Sunday, March 19, 2017

WASB to welcome a special guest and a reminder for the CCO concert

The Waukesha Area Symphonic Band will perform a special concert with the Madison Brass Band on Sunday March 26 at 3 PM in Shattuck Auditorium on the campus of Carroll University.  And if that is not wonderful news, here is more:  the concert is free!

Check out the WASB web site or the Madison Brass Band web site for more information.

You don't want to miss this one.

And don't forget the concert by the Concord Chamber Orchestra the evening before, Saturday the 25th, at St. Matthew's in Wauwatosa.  The concert features the concerto competition winner, Emily Tisdel, violin, performing the Tchaikovsky violin concerto.  The concert begins at 7.  See you there.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Congratulations are due

Congratulations to the Milwaukee Festival Brass on winning their section at the North American Brass and Association Championships.

The group competed with 5 other brass bands in their section and came out on top for the second year in a row.  Let's all give a Woo Hoo!  If you are interested in the results of all of the section competitions, check out the NABBA web page.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Tosa Band to perform their mid-winter concert

The Wauwatosa Community Band will perform their mid-winter concert on Tuesday March 14 at the auditorium in Longfellow Middle School.  The school is at the corner of 76th Street and North Avenue.  The concert will begin at 7 PM.

The concert will include the William Tell Overture, the Symphonic Suite from Star Trek, and a performance of Casey At The Bat.  These concerts are always fun and are a great way to introduce younger ones to classical music.  Be sure to take your budding young musician to this concert.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Concert Preview - Concord Chamber Orchestra

The Concord Chamber Orchestra will continue their season theme Play Me A Story on Saturday March 25 when they open Pandora's Box.  The concert will be at St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church and begins at 7 PM.

The concert will feature violinist Emmy Tisdel, winner of the 2017 Walter A. and Dorothy J. Oestreich Concerto Competition.  She will perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto.  Also on the program is Mozart's Prelude to Apollo and Hyacinth.

The concert will feature musical stories that will include the Paul Bunyan Suite of William Bergsma, and the Golden Spinning Wheel of Antonin Dvorak.

You can get more information and order tickets from the CCO web site.

See you there!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sorry for the delay

Sometimes the day job and other things get in the way of posting the news about community music.  The good news is that all of the groups are working on their music for spring performances.

In fact, working on spring music is the reason for the next event:  Brass at the Border III on Sunday Feb. 26 at 3PM.  The event will feature four different British-style Brass Bands that are fine tuning their music for the upcoming North American Brass Band Championships, March 10 and 11 in Fort Wayne, IN.

Spend a Sunday afternoon in Milton WI at the High School listening to the performances of each of these bands:

  • Madison Brass Band 
  • Illinois Brass Band 
  • Chicago Brass Band
  • and the defending champions Milwaukee Festival Brass 
Tickets for Brass at the Border are $15, or $12 for seniors and students and are available on the MFB website or may be purchased at the door. Group rates are available. For more information, and for directions to the Milton High School Auditorium, please visit the Milwaukee Festival Brass web site.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Upcoming concert: Milwaukee Festival Brass

Join the Milwaukee Festival Brass as they preview some of the music they are preparing for the North American Brass Band Championships (April 1 and 2 in Fort Wayne, IN).  The concert begins at 7 PM in the Pius XI High School Arts Center on 76th Street just north of I-94.

Highlights will include the epic and majestic Act II finale: Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral, from Richard Wagner’s opera, Lohengrin.  In addition, two noteworthy soloists will be featured in the program. The first is the band’s newly-named principal solo cornet, Krystal Esty, who will perform a haunting arrangement of Joy Webb’s Share My Yoke. The second is Kelly Eshbaugh, a master’s degree candidate in trombone performance at UW-Milwaukee. She will present a movement from Chris Brubeck’s witty and beguiling Concerto for Bass Trombone.

The band will conclude its performance with a preview of Fanfares and Love Songs, a recent work by young British composer, Gavin Higgins. This is the piece the band will perform at the 2017 North American Brass Band Association’s annual contest where it will defend its Third Section Championship title.

And if you want even more information, see the MFB web site.  See you there!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Something to help you celebrate Valentine's Day

The Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra will present a special dinner / concert on Saturday February 11 at the Silver Spring Country Club.  Besides a wonderful buffet dinner provided by the staff at the Silver Spring Country Club, the Orchestra will be joined by the vocal quartet Heart to Heart.

The concert will feature music from Tchikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, as well as music from Somewhere in Time.

Dinner begins at 6:30 with the concert beginning after dinner.

For more information, please see the MFSO web site.