Opening Night for 2018-19 will be Friday, Oct. 12. That’s when Brown County Civic Music will begin its new season with a special Weidner Center organ-recital concert by one of the world’s most dazzling young players, the charismatic Raul Prieto Ramirez, of Barcelona, Spain. We’ll return to our traditional home, West H.S., in November with a choral concert by the excellent Cantus vocal ensemble. Concerts by the Siberian Virtuosi string ensemble, the classical/jazz crossover combo Janoska, from Vienna, and our customary season finale with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will follow. Watch for more details shortly.
Many years ago, Civic Music regularly featured opera, with visits by such luminaries as the Met’s Roberta Peters and Robert Merrill, before those bookings became cost-prohibitive. We’ll honor that history at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10, with a special “Opera at the Garden” event in partnership with Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera at the Green Bay Botanical Garden. A bonus to our five-show series and free with next year’s membership, it will be the sort of semi-informal summer concert that has been popular in other Midwest cities. More details to come.