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MILWAUKEE Volume 24, Issue 3 Winter/Spring 2013

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Showtimes, links to buy tickets, and nearby restaurants for every show. Plan your entire night on FOOTLIGHTS.COM How The World Began Milwaukee Repertory Theater

January 16February 24

Religion and science collide in a visceral examination of just how hard it is to truly listen to one another in an increasingly polarized world.

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Eric Jacobson Quartet: Music of Tom Harrell Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

January 17 Bader Recital Hall 414-276-5760

Praised by Newsweek for his pure melodic genius, Tom Harrell is one of the most creative jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time.


January 18 OAC Little Theater 262-560-3172

The film documents Yunus’ Grameen Bank where a microcredit loan system gives small loans to the very poor to start their own businesses.

JAZZ FESTIVAL Wisconsin Lutheran College

January 18-19

Wisconsin student instrumentalists and their directors participate and the event culminates with a concert on January 19 in Schwan Concert Hall.

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EDUCATING RITA Renaissance Theaterworks

January 18February 10

Working-class Rita desperately wants an education and her tutor, Frank, teaches in order to pay for his drink. Together, they embark on a journey of discovery.

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SENIOR SYMPHONY FOUNDERS CONCERT Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra

January 20

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpet Mark Niehaus will be featured soloist at this annual gala performance.

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WINTERDANCES UWM Peck School of the Arts

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January 24-27

Choreography: New Work Award winner Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner; Dance faculty member Luc Vanier; MFA Program Director Simone Ferro; and Petr Zahradnícek.

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Showtimes, links to buy tickets, and nearby restaurants for every show. Plan your entire night on FOOTLIGHTS.COM RUBENS QUARTET WITH STEFANIE JACOB Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Rubens Quartet combines the old with the new, by interpreting lesser known works and playing them with the great standards of the quartet repertoire.


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A master of the art of physical comedy, Avner weaves a spell of poetic simplicity in a show of hilarious predicaments. Photo: Marie Clauzade

HOME FREE VOCAL BAND Wisconsin Lutheran College

January 25

The award-winning a cappella sensation combines comedy and music featuring five male vocalists with extensive theatrical and musical training.

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January 25February 10

Leslie Fitzwater embodies Piaf in this captivating evening of song and story featuring Piaf’s well-known songs “Hymn to Love,” “Milord,” and “La Vie En Rose.”

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ROMAN HOLIDAY Festival City Symphony

January 27

Berlioz’s “Roman Carnival Overture,” Ottorino Respighi’s musical travelogue “Pines of Rome,” Bizet’s “Symphony No. 2.”

PHILOMUSICA QUARTET Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

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January 28

Haydn: String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 33 No. 2 “The Joke;” Glass: String Quartet No. 5; Beethoven: String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59 No.2 “Razumovsky”

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January 29February 24

This wickedly funny and fiercely provocative new play is about the volatile combination of race and real estate.

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January 31February 24

Some choices last more than a lifetime and time stands still in this gentle, surprising tale of Herr Mann, his friend Frieda, and the mysterious Monsieur Pierre.


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February 1

Transcending notions of “classical” and “popular” music, the quintet combines their impeccable, spontaneous musicality with fun and innovative programming.

AN INSPECTOR CALLS Waukesha Civic Theatre

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The intriguing twists and turns in this psychological thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat as an inspector investigates a suicide.

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February 7 Bader Recital Hall 414-276-5760


February 7-10

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February 7-10

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“Godspell” is a groundbreaking reflection on the life of Jesus with a universal message of kindness, tolerance, and love.


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Showtimes, links to buy tickets, and nearby restaurants for every show. Plan your entire night on FOOTLIGHTS.COM THE WILD PARTY UWM Peck School of the Arts It’s the story of one wild evening in the Manhattan apartment shared by Queenie and Burrs, a vaudeville dancer and a vaudeville clown in the Roaring Twenties.

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE Falls Patio Players From Agatha Christie’s 1940’s Murder Mystery: Ten people, each with something to hide and something to fear, are forced to face their fears and reveal their darkest secrets. One by one, they die!


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With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this show is a delight for audiences of all ages.

WINTER CONCERT I Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Featuring String Orchestras North and Central, the Junior Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and full symphony orchestra, Philharmonia.

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February 13 Bader Concert Hall Zelazo Center 414-229-4308

Chicago-based Rembrandt Chamber Players will present a program of new and traditional chamber works.


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Distant Worlds has captivated audiences all over the globe with an immersive dynamic experience of the amazing world of “Final Fantasy.”

February 15-23

THE SMOCK ALLEY PROJECT Carthage College This newly created work comes to Carthage in the wake of its world premiere at the historic Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin, Ireland.

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February 15-24

This dark, yet beautiful love story has thrilled audiences worldwide and it’s the longest running show in Broadway history.

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February 16 262-375-3676

McMann & Tate Productions bring their views of love, marriage, and relationships to the stage once more in a special improv show.


February 16 262-560-3172

The company will celebrate Artistic Director Michael Pink’s 10th anniversary with a mixture of pure and abstract works.


February 17 Bader Recital Hall 414-276-5760

Although the “accent” for the afternoon will be distinctly French, the musical treats will come from far and wide.

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February 17

Saint-Saens String Quartet No.1; Krzysztof Penderecki String Quartet No.3 (2008) “Leaves of an Unwritten Diary;” Verdi String Quartet in E Minor

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AN EVENING WITH NOEL COWARD Cardinal Stritch University

February 20-24

Sophisticated and charming one-acts from Coward’s “Tonight at 8:30” includes “The Red Peppers,” “Fumed Oak,” and “We Were Dancing.” Illus. by Ben Solowey via Wikipedia.


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February 21 Bader Recital Hall 414-276-5760

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February 21March 3

In this 19th century play, Nora goes against societal norms hoping to escape from her marital confines.

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UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

February 21March 17

A puzzling mystery begins when a Dutch librarian discovers a surprise in the overnight return slot, a travel guidebook that is 113 years overdue!

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February 22

Experience the music, laughs, and thrills from Broadway’s most recent seasons, performed by some of the leading talent in New York today.

WINTER CONCERT II Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Featuring MYSO’s two flute ensembles, the intermediate-level Flute Chorale and advanced Chamber Flute Ensemble, and new Prelude Orchestra.

RUSSIAN FOLK Oconomowoc Arts Center

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February 22 Youth Arts Hall Milwaukee Youth Arts Center 414-267-2950

February 22-23 262-560-3172

Accordion virtuoso Stas Venglevski and members of his group perform traditional Russian folk favorites, many in their native language.


February 22-23 262-375-3676

Popular Milwaukee-based singer/songwriter Pat McCurdy returns with his guitar and wacky sense of humor for two “UnCultural Nights” at the Center.

WINTER CONCERT III Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Featuring String Orchestras West and South and the Chamber Orchestra, comprised of many of the most musically advanced student musicians in MYSO.

WINTER CONCERT IV Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Featuring String Orchestras West and South and the Chamber Orchestra, comprised of many of the most musically advanced student musicians in MYSO.

A VIOLIN’S LIFE: LIPINSKI STRADIVARIUS CD PREVIEW Frankly Music Tartini “Devil’s Trill” Sonata, a violin and piano Sonata by Julius Röntgen, and works of Karol Lipinski and Robert Schumann.


February 23 Shattuck Music Center Carroll University 414-267-2950

February 24 Shattuck Music Center Carroll University 414-267-2950

February 25 Schwan Concert Hall Wisconsin Lutheran College 414-443-8802

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Presenting favorite works from the past 15 years with a retrospective of Tillen’s compositions.

