Sunday, May 20, 2018

A Tradition Continues

The summer music scene will continue one of its longest traditions.  The Milwaukee American Legion Band will perform at the Humboldt Park Chalet on Tuesday June 26.  The concert is always fun and well attended, full of patriotic music and show tunes.  Begin your Fourth of July celebration early this year at Humboldt Park.  The music begins at 6 PM.  And food trucks and vendors will can supply the dinner....or bring a picnic dinner.

And if you are interested in the other concerts in the Chill On The Hill Series, here is a nice summary from the Shepherd Express.


Sunday, May 13, 2018

First summer band concert of the year

The first concert is always the Shorewood Concert Band performing for the Shorewood Men's Club Chicken BBQ.  As always, it will be held at Atwater Park, corner of Capitol Drive and Lake Drive.  Chicken is served from 11:30 AM until 7:30 PM.  Musical entertainment goes all afternoon.

But if you stop by and pick up your chicken early, you can hear the Shorewood Concert Band perform at about noon.  It's a bit early to know the program, but the Shorewood band always comes up with a fun performance of about an hour.  And I can guarantee that the chicken (from Rupena's) is wonderful.  Stop by, enjoy the music, enjoy the chicken, and support the Shorewood Concert Band.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Concert preview - Milwaukee Festival Brass

The Milwaukee Festival Brass will present Festival City Postcards on Sunday May 20 at 3 PM at the Pius XI High School Performing Arts Center.  The concert will feature music of famous Milwaukee artists as well as music from the season of festivals.

Featured is music from Al Jarreau and the Violent Femmes.  The MFB will also feature some young up-and-coming soloists.  Finally, music of German, Irish, and Italian heritage will salute the summer festival season.

Tickets are $12, $9 for Seniors and Students.  For more information, see the MFB web site.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Concert Preview: Concord Chamber Orchestra

The Concord Chamber Orchestra will present its final concert of the season on Saturday May 12.  It is entitled A New Day, and will be performed at the Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church, one block north of North Avenue on 80th Street. 

The concert will begin at 7 PM and will celebrate the heroes who have lived and worked in our own lifetimes.  These heroes are the ones who help us to embrace humanity and remind us that, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

The program includes:



  • Fanfare for the Common Man - Aaron Copland
  • Lt. Kij√© Suite - Sergei Prokofiev
  • JFK - A Profile - Steven Rosenhaus
  • Fanfare for An Uncommon Woman - Joan Tower
  • Selections from Porgy & Bess - George Gershwin (arr. by Robert Russell Bennett)
For more information or to reserve your tickets, please see the CCO web site.

And a note from the Kettle Moraine Symphony.  They, along with the Moraine Chorus, will perform Hayden's The Creation on Sunday May 6 at 3 PM at the Basilica at Holy Hill.  For a complete description of the concert and the soloists, please see the KMSO web site.

Waukesha Area Symphonic Band concert

The Nationally recognized Waukesha Area Symphonic Band will perform in concert on Friday May 4 at 7:30 PM in Shattuck Auditorium on the campus of Carroll University.  The concert is their first since being honored by the John Phillip Sousa Foundation as a winner of the Sudler Silver Scroll.  The Scroll is awarded to top North American community bands and is the highest award a community band can receive.

The program, entitled Flights of Fancy and Fantasy,  will feature works by Vaughan Williams, Frank Ticheli, Phillip Sparke, Erica Svanoe and Jaromir Weinberger.  The program will also feature trumpeter Matthew Kellen, winner of the WASB Concerto Competition.  Matthew will be performing a Donald Hunsberger arrangement of Le Carnival de Venise

The concert will benefit Waukesha's Adaptive Community Approach Program.  See their web site for the good things they do for the Waukesha Community. 

For more information on the concert, please see the WASB web site.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sing Along Messiah for Spring

The Menominee Falls Symphony is bringing back the Sing Along Messiah on Sunday May 6, at 2PM, at Mount Carmel Lutheran Church at 84th and Center Streets.  They will be performing the “Easter” portion of this large oratorio, featuring four local vocal soloists. 

While the “audience” is invited (expected) to sing, non-singing audience members are also welcome! Even non-singers will have a tough time staying silent during the Hallelujah Chorus.  And if you do not have a vocal score, they will be available for purchase at the door.  


Best of all, the concert is free.  Just show up and sing, or enjoy the music.


For more information, see the MFSO web site.  


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Congratulations to the Milwaukee Festival Brass

The Milwaukee Festival Brass competed in the North American Brass Band Association Championships recently.  While they were not able to defend their title as champions of the Third Section, they did score well. 

And congratulations to Al Floeter of MFB who placed first in the Senior Low Brass Melody competition.  Also congratulations go out to MFB members David Grace and Darrel Stachelski for placing first and third respectively in the Senior High Brass Technical competition. 

And don't forget the upcoming MFB concert, Festival City Postcards, Sunday May 20 at 3 PM at the Pius XI High School Arts Center.  See the MFB web site for more information.