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11:41 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Influential Modern Gospel Composer Leads Milwaukee Workshop

Liturgist and composer Rawn Harbor will lead a workshop this weekend in Milwaukee.
Credit courtesy Capuchin Franciscans

An acclaimed composer of modern Gospel music will be in Milwaukee this weekend. Rawn Harbor helped compile the African-American Catholic hymnal, “Lead Me, Guide Me.”

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Arts & Culture
12:28 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Local A Cappella Group Out to Cause "Treble" (In a Good Way)

The Mil Town Treblemakers (with Lake Effect's MItch Teich) outside the WUWM studios.
Credit Lake Effect

Styles of music rise and fall in popularity.  Remember disco?  Or if you’re too young, do you remember “Reggaeton”?  Or "Emo?"

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Arts & Culture
1:58 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

A Symphony of Musical Cars? UWM Student Uses Unique Technology for New Compositions

Sebastian Valenzuela, native of Chile and second year music composition and technology student at UWM.
Credit Valeria Lopez

Twentieth century composers, like John Cage, experimented with different objects in order to create new sounds and new music. Sebastian Valenzuela, a second year music composition and technology student at UW-Milwaukee, is following along those lines to create fresh music in the new millennium.

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Arts & Culture
1:41 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Almost a Pianist, Virtuoso Guitarist Pierre Bensusan Impresses with Signature Style

Virtuoso guitarist Pierre Bensusan
Credit Pierre Bensusan

For a virtuosic guitarist, Pierre Bensusan almost ended up a piano player. He started his formal music study in piano at the age of seven, not long after his family moved from his native Algeria to Paris.

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In-Studio Performance
12:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Half of Semi-Twang Stops by the Studio

All of Semi-Twang
Credit Deone Jahnke

Three of the six members of Semi-Twang stopped by the studio for an acoustic performance  March 21. In the interview they discuss their album release show at Shank Hall for their album the Why and the What For and perform two of their songs, Au Contrare and Wrong Side of the Tracks. The band also talks about the "wealth of material and dearth of money" that inspired them to create the new album and the finer points of what it takes to craft an album. 

Band Website: http://www.semi-twang.com

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Arts & Culture
12:58 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Renowned Violinist and MSO's de Waart Reconnect Through Bruch

Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Credit Courtesy of American Music Festivals

Najda Salerno-Sonnenberg is one of the world’s most celebrated violinists. Her solo performances are electrifying: she combines supreme artistry and musicality with both precision and fearlessness. She dives deeply into the music and takes her audiences along with her on that journey.

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Arts & Culture
1:46 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Move Over, Bach - There's a Lot of New Classical Music to Hear

Yehuda Yannay, former composition professor from UWM
Credit Vimeo

At some point, all music is new. Bach was new in his day as was Beethoven. However, their “new” seems old and traditional to us. Throughout the 20th Century, classical music took a different turn; composers began writing atonal music and began using nontraditional instruments, such as wine glasses and radios. American-Israeli composer and performer, Yehuda Yannay, was well into his career in the late 20th Century, making him a contemporary of John Cage and Phillip Glass.

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Arts & Culture
10:13 am
Wed February 20, 2013

English Isn't Their First Language, But International Students Perform "Phantom" with Ease

Dominican High School--Phantom of the Opera
Kate H. Jurgens

Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay might be a small Catholic school of about 300 students, but its theatrical undertakings would be daunting for many larger institutions.

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Arts & Culture
1:36 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Why Do We Love the Racket of Garage Bands?

The Shags, a 1960s garage band from Milwaukee
Credit Image courtesy from 1960sGarageBands.com

Starting at adolescence, kids start looking at popular icons for inspiration. They want to grow up; they want to have independence and control. One popular way, especially among boys, is by forming garage bands. Dr. Peter Roller, an ethnomusicologist at Alverno College and the author of Milwaukee Garage Bands: Generations of Grassroots Rock, delved into the garage bands that made so much noise in Milwaukee.

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Arts & Culture
11:44 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Into "The Beautiful Wild" With Jenn Grant

Jenn Grant's latest album, "The Beautiful Wild," was just released in the United States
Credit Mat Dunlap photo

Jenn Grant is not a well-known name to American music fans.  Yet.

The Canadian singer-songwriter is working hard to be noticed in this country.  She toured across the upper midwest with Erin McKeown, took a brief break back home in Nova Scotia, and is back at it with a show at Madison's High Noon Saloon Thursday evening, also in support of McKeown.

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