as the Boston Camerata collaborated with the SHARQ Arabic Music Ensemble for “A Mediterranean Christmas.” more

Dec 15, 2017 9:43 AM Classical Music 1 Comments


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There has been a strong tradition of film music written by classical composers, and three of the greatest of these were the focus of Frankly Music’s concert last week at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. more

Dec 5, 2017 3:07 PM Classical Music

Present Music deserves substantial credit for creating and sustaining what has been embraced as a major annual holiday event in its Thanksgiving concert—now in its 18th year. more

Nov 21, 2017 4:43 PM Classical Music

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Hans Morren

Early Music Now observed this October’s 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with a concert Saturday evening; their guest artists: Dutch male vocal ensemble Cappella Pratensis. more

Oct 25, 2017 11:01 AM Classical Music

Frankly Music began a new season last week at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with a concert of music by the Belgian-French composer César Franck. more

Oct 3, 2017 4:07 PM Classical Music

Present Music explored yet another venue Friday evening with its concert in the student union of Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. more

Oct 3, 2017 4:02 PM Classical Music

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performed works of Darius Milhaud, George Gershwin and Sergei Rachmaninoff at the orchestra’s most recent concert. more

Sep 26, 2017 12:00 AM Classical Music

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra opened its new season this weekend under guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru, while the search for a new music director continues after Edo de Waart’s departure. more

Sep 19, 2017 1:59 PM Classical Music

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, perhaps the most successful orchestra of its kind in the U.S., serves 1,000 elementary through high school students from 215 schools, 60 communities and 14 counties in southeastern Wisconsin and northern ... more

Aug 15, 2017 2:07 PM A&E Feature

The final Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra classical subscription concert of the season captivated with an engaging program of contrasting pieces; MSO Assistant Conductor Yaniv Dinur made a strong debut in his first subscription concert appeara... more

Jun 20, 2017 1:11 PM Classical Music

Present Music returned to the Wherehouse for its season closer Friday evening with two performances, one at 6 p.m. (which I attended), the second at 9. The concert was curated by guest music direct,Classical Music and Dance more

Jun 6, 2017 3:35 PM Classical Music

Review of Edo de Waart’s final concert as music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. more

May 30, 2017 3:14 PM Classical Music

Few musicals in the repertory have gained the respect among theater and music lovers as has Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Fans of this landmark masterpiece―as well as anyone who wants an accomplished evening of theater―should make it to ... more

May 23, 2017 3:01 PM Theater

The MSO had a successful concert with works of Mozart, Beethoven and Elgar. Dutch pianist Ronald Brautigam was the guest soloist. more

May 16, 2017 3:04 PM Classical Music

No Present Music exploration of an unconventional venue has been more artistically successful than the event they held throughout various exhibits at the ‪Milwaukee Public Museum‬‬‬ last Saturday evening.‬‬‬ more

May 2, 2017 1:36 PM Classical Music