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Saturday, March 27th, 2010
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Piano, violin and cello Trio

Piano, violin and cello… and three engaging musicians whose soulful expression, instrumental virtuosity and playful performance style make for an unforgettable evening. Their repertoire ranges from tango to bossa nova, from a West Side Story melody to a gossamer Mendelssohn scherzo. Writes the New York Times, “Diamond-hard brilliance, uncommonly poetic depths…breathtaking in precision, dexterity and unanimity of attack.” Cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper has played our series previously with the popular Quartetto Gelato.

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Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Sat., March 27th–INTERSECTION, piano, violin & cello…

The trio includes cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper, violinist Laura Frautschi and pianist John Novacek, each an accomplished soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. “Diamond-hard brilliance, uncommonly poetic depths…” is the way the Los Angeles Times described them. Based in New York City, the trio will perform a varied program of repertoire from all parts of the music world, from Bizet to Bernstein, from Clair de lune to [pianist] Novacek’s Intoxication in a mix of classical, jazz, Latin & Broadway. Mixing trio, duo and solo formats adds to the aural variety. The group’s numerous recordings have been bestsellers in Asia and have topped the classical and crossover charts.

Civic Music folks welcome back cellist Kristina Cooper, who previously performed here with the ever-popular Quartetto Gelato. Maybe you saw see her perform a solo on the Jerry Lewis Telethon last fall.

The Trio will “meet & greet” concertgoers at Titletown Brewing Co. following the concert. Please join us for conversation & complimentary snacks.


The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, narrated by WPR’s Lori Skelton, will close Civic Music’s 83rd season on Sat., May 15th. Here’s a perfect opportunity to acquaint friends & colleagues with the excitement of CM’s outstanding performances and the incredibly affordable cost of membership. A tradition since 1927, the final concert of the season is a bonus concert for new members. That’s right, a free concert for those who purchase a 2010-11 membership. And, again, no increase in membership prices. The five-concert series is still only $80 adults and $25 students. [Single tickets for the MSO concert can be purchased for $35 for adults and $10 for students.]

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Executive Secretary position available. Communication skills, computer skills, organizational skills–the basic requirements of the job. Work out of your home, work around your schedule, and work with Civic Music’s classical music devotees. Interested? Want more info? Call the CM office, 338-1801.

Membership Campaign volunteers wanted.

With the spring membership campaign just around the corner, we’re looking for volunteers to spread the area’s “best kept secret”. Renew & recruit–“old” members & new members! You can be an “official” CM volunteer by calling the CM office, 338-1801.

Button, button, who lost the button?

A black Calvin Klein coat button was found under the table where Jon Nakamatsu was signing CDs at the last concert. Claim it Sat. night at the table in the lobby.

Green Bay Press Gazette: Civic Music Association will host trio in guest concert Saturday

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Green Bay Press-Gazette • March 21, 2010

“The trio Intersection will present the fourth concert of the season Saturday for Brown County Civic Music Association.

The trio includes cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper, violinist Laura Frautschi and pianist John Novacek.

Cooper performed previously in Green Bay a number of times as a member of the popular Quartetto Gelato.

Intersection plays romantic, salon-style music, and its players are known for their demonstrative way of playing, said Roger Bintz, who helps book the series for the all-volunteer organization.”

The full story is available on the Press-Gazette website: