Sunday, October 15, 2017

Concert Preview - Menomonee Falls Symphony

The first concert of the new season for the Menomonee Falls Symphony focuses on the nine elements that make up music.  Maestro Mike Kamenski will demonstrate the different elements of music through different pieces on the program.  For those who might like to learn what the performers do on stage while they play the pieces, audience members are invited to come up on stage and sit in with different sections of the orchestra.  This is a great way for younger ones to get an idea of how each different parts come together to "make music". 

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for Seniors, and $6 for Students, and can be purchased at the door. For more information, see the MFSO web site.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Concert Preview - Concord Chamber Orchestra

The Concord Chamber Orchestra will perform on Saturday October 21 in their new concert venue, the Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church on 80th Street just north of North Avenue.  The concert theme is Stars and Stripes:  American Icons, and the concert honors different American Icons from composers (Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein) to heroes of history (Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin.

Here are a few selections from the program:
  • Rip Van Winkle Overture by George Chadwick
  • Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland
  • Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein (Natalie's favorite)
  • Benjamin Franklin Suite arranged by Alan Shulman
  • Suite from American In Paris by George Gershwin
Tickets are available at the door:  Adults $18, Seniors $12, Students $5.  The concert begins at 7 PM.  For more information, see the orchestra's web site.

This looks like a fun concert to attend.  I hope to see you there.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

New Music Director for the Lakeshore Symphonic Band

The web site for the Lakeshore Symphonic Band shows that they have found a new Music Director and Conductor:  Mr. Michael Zens.

Currently a music teacher in the Franklin Public School District, Mr. Zens also conducts the Youth Wind Orchestra of Wisconsin. Prior to his position in Franklin, he was Director of Bands and Orchestra, as well as Music Curriculum Chair, for the Menomonee Falls School District for eight years. Mr. Zens holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 
The members of the LSB are looking forward to making music with Mr. Zens, and they hope you join them for their first concert with the new Music Director.  It is Saturday, October 21st at the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center, 7:30 P.M.  For more information on the Lakeshore Symphonic Band, see their web site.  

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Concert Season Calendar

Here is my list of community music concerts.  A number of groups have not yet posted their concert dates yet.  As I get that information, I will alert everyone and update the calendar.  If you know of some concert dates that I missed, please drop me an email and I will add them.  Thanks.

There are a lot of wonderful concerts coming up this year.  Be sure to take some in!


October
  • Sat.   21  7:30  Milwaukee Festival Brass at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Brookfield
  • Sat.   21  7:00  Concord Chamber Orchestra at Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church
  • Sat.   21  7:30  Menomonee Falls Symphony at the Sussex Hamilton Fine Arts Center
  • Sat.   21  7:30  Lakeshore Symphonic Band at the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center

November
  • Fri.     3  7:30  Waukesha Area Symphonic Band at Carroll University
  • Sun.   5  2:00 Milwaukee Concert Band at the Oak Creek Community Center 
  • Fri.    17 7:00 Greenfield Concert Band at the Greenfield High School Performing Arts Center

December
  • Sat.   2  7:00 Concord Chamber Orchestra at the Basilica of St. Josephat
  • Sat.   2  7:00 Milwaukee Festival Brass at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa
  • Sun. 10 1:00 Menomonee Falls Symphony at the Sussex Hamilton Fine Arts Center
  • Fri.   15  7:30 Waukesha Area Symphonic Band at Carroll University performing Holiday Music
  • Sat.  16  TBA  Horns A Plenty Christmas performance in Appleton, WI (more to follow)
January
  • Sun.  28  2:00 Concord Chamber Orchestra at the North Shore Congregational Church performing Chamber Music
February

  • Sat.  10   6:30 Menomonee Falls Symphony performing a Valentine’s dinner concert at the Silver Spring Country Club
  • Fri.   16   7:00  Greenfield Concert Band at the Greenfield High School Performing Arts Center
  • Sun.  25  3:00  Milwaukee Festival Brass at Pius XI High School Performing Arts Center

March
  • Sun.   4  2:00 Milwaukee Concert Band at Nicolet High School
  • Sun.  11  3:00  Milwaukee Festival Brass at Brass on the Border, Milton High School
  • Sat.  24  7:00  Concord Chamber Orchestra at Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church

April
  • Sat. 14  7:30 Menomonee Falls Symphony at the Sussex Hamilton Fine Arts Center

May
  • Fri.     4  7:30  Waukesha Area Symphonic Band at Carroll University
  • Sun.   6  2:00  Menomonee Falls Symphony performing the Messiah Sing-Along at Mount Carmel Lutheran Church
  • Sun.   6  2:00  Milwaukee Concert Band at the Oak Creek Community Center
  • Sat.  12  7:00  Concord Chamber Orchestra at the Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church
  • Fri.  18   7:00  Greenfield Concert band at The Amp at Konkel Park
  • Sun. 20  3:00  Milwaukee Festival Brass at Pius XI High School Performing Arts Center 



Sunday, September 17, 2017

The community music groups in our area

If you have thought about getting back into playing, or you were just interested in the different groups in the area, this post is for you. I've published this information for the last few years, and I still get emails from folks new to the area looking for a group that they can join and play their instrument. It all comes down to a simple fact:  if you live in the Milwaukee area and want to play with a community music group, there are lots of opportunities at all skill levels!

Here's the list that I have. If you have more information about other groups, send me an email and I'll add it to this post.

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, August 13, 2017

Not much of the summer left

The Milwaukee Community Music Blog will take a short recess until after Labor Day.  The new season is being planned now.  And the calendar of community music group concerts will be published in September.

See you then!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Summer Season is almost gone

Just a couple of concerts are left in the summer season.

The Concord Chamber Orchestra performs on August 6 in the Franklin Lions Park at 2 PM, and again in Glendale on Wednesday August 9 at the Community park on Bender Road at 7 PM.  Their concert this summer is a lot of fun.  You will enjoy it.

The Racine Concert Band finishes its summer season at the Racine Zoo on August 6 and 13, both concerts beginning at 7 PM.  RCB welcomes Ami Bouterse on the 6th and Mellisa Cardamone on the 13th.  And don't forget the Summer Sweepstakes Spectacular drawings on the 13th for all the great prizes.  Drawings will be held after each selection in the program.  The Grand Prize this year is a Fitbit.  You don't want to miss it.