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Milwaukee Ballet II here Sat., Jan. 24

Milwaukee Ballet II (MBII), the second company of Milwaukee Ballet, is set to stage the highlight of their season which will be restaged by MBII Director Rolando Yanes at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, 901 15th Avenue, South Milwaukee.

The January 24 show is the only MBII mainstage performance of this season and features the music of Frédéric Chopin, accompanied by Daniel Boudewyns, to portray the height of the romantic age. Then, Adam Sterr’s world premier contemporary work will symbolize our new generation’s energy onstage.

“I’m already looking forward to next winter when, if there’s a God, Milwaukee Ballet Two will give its fourth annual concert at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center,” noted John Schneider of the Shepherd Express, “There’s nothing like it in Milwaukee’s dance season.”

Tickets for the Saturday, Janurary 24th performance are $20 to $30, with discounts for seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased online at www.southmilwaukeepac.org, by phone at (414) 766-5049, or in-person at the Box Office at 901 15th Avenue, South Milwaukee, WI 53172. The show will start at 7:30 p.m.

About Milwaukee Ballet II (MBII)

The Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program (MBII) takes excellent ballet students and transforms them into artists, ready for the professional world. These male and female trainees, ages 18 to 22, come to the program through international auditions. The MBII trainees perform their own repertoire; support Milwaukee Ballet Company in larger productions; and become ballet ambassadors by executing Milwaukee Ballet Community Outreach workshops and performances that serve more than 30,000 people a year in libraries, schools, senior and assisted living centers, community gatherings and functions.

About Milwaukee Ballet

Founded in 1970, Milwaukee Ballet strives to inspire its audiences to think within and beyond traditional ballet through the presentation of quality performances and the implementation of educational opportunities. Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy are recognized among the top companies in the nation. Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. With an annual operating budget of more than $5 million, Milwaukee Ballet presents more than 40 performances to more than 50,000 people each year. Its resident company includes 24 professional dancers along with 20 trainees in The Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program and is one of the few dance companies in the country to maintain its own symphony orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy, the official school of the Ballet, has an enrollment of more than 1,000 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.

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2013-14 artist Jason Moran scores the movie “Selma”

Congratulations to Jason Moran, who performed at South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center as a 2013-14 Performing Arts Series artist. He recently scored his first narrative feature, Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” about Martin Luther King Jr.’s push to pass the voting rights act in Alabama. Here’s what one reviewer had to say about the movie: “Selma reminds us to honor not just the heroic figure making speeches, but the collective will of so many who made progress possible.” Peniel E. Joseph, Professor of History at Tufts University. 

Variety magazine’s Steve Chagollan has this to say about Moran and his work:

And now with “Selma,” Moran — no stranger to audio visual collaborations with such artists as Adrian Piper, Joan Jonas and Kara Walker — strikes out into more populist territory. “I didn’t know the intellectual approach to music that he was taking until I started to research him,” says DuVernay. “And it was just a meeting of like minds very quickly.”

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2014 Retrospective & Look Ahead

As I write this, it is New Year’s Eve Day. The sun is streaming through my home office window and steam is wisping from my cup of tea. It’s the perfect backdrop for a moment of retrospection and gratitude.

While many during this time of year are looking back at the past twelve months, I’m looking back at the past 10 years. We are, after all, celebrating our 10th Anniversary Season. With support from you, our patrons, contributors and sponsors, South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center has presented hundreds of creative, innovative and diverse artists from around the world and from our own community. These artists are people who have entertained and connected us. They’ve sparked conversations and created memories that have drawn us together. I’m thankful to be part of an organization that provides people of all ages with reasons to gather, be inspired and become transformed. Read more

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Christopher McIntyre Perceptions is Journal Sentinel 2015 Artist to Watch

In Mary Louise Schumacher‘s Journal Sentinel article, The Year In Art and Architecture, she poses the question, “What is the role of artists in a time of political and social tumult?” While Schumacher doesn’t attempt to answer the question herself in the article, she identifies several artists and architects who grappled with the subject this year. Among them is Christopher McIntyre Perceptions and his work, Br(OK)en Genius, which premiered at South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center as part of our 2014-15 Performing Arts Series in November. Schumacher names C.M.P. as 2015 Artist to Watch, and had this to say about Br(OK)en Genius:

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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

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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

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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.