South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
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South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center Hosts Ian Maksin Songs of the Vagabond Cello April 5, 7:30 pm


By - Apr 1st, 2024 04:33 pm
Ian Maksin. Photo courtesy of the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.

Ian Maksin. Photo courtesy of the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.

(South Milwaukee, WI) – South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is proud to host Ian Maksin: Songs of the Vagabond Cello on Friday, April 5 at 7:30pm. World acclaimed cellist, composer and multilingual vocalist singing in 30 languages, IAN MAKSIN comes to the SOUTH MILWAUKEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER as part of his North American tour. Portion of the proceeds from ticket and CD sales will be donated to humanitarian relief fund that helps civilians in areas affected by war.

BREAKING BOUNDARIES both musical and geographical, cellist, composer and multilingual vocalist IAN MAKSIN has created his own unique musical Metaverse by blending classical, jazz, and world music and by drawing inspiration from very diverse and eclectic musical sources, using his cello as the main unifying force and taking the listener along on this magical journey beyond space and time.

ONE-MAN ORCHESTRA: Ian Maksin uses the loop pedal and other electronic devices to augment the sound of the cello and turn it into a virtual orchestra.

SINGING IN 30 LANGUAGES: What began as a hobby and a passion for linguistics and travel has become part of a unique concert experience. At this time Ian Maksin sings in 30 languages including Ukrainian, Russian, English, Farsi, Armenian, French, Italian, Arabic, Hebrew, Mongolian, Bambara (one of the tongues spoken in West Africa) and many other exotic languages.

THE GLOBAL MUSICIAN: Most of this repertoire was amassed by Maksin during his world travels, jam sessions and collaborations with local musicians. Many of his original songs and instrumental compositions are also infused with flavors of ethnic music from countries and regions where he drew inspiration from: Mongolia, West Africa, Middle East, the Balkans, Andalusian flamenco.


Tickets: $27-43. Buy tickets at or call (414) 766-5049 M-Fri from 10 – 2 PM. Sign up for event notifications at Tickets make great gifts! Our Box Office and Will Call are open one hour before most events.

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (SMPAC) has been providing the greater Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin communities with creative, innovative, and diverse performing arts for 19 years. Located inside of the South Milwaukee 6-12 campus, it serves the families of South Milwaukee and provides professional performing arts services for hundreds of events annually.

Past performances on our stage include the Soweto Gospel Choir, Celtic Nights, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Vienna Boys Choir, The Texas Tenors, The Violent Femmes, Flamenco Vivo Carlotta

Santana, Tommy Emmanuel, Legends Roundtable to Honor Da Crusher, Ex Fabula, Cirque Alfonse, The Official Blues Brothers Revue, John McGivern, Lindsey Buckingham, George Watsky, Donny McCaslin, Robert Glasper, The Zombies, Jean Luc Ponty, Jon Anderson, Arlo Guthrie, The Red Green Show, the late George Winston and many, many more.

The SMPAC Performing Arts Series and other programming is sponsored in part by Courtyard by Marriott (Milwaukee Airport), Cousins Subs, DBHW Wealth Partners, Ken Cook Co, Parkway Floral, Skyline Catering, Steren McDonald’s Restaurants, South Milwaukee Lions Club, WaterStone Bank, West Bend Mutual Insurance, and Wisconsin Arts Board. Performances are supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

SMPAC is located inside of the South Milwaukee School District 6-12 campus, at 901 15th Avenue in South Milwaukee between College and Rawson Avenues. It is easily accessible from I-94 and 794. Free parking is available in the northwest parking lot. For events, patrons should enter door #9. For tickets or more information, visit or call (414) 766-5049.

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.

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