“I feel like it really features the best parts of my playing. There are so many great things the bassoon can do, and the concerto really captures those," said Principal Bassoon Catherine Van Handel of David Ludwig's bassoon concerto.
To connect audiences with current water projects in our community, the symphony is partnering with the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences and with WaterMarks, a Milwaukee initiative that links water use with the community and the arts. At many of the concerts over the three-week span, the two organizations will have tables and exhibits in the lobby space to show their water-related work to concertgoers.
Rhythmic water is “very different from drumming,” Christopher Lamb said by phone recently. “It’s just colors and sounds. It’s a whole different challenge for the performer.” But percussionists are used to challenges, such as cranking wind machines, playing slide whistles, or pounding five-gallon buckets – all part of the day’s work in contemporary music.
“It’s everything but academic," music director Ken-David Masur said of Brahms's Academic Festival Overture. “We think of Brahms as this bearded old slow man, but he had an extraordinary sense of wit and humor.” Read more about how Masur brought the humor back to the Academic Festival Overture.
“Oh my God, classical music is so awesome.” Hear from bass trombone John Thevenet about how he found his way to the bass trombone and to the MSO.