Sunday, November 4, 2018

Kettle Moraine Symphony to honor veterans

Join the Kettle Moraine Symphony on Veterans Day, Sunday November 11, for a stirring concert Honoring Veterans, which will be held at 3 PM in the Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School’s Performing Arts Center, 3399 Division Rd., Jackson. At 2:00 there will be a pre-concert talk presented by Dr. Peter Gibeau, UWM-WC music professor and KMS principal bassist.

KMS is excited to welcome two guest performers for this concert. Cellist Madeleine Kabat of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will perform Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, written in the aftermath of World War I, and Washington County Circuit Court Judge Andrew Gonring will narrate Aaron Copland’s stirring Lincoln Portrait.  Also included are Three Pieces from Schindler’s List from the movie score by John Williams, and Civil War Suite by Joseph Turrin.  Finally, the performance will include the presentation and retirement of colors courtesy of the American Legion Post 486 of Jackson.

A free bus will be available for senior citizens from the West Bend area. Please call Connie at 262-343-0007 for more information or to sign up to ride the bus.

Admission for all Veterans is free.  In keeping with the spirit of the performance, hats or other items of clothing that denote the branch of service are encouraged.  Ticket prices are:

  • Adults $18, 
  • Senior $15, 
  • Student $5 (w/valid ID) 
  • Family Packages: $30 (2) adults + children, $20 (1) adult + children
Tickets may be purchased at the door, online at The Kettle Moraine Symphony's web site, or by calling 262-334-3469 (please leave a message). Advance purchases can also be made at the following outlets: Horicon Bank in West Bend, and White House of Music in West Bend and Germantown.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Upcoming Concert

The Waukesha Area Symphonic Band will perform Seasons on Friday November 9 at Shattuck Auditorium on the campus of Carroll University.  The concert will begin at 7:30 and feature both contemporary music for wind band as well as some classic favorites.  The concert will feature works by Jacques Casterede, William Grant Still, Lili Boulanger, Eric Whitacre, Ron Nelson, Fergal Carroll, Rick Kirby, and Timothy Mahr.

The concert will benefit the Healing Hearts of Waukesha County  (, who serve and support grieving children (and their families) in Waukesha County. Tickets are $10 and are available through the Healing Hearts office (262-527-1422) or at the auditorium the evening of the concert.  

The tentative program for the concert is:

Matin de Printemps..........Lili Boulanger
Summerland...................William Grant Still
Divetissement d’ete.........Jacques Casterede
October..........................Eric Whitacre 
Morning Alleluias.............Ron Nelson
-- intermission --
Winter Dances.................Fergal Carroll
A Healing Heart................Rick Kirby
Spring Divertimento.........Timothy Mahr
Be sure to mark your calendar for the first WASB concert of the year...and it's for a good cause, too!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Next concerts: October 20

The Menominee Falls Symphony will perform The World's Many Musical Sounds at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center at Sussex Hamilton High School on October 20 at 7:30 PM.

The concert will feature music of different cultures and the different musical sounds each one has created.  Several national anthems will be featured, as well as a world anthem made up of a number of national anthems.

Returning to this concert is the opportunity to site on stage with the musicians while the performance is in progress.  This popular option is great for the younger musicians who want to see what it is really like to perform in a concert.  And you can move to different locations on the stage for different pieces (but not during the music).

For more information, please see the MFSO web site.

Also, the Lakeshore Symphonic Band will perform No Tricks, Just Treats beginning at 7 PM on the 20th at the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center adjacent to Cedarburg High School.  The program includes music for Halloween as well as some evergreen favorites for symphonic band.
  • Malcolm Arnold | TAM O'SHANTER OVERTURE​
  • Gustav Holst | SECOND SUITE IN F FOR MILITARY BAND, op. 28 no. 2​
  • Patrick Doyle and John Williams | CONCERT SUITE FROM HARRY POTTER 
  • Joseph Kosma | AUTUMN LEAVES 
  • Andrew Boysen, Jr. | THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW​
  • Steven Reineke | THE WITCH AND THE SAINT​
  • Aaron Copland | DOWN A COUNTRY LANE

For more information, see the Lakeshore Symphonic Band web site.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Concert this Saturday

The Concord Chamber Orchestra will perform New // Old on Saturday October 13 at their new venue:  St. Sebastian Church, at 5400 W. Washington Blvd.  The concert begins at 7 PM.

