It’s transition time for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. For several years, the company has been led by internationally renowned music director and conductor Edo de Waart, with the aid of associate conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, but 2015 marks the beginning of the end for that partnership — and the beginning of the hunt for a new leader to guide Milwaukee’s premier orchestra.
Right-wing presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and anti-gay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis stepped forward, hands clasped, arms raised, signaling triumph, imitating Rocky Balboa.
The Weeknd :: ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’
When you start a music festival from scratch, it’s not supposed to go as well as Global Union has gone. But Alverno Presents’ annual world music festival is the exception that proves the rule. Neither artistic director David Ravel nor assistant director Rory Trainor would say putting the festival together is easy — either back when they were working on the inaugural 2006 edition or the 10th anniversary show later this month — but they do admit it’s been increasingly successful since day one.
“That this is 10 years old just feels kind of staggering,” says Ravel. “I had never done anything of this size before, so there was a definite ‘fools rush in’ aspect to the first year. And, at the risk of all kinds of hubris, it really worked.”
We have good news and bad news about Joan Armatrading’s latest tour, passing through Madison this fall. Let’s start with the downer: The award-winning, prolific British musician has announced that this will be her final major tour, after more than 40 years on the road. On the other hand, this is also Armatrading’s first-ever “solo” tour — just her, a guitar, a piano and that voice of hers — which is sure to make this farewell to one of music’s greatest singer/songwriters even more poignant. Americana singer/songwriter Kristina Train opens.
Sure, American Idol is fighting for relevancy in a TV environment glutted with competitors, but think back to the ‘00s, when winners like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood became pop superstars practically overnight. And then think back to Fantasia Barrino, the Season 3 winner who’s been boxed out of that same category despite releasing four acclaimed studio albums, starring on Broadway in productions of The Color Purple and musical revue After Midnight, and winning a Grammy — the only Idol winner other than the aforementioned to do so, by the way. So revise that unfair opinion you’re harboring and check out her gig in town, with R&B singers Raheem DeVaughn and El DeBarge opening.
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s production of the Mozart opera Don Giovanni last year was a triumphant success. So it makes sense they’d try to capture lightning in a bottle again — this time, with Mozart’s masterpiece Cosi Fan Tutte.
It has been 13 years since their first — and, until now, only — album, Read Music / Speak Spanish, but today’s iteration of emo/punk band Desaparecidos will sound very familiar to fans of that initial release. But according to guitarist Denver Dalley, the new album, Payola, released earlier this year, was never meant to be a recreation of Read Music / Speak Spanish.
Crosseyed Heart is the first solo album from Keith Richards in 23 years, coming a decade after the last Rolling Stones album. Without Jagger, Richards is free to indulge in blues and country as well as rock ’n’ roll.
Website Urban Dictionary calls it the “new dance craze that’s sweeping the underground nation. So old school it’s cool.” So it must be true, right?
The first thing Juan de Marcos González wants American music fans to understand is that Cuban music is too often mislabeled as simply another form of Latin American jazz.
The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Friday Aug 14, to Thursday, Aug. 20, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.