March E-Notes

Sat., March 27th–INTERSECTION, piano, violin & cello…

The trio includes cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper, violinist Laura Frautschi and pianist John Novacek, each an accomplished soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. “Diamond-hard brilliance, uncommonly poetic depths…” is the way the Los Angeles Times described them. Based in New York City, the trio will perform a varied program of repertoire from all parts of the music world, from Bizet to Bernstein, from Clair de lune to [pianist] Novacek’s Intoxication in a mix of classical, jazz, Latin & Broadway. Mixing trio, duo and solo formats adds to the aural variety. The group’s numerous recordings have been bestsellers in Asia and have topped the classical and crossover charts.

Civic Music folks welcome back cellist Kristina Cooper, who previously performed here with the ever-popular Quartetto Gelato. Maybe you saw see her perform a solo on the Jerry Lewis Telethon last fall.

The Trio will “meet & greet” concertgoers at Titletown Brewing Co. following the concert. Please join us for conversation & complimentary snacks.


The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, narrated by WPR’s Lori Skelton, will close Civic Music’s 83rd season on Sat., May 15th. Here’s a perfect opportunity to acquaint friends & colleagues with the excitement of CM’s outstanding performances and the incredibly affordable cost of membership. A tradition since 1927, the final concert of the season is a bonus concert for new members. That’s right, a free concert for those who purchase a 2010-11 membership. And, again, no increase in membership prices. The five-concert series is still only $80 adults and $25 students. [Single tickets for the MSO concert can be purchased for $35 for adults and $10 for students.]

Classified ads…

Executive Secretary position available. Communication skills, computer skills, organizational skills–the basic requirements of the job. Work out of your home, work around your schedule, and work with Civic Music’s classical music devotees. Interested? Want more info? Call the CM office, 338-1801.

Membership Campaign volunteers wanted.

With the spring membership campaign just around the corner, we’re looking for volunteers to spread the area’s “best kept secret”. Renew & recruit–“old” members & new members! You can be an “official” CM volunteer by calling the CM office, 338-1801.

Button, button, who lost the button?

A black Calvin Klein coat button was found under the table where Jon Nakamatsu was signing CDs at the last concert. Claim it Sat. night at the table in the lobby.

May E-Notes…A Season Finale you don’t want to miss:

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra with special guest Lori Skelton of Wisconsin Public Radio narrating the program. Sat., May 15th, 7:30 pm.
An outstanding program:

  • MOZART–Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527
  • MENDELSSOHN–Symphony No. 4 in A major, Opus 90, “Italian”
  • ROSSINI–Overture to Il barbiere di Siviglia [The Barber of Seville]
  • CHABRIER–España
  • BIZET–Selections from Suite No. 1 from Carmen
  • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV–Capriccio espagnol, Opus 34

Reception at Titletown Brewing Company following the concert–y’all come!

New members–this is your bonus concert. Your MSO tickets will be held at the table in the lobby. Doors open at 7 pm.

Renew at the concert–Put your check & membership form in an envelope and drop it in the box on the table. Obviously the price of membership cannot cover the cost of five world-class concerts. Your donation of any amount helps to continue our 83-year tradition of bringing outstanding classical music to Northeast Wisconsin!

Mothers Day Gift–the gift of music. The gift that “gives” 5 times (6, if she’s not presently a member). The MSO on May 15th is a free bonus concert for new members joining for next season. That’s 6 concerts for $80, including two MSO concerts! Call or email the Civic Music office now!

Guests? Tickets for the MSO can be purchased in the lobby–$35 for adults and $10 for students.

We love visitors! Discover everything you ever wanted to know about CM at

  • Check out our Coming Attractions–an amazing season awaits us!
  • You can renew or puchase new memberships on the website with your credit card. You do not need a PayPal account.
  • Leave a message on our Facebook page.
  • Want to advertise in the program book? Your business website can be linked on ours!

Annual Membership Meeting

Wednesday, June 23rd–All Civic Music members are invited to attend & participate. Your input & involvement are key to CM’s continuing success. Items on the agenda include the election of board members. 6:30 pm at the First United Presbyterian Church, corner of Webster Ave. & George St. in De Pere.

See you May 15th as we bring down the curtain on another spectacular season !

Attachment Downloads

Bio MSO & Chafetz [.docx]
Lori Skelton 2010
Program notes-2010

Donation Appreciation

Civic Music extends a sincere thanks to our many members and friends from the community who provide financial contributions, over and above the ticket price, to express their appreciation for the outstanding performances we bring to the local stage. We are a unique organization with a long tradition of serving you, our classical music enthusiasts, with live performances from around the world.  As we face escalating costs associated with bringing you the quality performances to which you have become accustomed, please consider making a tax deductible donation to Civic Music to keep our tradition alive.

Many of our members are fans of Wisconsin Public Radio. A small tax-deductible gift to Civic Music, designated for WPR announcements, will benefit both Civic Music and Public Radio.

Speaking of gifts…

Lombardi's Field print
'Lombardi's Field' print by Carolyn Barnard

Carolyn Barnard, well-known local artist, gifted Civic Music with prints of her watercolor painting, “Lombardi’s Field”. With the goal of financing a video production of our illustrious history, Civic Music is selling these prints for $55. (They sell for $100 in local galleries and gift shops.) The unframed prints can be purchased at the table in the lobby at the first concert or through our website. Thanks to the generosity of Wildwood Galleries Ltd., a framed print is on display.

Press Gazette: Civic Music season to open Oct. 2 with Moscow group

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, an ensemble created after the breakup of the Soviet Union, will present the first concert of Brown County Civic Music Association’s 84th season on Oct. 2.

The 17 players are led by music director Misha Rachlevsky, who was born and trained in Moscow before leaving the Soviet Union in 1973. After living in other countries, he settled in the United States in 1976.

View the complete article on Published originally September 18, 2010