May E-Notes

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Assistant Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, will close Civic Music’s 85th anniversay season on Saturday, May 19th, in the historic Ralph Holter Auditorium at Green Bay West High. The concert begins at 7:30 pm; auditorium doors open at 7 pm.

Mr. Lecce-Chong was appointed assistant conductor of the MSO beginning in the 2011-12 season. In addition to assisting Music Director Edo de Waart and guest conductors, he plays an active role in the orchestra’s community and educational programs. He holds degrees in both piano and orchestral conducting.

Scott Tisdel, soloist for the pair of Dvorak pieces for Cello & Orchestra, has served as Associate Principal Cellist of the MSO and Principal Cellist of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra since his arrival in Milwaukee in 1987.

The MSO program will give the audience a glimpse of their invitational performance at the Spring for Music Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 11th. [See the complete program notes.] The program:

FELIX MENDELSSOHN… The Hebrides Overture, Opus 26, “Fingal’s Cave”
ANTONIN DVORÁK… Silent Woods for Cello and Orchestra
ANTONIN DVORÁK… Rondo in G minor for Cello and Orchestra, Opus 94
SERGEI PROKOFIEV… Classical Symphony, Opus 25 [Symphony No. 1]
ANTONIN DVORÁK… Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Opus 95, [old No. 5] “From the New World

Tradition since Civic Music’s first season 85 years ago, the final concert is a free bonus concert for next season’s new members. New members will receive six concerts for the price of five, including the MSO concerts which conclude this year’s and next year’s concert series. Call the Civic Music office if you know someone who might be interested in becoming a member for next season–we’ll send a brochure. Share the excitement!

Ticket prices remain unchanged for the 7th consecutive year:
$80, adult season tickets; $25 student season tickets
$35, MSO concert only; $10 student, MSO concert only

Season Finale Reception:

Titletown Brewing Company following the concert. Y’all come!

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In Memoriam…

The MSO concert will be dedicated to the life of Noreen Remmel who died on April 27, 2012. Noreen and her husband Lee were members of Brown County Civic Music since the 1950s. A member of the Board of Directors since 1977, Noreen served as secretary, a member of the talent selection committee and an usher. Noreen & Lee were honored in 2008 by both the Civic Music and Packers organizations for their many years of service to Brown County Civic Music.

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The annual Civic Music Membership Meeting will be held Wednesday, June 13th, at the First United Presbyterian Church in De Pere (corner of Webster Ave. & George St.) at 7 pm. All Civic Music members are welcome and encouraged to attend. On the agenda are the election of officers & board members and other board matters. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, or if you would like to nominate someone to serve, please submit the name & qualifications/experience by email to prior to May 30th. Board members meet several times a year, and all members volunteer for the various committees that keep this non-profit, volunteer organization running smoothly & successfully.

Renew your membership at the MSO concert. Please put your membership form and a check in an envelope and drop it in the box on the table in the lobby. See next season’s lineup.

Reminder: Your season membership tickets will be mailed in September.

Thank you for your support and your dedication to outstanding classical music from around the world brought to you by the Brown County Civic Music Association.