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.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Chamber music, anyone?

The Concord Chamber Orchestra presents its annual chamber music concert, Anthology, at the North Shore Congregational Church in Fox Point on Sunday January 29th at 2 PM.

This is always an interesting concert, because Maestro Jamin Hoffman does not program the concert:  the individual members of the orchestra do.  As a result, a wide variety of chamber music is presented, prepared by the musicians themselves.

And a note to the sports fans:  the NFL has no game on that afternoon.  You can attend and enjoy the concert, and still take in the Pro Bowl in the evening.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, see the CCO web site.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Second half of the concert season

Now that the celebrations have come to a close, it is time to look forward to the concerts for 2017. Here is the list of concerts that I have for the second half of this season.  If you know of a concert that is not on the list, drop me a line and I'll be sure to get the word out.

And Happy 2017 to all!


January
  • Sun.  29  1:30 Concord Chamber Orchestra at North Shore Congregational Church performing Chamber Music
February
  • Sat.  11  6:30 Menomonee Falls Symphony performing a dinner concert at the Silver Spring Country Club
  • Sat.  11  7:00  Milwaukee Festival Brass at Pius XI High School Performing Arts Center
  • Sun. 26  4:00 Lakeshore Symphonic Band at the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center
  • Sun. 26  3:00 Milwaukee Festival Brass at Brass On The Border at Milton High School, Milton WI
March
  • Sun.  5  2:00 Milwaukee Concert Band at Brown Deer High School
  • Sat.  11  7:00 Concord Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Fri.  17  7:00 Greenfield Concert Band at Greenfield High School
  • Sun. 26  3:00 Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Concert Band at Wisconsin Lutheran College
  • Sun. 26  3:00 Waukesha Area Symphonic Band in a joint concert with the Madison Brass Band at Carroll University
April
  • Sat. 22  7:30 Menomonee Falls Symphony at the Sussex Hamilton Fine Arts Center
  • Sat.  29  7:00  Milwaukee Festival Brass at Concordia University
May
  • Fri.  12  7:30 Waukesha Area Symphonic Band at Carroll University
  • Sat.  13  7:00 Concord Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Sun.  14  2:00 Milwaukee Concert Band at Brown Deer High School
  • Sun. 21  4:00 Lakeshore Symphonic Band at Cedarburg Performing Arts Center
  • Mon. 29 4:00 Wauwatosa Community Band performing a Memorial Day Observance at the Milwaukee War Memorial

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Happy Season, whichever one you celebrate

Most of the concerts are completed for this Holiday Season.  Most of the ones yet to complete are a part of the religious celebrations.  Be sure to thank the musicians working to make those celebrations wonderful. 

Merry Christmas to all.  The blog will be back on January 8 with the spring calendar of concerts.