  • Overture on Three Russian Pieces - Mily Balakirev
  • Concertino for Viola da Gamba and Small Orchestra - Rudolph Dolmetsch
  • In C - Terry Riley
  • Eight Pieces for Strings, Op. 44, No. 3 - Paul Hindemith
  • Concerto for Violo de Gamba in A major A9:1A - Carl Friedrich Abel
  • Water Music Suite - George Frideric Handel, arr. by Hamilton Harty
For more information or to order tickets, please visit the CCO web site.  

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Concert Calendar for the new season

Here is the Milwaukee Community Music Group concert season calendar as I have been able to assemble it.  If I missed some concerts. please drop an email and I will update the calendar.  Thanks for the help.

  • ·        30 at 3 PM, Kettle Moraine Symphony at the Kettle Moraine High School

  • ·        13 at 7PM, Concord Chamber Orchestra at St. Sebastian Church
  • ·        20 at 7:30, Menominee Falls Symphony at Hamilton Fine Arts Center
  • ·        20 at 7:30, Lakeshore Symphonic Band at Cedarburg Performing Arts Center
  • ·        27 at 7:30, Milwaukee Festival Brass at St. John’s Lutheran Church
  • ·        28 at 3PM, Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Concert Band at Wisconsin Lutheran College

  • ·        4 at 2PM, Milwaukee Concert band at Oak Creek Community Center
  • ·        9 at 7:30, Waukesha Area Symphonic Band at Carroll University
  • ·        11 at 3PM, Kettle Moraine Symphony at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School
  • ·        16 at 7:30, Greenfield Concert Band at Greenfield Performing Arts Center

  • ·        1 at 7PM, Concord Chamber Orchestra at the Basilica of St. Josephat
  • ·        8 at 7:30, Menominee Falls Symphony at Hamilton Fine Arts Center
  • ·        9 at 2PM, Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Concert Band at Southridge Shopping Center
  • ·        9 at 3PM, Waukesha Area Symphonic Band at Carroll University
  • ·        9 at 6PM, Lakeshore Symphonic Band at Holy Hill


·        27 at 2PM, Concord Chamber Orchestra at North Shore Congregational Church

·        15 at 7PM, Greenfield Concert band at Greenfield Performing Arts Center
·        16 at 6:30, Menominee Falls Symphony at the Silver Spring Country Club
·        16 at TBA, Waukesha Area Symphonic Band at Carroll University
·        24 at 3PM, Kettle Moraine Symphony at Stinger High School
  • ·        3 at 2PM, Milwaukee Concert Band at the Oak Creek Community Center
  • ·        17 at 2PM, Lakeshore Symphonic Band at the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center
  • ·        23 at 7PM, Concord Chamber Orchestra at St. Sebastian Church
  • ·        24 at 3PM, Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Concert Band at Wisconsin Lutheran College

  • ·        13 at 7:30, Menominee Falls Symphony at Hamilton Fine Arts Center

  • ·        3 at 7:30, Waukesha Area Symphonic Band at Carroll University
  • ·        5 at 2PM, Milwaukee Concert band at Oak Creek Community Center
  • ·        5 at 3PM, Kettle Moraine Symphony at Holy Hill
  • ·        11 at 7PM, Concord Chamber Orchestra at St. Sebastian Church
  • ·        11 at 7:30, Lakeshore Symphonic Band at Cedarburg Performing Arts Center
  • ·        17 at 7PM, Greenfield Concert Band at AMP at Konkel Park
  • ·        27 at 4PM, Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Concert Band at Milwaukee County War Memorial

Sunday, September 16, 2018

A new season has begun

I apologize for not posting each week during the summer.  Sometimes other responsibilities take precedence.  As a result, I will be posting news every couple of weeks instead of every week. 

