Sunday, February 23, 2020

Concert Preview: Concord Chamber Orchestra

The Concord Chamber Orchestra continues its season of concerts based on the works of Shakespeare.  On Saturday March 21, they will present The Histories at St. Sebastian Church, 5400 Washington Boulevard.  The concert will begin at 7 PM. 

I think the summary on the CCO web site is a good one:

 William Shakespeare was a keen reader of history, always looking for the dramatic impact of historical characters and events. His interpretation of those events and figures has shaped the way we think of them today. In this concert, we also welcome the winner of our annual Walter A. and Dorothy J. Oestreich Concerto Competition, who we hope will also go on to make musical history.

The program will include:

  • Richard III by Bedrich Smetana
  • Suite from Henry V by William Walton
  • Three Dances from Henry VIII by Edward German
  • Heather Beckman, the winner of the Walter A. and Dorothy J. Oestreich Concerto Competition, will perform the Violin Concerto of Samuel Barber 
I have enjoyed all of the CCO concerts that I have attended, and the sound in the St. Sebastian Church is excellent.  It is a great venue for classical music.  

For more information about the concert, or to order advance tickets, please see the CCO web site.  

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Upcoming concert: Kettle Moraine Symphony

Welcome to 2020.  The concert season is restarting.

The Kettle Moraine Symphony will perform a Classical Light concert on Sunday February 23 at 3 PM in the Kewaskum High School Theater.  The Symphony will use a smaller chamber orchestra for these pieces:

  • Mozart's Symphony No. 40, 
  • Strauss's Serenade No.7 for 13 Winds, 
  • Beethoven's "Little" Symphony No.8 in F, and 
  • Morton Lauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium"
All I can say is Wow, what a program.  All the pieces are wonderful.  

Ticket prices are: Adults $18, Senior $15, Student $5 (w/valid ID) and Family Packages: $30 (2) adults + children, $20 (1) adult + children.

Advance tickets are available through the KMS web site.  Tickets can also be purchased in advance at: 
  • Horicon Bank in West Bend
  • White House of Music in West Bend and Germantown
  • Douglas Jeweler in Hartford.
Tickets will also be available at the door.

And don't miss the 2 PM pre-concert talk presented by Dr. Peter Gibeau, UWM-WC music professor and KMS principal bassist.