Michael Barndt

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Classical: Fine Arts Quartet Ends an Era
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Fine Arts Quartet Ends an Era

Its final summer concert brings to an end a decades-long tradition.

Classical: FAQ Performs Rare Chausson Work
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FAQ Performs Rare Chausson Work

Two guest artists from France join the Fine Arts Quartet to reprise a January Bordeaux concert.

Classical: The Virtuosos Among Us
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The Virtuosos Among Us

Milwaukee Musaik showcases great musicians usually in the background.

Classical: Almond Joined by Two Terrific Guests
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Almond Joined by Two Terrific Guests

Pianist Adam Neiman, cellist Robert deMaine join Frank Almond.

Classical: Piano Joins Quartet, Lovely Results
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Piano Joins Quartet, Lovely Results

Guest pianist Eli Kalman joins Philomusica Quartet in boffo program.

Classical: FAQ Does All-Schumann Show
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FAQ Does All-Schumann Show

Two big romantic works may be sensory overload, but what a treat.

Classical: Present Music’s Wildest Concert Ever
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Present Music’s Wildest Concert Ever

Whales, dinosaurs and music, performed at Public Museum.

Classical: Cheers for Piano’s Rising Stars
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Cheers for Piano’s Rising Stars

PianoArts Gala and fundraiser this Friday features virtuoso players.

Classical: Prometheus Gets More Modern
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Prometheus Gets More Modern

Is violinist Margot Schwartz having an impact?

Classical: A Baroque Music Murder Mystery
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A Baroque Music Murder Mystery

Who killed famed French composer? Concert queries with great music.

Classical: The Miró Quartet’s Ambitious Encore
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The Miró Quartet’s Ambitious Encore

The quartet's 2014 Frankly Music appearance was impressive. Expect nothing less.

Classical: The Concert That Wasn’t
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The Concert That Wasn’t

Prometheus Trio's cancelled February concert will be performed March 20-21.

Classical: A Tribute to Appalachian Folk Songs
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A Tribute to Appalachian Folk Songs

Early Music Now features Apollo's Fire performing vintage folk songs.

Classical: Milwaukee Musaik Thinks Big
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Milwaukee Musaik Thinks Big

31 musicians perform, with guest conductor and violinist Andrés Cárdenas.

Classical: Mozart Piano Concerto Without Orchestra
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Mozart Piano Concerto Without Orchestra

Fine Arts Quartet specializes in chamber reductions of his keyboard concertos.

Classical: Philomusica To Play Rare Beethoven Piece
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Philomusica To Play Rare Beethoven Piece

Quartet will play piece Monday at Wisconsin Lutheran College

Classical: The Roots of Afro-Cuban Music
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The Roots of Afro-Cuban Music

Cuban ensemble, Ars Longa de La Habana, will perform music from colonial days.

Classical: 12 Short Works By Musical Giants
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12 Short Works By Musical Giants

And performed in three different venues. That's how Present Music rolls.

Classical: The Power of Shostakovich
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The Power of Shostakovich

Prometheus Trio plays 1944 Trio, whose unique soundscapes capture war's emotions.

Classical: Winter Winds Shall Blow
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Winter Winds Shall Blow

Milwaukee Musaik presents an (almost) all-wind instrument concert with fun works.

Classical: Spotlight Shines on Wind Players
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Spotlight Shines on Wind Players

Wind players, rare in chamber concerts, take center stage at Frankly Music.

Classical: Wagner, Schubert… And Hummel?
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Wagner, Schubert… And Hummel?

Milwaukee Musaik programs two classic works and a change-up by Johann Hummel.

Classical: An Intimate Version of Mozart
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An Intimate Version of Mozart

Fine Arts Quartet and guests perform unique, reduced version of Mozart piano concerto.

Classical: Christmas From 500 Years Ago
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Christmas From 500 Years Ago

Acclaimed Rose Ensemble sings the really old hits, with harp and hurdy-gurdy.

Classical: 100 Voices Singing Glorious Hymns
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100 Voices Singing Glorious Hymns

Bel Canto concert mixes seasonal favorites with world premiere of work by local composer.

Classical: The Return of Wendy Richman
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The Return of Wendy Richman

The Milwaukee native and crack violist is guest with Prometheus Trio in boffo program.

Classical: Great Violinist, Great Guitarist
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Great Violinist, Great Guitarist

Violinist Frank Almond teams up with guitarist Rene Izquierdo. Sparks should fly.

