From November 2014

WindSync Simple Gifts: A Holiday Sampler

We are proud to present the creative and energetic wind ensemble, WindSync, performing Simple Gifts: A Holiday Sampler, on Thursday, December 11th at 7:30 p.m.

Hailing from Houston, Texas, the legendary quintet is internationally recognized for their unique performances that are unlike any other. WindSync dresses up in costumes, organizes choreography to go with their tunes, and does not use sheet music. They perform strictly from memory. The ensemble loves to perform in many different settings, from concert halls to local schools. They give back to the community by offering innovative and interactive educational programs with hour long sessions during classes. WindSync is the recipient of the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize and was proclaimed the 2012 Victor Elmaleh Concert Artists Guild Competition winner.

The performance will feature works such as Copland: Simple Gifts, Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes, Resphigi: Three Botticelli Pictures, Valerie Coleman: Umoja, Three Folk Song Settings for Wind Quintet, Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker and Twas the Night Before Christmas (including popular melodies: Little Dummer Boy; The Christmas Song, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Sleigh Ride) with arrangements by WindSync. Read more

A Cappella “Festival” January 17

Landaas & Company Investments, Rotary Club of Mitchell Field and South Milwaukee Music invite you to participate in the “A Cappella with Six Appeal” one-day festival featuring workshops for high school students followed by an evening concert. Students will learn about arranging, vocal percussion, and visual presentation with Six Appeal Vocal Band, an award-winning, professional, touring vocal band. The first few groups to register will get a spot on stage for the evening concert and everyone will be welcome to join the mass choir song. Read more

Br(OK)en Genius Brings “Raw Truth” to WUWM

This is an excerpt from an interview with WUWM’s Rachel Owens & McAllister Writt, published on November 21, 2014.

We first met Christopher McIntyre Perceptions, or C.M.P., this summer, just ahead of Milwaukee’s Bronzeville week. At that point, the members of Br(OK)en Genius had already been crafting their performance for over six months. November has finally arrived, and today marks the debut of Br(OK)en Genius at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.

Five members of the production, Brit Nicole (spoken-word), Firey Phoenix (spoken-word), Monique-Elise (violin), Montreal Cain (musical director, piano) and C.M.P., joined WUWM’s Rachel Owens to talk about their inspirations and aspirations for their performance art group.

Br(OK)en Genius is a musical, visual, literary, and performance art experience based on C.M.P.’s own story, “A Child of the City of Milwaukee.” Describing himself as “born broken,” yet seeking healing with hope, he questions the cultivation of genius within each person. Creating the atmosphere of a “living movie,” six spoken word artists narrate the story, scored by three musicians, complementing the photography of C.M.P.

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Visit from Jane Chu, Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts

Jane Chu, Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts, visited Wisconsin this week and spoke with the arts community at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design on Thursday, November 6. Her remarks about how the arts positively impact lives were inspiring to the many in attendance who are involved with and advocating for the arts in Wisconsin. For more information about the NEA, please visit the National Endowment for the Arts website.