Arts & Culture
5:09 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Conservatory of Music CEO Finds Harmony in Milwaukee

The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is the oldest and largest nonprofit music school in the state.
Credit Dave Reid, flickr

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews the head of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Gregory Ruffer.

It's only been about six months since Gregory Ruffer took the helm at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, but he's already composing some big plans.

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Arts & Culture
5:34 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Actor Adds a Little Wisconsin to 'Jersey Boys'

Barry Anderson (far right) plays producer and songwriter Bob Crewe in the national tour of the hit Broadway musical "Jersey Boys," now playing in Milwaukee.
Credit Joan Marcus

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews actor Barry Anderson about his role in "Jersey Boys."

Did you know that producer behind many of The Four Seasons' biggest hits also wrote “Lady Marmalade” and “Afternoon Delight?”

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Arts & Culture
1:57 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Young Musicians, Old Music Take Center Stage at Baroque Festival

Pictured: Some of the young musicians who won for their performances at the 2012 Greater Milwaukee Baroque Festival
Credit Greater Milwaukee Baroque Festival

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Joan Parsley, the artistic director of Musical Offering.

It's a good weekend for fans of the early musical style known as Baroque.

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Arts & Culture
4:29 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Brit Singer Billy Bragg: Protest Music is 'Not an Agent' of Change

Billy Bragg performing his unique blend of folk, punk and protest music.
Credit El Humilde Fotero del Pánico/Flickr

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews acclaimed singer-songwriter Billy Bragg.

Over the past 30 years, one of the enduring voices of protest to emerge from Britain has been singer-songwriter Billy Bragg. In turns angry, reflective, and funny, Bragg has developed a following in the U.S., as well.

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Arts & Culture
4:34 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

From Social Worker to Banjo Player, Singer Leads Band Luray to New Genre

The band Luray performs in Lake Effect's Studio C1.
Credit Mitch Teich

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews the band Luray.

The band Luray may be named for a part of Virginia, but it has Wisconsin roots.

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Arts & Culture
4:01 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Establishing Country Roots in Brookfield

Brookfield-native Nora Collins is planting her country roots.

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews musician Nora Collins.

Nora Collins began taking music seriously at the age of 14. Now 19, she has been named Wisconsin’s 2013 WAMI Rising Star and 2013 Vocalist of the Year.

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Arts & Culture
2:04 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Experimenting with Sound on Austin's 'Dive Bar Circuit'

Singer-songwriter Zoe Muth plays in Lake Effect's Studio C1.
Credit Mitch Teich

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews singer-songwriter Zoe Muth and her band the Lost High Rollers.

Though she emerged from the same surroundings that produced grunge gods Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden, singer-songwriter Zoe Muth's doesn't sound anything like them.

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Arts & Culture
5:01 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

The Dunwells Update English Folk

The Dunwells
Credit Piper Ferguson

The Dunwells perform in Lake Effect's Studio C1.

Earlier this summer, Milwaukee got a taste of modern English folk rock, courtesy of The Dunwells.

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Arts & Culture
1:02 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Old 97s Find Inspiration in Strange Places - Like Lunchboxes

The Old 97s play at Turner Hall, and are interviewed by Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.
Gretchen Teich

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews the Old 97s on stage at Turner Hall.

The genre known as alt-country goes in and out of fashion with some regularity.  Right now, it’s in fashion – witness the thousands of people who turned out in Milwaukee earlier this month for a concert by the group Mumford and Sons.

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Arts & Culture
3:29 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Drumming Up Interest in a Sculpture Garden

The inuksuk, or Inuit stone markers, inspired an outdoor music piece coming to Milwaukee.
Credit Nicolas M. Perrault/Wikimedia Commons

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews the Lynden Sculpture Garden Executive Director Polly Morris and Present Music Artistic Director Keven Stalheim.

Ninety-nine percussionists will be playing throughout the Lynden Sculpture Garden this weekend, combining the arts of sound and scene.

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