Classical: Let Us Give Thanks for Some Cool Music
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Let Us Give Thanks for Some Cool Music

Present Music's Thanksgiving concert blends old and new in a gorgeous cathedral.

Classical: Monks Singing Pagan Songs
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Monks Singing Pagan Songs

Sequentia performs 9th to 12th century music with magic spells, mythic heroes and gods.

Classical: Philomusica Plays Two Crowd Pleasers
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Philomusica Plays Two Crowd Pleasers

Ravel and Dvorak quartets are familiar, well-loved and quite different from each other.

Classical: A Piano Prodigy Who’s Played for Royalty
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A Piano Prodigy Who’s Played for Royalty

Aristo Sham, 20, has played on five continents, and comes to town Sunday.

Classical: Angst, Horror & Fun!
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Angst, Horror & Fun!

Present Music's spooky concert complements museum's German Expressionist show.

Classical: Prometheus Performs Rare Repertoire
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Prometheus Performs Rare Repertoire

Brahms and Beethoven, yes, but also Ysaÿe and Boulanger.

Classical: Return of the Philomusica Quartet
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Return of the Philomusica Quartet

Opening concert of their ninth season offers Haydn, Schubert, Webern.

Classical: The Bad Boy Of Classical Music?
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The Bad Boy Of Classical Music?

Fine Arts Quartet plays a work by quirky George Antheil, plus Mozart and Brahms.

Classical: Hottest Music of the 16th Century
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Hottest Music of the 16th Century

Early Music Now presents Fretwork, which performs music that was once all the rage.

Classical: A Nod to German Composors
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A Nod to German Composors

Frankly Music opens its season with works by Brahms, Haydn, and Reger.

Classical: You Can Go Home Again
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You Can Go Home Again

Present Music revives five works it commissioned, two by Milwaukee natives.

Classical: Summer Series Finale
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Summer Series Finale

The internationally known Shanghai Quartet closes out this year's Summer Evenings of Music Series.

Classical: A Profound Summer Evening
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A Profound Summer Evening

FAQ continues summer series with an evening of French chamber music.

Classical: Smiles of a Summer Night
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Smiles of a Summer Night

FAQ opens summer series with a sunny Brahms sextet and top guest musicians.

Classical: Piano Arts Finalists Perform Tomorrow
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Piano Arts Finalists Perform Tomorrow

Three winning pianists will perform Mozart, Schumann, Ravel with the MSO.

Classical: Piano Arts Competition Brings in Big Guns
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Piano Arts Competition Brings in Big Guns

Top pianists Joseph Kalichstein, Ursula Oppens, and Peter Takács will perform and teach.

Classical: Bloom’s Day for Present Music
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Bloom’s Day for Present Music

NYC conductor David Bloom takes over the ensemble, in a search for the perfect sound.

Classical: Bel Canto Tackles Eastern Music
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Bel Canto Tackles Eastern Music

In particular, Chinese music, with guest instrumental trio, the Orchid Ensemble.

Classical: The Return of the Tango
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The Return of the Tango

Stas Venglevski performs with Frankly Music. And no, that's not an accordion he plays.

Classical: Why They Love Saint-Saens
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Why They Love Saint-Saens

The Fine Arts Quartet has championed the French Romantic composer, and will again.

Classical: Taking on Beethoven’s Greatest Quartet
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Taking on Beethoven’s Greatest Quartet

Philomusica Quartet's season finale features key Beethoven work, plus Schubert, Mozart.

Classical: Stile Antico Performs Once-Bawdy Music
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Stile Antico Performs Once-Bawdy Music

On Saturday, critically acclaimed group performs Renaissance music with surprising roots.

Classical: A Family Affair
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A Family Affair

Violist Emmy Tisdel is a guest performer with her parents' Prometheus Trio.

Classical: Greatest Hits of World War I
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Greatest Hits of World War I

Milwaukee Musaik performs poignant music from WWI and post-war period.

Classical: Hungarian Rock and Other Crazy Stuff
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Hungarian Rock and Other Crazy Stuff

Present Music celebrates the equinox with a heady mix of music.

Classical: Early Persian Music and Chocolate
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Early Persian Music and Chocolate

Early Music Now aims at your sweet spot with 16th century music by Constantinople.

Classical: Four Cool Concerts Coming Sunday
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Four Cool Concerts Coming Sunday

Concerts by Frank Almond, Philomusica Quartet and others, all in one day.

Classical: 7 Great Classical Concerts
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7 Great Classical Concerts

It's a big week for music, with many top musicians and composers coming to town.

