(South Milwaukee, WI) – South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (SMPAC) announced its 2017-2018 Performing Arts Series during a Preview & Tasting Party featuring SMPAC sponsors Skyline Catering & Express Deli, Azteca Restaurant, Barbiere’s Italian Inn, Scrappy’s BBQ and Parkway Floral at the theatre on Wednesday, May 24. Approximately 200 people attended the preview that featured hearty food samples and a sneak peak of the professional touring artist series line-up.
“We strive to present a mix of artists and performers not featured elsewhere in our area, along with providing educational opportunities for our students. We’ve become a cultural destination for Milwaukee’s south shore communities, presenting performances that entertain and inspire people of all ages and aesthetics. This season, we’re excited to present performances that appeal to our sense of nostalgia and the familiar, as well as performances whose impeccable musicians or intriguing artists enchant or surprise us,” says Rachel Sorce, Executive Director. Read more
Thanks to all of you who voted for us, and thanks to Wisconsin Gazette for publishing our exciting news about being voted 3rd Best Theatre in the 2016 Milwaukee A-List contest.
“It was a terrific surprise to be voted among the top theatres in the Milwaukee area,” said Rachel Sorce, executive director at SMPAC. “We have many wonderful and loyal patrons, and we thank them for supporting us and posting comments about their experiences during the contest voting period.” Read more
Grammy-nominated for Best Latin Album of 2014 Afro-Cuban artist Pedrito Martinez set to perform at SMPAC!
South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is proud to present the Grammy nominated Latin percussionists and vocalists, The Pedrito Martinez Group, on Friday, February 13. Specializing in bata rhythms and vocals, they’ve opened for groups like Dave Matthews Band and collaborated on records with Pacquito D’Rivera, Sting, Elton John and many more. Student tickets are $10-$20, Adults are $25-$35. Call for group discounts.
Be sure to watch the video link and share the attached flyer with your contacts and social media networks!
Pedrito Martinez video
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.”
In 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:
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.
In Shepherd Express writer John Schneider’s preview of The Boulevard Theatre’s Pal Joey opening at South Milwaukee PAC, he describes what concert staging means and gives a bit of history about the piece. Here’s an excerpt:
“Concert staging” means a script-in-hand but fully acted performance accompanied by piano and staged efficiently. The focus is entirely on script, music and performers. It’s an excellent and now-popular way to experience the best rarely produced works of the American musical theater. Pal Joey has a special place in that history as the last complete show by the seminal team of Rodgers and Hart (Rodgers soon teamed up with Oscar Hammerstein). It’s a knockout work that’s both of and well ahead of its time. Panned by uncomprehending New York critics at its 1940 opening (an experience from which Hart never recovered), it was deemed a work of genius by some of the same critics at its 1950 revival, seven years after Hart’s demise. Read the full preview.
After several years with our previous site, we decided it was time for a fresh new look. More importantly, we wanted to make sure that our content could be kept fresh, while making it easier to navigate and find information. We hope you’ll take a few minutes and explore some of the great features that our new website offers. Read more