Marguerite Helmers

Marguerite Helmers

Marguerite Helmers was Professor of English at UW Oshkosh before turning to freelance research, writing, and editing in 2017. At the university, she taught courses in English and Irish literature, incorporating a significant measure of music and visual arts with the literary works. She has served as an educational consultant in Colombia and Oman, and has been a fellow at several humanities institutes in the USA and abroad, including University College Dublin. A member of Milwaukee’s Music for Youth (now MYSO) in the 1970s, Helmers attended college with a scholarship for harp performance. She is pleased to be returning to her early roots in Milwaukee’s music scene by writing for Urban Milwaukee.

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Recent Articles

Theater: An Appalling Idea, Set to Music
Theater

An Appalling Idea, Set to Music

The Skylight performs ‘Urinetown,’ the first toilet-centric musical. It’s damn funny.

Classical: The Magic of Mozart
Classical

The Magic of Mozart

Florentine revives Mozart’s most beloved opera.

Classical: MSO Takes on Mahler’s Titanic Song Cycle
Classical

MSO Takes on Mahler’s Titanic Song Cycle

Das Lied von der Erde paired with potent works by Britten and Foss.

Classical: Who Will Be the Next MSO Music Director?
Classical

Who Will Be the Next MSO Music Director?

Symphony search committee may lean toward an American. Beyond that, it depends.

Classical: In the Shadow of the Greats
Classical

In the Shadow of the Greats

Milwaukee Musaik performs Janáček, Farkas and Thuille, three composers with humble beginnings.

Music: Playing Jazz With Strings
Music

Playing Jazz With Strings

The Turtle Island Quartet has found a unique way to swing. They perform Friday.

Classical: A Celtic Folk Song Transformed
Classical

A Celtic Folk Song Transformed

Prometheus Trio performs a contemporary trio by Hagen, plus works of Dvorak, Faure.

Classical: Milwaukee Symphony Takes on Ligeti
Classical

Milwaukee Symphony Takes on Ligeti

Composer’s eerie music has been used in Kubrick and Scorsese films.

Classical: Florentine Offers Unique Baroque Showcase
Classical

Florentine Offers Unique Baroque Showcase

Two operas with music that’s lean, direct and highly emotional.

Classical: The New Leonard Bernstein?
Classical

The New Leonard Bernstein?

Milwaukee Symphony’s guest conductor Teddy Abrams also composes and plays piano.

Classical: Angels, Visions and Miracles
Classical

Angels, Visions and Miracles

Milwaukee Musaik’s season opener includes some heavenly works of music.

Classical: Music For Watching Aliens
Classical

Music For Watching Aliens

Milwaukee Symphony plays entire score of ‘E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ with the movie.

Classical: Home for the Holidays in Riverwest
Classical

Home for the Holidays in Riverwest

Florentine’s young artists perform holiday favorites in popular annual show.

Theater: Jesus Comes to Milwaukee
Theater

Jesus Comes to Milwaukee

Production of Langston Hughes’ gospel song play ‘Black Nativity’ set in city’s Park West neighborhood.

Classical: MSO Plays Bernstein’s Autobiographical Work
Classical

MSO Plays Bernstein’s Autobiographical Work

His second symphony paired with Brahms first, two very different but potent works.

Classical: Slavic Masterpieces
Classical

Slavic Masterpieces

Milwaukee Symphony performs Szymanowski, Tchaikovsky, and Bjork collaborator Nico Muhly.

Dance: Milwaukee Ballet Goes Bohemian
Dance

Milwaukee Ballet Goes Bohemian

‘La Boheme” turns an opera -- and Puccini’s gorgeous music -- into a unique ballet.

Classical: Paris When It Sizzles
Classical

Paris When It Sizzles

Florentine’s ‘The Merry Widow’ is filled with romantic intrigues and lovely melodies.

Jazz Comes to the Symphony

Jazz Comes to the Symphony

An evening of twentieth century music demonstrates the influence of dance on symphonic works

Classical: Symphony Celebrates Bernstein’s Legacy
Classical

Symphony Celebrates Bernstein’s Legacy

Season celebrates Lennie, opening concert offers big program of varied music.

Classical: Florentine a National Leader in Recordings
Classical

Florentine a National Leader in Recordings

Milwaukee company has produced acclaimed soundtracks of four contemporary operas.

Classical: 10 Best Symphony Concerts of Season
Classical

10 Best Symphony Concerts of Season

Which of coming concerts are the best bets? We pick the top 10.

Classical: Jie Chen Bridges Music From East to West
Classical

Jie Chen Bridges Music From East to West

Chinese music for piano takes center stage at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Classical: The Glorious Sound of the Cello
Classical

The Glorious Sound of the Cello

Fine Arts Quartet and guest take on three works with powerful cello music.

Classical: World Class Music Is Free
Classical

World Class Music Is Free

To celebrate its final year, Fine Arts Quartet’s summer concerts are free.

Music: Getting Wild at the Wherehouse
Music

Getting Wild at the Wherehouse

Present Music concert mixes classical, folk, jazz and hip-hop styles.