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FOUNDERS CONCERT Helen Bader Concert Hall Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, UW-Milwaukee Sunday, January 20, 2013 2:00 PM Margery Deutsch, Music Director Shelby Keith Dixon, Associate Conductor Mark Niehaus, Trumpet

MODEST MUSSORGSKY A Night on Bald Mountain (1839-1884) Mr. Dixon ALEXANDER ARUTUNIAN Concerto for Trumpet in A-flat major (1920-2012) Mr. Niehaus INTERMISSION

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47 (1906-1975) I. Moderato

II. Allegretto III. Largo IV. Allegro non troppo

With our flagship ensemble, the internationally acclaimed Senior Symphony, we pay tribute to the visionaries who formed and shaped MYSO in its infancy, upon which its 57 years of musical excellence are built. MYSO is a proud founding member of

Biogr aphies Mark Niehaus, Trumpet Mark Niehaus was appointed president and executive director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra beginning in the 2012-13 season. As the principal trumpet of the MSO since 1998, Chairman of the Orchestra’s Players’ Council and active member of the MSO board, Niehaus brings knowledge of the industry, familiarity with MSO sponsors, ticketholders and community and a strong understanding of the organization’s long range plan. Mr. Niehaus began his professional career at the age of 18, still a freshman at The Juilliard School, when he assumed the post of principal trumpet of the New Haven Symphony. He remained with that orchestra for six years, while continuing his studies at Juilliard with Mark Gould and Raymond Mase. Upon graduation, he joined the faculty of The Juilliard School’s Pre-College division and was active in the Music Advancement Program. His studio was featured in a report on CBS’ 60 Minutes. Mr. Niehaus spent twelve summers at the Eastern Music Festival as principal trumpet of the faculty orchestra and spent summers at the Tanglewood Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, Spoleto USA and Colorado Music Festival. From 2006-2009, he was a member of the National Brass Virtuosi, a group comprised of principal players from the Cleveland, Houston and Milwaukee symphonies. In 2011, he was a featured lecturer and recitalist at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Minneapolis. He also moderated and adjudicated the final rounds of the Orchestral and Solo competitions.


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Before moving to Milwaukee, Mr. Niehaus spent three seasons as a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida with Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas. He may be heard on two RCA label recordings with the New World Symphony and Tilson Thomas: The Music of Villa Lobos and New World Jazz, on which he is a featured soloist. He returns to Miami regularly to teach and coach new generations of New World musicians. He has also served on the faculties of the North Carolina School of the Arts and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In Milwaukee, Mr. Niehaus has been a featured soloist on several occasions, performing the Haydn Trumpet Concerto, Bach Cantata No. 51 and the Martin Concerto for Seven Winds. In the 201112 season, he performed the Arutunian Concerto and Bach’s Second Brandenburg Concerto. In the 2012-13 season, he will be featured in the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 in C for piano and trumpet. Mr. Niehaus recently completed a special recording project with the G. Schirmer Instrumental Library, The Trumpet Collection. Published in three volumes by Hal Leonard, it includes over 30 works and features companion recordings by Mr. Niehaus. The project presents a wide spectrum of trumpet literature appropriate for recitals and is available from major music retailers nationwide. Mr. Niehaus lives in Milwaukee with his wife and two sons and maintains an active teaching studio. He is proud to be the Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 398 and serves on the District Committee for the Milwaukee Boy Scout Council.

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Margery Deutsch, Music Director Margery Deutsch has been Music Director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Senior Symphony since 1987. Under her direction, the Senior Symphony toured China in 2007 and British Columbia in 2009; past tours include concerts in Austria, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Canada (Quebec) and Scotland, where the orchestra performed as part of the Festival of British Youth Orchestras and the Edinburgh Festival. In summer 2012, she led the Senior Symphony on a ten-day tour of Vienna and Prague where they were chosen to perform on the Gala Winners’ Concert as part of the 2012 Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival. In 2000 the Senior Symphony was chosen as one of only five U.S. youth orchestras to participate in the National Youth Orchestra Festival in Sarasota, Florida. Deutsch has conducted the orchestra in performances at Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, the Wisconsin Music Educators Conference (North Central Division) and the MidWest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Deutsch and the orchestra were selected by famed bassist and author Barry Green (The Inner Game of Music) to serve as the demonstration orchestra for his series of ensemble workbooks and videotape. In 2007 MYSO received a “Meet the Composer” grant through Music Alive and the American Symphony Orchestra League for which Deutsch conducted the world premiere of a commissioned work by composer Jeffrey Mumford. Deutsch was Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1984-2012. She serves as the Music Director of UWM’s University Community Orchestra, an ensemble of over 120 musicians ranging

in age from 12 to 98. The orchestra is comprised of college, high school, and middle school students and community members. Deutsch is actively involved with high school-age musicians throughout the country and is in frequent demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. She has served four terms on the Board of Directors of the League of American Orchestra’s Youth Orchestra Division. Prior to coming to Milwaukee, Deutsch served as Music Director of the Shreveport (LA) Symphony where she conducted classical, chamber orchestra, pops and children’s concerts, as well as operas. Versed in both orchestral and choral repertoire, she was Music Director of the Long Island Singers Society and, in Milwaukee, has guest conducted The Master Singers, Bel Canto Chorus, Milwaukee Choristers, Lawrence University Choir, Milwaukee Children’s Choir and the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus. Deutsch has been a frequent guest conductor for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Youth, Children’s and Family concert series. In addition, she has worked with the Sheboygan Symphony, Aurora University’s Music by the Lake Opera Theater, Women’s Philharmonic (CA), Plymouth (MI) Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Charleston (SC) Symphony, Nebraska Sinfonia, Monroe (LA) Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, and the all-state orchestras of Massachusetts, Kansas, Missouri, Washington, Minnesota, Montana, Delaware, Maine and most recently, New York, as well as numerous district festivals throughout the country. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Deutsch received the 2001 Milwaukee Civic Music Association Award for Excellence in Contributions to Music and the 1990 UWM Undergraduate Teaching Award. She has been awarded Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra


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conducting fellowships and scholarships from the Aspen Music Festival, the Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and the Nebraska-based “Festival of a Thousand Oaks.” She was also invited to participate in the conducting seminar at Tanglewood where she took master classes with Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Colin Davis. Her other teachers include Thomas Briccetti, Franco Ferrarra, Bruno Bartoletti, Piero Bellugi, Sergiu Commisiona and Dennis Russell Davies; she has also studied flute with Samuel Baron and voice with Jan DeGaetani. A native New Yorker and Regents Scholar, she holds a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting, a Master of Arts degree in Musicology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Flute and Vocal Performance. Shelby Keith Dixon, Associate Conductor Mr. Dixon is the retired Director of Orchestras and Chairman of Fine Arts at Homestead High School in Mequon, Wisconsin. Before going to the Mequon-Thiensville School District in 1975, he served as Choral Director at


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Deerfield High School, Deerfield, Illinois. For six years, he was Assistant Professor of Music at Alverno College in Milwaukee. There he taught the History and Literature of Music and was Musical Director of Theatre Alverno. Mr. Dixon has extensive background in brasses, keyboard and strings. He has served as Music Director of Milwaukee Players at the Pabst Theatre, conductor with the Sullivan Chamber Ensemble Orchestra, Musical Assistant with Milwaukee’s Music Under the Stars, Assistant Conductor of the Northwestern University Chapel Choir, and Interim Music Director of the Elgin (IL) Youth Symphony Orchestras. He holds both the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in the History and Literature of Music from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. He has taught on the music education faculty of Concordia University-Wisconsin and has served on the boards of directors of the Milwaukee Civic Music Association and Gathering on the Green. The 20122013 season is Mr Dixon’s twenty-ninth as a MYSO conductor.

senior symphony personnel FIRST VIOLINS Holly Spangenberg, Co-Concertmaster Anna Belle Hoots, Co-Concertmaster Samuel Femal, Co-Concertmaster Meghan Murphy, Associate Concertmaster Abigail Schneider Rachel May Fatima Gomez Rebekah Ruetz Sean Oh Katherine Willden Linzheng Shi Leah Plachinski Jenna Greene Samantha Carter Alexanna Quinn Austin Budiono Sebastian Chou Tristan Aniceto Justin Zhu Leah Lee Marie Von Rueden Anna Penkert Liam McCarty Kingshuk Mazumdar Hannah Greene


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Greendale Milwaukee Milwaukee Waukesha Waukesha Cedarburg Brookfield Oak Creek Waukesha Delavan Wauwatosa Sussex Mequon Oak Creek Brookfield Brookfield Milwaukee Waukesha Elm Grove Brookfield Waukesha

Greendale H.S. Trinity Academy University School of Milwaukee home schooled Waukesha North H.S. Cedarburg H.S. Brookfield East H.S. The Prairie School Kettle Moraine H.S. home schooled Milwaukee H.S. of the Arts Marquette University H.S. Homestead H.S. South Milwaukee H.S. Brookfield Academy Brookfield Central H.S. Brookfield Academy Kettle Moraine H.S. Brookfield Academy Brookfield Central H.S. Kettle Moraine H.S.

