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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.

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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.

Bonnie North

Today is the second 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.

Local guitarist John Plankenhorn and singer Carol Ferrara have been playing together for more than two decades. Their current group, electri-violet, is set to release an album this spring which will feature a new set of original songs written by Plankenhorn.

Over the years, the duo has allowed their sound to shift and evolve, a choice that has given them more freedom to write and grow in their music.

Sara d’Ippolito and Kenny Reichert perform around Milwaukee as the duo Sara and Kenny.  They’re regulars in some irregular places for live music – places like Sendiks’ in Shorewood, Groppi’s on Brady Street and the small east side bar and restaurant called Allium.

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A new organization in Wauwatosa wants to offer local amateur musicians of all ages and abilities a chance to join together to make music. Anne Marie Petersen is one of the co-founders of the Wisconsin Intergenerational Orchestra, which works to bridge the age gap between musicians.

"We're really trying to create a family and a warm place for people to be and share their love of music making," Peterson says, "but also share those life lessons that each has to give to the other group."

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Beethoven, Brahms, Bach. These composers are synonymous with great classical music that has been performed from the 1600s to modern times.

Cellist for the Milwaukee-based Fine Arts Quartet, Robert Cohen, discusses the intricate dance that occurs between musician and composer - starting with the requirement that a musician respect the composer's work.

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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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