Founded in 1884, the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center is among the oldest community music organizations in the U.S., inviting patrons into its halls year after year to support and experience the excitement of live music. The center is home to the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, which won the 2011 award for Best Chamber Orchestra from the Illinois Council of Orchestras. The group of in-residence musicians keep fans of classical music thoroughly entertained with concerts throughout the year and tag-team wrestling matches between the string and brass sections.
Great symphony orchestras can breathe new life into centuries-old works of art, but few can excel in looking to the future as well. For more than half a century, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has done just that, enriching its community while drawing upon innovative technologies to reach listeners across the country. Its nationally syndicated radio broadcast, for instance, has filled the airwaves for more than four decades, transmitting the sounds of the MSO's 83 musicians to some 3.8 million listeners and their 7.6 million pets. The the orchestra also became the county's first to offer live recordings for download through iTunes. But it's not all internet and radio-play here—the MSO's pioneering spirit extends into its music, where it has premiered works by composers such as Philip Glass, Roberto Sierra, and Marc Neikrug.
Turner Hall might be one of the most historic buildings in Milwaukee, but it’s no boring relic of the past. Here, guests will find a variety of activities ranging from an indoor climbing gym to yoga and hula hoop classes to public political discussions. The building also hosts a variety of special events through the year, including musical performances held in its ballroom.
The production calendar for Kenosha's Cyo Band and Color Guard offers an outrageous mix of comedy and drama for the theatrically inclined.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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Wandering souls would be best to visit this theater for any one of their A+ dishes.
For customers who choose to drive to the theater, parking is readily available — the nearby lot offers optional valet, and street parking is also accessible.