SECOND VIOLINS Jeffrey Teng, Brookfield Brookfield Central H.S. Co-Principal Rishi Sachdev, Brookfield Brookfield Central H.S. Co-Principal Nils Hjortnaes Menomonee Falls Menomonee Falls H.S. Ariana Van Parys Milwaukee West Allis Central H.S. Mara Bajic Oconomowoc Kettle Moraine M.S. Petra Momcilovic Brookfield home schooled Nathan Wang Brookfield Brookfield Central H.S. Sonora Brusubardis Dousman home schooled Monika Greco Milwaukee Milwaukee Lutheran H.S. Lauren Crandall Oconomowoc Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance Abigail Brooks Cedarburg Calvary Baptist School Archit Baskaran Brookfield Brookfield East H.S. Malina Olsen Waukesha Waukesha North H.S. Sarah Plachinski Oak Creek The Prairie School Ivana Bajic Oconomowoc Kettle Moraine H.S. Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra


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Erica Meier Brookfield Brookfield Central H.S. Allen Hung Glendale Nicolet H.S. Vivian Jiang New Berlin Eisenhower H.S. Sabrina Wang Brookfield Brookfield Central H.S. Cassie Anderson Hartland Arrowhead H.S. Sreedevi Nair Menomonee Falls Brookfield East H.S. Ina Yun Kenosha Bradford H.S. Judith Moy Oconomowoc Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance VIOLAS Timothy Reinholz, Principal Nathaniel Sattler, Assistant Principal Jenna Mark Hannah Thompson Carlos Orozco Carly Schulz Minhi Kang Samuel Soik Katie Voss Francesca Pessarelli Melanie Galeno David Foster Ellen Soyka Natalia Hernandez Rebecca Miller Henry Windau CELLOS Kartik Papatla, Co-Principal Viktor Brusubardis, Co-Principal Matthew Frazier Joshua Baerwald Christian Morzinski Joshua Lukas Ben Boehm Benjamin Bauer Seth Banaszak Charles Phil Gabriela Cardenas Joseph Krmpotich Eric Rokni Christian Anderson Allie Pritzl Ben Karbowski Bayla Jane Waite 6


Homestead H.S.


Sheboygan North H.S.

Brookfield Whitefish Bay Brown Deer Mequon New Berlin Brookfield Greendale Brookfield Milwaukee Elm Grove Mequon Milwaukee Greendale Shorewood

Brookfield Central H.S. Whitefish Bay H.S. Brown Deer H.S. Homestead H.S. Eisenhower H.S. Brookfield Central H.S. Greendale H.S. Brookfield East H.S. Pius XI H.S. Brookfield East H.S. Homestead H.S. Dominican H.S. Greendale H.S. Shorewood H.S.


Homestead H.S.


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Lake Geneva Milwaukee Wauwatosa Brookfield Shorewood Wauwatosa Jackson Franklin Milwaukee Delafield Mequon Hartland Cudahy New Berlin Pewaukee

Badger H.S. Greendale H.S. Wauwatosa West H.S. Brookfield East H.S. Shorewood H.S. Wauwatosa East H.S. Kettle Moraine Lutheran H.S. Franklin H.S. Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S. home schooled Homestead H.S. Arrowhead H.S. Cudahy H.S. Brookfield Central H.S. Arrowhead H.S.

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Pius XI H.S. Milwaukee H.S. of the Arts Nathan Hale H.S. Wauwatosa West H.S. Brookfield Academy Greendale H.S.


Kettle Moraine H.S.

FLUTES and PICCOLOS Kristen Alberty *Danielle Kulpins *Max Lin Kayla Mantey *Sabrina Raber

Germantown Brookfield New Berlin Sussex Whitefish Bay

Germantown H.S. Brookfield Central H.S. Eisenhower H.S. Arrowhead H.S. Whitefish Bay H.S.

OBOES *Lulu Callies *Sarah Friedland Brigette Hall Brittany Yerges *Abigail Zeman

Dousman Fox Point Mequon Muskego Oconomowoc

Kettle Moraine H.S. Whitefish Bay H.S. Homestead H.S. Muskego H.S. Oconomowoc H.S.

CLARINETS Amy Butler Menomonee Falls Menomonee Falls H.S. Sarah Clapp Cedarburg Cedarburg H.S. *Gina Richter Wauwatosa Wauwatosa West H.S. *Kelly Riordan Dousman Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance *Annie Tarmann Nashotah Arrowhead H.S. E-FLAT CLARINET Gina Richter BASSOONS Rosalie Avery *Natalie Galles Austin Holik Courtney Kochanski Anastasia Pjevach CONTRABASSOON Rosalie Avery


Wauwatosa West H.S.

West Allis Oconomowoc Whitewater Milwaukee Hartland

Nathan Hale H.S. Kettle Moraine H.S. Whitewater H.S. Menomonee Falls H.S. Arrowhead H.S.

West Allis

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HORNS Sarah Bubik *Heather Casterline Jessica Cribbs Hannah Dion-Kirschner *Chloe Groth Torrin Hallett Brianna Meyer Madeleine Severance *Katherine Seybold Annika VanRyzin

New Berlin Oconomowoc Menomonee Falls Milwaukee Oconomowoc Oconomowoc Hartland Brookfield Grafton Pewaukee

Pius XI H.S. Oconomowoc H.S. Menomonee Falls H.S. Wauwatosa East H.S. Oconomowoc H.S. Oconomowoc H.S. Arrowhead H.S. Brookfield Central H.S. Grafton H.S. Arrowhead H.S.

TRUMPETS *Zachary Bednarke Thomas Hougard Jordan Smith Rachael Stein *Amanda Wahl

Hartland Delafield Brookfield Franklin New Berlin

Arrowhead H.S. Kettle Moraine H.S. Milwaukee Lutheran H.S. Franklin H.S. Eisenhower H.S.

TROMBONES *Thomas Bagin Rachel Buchanan *Rachel Burczyk Mitchell Rieckhoff Michael Schumacher *Frances Way

Hubertus Dousman Grafton Waukesha Menomonee Falls Oconomowoc

home schooled Kettle Moraine H.S. Grafton H.S. Waukesha West H.S. Menomonee Falls H.S. Oconomowoc H.S.

TUBAS Kenton Cooksey Zachariah Dietenberger

Menomonee Falls Hartford

Menomonee Falls H.S. Hartford Union H.S.

TIMPANI Maddie Wilinski


Wauwatosa East H.S.

PERCUSSION Irene Hougard Evan Sneed Lucas Treptow

Delafield Wales Brookfield

Kettle Moraine H.S. Kettle Moraine H.S. Brookfield Central H.S.



Franklin H.S.

