Weekly Highlights from 5/12-5/18
The Big Blue Ball, Sunset Playhouse, 5/13-5/15
Stories come from all over the world with tales of how the earth came to be. The Sunset offers music and folktales from around the world focusing on the environment and embracing diversity. Some of these tales will make you think, some of them will make you laugh, some will make you wonder.
Tickets $7. Showtimes at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Visit Sunset Playhouse or call 262-782-4430.
Theatre/Schmeatre, Over Our Head Players, Sixth Street Theatre, 5/14-6/5
Following two popular runs in 2008 and 2009, sketch comedy closes the season. Theatre/Schmeatre, an evening of new sketches is back for a third round. These short, unrelated, original scripted comedies follow in the tradition of ‘Second City’ and promise lots of silliness and satire. All of these sketches will be written by Over Our Head Players. They will also feature live music from local musicians.
Tickets $16. Showtimes vary, so visit Over Our Head Players or call 262-632-6802.
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffry Siegel: Chopin and the Future, Wisconsin Lutheran College, 5/12
Chopin is not only one of the most popular composers of all time but also one of the most influential. The program includes works of Chopin that both delight the ear and point to the future – Etudes and Nocturnes – as well as Chopin-esque compositions of Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Scriabin, and Szymanowski.
Tickets $12-$33. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Visit Wisconsin Lutheran College or call 414-443-8802.
26, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Danceworks Studio Theatre, 5/14-5/16
Milwaukee Opera Theatre is creating a new production out of some very old material. Composed between 1550 and 1885, the Italian Songs and Arias form the foundation of many young singers’ musical education. They include some of opera’s most famous arias and MOT is taking them out of the recital hall and putting them back on stage, this time in new arrangements by composer Natahan Wesslowski. There, they will collide with the contemporary choreography of Kelly Anderson and the visual language of silent film. It’s “Caro mio ben” like you’ve never, ever, heard it before.
Tickets $15-$25. Showtime 7:30 p.m. with additional matinée on Sunday at 3 p.m. Visit Milwaukee Opera Theatre or call 414-277-8480, ext. 6025.
La Catrina Quartet, Latino Arts, Inc., 5/14
Four accomplished young musicians present an evening of classical standards and Latin American favorites in dynamic string arrangements. La Catrina Quartet has been championed by world-renown cellist Yo-Yo Ma and were featured at a showcase performance of “next generation’s classical music star performers” in Carnegie Hall.
Tickets $15-$25. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Visit Latino Arts, Inc. or call 414-384-3100.
Verdi’s Requiem, Bel Canto Chorus/Milwaukee Choristers/Waukesha Choral Union/Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Oconomowoc Arts Center, 5/16
Featuring soprano Tanya Kruse, mezzo-soprano Stacey Rishoi, tenor Scott Ramsay, and bass Jake Gardner, the Bel Canto Chorus, Waukesha Choral Union, Milwaukee Choristers and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will join forces to perform the beloved Requiem Mass of Giuseppe Verdi. From the offstage trumpets, to the soaring solos, to the powerful choruses, every moment of this truly unique performance will be filled with musical fireworks and vibrant emotion.
This concert is unfortunately sold out.
Peter Pan, Milwaukee Ballet, Marcus Center Uihlein Hall, 5/13-5/16
Capping the 40th anniversary season of the Milwaukee Ballet, Artistic Director Michael Pink has set choreography to a score by Phillip Feeney that was composed for this production. This Milwaukee original will be complete with lavish costumes, magical lighting and imaginative sets, and will feature both the Milwaukee Children’s Choir and young dancers from the Milwaukee Ballet School.
Read Tom Strini’s preview here.
Tickets $23-$86. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinée 1:30 p.m. Visit the Milwaukee Ballet or call 414-902-2103.
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