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Neal Easterling

While a 14th Century book by a sickly English mystic might not seem a likely source of inspiration, composer Carson Cooman might beg to differ. His piece, The Revelations of Divine Love (Metaphors from Sea and Sky), was inspired by St. Julian of Norwich’s book of the same name, and will make its Midwest premiere this Sunday with the Bel Canto Chorus at St. Dominic Catholic Parish.

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The strings program at the near-south side's Latino Arts has been hailed for providing top-notch education, free of charge, to low-income Latino students across Milwaukee. 

One highlight of the programs is their annual Guitar Festival for area youth. In fact, it was such a success that it grew to include not just a student competition, but also master classes for the whole community.

Hal Leonard

One of the hallmarks of jazz is that its players know how to improvise. So it would seem that the idea of teaching improvisation is a contradiction in terms.

Dare to Care Records

There have been a handful of French-Canadian musicians who have successfully made the transition from French-language recording artist to singing in English.  Celine Dion, say.

But when Dion - who was immensely popular as a Francophone musician - made the leap, it came with huge controversy in her native Quebec, where language is often a politically charged issue.  Montreal native Béatrice Martin hopes that in her transition, she gathers many new fans in the United States, while holding onto the loyal listeners she's earned while singing in French.

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On Monday night, a new music consortium called Milwaukee Musaik will hold its debut concert at Wisconsin Lutheran College’s Schwan Hall. 

The group is led by violinists Alexander Mandl and Jeanyi Kim and clarinetist Bill Helmers. "The Milwaukee Musaik was born out of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, which was the prior organization - which was originally started in 1973 by Steve Colburn and a few other members as the Milwaukee Chamber Music Society," Mandl says.

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The history of the Minnesota band, The Replacements, is full of chaos. In fact, that was sort of their appeal.

They emerged in the early 80’s, at a time when punk was giving way to alternative rock. The group won a worldwide following, but internal conflict and the use of many substances – both on and off-stage – meant that the band’s greatest legacy may be in the other bands they influenced.

Bonnie North

Today marks the debut of a new monthly music series: The Monthly Beatdown featuring Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger.

Once a month on Lake Effect, Sieger will bring friends and fellow musicians into WUWM's performance studio to play and chat.

This month we hear "Frozen River", a song by Sieger and Milwaukee guitarist Greg Koch. Greg wrote the melody while he was on tour in Europe and sent it to John, who crafted the lyrics. He's joined in the studio by Greg on electric guitar and Greg's son Dylan on percussion.

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Milwaukee singer-songwriter Jay Matthes has been playing professionally for almost five years. For someone who's still pretty new to the scene, he’s earned a lot of respect. For Matthes, earning the credibility and respect is great for his career, but he keeps his expectations on a music career realistic.

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The quintet that makes up the Wisconsin band Horseshoes and Hand Grenades met in college at UW-Stevens Point. Some of the members still live in that central Wisconsin city, others are based here in Milwaukee.

The band has toured in support of national acts such as Railroad Earth and the Yonder Mountain String Band, while building their own reputation as great live performers.

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Over the years, Lake Effect has had a lot of virtuoso finger-style guitar players in the studio - from Laurence Juber to Gareth Paerson.  They come here because of UW-Milwaukee’s world-renowned guitar program to teach and to perform. 

A growing effort, known as Sing Me a Story, is connecting kids in need with musicians.

Milwaukeean Austin Atteberry is the organization's executive director and co-founder and chats with Lake Effect's Bonnie North.

 

Bonnie North

Mandolin virtuoso Evan Marshall is a master of what’s called the “duo” technique, where the melody and the accompaniment are played simultaneously. He's in town this weekend to perform a couple of concerts with the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra: Saturday evening at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Waukesha, and Sunday afternoon at UWM's Recital Hall.

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Matt Berninger and his band, The National, are known for their sometimes dark, sometimes moody, introspective songs.  So some of the reviewers of Berninger’s collaboration with Brent Knopf have expressed some surprise at the lighter feel of its songs.

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Though the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra has been playing since 1956, its Community Partnership Programs didn't begin until 2003. The Progressions program, an intensive string training for middle school students, has helped put the orchestra on the map.

Mitch Teich

At a time when the world has been dealing with some rough news, the music of Joan Shelley is a welcome respite.

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