Sunday, April 28, 2013

Concert Preview: Mother's Day with the Milwaukee Festival Brass

The Milwaukee Festival Brass returns to Wisconsin Lutheran College on May 12 for the grand finale concert of its 2012-2013 season, “Queen for a Day.”   This performance, being held on the annual observance of Mothers Day, will pay tribute to the loving care of mothers everywhere.

“What better way to celebrate Mothers Day,” said Music Director Mark A. Taylor, “than to bring Mom and the rest of the family to a concert of terrific music  -- all in her honor!”

The concert will highlight several soloists from among the members of the band, including soprano cornettist David Magoon playing “The Queen of the Night’s Aria” by Mozart; principal euphoniumist David Meyer performing Philip Sparke’s “Fantasy for Euphonium;” and tenor hornist Robert Mason, a member of the Milwaukee Festival Brass High School Apprentice Program, on a lovely arrangement of “Over the Rainbow.”

Many other special surprises await concertgoers, including regal brass fanfares from the lobby, a band-accompanied video presentation, band member tributes to moms, and more. 

The Milwaukee Festival Brass will present “Queen for a Day” on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Schwan Concert Hall, Wisconsin Lutheran College, 8815 West Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee, WI.  Tickets are $12, or $9 for seniors and students.  Group rates are available.  For more information, please visit the band’s website at

Monday, April 22, 2013

Missed yesterday's post

Sorry about missing the post yesterday.  Lot of things going on at the office.  I am working on a concert announcement that will be ready (hopefully) by Sunday.

Until then, rest assured that the concert season is winding down and there is not a lot of news to publish.  See you on Sunday.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Menomonee Falls Symphony update

I have some sad news.  The Menomonee Falls Symphony will not have Lorna Luft as a guest at their concert on May 11th.  She had to cancel because of health issues.  She recently underwent surgery for breast cancer, and is now undergoing chemotherapy.  We certainly wish her the best for a full recovery.

Maestro Michael Kamenski is now devising an updated concert program.  As soon as it is announced I will post it.  So, keep watching this site for all the details.  You can also check the MFSO web site.

And I would still mark your calendar for Saturday evening May 11th at 7:30 PM in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center in Sussex.  I suggest you take mom to dinner and then to the MFSO concert.  That is a wonderful Mother's Day gift!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Attention High School musicians

I received this information from the Milwaukee Festival Brass announcing auditions for their High School Apprentice Program.  Rather than my paraphrasing their information, here is the announcement in their own words.

The Milwaukee Festival Brass is currently seeking talented high school musicians who are interested in playing in a brass band.  An experience unlike any other, qualified students will perform within our British-style brass band, mentored by the gifted adult musicians seated next to them.  We guarantee you won’t be counting rests – in a brass band, everyone gets a workout!  No other after-school youth ensemble program will grow your technique and musicianship faster.  And what better way to build on the excellence of your high school’s music curriculum and ensure a lifetime of musical excellence than to rehearse and perform with successful adults from every career path and walk of life who are committed to music-making at the highest level?


Auditions will be held on each Tuesday during the months of April and May

6:00 – 7:00 (by appointment only)

United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay

(In the choir room in the lower level of the church)

819 E Silver Spring Dr

Whitefish Bay, WI  53217

Students/Parents should contact the HSAP coordinator, Dawn Williams, at 262-309-9333 to set up a time and discuss the audition process.

For more information, please click on the following link: HSAP