A magnificent finale! For the eighth consecutive spring, we close our season with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, one of the nation’s leading orchestras and a Wisconsin cultural treasure. The MSO is earning bravos this year for the exceptional quality of its Ravel, Handel, Beethoven and pops concerts. When the disappearance and subsequent recovery of the concertmaster’s missing 300-year-old Stradivarius violin made worldwide headlines last winter, the instrument’s return was literally music to the ears of MSO fans. Maestro Edo de Waart and his 80 full-time professional musicians make world-class music.
The celebrated London chamber orchestra! Civic Music opens its season in magnificent fashion with the classic elegance of a premier chamber ensemble. The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is renowned for its wide-ranging studio work, sold-out concerts and expressive soundtracks for Hollywood films including “Amadeus” and “The English Patient.” With a 50-year history, more than 500 recordings and a dozen gold discs on the Billboard Classical Chart, the Academy is one of the best-selling classical groups in the world, famous for impeccable musicianship and a polished and refined sound.
Civic Music has booked The Academy of St. Martin of the Fields Chamber ENSEMBLE, which is 8 musicians.
Accordian Virtuosi! The accordion is traditionally an instrument of the people, a centerpiece of popular culture and folk music around the world. The Accordion Virtuosi of Russia have toured extensively in Europe and North America, dazzling audiences with exquisite arrangements of traditional Russian folk songs and familiar classical favorites. Founded by Pavel Smirnov in war-torn Russia of the 1940s, the ensemble is led today by his sons Yuri and Vladimi and grandson Yaroslav.
The Accordion Virtuosi include 30 accordions, a percussionist, a pianist, and a conductor who is also a violinist.
Return of a series favorite! Longtime Civic Music subscribers know these master musicians from Toronto have been responsible for some of the most electric, entertaining evenings in our series’ history. From serious classical music and operatic arias to tangos, gypsy fiddling and vocals in the tradition of the great Italian tenors, Quartetto Gelato (Ice Cream Quartet) serves up a tasty and eclectic musical treat… with a double dip of fun.
Back by popular demand! Last year’s holiday-season concert by Isthmus Brass Ensemble was so popular we’ve invited them back for an April concert and a deeper dive into their audience-pleasing repertoire. Led by brass icon and former UW Music School director John Stevens, Isthmus Brass is Wisconsin’s premiere large brass ensemble. The players are a who’s who of University of Wisconsin professors, prominent music alumni and members of professional orchestras and ensembles.
An acclaimed symphony orchestra! For the ninth consecutive spring, we close our season with the brilliance and power of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, one of the nation’s leading orchestras and a Wisconsin cultural treasure. Under the direction of Maestro Edo de Waart, the 80 full-time professionals of the MSO are earning glowing reviews for this season’s concerts of varied styles ranging from Mozart and Schubert to Bernstein and Prokofiev, newly commissioned works to much-loved classics.