Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

And if Christmas is not a Holiday you keep, may you have a wonderful day!

I'll be taking this Sunday off, preparing the calendar of concerts for the spring season. That will post right after the New Year. And I have some exciting news regarding the Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Concert Band. So stay tuned!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas is almost here

Reminder, the Milwaukee Festival Brass performs Christmas for Kids today at 3 PM at Wisconsin Lutheran College. It will be a good concert, so please attend if you can. And be sure to bring a new toy for the Toys For Tots collection.

Many of you celebrate Christmas, while others celebrate other Holidays of the season. But whichever religious holiday you keep, there is a good chance that music will be a part of the celebration. And that music may very well be performed by volunteer musicians within the community. Community Music is not unique to America, but it is a part of our heritage since colonial days. If you enjoy the performance, please stop by and tell the musicians. I know they'll appreciate it very much.

The very best to you and yours during this wonderful holiday season. I'll be back in January with the posting of the concerts coming up in the rest of the winter and early spring months.

Until then, I leave you with the words of Obie Yadgar, from the old WFMR: Find a concert, and go to it!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Concert Preview - Milwaukee Festival Brass

The Milwaukee Festival Brass will perform a special concert of Christmas Music on Sunday December 20 at 3 PM in the Schwan Concert Hall on the campus of Wisconsin Lutheran College. The theme is Christmas for Kids and the concert features the Milwaukee Festival Youth Brass Band.

The MFB will perform with the Youth Brass on three selections, including the World Premiere of The Twelve Days of Christmas, penned by Music Director Dr. Pat Bachhaus.

Lots of other favorite tunes and carols will fill the hall, by the likes of Brass Band composers William Himes, Philip Sparke, James Curnow, and Goff Richards. Should be a very nice concert; but then the MFB concerts are always entertaining! Don't miss it. I know I won't!

One important note: the Milwaukee Festival Brass is teaming up with the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys For Tots Campaign. So, bring a new toy to the concert, and the Marines will be sure to get it to kids that might otherwise not have a happy Christmas. We can't let that happen!

See you there!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Upcoming Concerts this week

Don't forget the two performances today: one by the Hartland Community Band at the Holy Hill Shrine, and the other by the Milwaukee American Legion Band at Milwaukee Lutheran High School. Both concerts are at 3 PM.

There are two concerts coming up this week for your listening pleasure.

The first is on Friday December 11th at 7:30 in Shattuck Auditorium on the campus of Carroll University. The Waukesha Area Symphonic Band performs their annual concert of Holiday music. The performance will include music by smaller ensembles within the band, as well as full band pieces. Admission is $5, but free admission will be given to all who bring non-perishable food items for the Waukesha Food Pantry. Items in need include peanut butter, canned chili, stews and meats, canned vegtables, pasta, rice, and soups. For more information, see their web site:

And on Saturday December 12, the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra celebrates the Holiday Season with their first Holiday Pops Concert. In the past, the Symphony performed a Sing-along Messiah. This year, they chose a Pops concert. It begins at 7:30 on the 12th in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center attached to Sussex-Hamilton High School. See their web site for more information, including directions:

Enjoy the concerts. They are a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of the preparation for the Holidays!