As vaudeville heaved its last breaths in the late 1920s, RKO's Riverside Theater opened in 1928 and served as a performance hall for just a few years before Warner Brothers took it over to screen their films. Decades of neglect followed, reaching a nadir in 1966 when a carelessly tossed cigarette butt incinerated the proscenium's drapery, prompting the cash-conscious owners to replace the opulent teal velour with workmanlike duvetyn. A slated demolition in 1982 nearly replaced the theater with a shopping mall before a coalition of citizens convinced philanthropist Joseph Zilber to save the space. In the subsequent renovations, craftsmen installed plush red drapery, overhauled the obsolete lighting, and repainted the faded French Baroque gilding of the auditorium, restoring the elegant space to its former glory and inspiring it to get back out on the theater dating scene.
Milwaukee's Festival City Symphony has been symphonizing the city's air with harmonic waves of mellifluous masterpieces for more than 75 years. With this deal, you'll get to witness the symphony's exquisite melodies, the conductor's expressive gestures, and the violin section excitedly trying to start the wave at one of the following Symphony Sundays performances:
Until science allows customized breezes to play concertos through trees and tuned blades of grass, people must fetch their concertos from live musicians. Today's Groupon sings to the ears with premium orchestra-seat tickets to Ohlsson Plays Chopin by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for $20, a $57 value. In two performance dates at the stunning Uihlein Hall on Friday, April 2, and Saturday, April 3, at 8 p.m., pianist Garrick Ohlsson will capture and tame Frédéric Chopin's famous Piano Concerto No. 2 and two other solo piano pieces in celebration of Chopin's 200th birthday.
Led by artistic director Joan Parsley, Ensemble Musical Offering floods ear canals with faithful period renditions of music from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical eras. A Chain of Love commemorates Valentine's Day with a program of romantic pieces by such composers as Bach and Biber, played on meticulously restored period instruments including the lute, viola d'amore, and hand-cranked Gregorian monk. Soprano Sarah Richardson lends her honeyed vocals to love songs from Purcell and Stoetzel while English translations of German and Italian poetry from the period fill heads with vintage lovey-dovey thoughts. The Cathedral Church of All Saints houses the beautiful melodies in Gothic revival elegance, with a recently restored hardwood floor that dampens distracting reverb and gives reformed termites a chance to prove themselves.
For 97 years, the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra has entertained and enriched the community with masterful performances, captivating collaborations, and powerful world-premieres from its professional 60-member ensemble. The orchestra has been taking steps to determine their next music director, allowing music mavens to participate in the search through a series of candidate-conducted concerts. Baton-brandisher Stephen Squires will audition his ictus by leading pieces from Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, and Symphony No. 1 of Brahms, while pieces penned by the likes of Berlioz and Beethoven will be led by Donato Cabrera on April 9. Become acquainted with England’s Fab Four— John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Harrison Ford —on February 26, as Music of the Beatles will feature rock group Jeans 'n Classics performing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety with symphonic accompaniment.
In its 16th season, the Civic Symphony of Green Bay streams the symphonic sounds of three master composers through the historic halls of Meyer Theatre. Conductor Seong-Kyung Graham opens the evening's program by summoning Reznicek's overture to Donna Diana with the help of a baton that's part Ouija board planchette. The Czech composer then gives way to the stirring sounds of Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major. UW-Green Bay associate professor and trumpeter Adam Gaines' solo horn sends a clarion cry through the hall's gold-flecked plasterwork and below the star-studded ceiling. For the final piece, Schubert brings the symphony back together for his masterwork of melody, the Symphony no. 9 in C Major. The Civic Symphony's corps of volunteer and professional musicians arrive in their chairs from all walks of life, from students to long-established soloists to court musicians of just-deposed kings.