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p r o g r a m n o t e s b y r o g e r r u g g e r i © 2 013 Modest Mussorgsky b. March 21, 1839; Karevo d. March 28, 1881; St. Petersburg “A Night on Bald Mountain,” Fantasy for Orchestra An interesting aspect of late-romanticism was the latter 19th-century’s fascination with witchcraft and the supernatural. Among the most vivid musical examples of those dark fantasies is Mussorgsky’s A Night on Bald Mountain. In the late 1860s, the composer sketched a work for piano and orchestra which he entitled St. John’s Eve. The work was designed to convey a sense of the evil festivities of the Witches’ Sabbath, an annual event allegedly taking place on the Feast of John the Baptist (June 24th) at “Bald Mountain” (Mt. Triglav), near Kiev. Dedicating his score to his colleague Mily Balakirev, Mussorgsky wrote to Rimsky-Korsakov (all part of the group of composers known as the “Russian Five”): “On 23 June, on the eve of St. John’s Day, I finished with God’s help St. John’s Night on Bald Mountain—a musical picture with the following program: (1) assembly of the witches, their chatter and gossip; (2) cortege of Satan; (3) unholy glorification of Satan; and (4) witches’ sabbat. Mussorgsky’s efforts lay dormant until the winter of 1871-72, when he was invited to contribute music to the opera, Mlada. Part of Mussorgsky’s assignment was to create music for a scene in which the Black Goat-God, Tchernobog, officiates at a sacrifice on Bald Mountain. Mussorgsky began to revise his earlier work, but, before he could complete it, the Mlada project was aborted. Although he later tried to incorporate this music into one of his own operas, Mussorgsky never actually completed a score of this, his only full orchestral work. After Mussorgsky’s death, Rimsky-Korsakov completed a regularized version of his friend’s score, thus producing the music that we know today as A Night on Bald Mountain. (Some have suggested that Rimsky’s version could more appropriately be called “Fantasy on Themes from A Night on Bald Mountain.”) Mussorgsky’s program for the work is printed in the score: “Subterranean din of supernatural voices. Appearance of Spirits of Darkness, followed by that of the god Tchernobog. Glorification of the Black God, the Black Mass. Witches’ Sabbath, interrupted at its height by the sounds of the far-off bell of the little church in a village. It disperses the Spirits of Darkness. Daybreak.” Alexander Grigoriyevich Arutiunian b. September 23, 1920; Yerevan, Armenia Trumpet Concerto in A-flat major Continuing the Armenian-Soviet expression of Khatchaturian, Arutiunian emerged as an important force in his region’s music after World War II. Both as a composer and as the director of the Armenian Philharmonic Society (1954-1990), he infused Russian music with the characteristic folk elements of his homeland. From among his many compositions, he is particularly celebrated for his concertos, especially this Trumpet Concerto. Originally planned in 1943 for the composer’s friend, Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra’s Principal Trumpet, Zsolak Vartasarian, this concerto project was shelved when the trumpeter died in World War II. Later completed in 1949-50, Arutiunian’s sixth major composition was first performed by Soviet trumpet player Aykaz Messiayan, who performed it in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall. Cast in a single span, the Trumpet Concerto begins with a dramatic Andante introduction; Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra


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before the soloist presents a melody of Armenian inflection. (Arutiunian asserts that he used no actual folk melodies.) A sprightly dance tune emerges (Allegro energico) and is then contrasted by a romantic melody reminiscent of Borodin. These ideas develop while progressing to a central section in which muted trumpet voices a reflective tango. The sprightly opening materials return, then are treated with syncopated development. The work culminates with a brief, but demanding cadenza, written in 1977 by the Soviet Russian virtuoso Timofei Dokschitzer, who made the first recording of this music. An exhilarating closing section completes the concerto. Dmitri Shostakovich b. September 25, 1906; St. Petersburg d. August 10, 1975; Moscow Symphony No. 5, Opus 47 The composition of the well-known Symphony No. 5 occurred at a crucial time in Shostakovich’s career. Following his graduation from the Leningrad Conservatory, his Symphony No. 1 scored tremendous popular and critical acclaim. Perhaps because of the pressures created by this early success, his subsequent symphonies became progressively more involved, diffuse and intellectual; his Fourth Symphony was withdrawn after a calamitous first had to wait until 1962 for its first performance. A more immediate problem was that Stalin and the Party establishment had turned against him for his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and the ballet The Limpid Stream. In short, Shostakovich had fallen from favor in a society where such a misfortune could literally be fatal. Among the composer’s many attributes was a keen survival instinct. Seizing upon the occasion of the Soviet’s twentieth anniversary of the Revolution, he wrote another symphony for the celebration. It was a swiftly conceived work; he began on the 18th of April 1937, and completed it by July 20th. The work had clean lines, heroic strength and, when it was premiered in Leningrad on November 21, 1937, proved to have enormous audience appeal. Perhaps too, because he had subtitled the work “A Soviet Composer’s Reply to Just Criticism,” the critics outdid themselves with superlatives. Because of the symphony’s apparently rugged optimism and perhaps because the Soviets were joined in the struggle against the Axis forces, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 was widely performed during the dark days of World War II. At the time, Shostakovich said: “The theme of my Symphony is the stabilization of a personality. In the center of this composition—conceived lyrically from beginning to end—I saw a man with his experiences. The finale resolves the tragically tense impulses of the earlier movements into optimism and the joy of living.” According to Volkov’s controversial Testimony, it seems that few of Shostakovich’s earlier statements can merely be taken at face value. Referring to the majority of his symphonies as “tombstones” to friends who died under Stalinist repression, Shostakovich felt that the ironic joy of his symphony was perfectly understood by the audience in Leningrad ...many wept upon hearing the first performance. Still bristling about conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky’s comment that Shostakovich wanted to write an exultant finale for the Fifth, but “couldn’t manage it,” the composer exclaimed: “It never occurred to this man that I never thought about any exultant finales, for what exultation could there be? I think that it is clear to everyone what happens in the Fifth. The rejoicing is forced, created under threat, as in Boris Godunov. It’s as if someone were beating you with a stick and saying, ‘Your business is rejoicing, your business is rejoicing,’ and you rise, shaky, and go marching off, muttering, ‘Our business is rejoicing, our business is rejoicing.’ What kind of apotheosis is that? You have to be a complete oaf not to hear that. Fadeyev [author, 1901-1956] heard it, and he wrote in his diary, for his personal use, that the finale of the Fifth is irreparable tragedy.” 10

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p r i vat e i n s t r u m e n ta l t e ac h e r s Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra appreciates—and greatly benefits from—the high quality training provided by private instrumental teachers in the Milwaukee area. We especially thank the following, who have been identified by current MYSO students as their teachers. (We apologize if any names have been inadvertently omitted or listed incorrectly. Please email us at to correct this.) Violin Frank Almond, Pablo Amaya, Patricia Anders, David Anderson, Ludmilla Anisimov, Yuri Anisimov, Glenn Asch, Laurie Asch, Kate Behring, Jonathan Brodie, Katie Brooks, Penny Bruce, Andrea Buchta, Emily Buckner, Cathy Bush, Roberta Carpenter, Sarah Christie, Julie Cook, Darcy Drexler, Jamie Dringenburg, Mark Eagon, Diane Einerson, Lindsay Erickson, Linda Estep, Celestine Fitzgerald, Colleen Fitzgerald, Pamela Foard, Jerome Franke, Steven Friedenberg, Lisa Fuller, Victoria Gabriel, Alexis Ganos, Samantha George, Maria Gesiorek, Mike Giacobassi, Chia-Chien Goh, Darlene Grahams, Marjorie Greene, Juanita Groff, Sigrid Gulickson, JoAnn Haasler, Denice Haney, Stephan Hearn, Ann LeMar Heide, Erin Hoffman, Kris Hurlebaus, Melissa Jastrow, Kathy Kalfas, Joseph Ketchum, Jeanyi Kim, Timothy Klabunde, Arlene Klavins, Cathy Kolb, David Kotlewski, Sara Kurek, Jonathan Landis, Heather Lewin-Tiarks, Michael Lopez, Jerry Loughney, Nancy Maio, Alexander “Sascha” Mandl, Dinorah Marquez, Mary Pat Michels, Tatiana Migliaccio, Irena Miller, Jon Miller, Doris Nadolny, Lori Nappe, Sr. Anita New, Lyda Osinga, John Patek, Rosemary Poetzel, Lisa Quinn, Elliott Rashed, Beth Rindt, Laura Rooney, Karli Ross, Julie Roubik, Elliott Rushad, Barbara Schaefer, Margot Schwartz, Joseph Seigworth, Ilana Setapen, Laurie Shawger, Karla Siegler, Joseph Siegworth, Pamela Simmons, Loree Simuncak, Sharon Slattery, Rene Smith, Jennifer Startt, Marvin Suson, Brittany Szaj, Kristin Tan, Serena Terra, Carol Waldvogel, Jordan Waraksa, Beth Warne, Juliette Williams, April Witkofski, Stephanie Young and Bernard Zinck. Viola Patricia Anders, Glenn Asch, Laurie Asch, Sarah Christie, Mark Cooley, Janet Dixon, Erin Dupree Jakubowski, Danny Eichenger, Elizabeth Ellenwood, Sarah Fischer, Pamela Foard, David Foster, Maria Gesiorek, JoAnn Haasler, Nathan Hackett, Denice Haney, Keith Hetzel, Amanda Koch, David Kotlewski, Jenny Kozoroz, Jonathan Landis, Heather Lewin-