The first post of the season lists the different community music groups in the area.  If you are a musician, and you would like to play, there are groups at all talent levels that would love to have you play with them.  If you know of other groups, drop me an email and I will add them to the list.  I've organized the list by the day of the week that they rehearse.

Sunday: The Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Concert Band is under the direction of Karen Lippert. They welcome all players regardless of ability and play traditional concert band music. You can check their web site for more information.

Monday: The Menomonee Falls Symphony, under the direction of Mike Kamenski, rehearses on Monday evenings in Sussex at Hamilton High School. An audition is required.   You can get more information on the concerts, and on joining the orchestra, from their 
web site.

Tuesday: The Wauwatosa Community Band, under the direction of Donna Kummer, rehearses at Longfellow Middle School. Tosa Band performs as a symphonic band and also as Tosa Jazz, so folks who like both genres of music may find a good fit with this group. 
See their web site for more information.

Tuesday: For the folks in the western suburbs, the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band also rehearses on Tuesday. The group's Conductor Laureate, Rick Kirby, has also composed music for some of the concerts. 
Their web site also has more information.

Tuesday: The Milwaukee Festival Brass, the only British style Brass Band in the area, rehearses on Tuesday as well. This group is unique in that they have an apprentice program for high school students. 
All the details are on their site.

Wednesday:  The Concord Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Jamin Hoffman, rehearses at Nicolet High School and requires an audition.  See their 
web site for information.

Wednesday: The Milwaukee American Legion Band is a traditional, patriotic-style community band. They are directed by Mike Van Pelt. Their site has information on their history, which is extensive, and on becoming a member.

Wednesday: The Lakeshore Symphonic Band serves the north shore and Ozaukee County communities, performing their concerts at the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center. Click here for their information.

Thursday: The Milwaukee Concert Band is another group with a long history, having been sponsored at one time by the Civic Music Association. See their web site for more information.

Thursday:  The Greenfield Concert Band is relatively new, having been in existence for only a few years.  They rehearse at Greenfield High School and do require an audition in order to place new members into the sections.  See their web site for information.

Thursday: The Greendale Village Band welcomes members of all playing abilities. They are a part of the School System in the Village of Greendale, and you can get more information from their 
web page.

And if I missed information on your group, send me an email and I'll be sure to post it.  Thanks.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Racine Concert Band summer nights at the zoo

The Racine Concert Band continues its series of summer concerts at the Racine Zoo on Sunday evenings.  The July concerts will begin at 7:30.  The August concerts will begin at 7 due to the earlier setting sun.  Here's a quick summary of the upcoming concerts.

  • July 22 featuring guest conductor Don Young with Beth Kapralian on flute, 7:30.  As an added treat, Don Rosen will narrate The Pied Piper of Hamlin.
  • July 29 featuring baritone Greg Berg with Jacob Cole on xylophone, 7:30
  • August 5 featuring former Miss Wisconsin Jeanie Hatfield with Jack Niccolai, Eric Pelky, and Graham Westley on trumpets at 7:00
  • August 12 featuring tenor Edson Melendez with Adam Maegaard, Esther Wilson, Katie Matteson, and Natalie Bakken on french horns at 7:00
And this year the Racine Concert Band continues their Summer Sweepstakes Spectacular.  Enter the Racine Concert Band Quiz at each concert and be entered for special prizes from these businesses:
  • Toppers Pizza
  • Bucket's Pub
  • Salute Italian Restaurant
  • Javier's Cuisine
  • Wells Brothers Restaurant
  • The Ivanhoe
  • Infusino's
  • Jose's Blue Sombrero
  • The Yardarm
  • Buona Vita Pizza
All entries (correct or not) are entered into drawings for wonderful prizes from these great places.  The grand prize this year is a Fitbit smart fitness watch from Best Buy.  The drawings will be held after every piece of music at the August 12 concert.  Be sure to attend all of the concerts to maximize your changes in the Summer Sweepstakes Spectacular!