Sunday, October 29, 2017

Update from the Kettle Moraine Symphony

I received a nice note from the folks at the Kettle Moraine Symphony.  They have a number of upcoming concerts of great interest:

  • Sunday November 9 at 3 PM the KMS presents a Salute to Veterans at the Silver Lining Arts Center at the West Bend High Schools.  The program includes a pre-concert talk beginning at 2 PM.
  • Sunday March 4 at 3 PM, the KSM features music of American Composers in a program entitled A New American Frontier.  That performance is also at the Silver Lining Arts Center at the West Bend High Schools.
  • Sunday May 6 at 3 PM the KSM perform Hayden's Creation with the Moraine Chorus at a venue that is perfect for sacred music:  The Basilica at Holy Hill.
And at 10 AM on Saturday morning November 4, the KSM performs at the West Bend Community Library for a Family Fun Day.  The program is geared for younger ones (4 to 12) but kids of all ages are welcome.

For more information, see the Kettle Moraine Symphony web site.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Concert Preview - Waukesha Area Symphonic Band

The Waukesha Area Symphonic Band will present it's first concert of the season on Friday November 3.  The program, entitled The Color of Movement, will begin at 7:30 in Shattuck Auditorium on the campus of Carroll University.  This is a benefit concert for the Healing Hearts of Waukesha County.  You can get tickets from Healing Hearts of Waukesha or at the door.

The concert will feature both classic and contemporary composers, including Claude Debussy Jack Stamp, and Robert Buckley.  The evergreen symphonic band favorite Mannin Veen by Hayden Wood and the Suite from Mass by Leonard Bernstein are on the program.  Astor Piazzolla's Street Tango will feature dancers from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio on stage accompanying the band.  Sounds like a fun evening that benefits a great cause!

For more information, please see the WASB web site or the web site for the Healing Hearts of Waukesha County.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Concert Preview - Menomonee Falls Symphony

The first concert of the new season for the Menomonee Falls Symphony focuses on the nine elements that make up music.  Maestro Mike Kamenski will demonstrate the different elements of music through different pieces on the program.  For those who might like to learn what the performers do on stage while they play the pieces, audience members are invited to come up on stage and sit in with different sections of the orchestra.  This is a great way for younger ones to get an idea of how each different parts come together to "make music". 

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for Seniors, and $6 for Students, and can be purchased at the door. For more information, see the MFSO web site.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Concert Preview - Concord Chamber Orchestra

The Concord Chamber Orchestra will perform on Saturday October 21 in their new concert venue, the Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church on 80th Street just north of North Avenue.  The concert theme is Stars and Stripes:  American Icons, and the concert honors different American Icons from composers (Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein) to heroes of history (Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin.

Here are a few selections from the program:
  • Rip Van Winkle Overture by George Chadwick
  • Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland
  • Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein (Natalie's favorite)
  • Benjamin Franklin Suite arranged by Alan Shulman
  • Suite from American In Paris by George Gershwin
Tickets are available at the door:  Adults $18, Seniors $12, Students $5.  The concert begins at 7 PM.  For more information, see the orchestra's web site.

This looks like a fun concert to attend.  I hope to see you there.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

New Music Director for the Lakeshore Symphonic Band

The web site for the Lakeshore Symphonic Band shows that they have found a new Music Director and Conductor:  Mr. Michael Zens.

Currently a music teacher in the Franklin Public School District, Mr. Zens also conducts the Youth Wind Orchestra of Wisconsin. Prior to his position in Franklin, he was Director of Bands and Orchestra, as well as Music Curriculum Chair, for the Menomonee Falls School District for eight years. Mr. Zens holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 
The members of the LSB are looking forward to making music with Mr. Zens, and they hope you join them for their first concert with the new Music Director.  It is Saturday, October 21st at the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center, 7:30 P.M.  For more information on the Lakeshore Symphonic Band, see their web site.