Weekly Highlights from 4/7-4/13
Steel Magnolias, Soulstice, Ltd., Marian Center for Nonprofits, 4/8-24
Immortalized in the classic 1989 films starring Sally Fields and Julia Roberts, this play tells the story of Truvy’s (a beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done), her assistant Annelle, the town’s rich curmudgeon Ouiser, an eccentric millionaire Miss Clairee and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose diabetic daughter Shelby risks pregnancy and forfeits her life.
Tickets $12-$15. For showtimes, visit Soulstice or call 414-431-3187.
The night in September of 1934 may be the biggest in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company: World famous tenor, Tito Morelli, is to perform his greatest role, Otello, at the gala season opener. Unfortunately, Morelli is late, and when he finally sweeps in it is too late to rehearse with the company. Max, an aspiring singer himself, gets into Morelli’s Otello costume and succeeds at fooling the audience into thinking he’s Il Stupendo. Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume — and there are two Otellos running around the opera house.
Tickets $10-$12. Showtime 8 p.m. Visit the Bay Players or call 414-299-9040.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Marcus Center Todd Weir Theatre, 4/9-5/9
There are good days, there are bad days, and then there’s Alexander’s day. It starts with gum in the hair and it’s downhill from there. A charming musical about one of the funniest fed-up kids you’ll ever meet.
Tickets $9-$24. Showtimes vary, so visit First Stage or call (414) 273-7206.
Legally Blonde, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 4/13-4/18
Legally Blonde follows sorority star Elle Woods, an underestimated blonde who doesn’t take “no” for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more “serious,” Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.
Tickets $28-$72. Showtimes vary, so visit the Marcus Center or call 414-273-7206.
UWM Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band, Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 4/9
The UWM Wind Ensemble, conducted by John Climer, and the UWM Symphony Band, conducted by Scott Corley, offer a concert. The Wind Ensemble joins the Music Department’s Libby Larsen Celebration with their performance of Strut; they also perform Color Code This! by Mark Phillips, excerpts from Vincent Persichetti’s Divertimento for Band and Niagara Falls by Michael Daugherty. The Symphony Band performs Paul Hindemith’s adaptation of Beethoven’s Geschwindmarsch and Armenian Dances, Part I by Alfred Reed.
Tickets $10 general/$7 students & seniors and UWM alumni, faculty & staff. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Visit Peck School of the Arts or call 414-229-4308.
Alverno Presents: Zemog/El Gallo Bueno, Alverno College, 4/10
This is not your grandpa’s salsa. This is the mad hot creation of bad boy/wild man Abraham Gomez-Delgado who “does for Afro-Latin music what Tom Waits did for Weillian cabaret, bringing a madcap energy and willful weirdness to the basic ingredients and blowing it up with his personality” (Down Beat Magazine).
Tickets $22. Show begins at 8 p.m. Visit Alverno for more information.
Janet Planet’s Of Thee I Sing, Schauer Arts and Activities Center, 4/10
Featuring fresh jazz arrangements of the Great American Songbook from Chattanooga Choo-Choo to Home on the Range, the program celebrates what makes our country great.
Tickets $18-$24. Showtime 7:30 p.m. Visit the Schauer Arts and Activities Center or call 262-670-0560.
Jewish Expressions, Philomusica String Quartet, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, 4/11
The final concert from Philomusica this season features Viktor Ullmann’s String Quartet No.3, Op. 46, Sholom Secunda’s Quartet in C Minor, and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44/1.
Tickets $22 general admission, $20 seniors and students. Concert begins at 2 p.m. Visit the Conservatory or call 414-276-5760.
Fine Arts Quartet, Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 4/11
The world-renowned Fine Arts Quartet, artists in residence at the UWM Peck School of the Arts, concludes the 2009-2010 season with quartets by Philip Glass (No.2), Efrem Zimbalist, and César Franck.
Tickets $20 general/$12 students, seniors & UWM alumni, faculty & staff. Visit Peck School of the Arts or call 414-229-4308.
Hooray for Hollywood, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, 4/9-11
Jack Everly serves up a feast of unforgettable themes from the grandest adventures, romances, and fantasies in the history of film. You’ll hear familiar themes from such blockbusters as Ben Hur, Titanic, Doctor Zhivago, and Star Wars.
Tickets $28-$72. Friday and Saturday concerts at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Visit the Marcus Center or call 414-273-7206.
Conversations: Dick Van Patten, Ten Chimneys, 4/10
Dick Van Patten is best known for playing mild-mannered fathers in movies and on TV. He started as a child actor, playing alongside Broadway stars such as Melvyn Douglas and Tallulah Bankhead. As a teenager, he spent three years playing the son of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne in O Mistress Mine (winning the role over a young Marlon Brando). In the first Conversation at Ten Chimneys of 2010, Mr. Van Patten will share stories about his life, his career, and the fascinating people he’s known along the way. After the conversation, Mr. Van Patten will be available to sign copies of his new memoir, Eighty Is Not Enough.
Showtime 8 p.m. Visit Ten Chimneys or call 262-968-4161 for ticket information.
Notice from the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra:
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra is currently taking appointments for auditions for 2010-11, its 55th season. Auditions will take place at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee. Students interested in auditioning should call the MYSO office for an appointment at 414-267-2912 between 9 AM and 1 PM weekdays.
The MYSO program is open to string players ages 8-18 and to woodwind, brass and percussion players who will be in grades 6-12 next season. Students at all levels of experience and ability are welcome and encouraged to audition, but students must be able to read music. Advanced players are especially encouraged to audition.
For the audition, students will be asked to prepare a solo or etude, three to four minutes in length, preferably with contrasting tempos. It need not be memorized, and there is to be no piano accompaniment. The audition will also consist of sightreading from the judge’s material and, depending on the student’s experience and ability, major and/or minor scales.
There is no cost to audition. Extensive scholarship assistance (based on financial need) is available to help with MYSO fees.
For more information, please call MYSO at 414-267-2950, or go to our website.
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