Monday, January 18, 2021

It has been a while...

 The pandemic has cancelled performances of all of the community music groups that I monitor in the Milwaukee area.  But there is one virtual performance coming in January.

The Concord Chamber Orchestra is putting together a free virtual chamber music concert.  It is scheduled for January 31at 3 PM Central time for the initial performance.  Once completed, the concert will be loaded to You Tube so that you can enjoy the concert on your own schedule.  


For all the details, see the CCO web site.  

And note that Milwaukee Community Music blog will continue to monitor the situation and announce any performances that might be coming.  Maybe this summer?  

Thursday, June 11, 2020

NO concerts this summer....and maybe next fall

I have heard from a number of community music groups.  The summer seasons are cancelled.  Fall concerts will likely be cancelled because there are few large groups that can rehearse in a manner that promotes social distancing.  We may see concerts of small groups or strings only.  But I am afraid we may not have concerts until 2021. 

As I hear information, I will pass it on.  Until then, stay safe.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Another cancellation

For many years, the first community music event of the summer has been the performance of the Shorewood Concert Band at the Chicken BBQ hosted by the Shorewood Men's Club at Atwater Park.  Because of the virus, this year's event has been cancelled.

As I hear any other news, I will certainly pass it on.

We live in interesting times...

Sunday, April 5, 2020

We live in interesting times

I have heard from a number of community music groups that the upcoming concerts for April and May are cancelled.  Given all the news regarding COVID-19, this is not a surprise.  All of the groups that I am aware of have cancelled the rest of their seasons. 

I will continue to monitor the different groups to see if summer concerts will be starting up or not.  Many of the groups need to rehearse in late May for June concerts, and if the schools remain closed, there will not be spaces for rehearsals. 

So for now I bid you adieu.  I will post something later in May about the summer schedules I find.

Stay safe!

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Upcoming concert: Kettle Moraine Symphony

The Kettle Moraine Symphony will be featuring the wind and percussion sections at their next concert on Sunday May 3.  Entitled Winds, Percussion, and Romance, local high school students will join the symphony musicians in the first half, while the KMS performs an evergreen favorite in the second half.

The concert begins by featuring high school music students playing side by side with symphony musicians in a work named Flight by Claude T. Smith.  The work is the official march of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and was commissioned by the US Air Force Band in 1984.  Listen for references to the Pachelbel Cannon in the opening strains.

The second half of the concert features one of the most favorite works of concertgoers, the Second Symphony of Rachmaninoff.  (Fans of popular music will recognize that the theme of the third movement was used in an Eric Carmen song from 1976.)  The symphony is just plain beautiful! 

For more information or to order advance tickets, see the Kettle Moraine Symphony website

Monday, March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Update

As of this weekend, the concerts by the Concord Chamber Orchestra (this coming weekend) and the Menominee Falls Symphony (April 18) have both been cancelled due to the closing of the school systems for COVID-19. 

It is too early to see if other concerts scheduled for May will be cancelled or not.  I will post any updates that I get.

We will get through this. 

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Upcoming concert: Menominee Falls Symphony

Join the Menominee Falls Symphony Orchestra on Saturday April 18 at the Sussex Hamilton Fine Arts Center.  The concert begins at 7:30 and will complete the season devoted to Fairy Tales and Fantasies.

The program includes music of fairy tales and fantasies including the stories of Billy the Kid (Copland) and Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck).  Included on the program is the Capriol Suite of Peter Warlock.

The concert will also feature the first and second place winners of the Young Artist competition.  Henry Allison, the first place winner, will perform the first movement of the Sebelius Violin Concerto and Heather Beckman (second place) will perform the first movement of the Barber Violin Concerto.

For more information and to purchase advance tickets, please see the MFSO web site.

And be sure to attend the Concord Chamber Orchestra's concert on March 21 at St. Sebastian's at 5400 Washington Boulevard.  See the CCO web site for all the details.