Classical: Milwaukee Musaik Rolls A Lucky Seven
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Milwaukee Musaik Rolls A Lucky Seven

Newly-formed musical group will perform septets by Beethoven and Charles Wood.

Classical: Present Music Pulls Out All The Stops
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Present Music Pulls Out All The Stops

"In The Chamber" concert offers intimate performance of six wildly different works.

Classical: In a Late Romantic Mood
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In a Late Romantic Mood

Philomusica Quartet plays late romantic works by Russian and French composers.

Classical: Three Degrees of Separation
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Three Degrees of Separation

Chamber Music Milwaukee's performers have personal connections to works they'll play.

Classical: Shakespeare’s Greatest Musical Hits
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Shakespeare’s Greatest Musical Hits

His plays were originally performed with songs. The Baltimore Consort recreates them.

Classical: Three Centuries of Great Piano Trios
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Three Centuries of Great Piano Trios

Prometheus Trio plays three very different works by Haydn, Schumann and Ives.

Classical: Milwaukee Musaik Makes Strong Debut
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Milwaukee Musaik Makes Strong Debut

The fun concert included contemporary updates of musical jokes by Mozart.

Classical: Two Premieres For Milwaukee
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Two Premieres For Milwaukee

Fine Arts Quartet has discovered and will perform two little-known, pre-1900 composers.

Classical: New Ensemble Features Top Players
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New Ensemble Features Top Players

Milwaukee Musaik succeeds the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, plans varied season.

Classical: All About the Russian Soul
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All About the Russian Soul

Frankly Music features two top guest artists doing Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Shostakovich.

Classical: Why is Anonymous 4 So Popular?
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Why is Anonymous 4 So Popular?

The superstars of early music are back in town, and good luck getting a ticket.

Classical: The Ghostly Side of Beethoven
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The Ghostly Side of Beethoven

Prometheus Trio will play his "Ghost" trio, plus "Three Funny Pieces" that edge toward slapstick.

Classical: Popular Thanksgiving Concert Returns
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Popular Thanksgiving Concert Returns

Present Music's annual concert, as always, offers a big ensemble and a surprising program.

Classical: Master of the Fortepiano
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Master of the Fortepiano

Internationally known performer Kristian Bezuidenhout may change your view of Mozart.

Classical: Holiday Celebration Includes Three Concerts
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Holiday Celebration Includes Three Concerts

Wisconsin Conservatory celebration includes concerts by Prometheus Trio and Philomusica Quartet.

Classical: The Last Days of Lecce-Chong
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The Last Days of Lecce-Chong

Milwaukee Symphony Associate Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong's second last gig here is all-choral concert.

Classical: Back to the Standards
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Back to the Standards

Fine Arts Quartet's Sunday concert features works by Schubert and Ravel they've previously recorded.

Classical: Frank Plays the French
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Frank Plays the French

Frankly Music's Monday concert offers a varied yet all-French, and mostly Romantic program.

Classical: All That Brass
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All That Brass

Chamber Music Milwaukee offers all-brass versions of music from 'West Side Story" and other works.

Classical: 5 Young Composers
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5 Young Composers

Free Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert features five up-and-coming composers.

Classical: Send In The Clowns
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Send In The Clowns

Present Music turns Schumann's Carnaval into a real circus, with help from Quasimondo theater.

Classical: The Greatest Andalusian Hits You Never Heard
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The Greatest Andalusian Hits You Never Heard

Rumbarroco, performing Saturday, specializes in 14th and 15th century southern Spanish works.

Classical: 4 Talented Composers
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4 Talented Composers

Prometheus Trio begins new season and new era with works by Donizetti, Korngold, Suk, and Smetana

Classical: Bach, Brahms — and Almond
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Bach, Brahms — and Almond

Frank Almond's Frankly Music series opens the season with the two Bs, and top-flight guest musicians.

Classical: Fine Arts Quartet Goes Russian
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Fine Arts Quartet Goes Russian

Works by Glazunov and Rachmaninoff featured in Sunday's season opener.

Classical: John Adams Meets Mozart
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John Adams Meets Mozart

Present Music dares to present Mozart! Yet it's still a very modern concert.

Classical: The Intoxicating Romanticism of David Del Tredici
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The Intoxicating Romanticism of David Del Tredici

The Fine Arts Quartet plays one of the American composer's works, that ranges from tender lyricism to "Magyar Madness."

Classical: Greatest Chamber Music Work Ever Written?
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Greatest Chamber Music Work Ever Written?

