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The season has been extended one week to Saturday, May 18 with a performance from Brass-E5, a brass quintet that will replace the March 8 cancellation. Performing a similar program, Brass-E5 features four of the brass players from the previously scheduled group joined by one former member of the American Brass Quintet. Members include, Marc Reese and Chris Gekker (trumpet), Greg Miller (French Horn), Mark Hetzler (Trombone), and Ken Amis (tuba). We look forward to an exciting evening. Your Empire Brass tickets dated March 8 will admit you to this concert.
An orchestra of voices! Civic Music opens its new season with a Grammy Award-winning group described as “ America’s Favorite Choral Ensemble” by The New Yorker. From its hometown of San Francisco to the great cathedrals of Europe, from New York City concert halls to NPR and “Prairie Home Companion,” Chanticleer enchants audiences with luxurious harmony, crisp clarity and a diverse repertoire including Renaissance, jazz, gospel, Mexican baroque, folk and adventurous new music.
Videos: Chanticleer YouTube Channel
World-class strings! Spend an evening with internationally acclaimed violinist Dmitri Berlinsky and friends, a classic chamber orchestra that also celebrates the individual virtuosity of its members. Berlinsky has been an in-demand soloist since his debut as the youngest winner ever of the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy. Touring today with extraordinary young soloists from Eastern Europe, the Pacific Rim, South America and the United States, he promises elegant ensemble playing, impeccable technique and electrifying live performance of classical favorites.
Classical sax! They have been heard in major concert halls, on NPR and even at the White House in command performances for sax-loving former president Bill Clinton. Winning new fans for the serious saxophone quartet, New Century plays music from Baroque to innovative contemporary to imaginative transcriptions. “Polish and vitality distinguish this group,” writes the Los Angeles Times. “Tackling new territory in the conservative-leaning realm of classical music tradition takes a unique blend of conviction, refined talent and damn-the-torpedoes ambition… They made believers here.”
2 p.m. Sunday Matinee
Please note that the New Century Saxophone Quartet concert will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, 2014. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.
video: New Century Saxophone Quartet YouTube Channel
A marriage made in music heaven! Paul Jacobs, America’s most celebrated concert organist, is the only organ soloist ever to receive a Grammy Award (2011). His phenomenal technique and charismatic stage presence dazzle audiences and critics alike. (“A brilliant organist…impressive clarity…rollicking energy,” raves the New York Times.) Paired with the Weidner Center’s superb acoustics and spectacular Wood Family Organ — three manuals, 44 stops and 68 ranks of 3,702 pipes — he promises a delightful reprise of his 2008 concert, which yielded three standing ovations and one of the most memorable evenings in the 87-year history of the Civic Music series.
Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
video: Paul Jacobs YouTube Channel
It’s tradition! For the seventh consecutive season, we close with the majestic power and superb musicianship of one of America’s preeminent orchestras. From delicate solo passages to bold sweeping crescendos, the 85 full-time professional musicians of the MSO demonstrate anew there’s nothing quite like an evening of live classical music. Maestro Edo de Waart and the MSO are earning strong reviews; critics and industry professionals raved about last year’s Carnegie Hall festival appearance.
video: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra YouTube Channel