It’s like speed dating, but artsy
Hi, On Stagers. I’ve gotten a little chatty in recent columns. This week I’m going the Dragnet way: Just the facts, ma’am. Comment if you prefer wordy or terse. — Strini
Pianist and raconteur Jeffrey Siegel talks and plays Brahms, Sibelius, Grieg, Nielsen. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, Wisconsin Lutheran College Schwan Hall, 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. $37, $34, $12. 414 443-8802.
Milwaukee Symphony: Double-busy this week, starting with a special concert with hearththrob violin virtuoso Joshua Bell at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23. He’ll play Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, with Christopher Seaman conducting. $50-$160.
Christopher Seaman will stick around for the MSO’s Classical/Baroque program at 11:15 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday. MSO principal clarinetist Todd Levy will play Stamitz’s Concerto in B-flat, and duo-pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton will play Mozart’s Concerto in E-flat for Two Pianos. Handel’s Royal Fireworks and Haydn’s Symphony No. 100 complete the program. $25-$79 Friday, $25-$95 Saturday. 414 291-7605.
All three concerts at Marcus Center Uihlein Hall, 929 N. Water St. But you knew that.
We Six. Billy Strayhorn (Duke Ellington’s mistreated right-hand man). Lush Life, Take the A Train. Jazz, baby. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, 1584 N. Prospect Ave. $22, $20 for students and seniors. 414 276-5760.
Ba-da-bing. Music’s done. On to
What will director Dale Gutzman and his Off the Wall Theatre do with Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage? Find out starting Thursday, March 24. The vintage anti-war show runs through April 3 at Off-the-Wall, 127 E. Wells St. 414 327-3552; $22.50 and $26.50.
James DeVita does some acting about acting and about his own true-life story in his one-man show, In Acting Shakespeare. It opens at 8 p.m. Friday, March 25, under the Renaissance Theaterworks banner. The show runs through April 17 at the Studio Theatre of the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, 414 291-7800. $37.50.
Next Act Theater opens Melanie Marnich’s A Sleeping Country, a play about… zzzzz. Where was I? Oh, yes, a play about insomnia. The show previews at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and opens at 8 p.m. Friday. It runs through April 17 at the Tenth Street Theatre. $25. 414 278-0765. Order tickets and learn more about it here. Vital fact: Angela Iannone plays a princess.
Skylight Opera Theatre: Mozart’s Così fan tutte, through April 3.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater: The Bomb-itty of Errors, through May 8 (Stackner); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, through March 27 (Powerhouse).
Sunset Playhouse: Tuesdays with Morrie, through April 3.
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