A look ahead to next year’s series

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.

Opera returns, as a summer bonus

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.