Author : Julie Steinbach

  • The Milwaukee Symphony embarks on the hunt for Edo de Waart’s successor

    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. De Waart, w.... Read More
  • Petfest returns Aug. 29

    Petfest returns to Milwaukee’s lakefront on Aug. 29 for the second year in a row. The free, tail-wagging, lakeside pet-tacular takes place on Milwaukee’s Summerfest grounds, and those who attend can look forward to a bigger and better experience that’s definitely worth barking about. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with veterinarians, pet lovers, small business owners and each .... Read More
  • Are Spotify and other streaming platforms hurting artists?

    The digital age of music distribution has taken the music industry completely by storm. In the last decade, streaming services have become one of the most popular ways that consumers can affordably and conveniently access their favorite artists’ music.  That’s why Taylor Swift made headlines when she took her entire discography off Spotify and other platforms last year. The move was made just.... Read More
  • Orchestras welcome a month of ‘May-thoven’

    Something classical must be in the Wisconsin water supply. This May, Beethoven-lovers practically can’t walk out of the house on a given weekend without stumbling on an orchestra performing one of the composer’s epic, groundbreaking symphonies. The Madison Symphony Orchestra and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will take up programs featuring Beethoven symphonies in the weeks to come. Madison’s .... Read More
  • Michael Pink tells Cinderella’s story once again

    The beauty of Sergei Prokofiev’s narrative score and Milwaukee Ballet artistic director Michael Pink’s enchanting vision will unite later this month, to wrap up the ballet’s 2014–15 season with the timeless tale of "Cinderella."  But while Pink knows his audiences will be captivated by the servant-turned-princess, he has high hopes they’ll be equally fascinated by the personalities and .... Read More
  • Green Bay’s orchestra says farewell after a century of symphonies

    The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra is one of Wisconsin’s longest standing regional orchestras, founded in 1913. In its heyday, GBSO members commuted from across the state and as far away as Chicago to rehearse and perform. Even now, performing at UW–Green Bay’s Weidner Center, the orchestra is a professional company with a dedicated youth symphony orchestra program, filling a vital role in its.... Read More
  • MOT’s Mikado marches to the beat of its own drum

    In its history as a company, Milwaukee Opera Theatre has gained a reputation for high-energy, imaginative productions. Their latest undertaking may be one of the most traditional in the opera canon — Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado — but when MOT stages the classic, it comes with a twist: a complete reinterpretation of the score and story that sets it in a “percussion playground” whe.... Read More
  • Danceworks’ ‘Breathe’ remembers Ed Burgess while looking to the future

    At the talkback following the final performance of Danceworks’ latest show Breathe, the company and guest artists reflected on the life and legacy of the great dancer and choreographer Ed Burgess, an undeniable force in the Milwaukee community and one who has been sorely missed after his unexpected passing in 2011. It was only the epilogue to the beautiful celebration that came before. In a vari.... Read More
  • Opera’s Kurt Ollmann returns for a Milwaukee cabaret

    Singing the role of Riff in Leonard Bernstein’s “operatic” 1984 recording of iconic musical West Side Story is a highlight that pretty well sums up lyric baritone Kurt Ollmann’s career: a balance of musical theater and opera performances that adds up to quite the impressive legacy. Ollmann’s career and artistry have deep roots in Milwaukee. He began his career with jobs at the Skylight.... Read More
  • Death Blues re-meditates on mortality at Alverno

    Jon Mueller and William Ryan Fritch used to be complete strangers.  Mueller, a percussionist best known for his work with post-rock groups Pele, Collections of Colonies of Bees and Volcano Choir, and Fritch, a San Francisco-based film score composer and experimental multi-instrumentalist, shared only a record label when they crossed paths by happenstance. The two took a chance on collaboration, d.... Read More