Fine Arts Quartet and guest cellist Dominique de Williencourt, who likes to perform in deserts, take on Schubert's famed cello quintet.

Classical: Young Piano Wizards on Parade
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Young Piano Wizards on Parade

Piano Arts presents a weekend competition of top young (aged 10-16) pianists. Who will be the stars of the future?

Classical: Music That’s Fresh Off The Page
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Music That’s Fresh Off The Page

Fine Arts Quartet performs new music by soulful French composer Guillaume Connesson, plus works of Beethoven and Debussy.

Classical: Behold the Sound of Summer
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Behold the Sound of Summer

Fine Arts Quartet begins its Summer Evenings of Music with a sparkling lineup of four different composers from three different centuries.

Classical: A “Famously Unplayable” Masterpiece
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A “Famously Unplayable” Masterpiece

Frank Almond and a crack crew of guest artists take on a bizarre, brilliant chamber work by Chausson.

Classical: Working Their Way Through Beethoven
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Working Their Way Through Beethoven

Philomusica Quartet's Monday concert continues their traversal of Beethoven's quartets, along with a Brahms piano quintet.

Classical: Behold the Clarinet
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Behold the Clarinet

Early Music Now presents a special concert of four Romantic-era works featuring the clarinet, performed by three top musicians.

Classical: Fine Arts Quartet Goes Back to Basics
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Fine Arts Quartet Goes Back to Basics

The group's concert on Sunday emphasizes romantic fare, with works by Schumann, Saint Saens and Haydn.

Classical: Wild Hilarity and Ravishing Lyricism?
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Wild Hilarity and Ravishing Lyricism?

Get ready for another crazy Present Music concert. It's entitled "Hilarious," but that may be just the half of it.

Classical: Brahms, Haydn and… Daron Hagen
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Brahms, Haydn and… Daron Hagen

The Prometheus Trio performs three great works, one by rising Milwaukee composer Daron Hagen.

Classical: We Love The Tango
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We Love The Tango

A concert of tango music by great composers like PIazzolla and Albeniz features some of the city's top instrumentalists.

Classical: “Astonishing English Five-Part Polyphony”
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“Astonishing English Five-Part Polyphony”

The Boston-based group Blue Heron, performing Saturday, specializes in the "poetically sublime" music of 15th and 16th century England.

Classical: Where the Wild Things Are
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Where the Wild Things Are

The "Unruly Music" series brings new works that can break the boundaries of classical music.

Classical: Bel Canto’s Most Ambitious Concert?
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Bel Canto’s Most Ambitious Concert?

Joined by Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Bel Canto takes on Bach's mighty "St. Matthew Passion," last performed in the 1940s.

Classical: Playing On All The Emotions
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Playing On All The Emotions

Present Music's Friday concert aims directly at your heart with a variety of short works by contemporary composers.

Classical: Hit Songs From The 12th Century
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Hit Songs From The 12th Century

Nationally-known Newberry Consort performs music from 12th century Castilian renaissance at Early Music concert.

Classical: 10 Concerts in 10 Days
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10 Concerts in 10 Days

A great lineup is led by concert featuring internationally-known classical guitarist Xuefei Yang.

Classical: One Concert, Three Different Venues
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One Concert, Three Different Venues

Present Music creates a wildly varied concert that will be performed at three different, very intimate settings.

Classical: Three Great Chamber Concerts
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Three Great Chamber Concerts

Including sexy French songs by Les Délices and four wildly varied works performed by Philomusica Quartet.

Classical: 130 Years of Love Songs
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130 Years of Love Songs

Prometheus Trio and guests offer a concert of love songs written between 1885 and today.

Classical: A Truly International Show
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A Truly International Show

Fine Arts Quartet will perform with South African-based piano duo in a German work that hasn’t been performed -- anywhere -- in 200 years.

Classical: Three Great Chamber Concerts
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Three Great Chamber Concerts

First-class musicians performing in very intimate settings, all in the next 10 days.

Classical: Six Guys from New York
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Six Guys from New York

The New York a capella group Lionheart will perform an unusual holiday concert with music going back to Medieval times.

Classical: 226 Years of Great Music
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226 Years of Great Music

Prometheus Trio will play works by four composers written between 1786 and 2012.

Classical: Happy Birthday Richard Strauss

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Happy Birthday Richard Strauss


Frankly Music celebrates the music of the great but controversial German composer.

Classical: 10 Days of Spirited Music
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10 Days of Spirited Music

Annual holiday concerts at Wisconsin Conservatory headlined by Chicago Harp Quartet.

