Sunday, May 31, 2015

First event of the summer

The first performance of a Summer Community Band always seems to be the performance of the Shorewood Concert Band at the Shorewood Men's Club Chicken BBQ.  This year the BBQ will be on Saturday June 13th. 

I can tell you from experience that the chicken, provided by Rupena's, is excellent and well worth the visit.  Music is provided all afternoon beginning with the Shorewood Concert Band.  And this year you can also choose BBQ ribs as well as BBQ chicken. 

See the Shorewood Men's Club web page for more information.  See you on the 13th.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day

As you enjoy the long weekend, take in a concert or parade and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live in freedom.  I highly recommend the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS, broadcast from the Mall in Washington DC. 

We will all enjoy the weekend.  We should all take a moment to remember. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

In observance of Memorial Day

The annual Memorial Day concert will be presented by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Concert Band on Monday May 25, Memorial Day, at 4 PM in the Milwaukee County War Memorial, 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive.  The theme for this year's concert is This Is Our Country.  The concert is a fitting way to observe the day and reflect on the sacrifices of those who gave their all for our freedom.  As with all MMCCB concerts, admission is free and the concerts are kid friendly.

You can visit their web site for more information and to download a copy of the concert flier.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Milwaukee Festival Brass concert

The Milwaukee Festival Brass presents their next concert, Impressions of Japan, on Sunday May 17th at 3 PM at St. John's Lutheran Church in Brookfield.  Maestro Mark Taylor was kind enough to send along his thoughts on the concert.

Japan is a land of fascinating juxtaposition, a place where tradition and modernity, pop culture and formality, the ancient and the innovative coexist side by side.  Japan is also home to some of the world’s finest musicians and musical ensembles.  The Japanese have embraced the music of the wind ensemble and can boast of having some of the finest wind bands in the world.  In recent decades, brass bands have also become popular in Japan, with new bands forming every year.  The Japanese music education system is considered by many to be the most advanced in the world; videos of young brass bands from Japan, performing repertoire that would normally be associated with far more advanced ages, are a common sight.

The concert will include Kimigayo, a Japanese march which contains the melody of the national anthem of Japan.  MFB member Al Floeter will perform Hamabe no uta, a traditional Japanese folk song normally performed by a shakuhachi, but here reinterpreted for the euphonium.  Works by a number of Japanese composers and arrangers will be on display, including the nostalgic Amusement Park Suite by Hiroki Takahashi, and a fanciful rhapsody on Funiculi, Funicula by Yo Gotoq. 

This concert also provides the band an opportunity to celebrate its High School Apprentice Program.  This year’s apprentice, trombonist and Cedarburg High School junior Nat Esten, will be a featured soloist in two movements of Peter Graham’s Cats’ Tales.

And I've learned that the MFB will also have a silent auction to be held before the concert and at intermission, including handmade jewelry by MFB supporter Susan Stachelski. 

The Milwaukee Festival Brass will present Impressions of Japan on Sunday, May 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 20275 Davidson Road in Brookfield, WI.  Tickets are $12, or $9 for seniors and students.  Group rates are available.  For more information, please visit the band’s website at

We should also congratulate the members of the Milwaukee Festival Brass for placing third in their section at the North American Brass Band Association Championships.  Great job!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Upcoming concerts

The Menomonee Falls Symphony performs French Revolutions on Saturday evening May 16 at Mount Carmel Lutheran Church, at 84th and Center.  The concert begins at 8 PM and will feature the Orchestra and Dr. John Behnke on organ performing the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony.  The program will also feature two winners from the MFSO 2014 Young Artist Competition.  For more information, or to order tickets, please see the MFSO web site.

And on the same evening, the Concord Chamber Orchestra performs Spring Picnic, their last concert of the season.  Their program includes Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, and Copland's Appalachian Spring Suite.  For more information on this concert, see the CCO web site.

Both concerts will be wonderful.  It's a shame we can't take in both.