Classical Music & dance
Artifacts September 14-16 · Goat Palace, Riverwest Creative Arts District Debra Loewen opens Wild Space Dance Company’s 31st season with "Artifacts," a collaboration with visual artists to create six “living dioramas” of Milwaukee neighbor- hoods. The performance takes place at the Goat Palace, a Riverwest community center.
Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony September 15-17 · Marcus Center Following the departure of Edo de Waart, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra begins its 2017-18 season without a music director. Fortunately, accomplished guest conductor Cristian Mâcelaru deftly leads a Beethoven symphony, and – later – the "Moby Dick Suite," a substantial work by Jake Heggie, based on his 2010 opera.
Present Music September 29 · Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design Guest conductor David Bloom joins the group to perform "Stay On It," an ebullient 1973 piece by composer Julius Eastman. Singer Lucy Dhegrae also joins the group for a performance of Christopher Trapani’s "Waterlines," which evokes the tragic 1927 flood of the lower Mississippi River.
Fine Arts Quartet October 8 · Zelazo Center The quartet begins its 55th and final season as UW-Milwaukee's resident ensemble with a trio of crowd pleasers by Beet- hoven, Haydn and Samuel Barber.
The Merry Widow October 20 and 22 · Marcus Center Milwaukee has seen soprano Alyson Cambridge as Madame Butterfly and La Bohème’s Mimi. This season, she returns to the Florentine Opera as the irrepressible Hanna in Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow.
Serenade and Swan Songs October 23 · Schwan Concert Hall The Philomusica String Quartet, resident at Wisconsin Lutheran College, kicks off its 10th season with music by Haydn and Mendelssohn, as well as Gabriel Fauré’s "String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 121."
La Bohème November 2-5 · Marcus Center The Milwaukee Ballet Company starts its season with Artistic Director Michael Pink’s wordless interpretation of Puccini’s La Bohème set to live music played by an inhouse orchestra. The company premiered Pink’s version of the iconic opera in 2012.
Danceworks Performance Company November 11-12, 16-18 · Danceworks Studio The ever-playful dance troupe showcases its sense of humor in "Mad Li(m)bs," a concert featuring improvised movement and wordplay, courtesy of company members and special guests – comedians Jason Powell and Andrea Moser.
Prometheus Trio December 4 and 5 · Wisconsin Conservatory of Music MSO clarinetist Benjamin Adler joins the trio – now in its 17th season – to perform 20th-century composer and organist Olivier Messiaen’s haunting "Quartet for the End of Time." The trio opens the concert with the music of Beethoven.
Alternating Currents Live December 10 · Woodland Pattern Book Center Some call it jazz, some call it classical. Whatever the genre, Nicole Mitchell is one of the world’s premiere contemporary flutists. She brings her quartet to Woodland Pattern for one of the year's must-see concerts.
Ballet's Barry Molina
The Merry Widow