Tiarks, Dinorah Marquez, Mary Pat Michels, Tatiana Migliaccio, Beth Rees, Beth Rindt, Lewis Rosove, Julie Roubik, Amanda Suckow, Marvin Suson, Kristin Tan, Lauren Tushaus and Beth Warne. Cello Chris Abbott, Barbara Ballin, Rosa Borisova, Penny Bruce, Kathleen Collisson, Scott Cook, Randy Dissmore, Shelby Keith Dixon, Lee Dunn, Mark Eagon, Michael Ferrera, Braden Flanagan-Zitoun, Steven Friedenberg, Courtnay Glidersleeve, Suzanne Hayworth, Katie Hein, Revenna Helson, Kevin Janisch, Sacia Jerome, Stefan Kartman, Heather Lewin-Tiarks, Trischa Loebl, Laura Love, Roberta Mallmann, Janet Marshall, Greg Mathews, Jackie Oakes, Annette Perkins, Lisa Quinn, Cynthia Rennick, Eric Rokni, Christy Shen, Fang- Yi Shen, Jared Snyder, Peter Thomas, Ingrid Titcheva-Haag, Larry Tresp, Xian You, Adrien Zitoun and Nick Zwirlein. Bass John Babbitt, Michael Britz, Gary Christensen, Scott Kreger, Katy McGinn, Matt Miller, Jim Paolo, Rosemary Poetzel, Dan Rindt, Laura Snyder, Jason Spottek, Scott St. Paul, Kirk Tatnall and Larry Tresp. Harp Geraldine Elliott, Danis Kelly and Anne Labotzky. Flute and Piccolo Rick Aaron, Carolyn Atwell, Rosemary Bennett, Judy Cappleman, Lesley CongerHatch, Maddy & Brittney Crum, Jeani Foster, Aaron Gardner, Jason Gillette, Shanna Gutierrez, Amy Hartman, Lesley Hatch, Jennifer Howell, Sherry Jenkel, Linda Nielsen Korducki, Kathy Lorenz, Lauren McCray, Carol Meves, Deborah Musante, Judith Ormond, Amanda Patterson, Maggie Rebers, Shawn Rochon, Marie Sander, Elaine Schmidt, Andrea Snavely, Sarah Stein, Linnae Steward, Amy Taylor, Jennifer Taylor, Kathryn Thorson, Lynn Walford, Katie Warrichaiet, Caylee Wells and Eunyoung Yoo. Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra


p r i vat e i n s t r u m e n ta l t e ac h e r s Clarinet Mary Burczyk, Tim Dodge, Tammy Enevold, Jane Forester, Bill Helmers, Laura Hilt, Kyle Knox, Todd Levy, Orlando Pimentel, Dan Roberdeau, Amanda Ruppenthal Stein, Jill Streator, Lindsay Richter Tryba and Val Wisniewski.

Guggenhagen, Mike Hernke, Randy Kuehn, Jeff Kuliga, Bob Lalko, Matt Liban, Luis Lopez, Chris Mell, Shane Mooney, Bony Plog-Benavides, Ms. Rothstein, Tim Rush, Ryan Schiedermeyer, Jeno Somlai, Scott St. John, Earl Tardiff, Seth Walten-Crow, Tobie Wilkinson and Stacy Zweirlein.

Oboe and English Horn JoAnna Belott, Margaret Butler, Suzanne Geoffrey, Lori Gnabasik, Karli Larsen, Rita Mitchell, Mary Rees, Anna Roberts and Doreen Wunsch.

Guitar Jim Barr, Joey Carini, Andy Czarnecki, Neil Davis, Sara D’Ipolito, Greg Holmes, Ben Janlow, Lorikaye Kristiansen, Tracey McGinnis, Brian McLaughlin, Scott Merkel, Matt Miller, Terry Peterson, Jean Pippitt, Don Szymznski, Earl Tardiff, Seth Warren-Crow, and Gary Williams.

Bassoon Aaron Apaza, Josh Fleming, Beth Giacobassi, Kathy Hibler, Andrew Jackson, Neil Mahnke, Jacob Polancich and Carol Rosing. Saxophone Nick Carlson, James Crowley, Erin Edington, Tammy Enevold, David Erato, Aaron Gardner, Curt Hanrahan, Mike Miller, Peter Nuemer, John Rash, Lauren Sperry, Cherie Stein, Sumanth Swaminathan and Jennifer Wynmore. Horn Sonja Anderson, Trevor Casterline, Nancy Cline, Kristi Crago, Connie Fellows, Carla Gannon, Danice Hagie, Wes Hatch, Dietrich Hemann, Kathryn Krubsack, Cheryl Miracle, Patricia Neuberger, Chris Nowak, Liz Olson, Allison Schweitzer, Karen Suarez-Flint and Tim Trotier. Trumpet Patricia Backhaus, Jamie Breiwick, Thomas Dvorak, Dale Elenich, Kevin Hartman, Eric Jacobson, Jenny Kremel, Kathryn Krubsack, Maggie Master, Mark Niehaus, Chris Nowak, David Reul, Don Sipe, Eric Sperry and Cherie Stein. Low brass—Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba Jonathan Belott, Bill Berlyn, Martin Haack, Randy Hake, Mark Hoelscher, Griffin James, Megumi Kanda, Jason Ladd, Eric Larsen, Randall Ruback, Drew Rutz, Kyle Samuelson and David Spies. Timpani, Percussion and Drums Dave Bayles, Dan Brodrick, Emily Buckner, Randy Cuene, Sara D’Ipolito, Matt 12

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Piano and Keyboard Connie Allen, Steve Ayers, Kristine Becker, Twila Bergeron, Matt Bergey, Kendra Betz, Christine Bjorklund, Bella Botshtein, Ken Bruce, Melissa Burzcyk, Jennette Cable, Michael Campbell, Janet Christopoulos, Marlene Cook, Nancy Cywinski, Dan Dance, Shanti Daya, Denise Dimmer, Ellen Dixon, Teresa Drews, Mary Duffy, Linda Dugan, Cindy Duszynski, Sam Ecoff, Paula Elsen, Suzanne Fauser, Elaine Fernando, Glenda Fikkert, Karen Flint, Denise Freitas, Melanie Fries, Martha Galvin, Josefina Gardinier, Kathy Gates, Sue Gedemer, Mark Gould, Helen Gyuro, Linda Halverson, Abbey Harkins, Andrea Harris, Judith Hiese, Marian Holming, Kathy Indie, Stefanie Jacob, Michele Jacobi, Kadie Johnson, Diane Kachelmeier, Mary Kluirch, Jennifer Komasa, Margarita Kontorovskaya, Randy Kuehn, Christina Kuenzi, Elaine Lehman, Suzanne Lent, Jennifer Marvin, Andrea Matthias, Julie Maurer, Joan McCallum, Nancy Meunier, Deborah Miller, Karen Minson, Ruth Mixdorf, Amedeo Monacelli, Karl Mussmann, Kate Neils, Aeron Ogden, Elena Petrova, Wendy Prostek, Bonnie Rapkin, Rebecca Rehorst, William Scarlet, Jeff Schilke, Rita Shur, Eric Skogg, Tatyana Smith, Fran Steeno, Kate Stocks, Laura Swenson, Fred Tesch, Michael Thiele, Tammy Thurman, Stas Venglevski, Olga Volodarskaya, Vickie Wagner, Christina Wolf and Yvonne Wolf.