Classical: Quicksilver Plays with Precision and Panache
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Quicksilver Plays with Precision and Panache

Early Music Now concert captures the spirit of Baroque music back when it broke all the rules.

Classical: Fine Arts Quartet Meets Russian Accordionist
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Fine Arts Quartet Meets Russian Accordionist

The headliner Russian work was fun, but the Quartet may have been best in a traditional work by Haydn.

Classical: Up Close and Personal
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Up Close and Personal

Two chamber music groups offer intimacy in concerts from quite different periods.

Classical: The Joys of Unruly Music
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The Joys of Unruly Music

UWM offers two concerts of all-new works, including one featuring the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Classical: Irish Music Without the Beer
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Irish Music Without the Beer

Early Music Now starts season with a Celtic-styled version of John Dowland’s tuneful songs.

Classical: Bach to Bach
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Bach to Bach

Frankly Music opens season brilliantly with two of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.

Preview: Frankly Music Goes Back to Bach
Preview

Frankly Music Goes Back to Bach

The Frankly Music chamber music season begins this Monday night at a new venue.

Review: Concert Culminates With Musical Earthquake
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Concert Culminates With Musical Earthquake

The Fine Arts Quartet's performance, of an adaptation of the Seven Last Words of Christ, earns a standing ovation.

Classical: Fall Music Season Offers Rare, Enchanting Works
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Fall Music Season Offers Rare, Enchanting Works

The Fine Arts Quartet will deliver a recent adaptation of Haydn’s Seven Last Words.

Classical: Fine Arts Quartet’s Summer Finale
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Fine Arts Quartet’s Summer Finale

Three unusual works by Mozart, Strauss and Tchaikovsky earned a standing ovation.

Music: Plenty of Electricity
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Plenty of Electricity

Fine Arts Quartet excels in concert interrupted by campus police searching for electrical failure.

Review: Joys of the Classical Guitar
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Joys of the Classical Guitar

Guitarist Rene Izquierdo joins the Philomusica Quartet, with lovely results.

Review: Don’t Mess With Medea
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Don’t Mess With Medea

Soprana Domonique Labelle’s dramatic performance as Medea highlights concert by Four Nations Ensemble.

Review: Sure, Shostakovich Can Be Happy
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Sure, Shostakovich Can Be Happy

Fine Arts Quartet finds the Russian’s merry side, along with a rarely-performed work of Italian romanticism.

Review: Authentic Eastern Music
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Authentic Eastern Music

East of the River offers a memorable performance of early Mediterranean music.

Review: Chorus And Orchestra Pack a Punch
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Chorus And Orchestra Pack a Punch

Bel Canto and Chamber Orchestra find intensity in contemporary choral masterpiece.

Classical: Centuries of Music Done Smartly
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Centuries of Music Done Smartly

The Philomusica Quartet deftly handles music from four different eras.

Poetry inspires Frankly Music concert

Poetry inspires Frankly Music concert

Baritone Kelly Markgraf anchors a concert dedicated to art song and chamber music which explores the nuances of dramatic verse - with and without words.

Present Music gives thanks for choral music

Present Music gives thanks for choral music

The ever-popular Thanksgiving concert features choral works by Caroline Shaw and the debut of a new Present Music choral ensemble, Hearing Music.

Pallade Musica features Early Italian Baroque sonatas

Pallade Musica features Early Italian Baroque sonatas

A Montreal early music quartet, Pallade Musica, will feature some of the earliest virtuoso chamber music in an Early Music Now concert early Saturday evening.

PianoArts reunites a student and his teacher at Vogel Hall

PianoArts reunites a student and his teacher at Vogel Hall

The MSO's associate conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong teams up with former instructor Pavlina Dokovska for an evening of works for double piano.

The Fine Arts Quartet to play classic Beethoven pieces Sunday

The Fine Arts Quartet to play classic Beethoven pieces Sunday

The Fine Arts Quartet plays to their strength - mastery of the best of the classical literature featuring the most challenging of Beethoven's quartets - including the Grosse Fugue.

Philomusica opens with two masterworks by Franck and Beethoven

Philomusica opens with two masterworks by Franck and Beethoven

Eli Kalman joins the Philomusica for a piano quintet, and the group's Beethoven series continues with the first "Razumovsky” quartet.

Bel Canto opens the season with a gentle Requiem and joyful Gloria

Bel Canto opens the season with a gentle Requiem and joyful Gloria

The group will perform the pieces at Christ King Parish, where the church setting will well-serve this exuberant works. Plus: a preview of what's to come for the rest of the Bel Canto season.

