Sunday, April 29, 2012

Concert Preview: Wauwatosa Community Band

Join the Wauwatosa Community Band on Tuesday May 8th for their Spring Concert at Longfellow Middle School, 76th and North Avenue.  Music Director Donna Kummer has chosen the theme And The Band Played On.  The concert includes The Sinfonians, a concert band classic, by Clifton Williams, a number of patriotic marches, and the Aaron Copland classic Lincoln Portrait.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids and seniors and can be purchased at the door. The band wishes to thank the Wauwatosa Recreational Department for their support.

Here is their poster for the concert.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Cheer for one of our own

I learned that a participant in the Horns A Plenty Christmas program has won a wonderful award.  Congratulation go out to Austin Larson of Neenah, a horn player, currently studying music at the University of Cincinnati.  He is one of the winners of the Neale-Sliva Competition for young artists hosted by Wisconsin Public Radio.

While Austin is in his Junior year of studies from a calendar standpoint, he will graduate in three years from Cincinnati and continue his studies.  He has not chosen a graduate school yet, but has been accepted at a number of prestigious universities including Yale, Julliard, and the Curtis Institute.

The live performance of his winning solo will be broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio on Sunday April 29 at 12:30 PM.  Check the WPR web site for all the details.  Be sure to tune in and hear all the award winning performances!

I think this is really cool because Austin started with the Fox Valley Horn Choir and Horns A Plenty Christmas as a young student, and has continued with Horns A Plenty Christmas even into college.  And he is moving into the big time, all with the encouragement and support of his friends in Community Music. 

All the best to you, Austin Larson!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

It's calm now

Not a lot going on during April. 

The concerts resume in May on the 6th with the Lakeshore Symphonic Band performing at the Cedarburg PAC.  The Menomonee Falls Symphony showcases winners in their talent competition on the 12th at Sussex Hamilton.  The Milwaukee Festival Brass salutes the music of the Olympics on the 20th at Wisconsin Lutheran College.  And finally, the Knightwind Ensemble performs their annual Memorial Day Pops Concert on the 28th at 1 PM at Wisconsin Memorial Park.

Why not mark your calendar for one or all of these concerts...

Monday, April 9, 2012

A bit late

As it turns out, I missed posting yesterday.  Also as it turns out, I had no news to post anyway.

I intended to post a few other dates for the Air Force Band of Mid America's tour of Wisconsin.  For those in the Fox Valley, the band will perform in Kaukauna on April 12 and Clintonville on April 13.  (I hope there are no earthquakes during the performance.)  They will also perform in Manitowoc on April 15, Kenosha on the 16th, Port Washington on the 17th, and Slinger on the 18th.  Finally, the Marcus Center concert will be on Thursday the 19th.  For more information on the tour in general, please visit the Air Force Band of Mid America's web site.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Upcoming Concert at the Marcus Center

I found out that the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee is presenting the Air Force Band of Mid-America in a free concert on Thursday April 19th in Uihlein Hall at 7:30.  The Band is touring throughout Wisconsin and one of the stops is the Marcus Center.  Great news for us.  We were able to hear the woodwind quintet from the Band perform earlier in the year, and the concert was wonderful.  I'm looking forward to hearing the full band.

Here's what the Marcus Center writes about the group.  The Air Force Band of Mid-America Concert Band represents the professionalism and excellence found every day throughout the Air Force. This diverse, 45-piece ensemble’s repertoire ranges from symphonic band masterworks, to traditional marches, to modern compositions, to pops and jazz. During a concert, you are likely to hear stirring works from contemporary composers as well as the familiar sounds of John Philip Sousa or Major Glenn Miller. The band also features talented vocal soloists, performing a wide variety of popular, classical, and patriotic selections.

This is an all ages, free event. Due to the popularity of this concert, tickets will be required for attendance.  You can pick up tickets from the Marcus Center Box Office at 929 North Water St, Milwaukee, WI, or order tickets via phone at 414-273-7206.  Also, E-Tickets are also available if you use this site.
See you there!