Sunday, December 10, 2017

Horns A Plenty Christmas in Appleton

Every year the call goes out, to anyone who can play the French Horn at any level, to come to Appleton, Wisconsin for the annual Horns A Plenty Christmas celebration.  This year it will be at the Fox Valley Lutheran High School on Saturday December 16 at 2:30 PM.

The concert will last about an hour.  For those who would like to perform, the rehearsal begins at 12:30.  The music is easy enough that middle school musicians will be able to play it.  But the fun comes in when musicians of all ages play this music.  There is no admission cost to the concert, but a free will offering will be accepted.  All money generated from the concert will be used for scholarships for french horn students.

For more information, see the Horns A Plenty Christmas facebook page.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Two more Holiday Concerts

There are two more concerts coming up but these are not on the same day (that's good).

First, the Menomonee Falls Symphony will present Christmas Delights at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center on the campus of Sussex Hamilton High School on Sunday December 10 beginning at 1 PM.  Joining the MFSO will be children from the Milwaukee Children's Choir, under the direction of Marco Melendez.  You won't want to miss wonderful holiday songs performed by some of the area's most talented children.  For more information or to order tickets, see the MFSO web site.

On Friday December 15, the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band will present their Holiday Concert at the Shattuck Auditorium on the campus of Carroll University.  Besides celebrating the season, the WASB will be collecting non-perishable food for the Food Pantry of Waukesha County.  For more information, please see the WASB web site.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The first Holiday concerts are coming up

Two local groups, the Concord Chamber Orchestra and the Milwaukee Festival Brass will perform their Holiday concerts on Saturday December 2.

The Milwaukee Festival Brass will perform Holidays in Brass at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa, beginning at 7 PM.  The program is a celebration of the release of their first CD, and will feature selections from that disc.  Trombonist Will Akers will be featured n Angels on High,” and principal cornettist Krystal Esty will perform a beautiful arrangement of John Rutter’s Candlelight Carol.  For more information or to order tickets, please see the MFB web site.

On the same evening, the Concord Chamber Orchestra will perform Portraits of Divinity at the Basilica of St. Jopsephat on the corner of 6th Street and Lincoln Avenue in Milwaukee beginning at 7 PM.  Joining the CCO will be the Milwaukee High School of the Arts Choir, under the direction of Raymond Roberts. The program includes:

     Giovanna d’Arco (Joan of Arc) Overture - Giuseppe Verdi
     “Entrance of the Queen of Sheba” from Solomon- George Frederick Handel
     “Ballet Suite” from Hérodiade - Jules Massenet
     “Bacchanale” from Samson & Delilah - Camille Saint-Saëns
     Gloria - Antonio Vivaldi
     A Christmas Festival - Leroy Anderson

There is no better venue for a concert like this than the Basilica.  For more information or to order tickets, see the CCO web site.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

The fall concerts have been performed.  The Holiday concerts are round the corner.  Time to take a breath, slow down, even for just a bit, and be thankful for all we have.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Kettle Moraine Symphony concert

The Kettle Moraine Symphony will present a program of music saluting veterans entitled  Dawn’s Early Light: A Salute to Veterans. The program begins at 3 PM in the Silver Lining Arts Center in West Bend.  A pre-concert presentation begins at 2PM.

The orchestra will be joined by the West Bend High School Vivace! and Concert choirs, the Moraine Chorus, and the VFW Post 1393 Color Guard.  The program includes John Williams’ Hymn to the Fallen, marches by John Philip Sousa, Morton Gould’s American Salute,  and Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2, Romantic.

Veterans are invited to attend the concert at no cost. Community members can buy tickets for $18, seniors for $15 and students with valid ID for $5. Tickets are available online at and at Horicon Bank in West Bend, West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, and White House of Music in West Bend and Germantown.

Those who want to learn more about the music they will be hearing are invited to a free pre-concert talk with Professor Peter Gibeau at 2 p.m.  For more information, see the Kettle Moraine Symphony web site.

There is no better way to salute our veterans than with wonderful music!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Greenfield Concert Band

The Greenfield Concert Band will perform their first concert of the season on Friday November 17th at 7 PM in the Performing Arts Center at Greenfield High School.  Unfortunately, I do not have information about the concert at this time.  The group has been in existence for only a few years, but will perform this May at The Amp in Konkel Park, the City of Greenfield's new amphitheater.

But November is a bit chilly for an outdoor concert.  And the Greenfield HS PAC is a very nice venue to hear a concert.  So, mark November 17th on your calendar!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Update from the Kettle Moraine Symphony

I received a nice note from the folks at the Kettle Moraine Symphony.  They have a number of upcoming concerts of great interest:

  • Sunday November 9 at 3 PM the KMS presents a Salute to Veterans at the Silver Lining Arts Center at the West Bend High Schools.  The program includes a pre-concert talk beginning at 2 PM.
  • Sunday March 4 at 3 PM, the KSM features music of American Composers in a program entitled A New American Frontier.  That performance is also at the Silver Lining Arts Center at the West Bend High Schools.
  • Sunday May 6 at 3 PM the KSM perform Hayden's Creation with the Moraine Chorus at a venue that is perfect for sacred music:  The Basilica at Holy Hill.
And at 10 AM on Saturday morning November 4, the KSM performs at the West Bend Community Library for a Family Fun Day.  The program is geared for younger ones (4 to 12) but kids of all ages are welcome.

For more information, see the Kettle Moraine Symphony web site.