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This weekend marks the 183rd birthday of the composer Johannes Brahms.  The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra celebrates that birthday with performances of both his third and fourth symphonies with one program.

Between rehearsals, Music Director of the MSO, Maestro Edo de Waart, explained his love of Brahms and why he is excited to conduct it this year.

Bonnie North

Once a month, Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger brings friends and fellow musicians into Lake Effect's performance studio to play and chat.

For May's The Monthly Beatdown, Sieger is joined only by his alter ego to perform I'm A Big Boy Now.

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Growing up in Israel, jazz trumpeter Avishai Cohen was surrounded by music.

"My dad was a jazz lover," says Cohen. "We used to listen at home to artists like Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald." But it wasn't just jazz on the airwaves in the household. "He played a lot of radio as well, so a lot of classical music. There was always music...always five different radios [on] in the house, wherever you walked."

Dan Massie

The members of the Scottish indie rock band, Frightened Rabbit, are excited to be returning to Milwaukee this week.  They’ll play the Pabst Theatre on Thursday – one of their favorite places to play. The Milwaukee stop is one of many in a stateside tour supporting their new album, Painting of a Panic Attack.

Maayan Silver

Birds of Chicago seek to harness the power of music and words to reassert their place in a world filled with insignificant online communication.

The term that sometimes gets used to describe their music is “secular gospel,” but there’s really a lot more in evidence from the music cooked up by husband-and-wife JT Nero and Allison Russell.  They came together in Chicago from different parts of the continent and different musical projects and pulled together a band that is figuratively (and literally) family.

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Earlier this month, Lake Effect featured a story on the Concert for Peace put on by the Jewish Community Center that united violin and oud player Yair Dalal with guitar singer and player Mira Awad.

Trapper Schoepp

Singer-songwriter Christopher the Conquered (a.k.a. Christopher Ford) was setting up for a Lake Effect interview and performance in WUWM's Studio C1 on Thursday afternoon when the news came out that Prince had passed away at age 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota.

The news first stunned him, and then inspired him to dust off a cover of the Prince-penned "Nothing Compares 2U." The song written and recorded in 1985, but was made famous in 1990 by Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor.

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Musician Jack Spann is not a musical newcomer. The St. Louis native has lived in New York for years and put his keyboard – and other musical talents to work with any number of other musicians. But the last couple of years have been big ones for Spann.

Jewish Community Center

The Jewish Community Center is hosting a "Concert for Peace" tonight featuring Israeli Jewish oud and violin virtuoso Yair Dalal and accomplished Israeli Arab guitarist and singer Mira Awad. Both Dalal and Awad are no strangers to musical partnerships, having worked with a myriad of musicians from around the world. This concert in Milwaukee will feature the two musicians in both combined and solo sets.

Mitch Teich

Trapper Schoepp has come a long way since the release of his last album - both figuratively and literally. Schoepp was finishing off a stint as a production assistant at Lake Effect when his last CD hit the stands.

Four years later, his new album, "Rangers and Valentines," is out today. And in the intervening time, Schoepp has been living the life of a full-time musician, racking up the miles as he's headlined shows and played in support of acts like The Jayhawks and the Old 97s. 

Bonnie North

Today is the third installment of the monthly music series The Monthly Beatdown featuring Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger.

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

This month, his group is composed of fellow R&B Cadets Paul Cebar and Robin Pluer to play Kidnap You Baby.

Photo by Bonnie North

Singer Jeannine Rivers has been serenading the Milwaukee area for years. Whether she’s at Caroline’s, the Pfister’s BLU Bar and Lounge or West Bend’s Café Soeurette, her powerful and expressive vocals, along with a mix of jazz standards and original compositions, make her an audience favorite.

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For the past half century, Star Trek has grown from one short lived TV series created by Gene Roddenberry into a franchise that now includes 5 additional television series and 12 movies with plenty more likely to come.

Part of the appeal of the original series was its distinctive theme that swelled underneath William Shatner’s now classic voiceover:

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.

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