A Week for Music
The Wisconsin Philharmonic, The MSO and The Fine Arts Quartet get busy.
The Peck School of the Arts’ Fine Arts Quartet season continues Sun. Nov. 11 featuring Amy Beach’s String Quartet, Op.89 (in one movement); Bernard Herrmann’s Clarinet Quintet, Souvenir du Voyage; and Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op.130. The Fine Arts Quartet welcomes guest clarinetist Michel Lethiec to the concert, taking place at Helene Zelazo Center at 3 p.m. In celebration of the Year of the Arts, admission is free. Tickets are still required and all have been claimed, but you may contact the box office at (414) 229-4308 or wait for empty seats at showtime.
The MSO welcomes conductor Christoph König for a concert featuring Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony. Composed in 1822, the symphony languished unperformed for over 40 years. Also on the program: Weber’s Overture to Der Freischütz, Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra and Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No.2. Read the program notes before the show, Fri. Nov. 9 at 11:15 a.m. and Sat. Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $22 online or call (414) 291-7605.
The Wilson Center celebrates the music of the movies with Cinema Toast. Established New York vocalists will commemorate such classic films as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Way We Were, Titanic, The Graduate, The Wizard of Oz, and more. The concert is at 1 p.m. Wed. Nov. 7. Tickets are $21 or $16, available online or call (262) 781-9520. Also at the Wilson Center, songwriter and musician Mike Mangione and his band The Union present a night of atmospheric folk-rock. Witness the budding career of this independent artist, 8 p.m. Fri. Nov. 9. Tickets are $30 online, or at the box office number above.
The Pabst Theater welcomes Aimee Mann and band, with special guest Ted Leo (of Ted Leo & The Pharmacists). Perhaps best known for her contributions to the soundtrack for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, Mann released her eighth studio album Charmer in September 2012. Called “one of the top 10 living songwriters” by NPR, Mann performs at 7 p.m. Sun. Nov. 11. Tickets are $29.50 online or call (414) 286-3663.
The BMO Harris Bradley Center welcomes Bob Dylan and his band along with special guest Mark Knopfler. Fresh off his 35th album release, Tempest, Dylan brings his legendary folk rock to Milwaukee Thurs. Nov. 8. Tickets are $44.50, $59.50, and $84.50 available online or call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
Join the Wisconsin Philharmonic on Veterans’ Day, Sun. Nov. 11, for Salute to Our Veterans: Battle of Britain. Former President of the Chicago Symphony, Henry Fogel, narrates an afternoon showcasing the words and music from the WWII era. Special guest pianist Soheil Nasseri adds an international flare to Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto, one of many themes performed at 3 p.m. in the Shattuck Auditorium at Carroll University. Tickets range $17 to $37, available online or call (262) 547-1858.
Wanda Sykes makes her Riverside Theater debut Sat. Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. Outspoken and opinionated, Sykes has enjoyed an incredibly successful comedy career both as a writer and performer. See a clip of her stand-up here. Tickets are $39.50 and $49.50 available online or call (414)286-3663.
Carte Blanche Stage Company will produce four brand new plays from local playwrights at their New Plays Festival: Turn Around by Jackie Benka, Happily Ever After, and Then Some by Emily Craig, Under the Bed by David Kaye and A Man of Few Words by Greg Ryan. The festival runs Thurs. Nov. 8 through Sun. Nov. 11. For a complete schedule, tickets and more information call (414) 688-7313.
Fireside Theatre: Scrooge the Musical, through Dec. 23
Sunset Playhouse: 12 Angry Men, through Nov. 11