The Season Ahead: Frankly Music
The Season Ahead

Frankly Music

Frankly Music celebrates its tenth anniversary season, opening Monday with a "Flashback!" concert at the Conservatory. Frank Almond offers his usual mix of unique programming and a trio of experienced chamber artists for the performances.

Unruly Music highlights contemporary sounds for three nights

Unruly Music highlights contemporary sounds for three nights

UW-Milwaukee's Unruly Music series offers two virtuoso interpreters of contemporary music and two instrument builders who improvise on their creations.

Prometheus Trio and Fine Arts Quartet open the chamber music season

Prometheus Trio and Fine Arts Quartet open the chamber music season

Milwaukee's premier resident trio and quartet launch the fall season this weekend with a mix of favorites and rarely heard more recent works.

Early Music Now offers an instrumental clarinet history lesson

Early Music Now offers an instrumental clarinet history lesson

Guest artist Eric Hoeprich, along with keyboardist Byron Schenkman and Clara Rottsolk, will illustrate the evolution of the clarinet from its origins as the "chalumeau" to its more modern form.

Sublime Brahms sextets close Summer Evenings of Music

Sublime Brahms sextets close Summer Evenings of Music

The Fine Arts Quartet brought in two guest performers to close out their summer season, performing energetic sextets at the Zelazo Center.

Lush sounds echo in the Basilica to end the MSO series

Lush sounds echo in the Basilica to end the MSO series

The Milwaukee Symphony ends its Basilica series with an all-strings program.

Frankly Music: Maestro Almond closes the season
Frankly Music

Maestro Almond closes the season

Frankly Music's season ends on happy notes of Mendelssohn, Dvorak and Haydn.

Early Music Now: The Rose Ensemble highlights “Slavic Wonders”
Early Music Now

The Rose Ensemble highlights “Slavic Wonders”

The Rose Ensemble, of St. Paul, surveys Slavic sacred music from the 11th century to today to close Early Music Now's season.

Prometheus Trio closes season with flair

Prometheus Trio closes season with flair

The Prometheus plays sparkling trios by Turina, Beethoven and Mendelssohn.

MSO aglow with Haydn, Ives, Wagner

MSO aglow with Haydn, Ives, Wagner

Conductor Francesco Lecco-Chong and a reduced MSO make the music work under the dome of the Basilica of St. Josaphat.

Unruly Music 3: New string compositions
Unruly Music 3

New string compositions

Spektral Quartet plays Carter's modern masterpiece and music by Milwaukee composers to close the Unruly Music spring run.

Unruly bits and bytes at the outer limits of music

Unruly bits and bytes at the outer limits of music

Milwaukee Laptop Orchestra, MILO and TORCH at Friday's Unruly Music Festival.

Bel Canto chorus sings transcendant Russian works

Bel Canto chorus sings transcendant Russian works

The Bel Canto celebrates music director Richard Hynson's 25th year with Rachmaninoff's "All Night Vigil" and a commission from Alexander Levine.

Rubens Quartet: Precision, bold emphasis
Rubens Quartet

Precision, bold emphasis

Violinist Sarah Kapustin, Pewaukee native, returns to Milwaukee with her Amsterdam-based string quartet.

Bowing Rogue debuts as a duo with a flair for the dramatic

Bowing Rogue debuts as a duo with a flair for the dramatic

Violinists Margot Schwartz and Ilana Setapen inaugurate their Bowing Rogue partnership.

Boston Camerata: A Medieval Christmas re-imagined
Boston Camerata

A Medieval Christmas re-imagined

Early Music Now puts the Boston Camerata in an ideal venue, St. Joseph's Center chapel, for its Christmas program.

MSO: A triumphant lesson in acoustics at the Basilica
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A triumphant lesson in acoustics at the Basilica

MSO assistant conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong programs to honor the space of the Basilica of St. Josaphat.

The Fine Arts Quartet opens a new season

The Fine Arts Quartet opens a new season

Ralph Evan, Efim Boico, Nicolo Eugelmi and Robert Cohen command music by Haydn, Shostakovich and Debussy.

A sensitive concerto meets a wall of sound at the MSO

A sensitive concerto meets a wall of sound at the MSO

A gentle interpretation of Grieg's Piano Concerto and John Adams' massed chromatic sound offer contrast.

