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Yaniv Dinur, resident conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, not only conducted Wolfgang Mozart’s beloved Requiem, he was also the soloist in the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 20. Read more

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The new co-artistic directors of Present Music, David Bloom and Eric Segnitz, continued the tradition of a Thanksgiving concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Sunday. Read more

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Playing at the Pabst Theater, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra played Ludwig van Beethoven’s first two symphonies. Read more

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Haydn and Dvorák among the highlights of a superb concert. Read more

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The Milwaukee-based opera company starts its season with a generally successful production of the Wolfgang Mozart-Lorenzo Da Ponte classic. Read more

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Frankly Music opened its season last week to a near-capacity audience at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, demonstrating the proficiency of a large selection of musicians Read more

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Ken-David Masur, the new music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, opened MSO’s season with pieces he holds dear. Read more

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The classical season was kicked off by ‘Re:re:rewrite’ by Present Music, the first concert under the new leadership of co-artistic directors David Bloom and Eric Segnitz. Read more

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Jeffrey Kahane played the piano and conducted the MSO in a concert of great classical music by Mozart, Schubert and Strauss. Read more

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Frank Almond maintained his usual superb standards at Wisconsin Lutheran College concert. Read more

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The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra did an admirable job with Mahler’s challenging Ninth Symphony. Read more

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The earliest music ever heard on an Early Music Now concert came around on Saturday evening with Tibetan chants dating back more than 2,000 years. Read more

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Present Music’s ‘In the New Chamber’ is a concert featuring music composed by women and non-binary composers. Read more

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Composer William Walton’s seldom-heard Symphony No. 1 highlighted the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s recent concert devoted to British music. Read more

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As has been its custom, Frankly Music moved to Schwan Hall at Wisconsin Lutheran College last week to begin the second half of its season. Read more

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Early Music Now brought the British ensemble Red Priest to liven up Milwaukee with Gypsy-inspired music. Read more

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The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra had a busy period, playing pieces such as The Flying Dutchman, Deux Portraits and Don Juan. Read more

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

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The beautiful voices of Early Music Now’s a cappella singers rang through St. Joseph’s Chapel during their Christmas Concert. Read more

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Present Music’s Thanksgiving concert tradition continued on Sunday to a large audience at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Read more

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

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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. Read more

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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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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. Read more

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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... Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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... Read more

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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. Read more

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

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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 ... Read more

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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 ... Read more

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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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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, ... Read more

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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... Read more

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“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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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 ... Read more

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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:... Read more

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