Tom Strini’s Culture Desk takes on both traditional performing arts in and around Milwaukee and a few things that fall into the bigger idea about art and life.
ReviewDec 4th, 2009 by Tom Strini
The concert review is on top; an interview with Hamlisch follows.
Arts bitsDec 1st, 2009 by Tom Strini
That Valdes Latin Jazz dynasty, an early Christmas present for the MSO; also Polly Morris, Danceworks, Plaid's Ding, best Christmas video ever.
ReviewNov 28th, 2009 by Tom Strini
Great performances and just the right tone mark the Skylight's sweet and goofy new holiday show.
Nov 25th, 2009 by Tom Strini
Paul Helm is forever plaid. Seriously; he was in Forever Plaid in Platteville, and now he's in the holiday spinoff, Plaid Tidings, at the Skylight.
ReviewNov 22nd, 2009 by Tom Strini
Kevin Stalheim has assembled a program of new music informed by history and tradition.
ReviewNov 21st, 2009 by Tom Strini
The Florentine has a spare new set for Tosca. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
Present MusicNov 20th, 2009 by Tom Strini
Present Music, the Milwaukee Choral Artists and the Milwaukee Children's Choir will premiere du Bois' In Beauty May I Walk Sunday.
Nov 17th, 2009 by Tom Strini
Director Dean Anthony and designer Noel Stollmack intend to bring new life to Puccini's iconic opera.
ReviewNov 16th, 2009 by Tom Strini
Frank Almond ponders how life and art intersect in Shostakovich's music. Almond and friends also play the daylights out of it.
ReviewNov 15th, 2009 by Tom Strini
After a fuzzy start, the Fine Arts Quartet found its focus Sunday afternoon, with guest violist Guillermo Figueroa.
ReviewNov 13th, 2009 by Tom Strini
Guest conductor Lawrence Renes shapes Bruckner's Symphony No. 8, an Alpine panorama in sound.
This week at the MSONov 10th, 2009 by Tom Strini
Lawrence Renes has led 13 different orchestras through Bruckner's vast Symphony No. 8. What has he learned?