m u s i c d i r e c to r s a n d e d u c ato r s Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the support and cooperation of school music directors and music educators throughout the greater Milwaukee area. This year’s MYSO members, who are expected to participate in their school’s instrumental music program, have reported that they are fortunate to work with the following school music directors (and others whose names may have been inadvertently omitted). Without the efforts of these dedicated individuals, MYSO simply could not exist. Daniel Ackley, Kevin Allen, Beth Alvarez, Pablo Amaya, Ray Ames, Susan Anderegg, Cara Anderson, Doug Arendt, Laurie Asch, Megan Aswegan, Katharine Ayers, Patricia Badger, Brian Balfany, Jim Barnes, Jennifer Bayerl, Joe Becker, Jamie Beckman, Sara Bergman, Dale Bigus, Corinn Bonkalski, Kathryn Borghesani, Helen Breitenbach, Jamie Breiwick, Jonathan Brodie, Michelle Brody, Jacob Brumbaugh, Andrea Buchta, Greg Bunge, Mary Burczyk, Karen Cambell, Roxanne Carloni, David Carlton, Ken Carson, Churchill Caruthers, Nick Castanguay, Therese Catania, Avis Chmielewski, Jennifer Climer, Tim Cobb, Vicki Colburn, Jacquie Crema, Kathy Cuene, Brett Dimmer, Dan Duffy, Jeff Durr, Alan Dust, Mark Eagon, Marlene Ego, Kelsey Eisenmann, Elizabeth Ellenwood, Liz Elliott, John Emanuelson, BJ Engrav, Kevin Erickson, Amanda Ericson, Kirsten Ertl, Connie Fellows, Greg Flatley, Jane Foerster, Jon Fox, Matt Friedli, Karen Frink, Elizabeth Fritsch, Amy Fuchs, Alexis Ganos, Sharie Garcia, Mary Beth Garrett, Jeff Genovese, Maria Gesiorek, Jeff Gilchrist, Courtnay Gildersleeve, Jason Gillette, Loni Gornick, Mark Grauer, Guy Gregg, Kurt Gros, Thomas Gundrum, Andrew Hacker, Denice Haney, Ijoister Harris, Curt Hart, Lauren Rosnowski Hayden, Michael Hayden, Jim Hebbe, Fred Heim, Justine Heinrichs, Julie Hockridge, Jamin Hoffman, Sarah Holst, Melissa Honigman, Mark Horwitz, Amy Hufnal, T.J. Hull, Timothy Hummel, Robert Ignaszak, Nick Johnson, Steven Johnson, Andrew Joseph, Guy Kammerer, Jeffrey Kitzman, Cathy Kolb,

Cynthia Kostick, Pauline Koszuta, Kari Kraenzler, Susan Krechel, Michael Krofta, Linda Lak, Byron Lampkins, Pete Lange, Jennifer Lato, Benjamin Leon, Kathy Lorenz, Kevin Loughney, Scott Malcom, Evan Marlowe, Dinorah Marquez, Michael McDowell, Tracey McGinnis, Alexander Medina, Kathleen Melius, Mary Pat Michels, David Miles, Cheryl Miracle, Kate Mitchell, Matthew Mueller, Adam Murphy, JoAnn Nelson, David Neubauer, Julie Nolan, Chris Nowak, Susan Ohm, Kris Olderman, Justin Olson, Lyda Osinga, Anna Overmiller, Scott Paukner, Tony Perez, Jonathan Petersen, Lynn Phelps, Scott Plank, Jacob Polancich, Fred Polansky, Amanda Pound, John Price, Abigale Pulvermacher, Greg Redner, Brandy Reed, Tom Reifenberg, Travis Robinson, Tim Roets, Phil Rothschadl, Katherine Rottier, Randy Ruback, Michael Saindon, Martin Shadd, Mike Saindon, Kelly Schultz, Barbara Sem, Dain Shuler, Loree Simuncak, Dawn Sisley, Randy Skowronski, Abbe Somerhalder, John Sorensen, Todd Spindler, Thomas Spitz, Dana Staaden, Karen Steen, Rebecca Steinberg, Haley Stozek, Jeff Sturgeon, Amanda Suckow, Kristen Tan, Elizabeth Tercek, Sal Terrasi, David Topolovec, Michael Travia, Lauren Tushaus, Allison Umhoefer, Rebecca Van Treek, David Vandermeus, Daniel VanGelderen, Ligia Vascan, Clayton Wachholz, Toni Wagner, Josh Werner, Kristi Wicihowski, David Wiebers, Matthew Wolf, Lynne Wyemore, Adam York, Anne Zabel, Ben Zabor, Lauren Zemlicka, Michael Zens, Zachary Zieglar and Stacey Zwirlein.

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m i lwau k e e yo u t h s y m p h o n y o r c h e s t r a Celebrating 57 years of excellence, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) has been instrumental in changing the lives of young people since 1956 when it began as a single orchestra of 30 musicians. Since its early beginnings it has grown to become, by several measures, the largest and most extensive youth orchestra program in the country. Serving more than 900 talented young musicians from as many as 14 counties in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, this award-winning program offers the highest level of training in ensemble musicianship to motivated young people from diverse backgrounds. Students with varied levels of instrumental skills benefit from the broad range of MYSO experiences, all created to foster talent, build character and enhance lives by nurturing an enduring love of music. In 2005, MYSO moved into the acclaimed Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (MYAC), a collaborative initiative of MYSO and First Stage. Home, also, to dance and vocal music training programs, this 56,000 sq. ft. state of the art facility in Milwaukee’s historic Schlitz Park is quickly becoming a national model for arts education, with a mission of using the arts to enhance all children’s lives. Several innovative MYSO offerings, prompted and made possible by the move, have received notable awards and recognition—locally, regionally and nationally. Particular recognition has come to MYSO for its ambitious efforts in outreach and community partnerships. Building on the rich past of its first half-century, MYSO combines many respected, established programs with exciting new ventures. Founded with assistance from the Junior League and Rotary Club of Milwaukee, MYSO has expanded its offerings to include: Senior Symphony—MYSO’s flagship ensemble, a full symphony orchestra made up of very advanced players, generally in the upper grades of high school. It has long been recognized as one of the nation’s top youth music ensembles, hailed for artistic excellence both nationally and internationally. Philharmonia—a full symphony orchestra which provides musicians with experience in preparing a great variety of shorter works from the romantic to postmodern periods; comprised generally of younger high school musicians. Chamber Orchestra—a subset of the Senior Symphony, this very advanced group is organized to play standard chamber orchestra repertoire—music not generally played by the large symphony orchestras. Sinfonia/Junior Symphony Orchestra—a large, intermediate-level string orchestra whose members are generally in middle school and early high school. In the spring, selected wind players from the Junior Wind Ensemble augment this group to form the Junior Symphony Orchestra, playing full orchestra literature. Junior Wind Ensemble—an intermediate-level wind ensemble comprised of woodwind, brass and percussion players in grades 6-9. String Orchestra—a string training program, which rehearses as four smaller groups at regional sites around the area (Central, North, South and West). These groups combine to perform as two large string orchestras. Prelude Orchestra—a small training program, which introduces the concepts of orchestral string playing in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere tailored to elementary students. Chamber Flute Ensemble—an advanced, multi-part flute choir that works on cutting edge, advanced flute ensemble repertoire and more sophisticated arrangements of orchestral repertoire. 16

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Flute Chorale—a multi-part flute choir that plays standard flute ensemble repertoire and arrangements of orchestral repertoire. Members are generally in middle school or early high school. Progressions—an intensive, introductory string training program consisting of lessons and orchestra experience; directed toward City of Milwaukee populations which have previously been under-represented in MYSO. Jazz Studies—a constellation of classes and small combo opportunities for middle and high school students, with a special focus on City of Milwaukee students. Calypso—a steel band in the Trinidadian tradition, originally formed in partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools. MYSO Strings Initiative in Waukesha—a beginning string instrument training program working with the urban Latino population in Waukesha. Students range from 8 to 18, with membership in most groups based on auditions. MYSO’s extensive schedule of rehearsals, performances, outreach initiatives and enrichment opportunities also includes: a large chamber music program, music theory and composition classes, “side-by-side” rehearsals which match less experienced players with those who are more advanced, free master classes, workshops, competitions, recitals, recording sessions, periodic international touring and much more. MYSO has partnered with numerous other organizations to better serve both students and community. Examples of these collaborations, in addition to the facility initiative with First Stage, include a well-established partnership with the Latino Arts Strings Program at the United Community Center, side-by-side reading workshops with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, an annual concert with the Milwaukee Children’s Choir, the John Downey Creation Project, a “new music” composition initiative with Present Music, a talent development partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs, ongoing programs in cooperation with Milwaukee Public Schools and periodic artistic initiatives with such groups as Danceworks, Master Singers and Milwaukee Choristers, Milwaukee Ballet and others. MYSO’s talented music faculty members blend creativity and pedagogical expertise with their great breadth of musical knowledge. They come from all corners of the musical world and include UW-Milwaukee faculty, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra players, seasoned and recognized school educators and other noted area musicians. MYSO’s experienced, capable administrative staff has doubled the organization’s enrollment over the past fifteen years while successfully completing the fundraising for—and building of—MYAC, a major new community facility. The entire MYSO family is united in its dedication not only to training future performers and music educators but especially to instilling in many thousands of young people a much deeper appreciation of the arts—fine music in particular. While participation in most ensembles is tuition-based, MYSO has a longstanding commitment to making its programs available to all qualified musicians; scholarship assistance is available upon application, and no student shall be denied an opportunity to participate because of financial need. A major community initiative to raise $2 million in scholarship funds (“Fran’s Fund”) is nearing completion. MYSO has been a member of the United Performing Arts Fund since UPAF’s founding in 1969. MYSO exists—and thrives—thanks to UPAF and to the thousands of other generous donors who support its programs!

