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