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

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Photo Credit: Jennifer Brindley

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

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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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