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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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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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Young pianist Charlie Albright performed at Schwan Hall during his self-driving tour of the Midwest. Read more

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Frankly Music presented a visiting ensemble to Milwaukeeans sans artistic director Frank Almond, the Miró Quartet, which gave a concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Read more

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The opera seems to want to comment on gender roles and sexual identity, with Kynaston first in a clandestine relationship with a nobleman, then later with Peg Hughes. Read more

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Prometheus Trio, one of the performing groups in residence at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, recently gave an interesting program of two curiosities and a cornerstone work. Read more

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Frankly Music's first concert of its 15th season was led and curated by Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond. Read more

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Even with many players added, the woodwinds showed just how good they are with expressive and colorful playing that remained balanced. Read more

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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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The sizable audience at the Zelazo Center at UWM heard seven pieces in excellent performances by nine musicians, with guest conductor David Bloom returning. Read more

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The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra ended its classical season with a strong account of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 last weekend, led by guest conductor Jun Märkl. Read more

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Frankly Music's season finale brought first-rate players to Wisconsin Lutheran College's Schwan Hall. Read more

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Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk gave a dazzling performance Saturday evening with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. The concert included Prokofiev’s Sinfonia concertante, Barber’s Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 ... Read more

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It’s not very often that a concert rises to an extraordinary level, beyond excellence to inspirational and rare. Such was the case in Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performance of Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth). Read more

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March 10th’s Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert featured Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, which had soloist issues, as well as strong performances of Emily Cooley, Sergei Prokofiev. Read more

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Last Sunday saw Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra perform Hector Berlioz outlandish Symphonie fantastique under guest conductor Joshua Weilerstein, as well as Concerto No. 1 with famed visiting violinist Karen Gomyo. Read more

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Present Music explored a new venue in its concert “Give Chance a Piece” at the Jazz Gallery. The music with the most impact had profound gravitas, echoing troubled areas of southeastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Read more

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Last week marked the Milwaukee performance of two attractive, worthwhile new works: Piano Trio No. 5 by Daron Hagen premiered by Prometheus Trio and Pierre Jalbert’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra premiered by Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Read more

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

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