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UPCOMING MYSO EVENTS Friday, January 25, 2013 Jazz Heritage Festival—9 AM-4:30 PM, Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 West Walnut St., Milwaukee. Join MYSO as it showcases the rich jazz history of its neighborhood— Bronzeville. Hear live jazz combo performances by the very talented young musicians in MYSO’s Jazz Studies program as well as clinics by professional jazz musicians; sample food from local vendors, check out exhibitors from in and around the Historic King Drive Business District. The Eastside Jazzfest will follow. Thursday, February 7, 2013 Winter Concert Series—Progressions Winter Concert—5:30 PM, Youth Arts Hall, MYAC. The students of the Progressions program, a high-impact string training program for early elementary students from City of Milwaukee schools, will present a FREE performance. Sunday, February 10, 2013 Winter Concert Series—Winter Concert I—2 PM, Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St. Third in a series of seven winter concerts, this performance will feature String Orchestras North and Central, the Junior Wind Ensemble, made up of advanced young wind playersm, the Percussion Ensemble and full symphony orchestra, Philharmonia. Saturday, February 16, 2013 Winter Concert Series—Calypso and Jazz Concert—3 PM, MYAC. Performance features selected MYSO Jazz Combos, including the Bronzeville Jazz Ensemble and Latin Son plus MYSO’s Calypso steel band. Friday, February 22, 2013 Winter Concert Series—Winter Concert II–7 PM, Youth Arts Hall, MYAC. Fifth in a series of seven winter concerts, this concert will feature MYSO’s two flute ensembles, the intermediate-level Flute Chorale and advanced Chamber Flute Ensemble and Prelude orchestra. Saturday, February 23, 2013 Winter Concert Series—Winter Concert III—7:30 PM, Shattuck Auditorium, Carroll University, 218 East Ave., Waukesha. Sixth in a series of seven winter concerts, this performance will feature String Orchestras West and South and the Chamber Orchestra, comprised of many of the most musically advanced student musicians in MYSO. Sunday, February 24, 2013 Winter Concert Series—Winter Concert IV—3 PM, Shattuck Auditorium, Carroll University, 218 East Ave., Waukesha. Last in a series of seven winter concerts, MYSO features its Sinfonia string orchestra, and an encore performance by the Chamber Orchestra. March 10, 2013 Milwaukee Youth Music Celebration—2 PM, St. Robert Church, Shorewood. This concert will feature a collaboration of MYSO’s Senior Symphony and Milwaukee Children’s Choir with additional guest choirs. Don’t miss this gathering of the Milwaukee area’s finest young musicians performing some of the world’s greatest choral and orchestral repertoire. 18

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Sunday, March 24, 2013 Davidson Chamber Ensemble Recitals—1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM, 7 PM, MYAC. MYSO presents the fruits of its extensive Chamber Ensemble Program, which exists thanks to the generosity and vision of the late Arthur and Francesca “Peter” Davidson. Wednesday, April 24 - Sunday, April 28, 2013 2013-2014 Season Auditions—MYAC.   Sunday, April 28, 2013 Honor Recital—2 PM, MYAC. Some of the crème de la crème of southeastern Wisconsin’s youth music scene take the stage. This recital will feature solo performances by the runner-up and honorable mentions from MYSO’s 2013 Senior Symphony Concerto Competition plus several advanced ensembles.   Sunday, May 5, 2013 SPRING CONCERT SERIES—Spring Concert I—6 PM, Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St. MYSO presents its first in a series of five spring concerts with performances by the Brass Choir, Junior Symphony Orchestra (MYSO’s Sinfonia orchestra plus selected Junior Wind Ensemble members), Junior Wind Ensemble and the Senior Symphony. The Flute Chorale and Prelude orchestra will perform a preconcert performance in the Anello Atrium.   Saturday, May 11, 2013 SPRING CONCERT SERIES—Calypso and Jazz Finale—12-5 PM, MYAC. Performance features all MYSO Jazz Combos, including the Bronzeville Jazz Ensemble and Latin Son plus MYSO’s Calypso steel band.   Saturday, May 18, 2013 SPRING CONCERT SERIES—Spring Concert II—6 PM, Shattuck Auditorium at Carroll University, 218 East Ave., Waukesha. Third in a series of five spring concerts, this performance features MYSO’s Chamber Flute Ensemble, String Orchestras West and South and the highly acclaimed Chamber Orchestra.   Sunday, May 19, 2013 SPRING CONCERT SERIES—Spring Concert III—3 PM, Shattuck Auditorium at Carroll University, 218 East Ave., Waukesha. The final performance in a series of five spring concerts will feature MYSO’s Percussion Ensemble, String Orchestras North and Central and full symphony orchestra, Philharmonia.   Thursday, May 30, 2013 SPRING CONCERT SERIES—Progressions Spring Honors Concert—5:30 PM, Youth Arts Hall, MYAC. The students of the Progressions Program present their final performance of the 2012-2013 season. This is a FREE event. Visit for more information.

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March 1-9 414-963-3928

A high-spirited young woman leaves religious life to be governess for the seven children of a stern, widowed naval Captain. It’s a beloved musical classic for all ages.

BEAST ON THE MOON In Tandem Theatre Set in Milwaukee, circa 1921, this award-winning play follows two survivors of the Armenian holocaust.

RING OF FIRE: THE SONGS OF JOHNNY CASH Milwaukee Repertory Theater

March 1-24 Tenth Street Theatre 414-271-1371

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His classic hits, including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune, are performed by a multi-talented cast.


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BLOOD WEDDING UWM Peck School of the Arts This 20th century masterpiece, based on a true story, tells of a vendetta and a bride who runs away with the son of an enemy family.

ORQUESTA TUMBAO Wisconsin Conservatory of Music The Conservatory’s newest resident ensemble made up of Latin Jazz performers and members of some of the hottest bands in Milwaukee.

GUYS AND DOLLS Cudahy High School

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In the 1940s, a group of small-time gamblers and the ladies in their lives hustle in New York City. This classic musical boasts an unforgettable score by Frank Loesser.

OKLAHOMA! Waukesha Civic Theatre Featuring enduring favorites like “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “I Cain’t Say No,” “Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” and, of course, the title song.


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Celebrate your Irish spirit with dinner and a show featuring Frogwater, playing Celtic, bluegrass, country, pop and more.

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This show features all the charm of the original with show-stopping songs like “Never Never Land,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “I’m Flying.”

ENGLISH ELEGANCE Wisconsin Philharmonic Enjoy British masterpieces for strings with Vale Rideout, tenor, and Matthew Bronstein, horn, in the acoustically perfect grandeur of St. Luke’s Church.

KEVIN KOSTICK-THE LIVING ROOM EPISODES First Congregational Church, Wauwatosa Standards on piano in the improvisatory manner that would be heard in Kevin’s living room: intimate and informal.

MILWAUKEE YOUTH MUSIC CELEBRATION Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Milwaukee Children’s Choir and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra join forces to perform some of the world’s greatest music.

RACHMANINOFF’S ALL-NIGHT VIGIL Bel Canto Chorus and Bel Canto Boy Choirs Concert in honor of Maestro Hynson’s 25th anniversary as Music Director, and the world premiere of a commissioned work by Alexander Levine.

A RAISIN IN THE SUN Milwaukee Repertory Theater The Younger family struggles for dignity and a better life in pre-Civil Rights era Chicago. When they try to move beyond their oppressive tenement home, a backlash erupts.

