Sunday, November 28, 2010

Calendar of Holiday Concerts and something for those in the Fox Valley

First, if you live in the Fox Valley, be sure to attend a special free concert of the Oshkosh Horn Choir, next Sunday December 5 at 7PM in the concert hall. This group is made up of volunteer horn players from all over eastern Wisconsin, from the Fox Valley to Green Bay to Milwaukee. The sound of a choir of french horns is unique. If you have never heard that sound, I encourage you to attend. Dr. Bruce Atwell has prepared the group with a wide variety of music, from classical to fun. I know you'll enjoy it.

And as promised, here is the Calendar of Holiday Concerts in December. Clicking on the band's name will take you to their web site for more information. Or print the page and tape it to your refrigerator door!

5 - Hartland Community Band, 3 PM, Holy Hill Basilica
10 - Waukesha Area Symphonic Band, 7:30 PM, Shattuck Auditorium, Carroll University
11 - Menomonee Falls Symphony, 7:30 PM, Sussex Hamilton Fine Arts Center
12 - Milwaukee American Legion Band, 3 PM, South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
19 - Milwaukee Festival Brass, 3 PM, Wisconsin Lutheran College
19 - Lakeshore Symphonic Band, 3 PM, Holy Hill Basilica

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Knightwind Concert and the Holiday

When I started on this post and entered the title, I thought it sounded like the title of a fable. Instead, it is a reminder and a wish.

First the reminder: be sure to attend the Knightwind Ensemble concert at 3 PM today, November 21, at Wisconsin Lutheran College. I'll be selling the tickets in the lobby, so stop by and say hello.

Second is the wish: I wish you all a wonderful, peaceful, and happy Thanksgiving Holiday. We have so much to be thankful for here in the Milwaukee area. Sometimes life moves so quickly that we forget the wonderful things we do have. Let's reflect a bit this holiday about all the blessings we have and not concentrate on the things we'd like to have.

Next week's post is the calendar of Holiday concerts, ready for your refrigerator door!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The fall season is winding down

Not as much to write about this week.

Don't forget the concert by the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band at Carroll University at 7:30 PM, today, November 14.

And be sure to attend next week's concert by the Knightwind Ensemble, at 3 PM at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Be sure to visit the Knightwind web site ( and print the page with the concert preview. Bring it to the concert for $1 off the adult ticket price for everyone in your party. (Sorry, but the Senior and Student ticket price is as low as we can go already. We just cannot discount those tickets any further.)

And when you buy your tickets to the Knightwind Ensemble concert, be sure to say hello to Yours Truly, who will be taking care of all the details in the lobby during the performance, including selling the tickets.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Concert Preview - Waukesha Area Symphonic Band presents a World Premiere

Join the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band on Sunday (new day) November 14 at 7:30 PM for a World Premiere. The Shattuck Auditorium on the campus of Carroll University will be the site for Remix, a new piece by Music Director Rick Kirby. Mr. Kirby is a retired band director from Waukesha West High School, and, besides his composing duties, he is currently directing the Carroll University Jazz Ensemble and is also Associate Director of the Youth Wind Orchestra of Wisconsin.

The concert will also include a fanfare by Julie Giroux, the famous Suite of Old American Dances by Robert Russell Bennett, and an anthology of Leroy Anderson tunes. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. For more information or to pre-order tickets, please call 262-370-6129.

One neat piece of trivia I learned about this concert is that, performing in the band for this concert, is a husband, wife, and son. The Eisenmann family will be well represented in the ranks of the musicians on that evening. That's one of the great things about community music groups: the love of music can be passed down through the generations, and we all benefit from that love.

And the Packers have a Bye week. No game to get in the way of concert attendance! Hope to see you there!