Fine Arts Quartet/Quintet closes summer season

Fine Arts Quartet/Quintet closes summer season

A delightful quintet by "other" brother Michael Haydn, a Verdi quartet with cello in the tenor role and a tragic Mozart quintet often too lovely to despair.

Amy X Neuburg’s “avant-cabaret” charms Present Music

Amy X Neuburg’s “avant-cabaret” charms Present Music

Amy X Neuburg returned to Milwaukee with her unique combination of poignant poetry, far ranging voice, magic sound board and creative composition.

Pink Banana Theatre showcases emerging talent

Pink Banana Theatre showcases emerging talent

When the night begins with the Artistic Director dressed in a banana suit, you know this year's one-acts are likely to be comedies.

Anderson & Roe shape piano for a new generation

Anderson & Roe shape piano for a new generation

Elizabeth Joy Anderson a PianoArts winner returned to Milwaukee with duo piano partner Greg Anderson and an engaging perspective on musical interpretation.

“Wicked” witches great entertainment at MSO’s Pops

“Wicked” witches great entertainment at MSO’s Pops

Divas Julie Murney and Jennifer Laura Thompson steal the show in MSO's final pops concert. But isn't that what you expected they would do?

Bel Canto offers peace, justice from Britten and Mechem

Bel Canto offers peace, justice from Britten and Mechem

Three choruses and the MSO crowded the Oconomowoc Arts Center, but all eyes were on soloists Mary Elizabeth Williams and Eric Greene.

Soulstice Theatre’s American Enterprise echoes today’s headlines

Soulstice Theatre’s American Enterprise echoes today’s headlines

The true story of George Pullman's vision and intransigence 100 years ago is relevant to American democracy and business today.

Les Miserables tops its own reputation for spectacle

Les Miserables tops its own reputation for spectacle

A new production adds even more marvels to the performance, which occasionally diminishes an already great musical

Unruly Music violinist Andrew McIntosh fine tunes

Unruly Music violinist Andrew McIntosh fine tunes

String instruments playing "between the notes" expand the sonic world of contemporary composition.

Unruly Music Saturday:Khaen compositions blend Asia with the West
Unruly Music Saturday

Khaen compositions blend Asia with the West

A unique fixed-reed bamboo instrument is traditional, contemporary and at times, unruly.

Unruly Music Friday: Theater, computers and composition intersect
Unruly Music Friday

Theater, computers and composition intersect

For the second Unruly Music concert, David Bithell explored the mix of action, computer manipulated tools and live music to stage an indeterminate performance

NEW! Yarn/Wire features three local contemporary composers

NEW! Yarn/Wire features three local contemporary composers

Yarn/Wire piano and percussion opens the four-night Unruly Music festival at Marcus Center Vogel Hall.

Unruly Music celebrated over four nights this week

Unruly Music celebrated over four nights this week

UW-Milwaukee's series features a percussion quartet, an experimental blend of music with theatricality, a unique Asian instrument and a virtuoso violinist.

The Milwaukee Choral Artists’ ennobling singing

The Milwaukee Choral Artists’ ennobling singing

Music of Joy and Inspiration was the theme Saturday night. But that's always the case with the Milwaukee Choral Artists.

Devita honors actors through his own story and Shakespeare’s

Devita honors actors through his own story and Shakespeare’s

Jim DeVita mixes autobiography, humor and spellbinding selections from the Bard in Renaissance Theaterworks latest production.

Joshua Bell polishes his credential as a true romantic

Joshua Bell polishes his credential as a true romantic

Max Bruch’s First Violin Concerto, an ideal platform for Joshua Bell and the MSO to serve up joyful Romantic style.

Sinfonia New York dances through Baroque repertoire

Sinfonia New York dances through Baroque repertoire

An Early Music Now concert demonstrates how a dance style - the chaconne - infiltrated early Western music to contribute energy and interest to classical music.

Bel Canto commemoration of the Civil War taps deep emotions

Bel Canto commemoration of the Civil War taps deep emotions

Two contemporary choral works tap a national wellspring of emotion running 150 years deep.

Rising young clarinetist, pianist at Wisconsin Lutheran College

Rising young clarinetist, pianist at Wisconsin Lutheran College

Clarinetist José Franch-Ballester and pianist Anna Polonsky survey styles, moods in an engrossing concert at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Patrick Sims’ moving ’10 Perfect’ an extraordinary performance

Patrick Sims’ moving ’10 Perfect’ an extraordinary performance

One actor brings 18 characters to life in segregated 1920's Indiana, inspired by James Cameron's experience of a near-lynching.

Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra recasts “romantic” music

Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra recasts “romantic” music

The MCO transforms romantic music in the emotional expressionism of Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht and the structured elegance of Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances

Bullies bested in comedy at Windfall Theatre

Bullies bested in comedy at Windfall Theatre

Light comedy addresses a serious subject in "Nurture's Wonders" - a world premiere with many satisfying twists and turns.

Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra explores transformation

Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra explores transformation

Schoenberg's Romantic Transfigured Night, Rolf Martinsson's tribute to that work, and Respighi's Romanticized Baroque on Sunday's bill.

Variety and confidence mark Prometheus concert

Variety and confidence mark Prometheus concert

Prometheus masters Alfred Schnittke's intensity and romps through some pleasant Franz Berwald. Violist Robert Levine joins in for a satisfying Dvorak quartet.

Prometheus Trio feature little-known works 2/14-15

Prometheus Trio feature little-known works 2/14-15

Expect to be moved by an intense piano trio by Alfred Schnittke, bemused by a pleasant work from Franz Berwald, and on familiar ground with a Dvorak quartet.

Fine Arts ‘Quintet’ honors two masterworks

Fine Arts ‘Quintet’ honors two masterworks

A last-minute change in performers led to programming changes, away from a Bruckner quintet and toward Mozart and Beethoven.

Jazz piano virtuoso, Adam Makowicz, riffs on Chopin

Jazz piano virtuoso, Adam Makowicz, riffs on Chopin

The Polish Heritage Alliance presents a jazz man once banned in Poland, but now officially honored in his homeland.

Guys and Dolls crowds stage with colorful characters

Guys and Dolls crowds stage with colorful characters

A classic musical comedy joyfully bursts at the seams of the Off the Wall space.

The Lionheart ensemble in glorious polyphonic sound

The Lionheart ensemble in glorious polyphonic sound

Early Music Now's Christmas concert offered an immersion into 15th Century religious polyphony. Six voices blended into one resonant sound.

Thoroughly modern Moliere at UWM

Thoroughly modern Moliere at UWM

An eye-opening student production of Moliere's "Lovers Quarrels," in Richard Wilbur's stageworthy translation, merits attention.

Michael Barndt’s November roundup

Michael Barndt’s November roundup

Miss those concerts at Villa Terrace, the Wisconsin Conservatory, St. John Cathedral and St. John's on the Lake? Michael Barndt was there. Read on and catch up.

Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto sings in Takezawa’s hands

Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto sings in Takezawa’s hands

Dramatic Tchaikovsky and a transcendent Vaughn Williams "A Sea Symphony" for Thanksgiving weekend.

Faith fuels humor at The Boulevard Theatre

Faith fuels humor at The Boulevard Theatre

Playwright Evan Smith exposes the limitations of blind faith in the Boulevard Theatre's delightfully humorous "Savannah Disputation"

Theatre Gigante’s The Lears explores growing old in America

Theatre Gigante’s The Lears explores growing old in America

Whether Lear is the king or just dear old dad -- what to do with him as the end draws near?

Pianist Xiayin Wang a hit with the Fine Arts Quartet

Pianist Xiayin Wang a hit with the Fine Arts Quartet

Wang joined the FAQ in music by Schumann and Franck Sunday afternoon at the UWM Zelazo Center.

Michael Barndt on Milwaukee’s October music

Michael Barndt on Milwaukee’s October music

Milwaukee music's most ardent listener shares the love in seven quick takes on seven October concerts.

Review: Ilana Setapen and Friends
Review

Ilana Setapen and Friends

One of the MSO's brightest young players shows talent, skill and insight in a recital.

New! Review: Percussionist Neeraj Mehta at UWM
New! Review

Percussionist Neeraj Mehta at UWM

Percussionist Neeraj Mehta, just back from a Fulbright year in Denmark, shares some of the music he picked up there.

Review(s): Chamber music weekend, with pianos
Review(s)

Chamber music weekend, with pianos

The Hammond Duo prove that sometimes, two pianos are better than one and The Clarus Trio plays on home turf at Cardinal Stritch.

NEW! Review: The Antigo Trio’s debut
NEW! Review

The Antigo Trio’s debut

Milwaukeeans Jeannie Yu (piano) and Stefan Kartman (cello) team up with UW-Madison's Felicia Moye (violin).

Review: Down-home fun on MCT’s Main-Travelled Roads
Review

Down-home fun on MCT’s Main-Travelled Roads

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's musical after Hamlin Garland stories of rural Wisconsin, reflects its American Folklore Theatre roots.