March 10 St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Waukesha 262-547-1858

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March 14 414-766-5049

Celebrate the genius of Ray Charles and the 50th Anniversary of Charles’ influential recording, “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music.”

LUSCIOUS Wildspace Dance Company Wild Space and guest artists will weave together luscious layers of nature, music, prose, and humor in the intimate theater setting of the Stiemke Studio. Photo: Matt Schwenke.

T’IS Oconomowoc Arts Center Join us for an evening of great Irish music! This lively group’s repertoire features everything from traditional, contemporary, folk ,and audience favorites.


March 14-16 Milwaukee Rep’s Steimke Studio 108 E. Wells Street 414-224-9490

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Emmy and Golden Globe winner Ed Anser portrays President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as he reflects on his years in office, from inauguration to the trials of World War II.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH Waukesha Choral Union

March 17

For nearly 30 years, WCU’s “Messiah” has welcomed community members to participate, culminating in a grand performance with orchestra and soloists.

NOT AN IRISH CONCERT Festival City Symphony Beethoven’s “Leonore Overture No. 3” and “Symphony No. 8;” Milwaukee pianist Jeannie Yu will perform Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.”


Shattuck Music Center Carroll University Free, tickets required.


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March 17 Bader Recital Hall 414-276-5760

Featured works by Rossini, Beethoven and others with instruments from violin, viola, and cello, to bass, guitar, and harp


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Showtimes, links to buy tickets, and nearby restaurants for every show. Plan your entire night on FOOTLIGHTS.COM THE WONDER OF STEVIE: WE SIX JAZZ SEXTET Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

March 21 Bader Recital Hall 414-276-5760

Join We Six as they deliver full-blown instrumental jazz renditions of the great songs of this legendary, popular composer.

RHONDA VINCENT AND THE RAGE Wisconsin Lutheran College Rhonda Vincent, who was named “The Queen of Bluegrass” by The Wall Street Journal, is the most awarded bluegrass artist in America.

GRACE Next Act Theatre

March 22 Schwan Concert Hall 414-443-8802

April 4-28 414-278-0765

A darkly funny, sometimes serious, and definitely provocative play about where we choose to place our faith.

TAP-THE SHOW Wisconsin Lutheran College It’s a powerhouse production fueled by a nonstop explosion of rhythmic energy wrapped in dazzling costumes and backed by a soaring orchestral score.

THE ROAD TO MECCA Renaissance Theaterworks One of Athol Fugard’s most lyrical plays, the play is based on the life and work of Helen Martins, South Africa’s foremost Outsider Artist.

TOMATO DODGEBALL Cedarburg Cultural Center

April 5 Schwan Concert Hall 414-443-8802

April 5-28 Broadway Theatre Centre Studio Theatre 414-291-7800

April 6 262-375-3676

A McMann & Tate Productions Adult Improv Comedy and FUNdraiser benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation


April 8 Bader Recital Hall 414-276-5760

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in f minor, Op. 95 “Serioso;” Arvo Pärt: Summa for String Quartet; Schubert: Cello Quintet in C major, D. 956

JEEVES IN BLOOM Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Lovable, loopy Bertie Wooster always manages to get into socially precarious situations and thank heaven Jeeves is there to save the day!

April 11-28 Broadway Theatre Center Cabot Theatre 414-291-7800

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April 12 Schwan Concert Hall 414-443-8802

It’s a journey into the ‘80s with iconic images flashing on a giant screen and the incredible timeless hits of Billy Joel and Elton John as the soundtrack.


April 12-21 414-290-8151

College homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn’t take “no” for an answer and heads to Harvard Law School in this award-winning Broadway sensation.

THE GRAND FINALE: MCA AND SPECIAL GUEST COMPOSER OLA GJEILO Milwaukee Choral Artists World premiere of major commissioned work for women’s vocal ensemble, string quartet, and improvisational piano accompaniment.

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church Wauwatosa 414-376-5878

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April 15-16

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Joaquín Turina: Círculo, Op. 91; Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1; Felix Mendelssohn: Trio in C Minor, Op. 66

CHAMBER MUSIC MILWAUKEE UWM Peck School of the Arts Concert featuring Peck School of the Arts Music faculty.

URINETOWN Marquette University Winner of three 2002 Tony Awards.® The men and women of Urinetown come together to defend their right to answer nature’s call.

BEE-LUTHER-HATCHEE Wisconsin Lutheran College When a young editor, Shelita Burns, publishes the autobiography of a reclusive, 72-year-old Southern black woman, surprises, confrontations, and knowledge follows.


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Showtimes, links to buy tickets, and nearby restaurants for every show. Plan your entire night on FOOTLIGHTS.COM LITTLE WOMEN, THE MUSICAL Cardinal Stritch University This musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel tells the tale of the indomitable March sisters of Concord, Mass. in a time of great social upheaval.

METROPOLIS OBOE QUARTET First Congregational Church, Wauwatosa Metropolis performs major oboe quartet repertoire, lesser-known works by composers of all periods, and familiar melodies in their own arrangements.

RUINED – MILWAUKEE PREMIERE UWM Peck School of the Arts Set in a small mining town in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the play follows Mama Nadi and the patrons of her bar in a land torn apart by civil war.

BARLEY JACKS Oconomowoc Arts Center

April 19-28 Nancy Kendall Theatre 414-410-4171

April 21 Free, donations accepted 414-258-7375

April 24-28 Mainstage Theatre 414-229-4308

April 26 262-560-3172

The Barley Jacks sing original vocals and play jaw–dropping instrumentals in a spirit of excitement and fun.

FRANK FERRANTE IN AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center

April 26 414-766-5049

Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian, Groucho Marx.


April 26-May 4 414-351-8174

One of the great plays of the theatre, this Oscar Wilde classic has been delighting audiences since it premiered in 1895.


April 26-May 11

Winner of eight Tony Awards® including Best Musical, “Spring Awakening” celebrates the poignant, unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood.

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Wartburg Auditorium 262-551-6661

April 26-May 19

An audience favorite from more than fifty plays and musicals over In Tandem’s 15-year history written by well-known film actor, Jeff Daniels.

Tenth Street Theatre 414-271-1371

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“Beast on the Moon” Footnotes

The emotionally powerful “Beast on the Moon,” written by Wisconsin playwright Richard Kalinoski, has been translated into 12 languages, produced in 17 countries around the world, and showered with awards. Set in Milwaukee in 1921, the play follows two survivors of the 1915 Armenian holocaust whose marriage is haunted by the psychological scars of their experiences. The husband, Aram, relocates to the United States after losing his entire family. He sends for a mail order bride to rebuild the family he has lost. Seta, a 15-year-old orphan, arrives full of hope and love for her new husband. When they discover she is barren, Aram retreats and it is up to Seta to teach her husband the difference between living fully and merely surviving. Mary MacDonald Kerr will direct, coming full circle since 1995 when she made her Milwaukee acting debut as Seta in the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre production of “Beast on the Moon.” Since that auspicious introduction to Milwaukee audiences, Mary has built a successful career as a theatre artist in Milwaukee for over 18 years, acting and directing at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Next Act Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare, and First Stage. Grace DeWolff and Michael Cotey (founder of Youngblood Theatre) will play the young couple. Robert Spencer plays Older and Younger Vincent, an

Mary MacDonald Kerr as Seta in the 1995 Milwaukee Chamber Theatre production orphan whom Seta befriends and who narrates the story. In a 2010 article titled “Female directors take their place in Milwaukee theater” by Damien Jaques for, Kerr discussed the contrasting rewards of acting and directing. “I find the satisfaction in acting to be more on a physical level, literally feeling the events of the story, the joy and the pain -- riding the rollercoaster. The shared experience with the audience is quite wonderful -bringing them with you on the rollercoaster for the first time. “The satisfaction of directing is more intellectual, figuring out the puzzle, building the piece, unlocking the doors with the actors.” Cont’d on page 30

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Kerr’s intimate knowledge of “Beast on the Moon” will undoubtedly give her the keys to “unlocking the doors” for the actors taking on these emotionally demanding roles and make her an empathetic director of this award-winning play. In Tandem Theatre presents “Beast on the Moon” March 1-24 at the Tenth Street Theatre located in the lower level of the “big red church” (Calvary Church) at the corner of 10th and Wisconsin Avenues. 

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