This program, titled She Said/He Said, is a complex and emotionally charged dialogue between the sexes. Godliness bestowed upon women (by men) is extolled in works by Andrea Gabrieli and Eric Whitacre. The bawdiest of Renaissance Madrigals, standards by Cole Porter and Ravel’s dramatic Trois chansons will revisit this this age-old topic. She Said/He Said features the wide-ranging voices of Hildegard von Bingen, Stacy Garrop, Joni Mitchell and more. Read More
CHANTICLEER – AN ORCHESTRA OF VOICES
Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, and named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, the San Francisco-based, GRAMMY® award-winning ensemble Chanticleer embarks upon its 36th season in 2013-14, performing in 23 of the United States. A winter international tour of 9 European countries will see debuts in Dublin, Moscow, and St. Petersburg; and returns to Paris, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Antwerp, Rotterdam, and Bruges. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for their “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. Read More
An orchestra of voices! Civic Music opens its new season with a Grammy Award-winning group described as “ America’s Favorite Choral Ensemble” by The New Yorker. From its hometown of San Francisco to the great cathedrals of Europe, from New York City concert halls to NPR and “Prairie Home Companion,” Chanticleer enchants audiences with luxurious harmony, crisp clarity and a diverse repertoire including Renaissance, jazz, gospel, Mexican baroque, folk and adventurous new music. Read More
World-class strings! Spend an evening with internationally acclaimed violinist Dmitri Berlinsky and friends, a classic chamber orchestra that also celebrates the individual virtuosity of its members. Berlinsky has been an in-demand soloist since his debut as the youngest winner ever of the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy. Touring today with extraordinary young soloists from Eastern Europe, the Pacific Rim, South America and the United States, he promises elegant ensemble playing, impeccable technique and electrifying live performance of classical favorites. Read More
Classical sax! They have been heard in major concert halls, on NPR and even at the White House in command performances for sax-loving former president Bill Clinton. Winning new fans for the serious saxophone quartet, New Century plays music from Baroque to innovative contemporary to imaginative transcriptions. “Polish and vitality distinguish this group,” writes the Los Angeles Times. “Tackling new territory in the conservative-leaning realm of classical music tradition takes a unique blend of conviction, refined talent and damn-the-torpedoes ambition… They made believers here.”
2 p.m. Sunday Matinee
Please note that the New Century Saxophone Quartet concert will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, 2014. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Read More
A marriage made in music heaven! Paul Jacobs, America’s most celebrated concert organist, is the only organ soloist ever to receive a Grammy Award (2011). His phenomenal technique and charismatic stage presence dazzle audiences and critics alike. (“A brilliant organist…impressive clarity…rollicking energy,” raves the New York Times.) Paired with the Weidner Center’s superb acoustics and spectacular Wood Family Organ — three manuals, 44 stops and 68 ranks of 3,702 pipes — he promises a delightful reprise of his 2008 concert, which yielded three standing ovations and one of the most memorable evenings in the 87-year history of the Civic Music series.
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Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM; Green Bay, WI
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Margot Schwartz, violin
Wei-ting Kuo, viola
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra, K.364 [320d]
I. Allegro maestoso
III. Presto, Margot Schwartz, Wei-ting Kuo
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Opus 92
I. Poco sostenuto – Vivace
IV. Allegro con brio
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Edo de Waart, has embarked upon a new era of artistic excellence and critical acclaim. Now in his fifth year with the MSO, Maestro de Waart has led sold-out concerts, elicited rave reviews, and conducted an acclaimed performance at Carnegie Hall on May 11, 2012, in the Spring for Music festival.
Since its inception in 1959, the MSO has become one of the finest orchestras in the nation. The MSO’s 83 full-time professional musicians perform over 130 classics, pops, family, and education concerts each season in venues throughout the state. A cornerstone of Milwaukee’s arts community, the MSO provides enrichment and education activities for audiences of every age, economic status, and background.
It’s tradition! For the seventh consecutive season, we close with the majestic power and superb musicianship of one of America’s preeminent orchestras. From delicate solo passages to bold sweeping crescendos, the 83 full-time professional musicians of the MSO demonstrate anew there’s nothing quite like an evening of live classical music. Maestro Edo de Waart and the MSO are earning strong reviews; critics and industry professionals raved about last year’s Carnegie Hall festival appearance.
A pre-concert talk by Francesco Lecce-Chong will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Lars Thune Center (adjacent to the auditorium lobby) at West High School. He will discuss the compositions to be played during the concert which will enhance the enjoyment of the concert. The talk will conclude by 7:00 p.m. when the auditorium doors open for seating. All audience members are invited to attend.