Due to my continuing recovery from the assault and robbery I suffered a month ago, this blog has been on hiatus. But as the old adage goes, “The show must go on,” and so I’m back with a truncated version to be sure, but I wanted to make you aware of some great events coming up this week, and so…
For the week of May 15-21…
Urinetown, May 18-June 10, Cabot Theater, 158 N Broadway (skylightmusictheatre.org)
For its final production this season, the Skylight presents this multiple Tony Award winner that’s a clever political satire AND a spoof of Broadway musicals! With a sterling cast under the direction of Skylight Artistic Director Ray Jivoff, this production is sure to make for a ripping good time at the theater (and boy, we can sure use it now)! And remember, Skylight brought you a hit production of Avenue Q (another quirky satirical musical) a few seasons back!
Sensuous Ravel, May 19-20, Marcus Center, 929 N Water St (mso.org)
French composer Maurice Ravel is one of the 20th century’s great composers. But rather than performing warhorses like Bolero, La Valse or Ravel’s classic orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will be featuring the rarely performed Daphnis et Chloe Suite #2 this weekend. Like the early works of Ravel’s contemporary Stravinsky, this music was composed for the ballet. Guest conductor Ken-David Masur will be joined by the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus along with the MSO to perform this breathtaking music. Also on the program: MSO Principal Clarinetist Todd Levy continues his exploration of pieces for solo clarinet and orchestra with a performance of Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, commissioned by “King of Swing” Benny Goodman; MSO Prinicpal Violist Robert Levine is featured on Ralph Vaughan Williams’ sensuous Flos Campi, a work inspired by the Bible’s Song of Solomon; and opening the program is the MSO premiere of American composer Augusta Read Thomas’ 2010 piece Radiant Circles. The season may be winding down for the MSO, but the great music keeps coming!
Festival City Postcards, May 20, Carney Performing Arts Center, Pius XI High School, 135 N 76th St (mfbrass.org)
For the final concert of its 33rd season, the two-time National Champion Milwaukee Festival Brass presents a concert that promises to be unique and entertaining. With a nod to Milwaukee’s upcoming festival season, the MFB presents a program that features music associated with Milwaukee musicians and composers, along with music that’s identified with Milwaukee’s summer ethnic festivals. The music runs the gamut from Al Jarreau to the Violent Femmes…Heck, hearing a brass band rendition of “Blister in the Sun” (although that may not be the song performed) would be worth the price of admission alone!