Performing Arts

Arts & Culture
7:30 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Fortissimo Is Not a Problem for the Knightwind Ensemble

The Knightwind Ensemble started 60 years ago as an Elk Lodge wind band.
Credit knightwind.org

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Dr. Eric Janners, music director and conductor of the Knightwind Ensemble.

When we talk about classical music we usually talk about symphonic groups. Bands are for militaries and other kinds of marching, like for football game half times. But symphonic bands can be just as musically sophisticated as orchestras.

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Arts & Culture
3:59 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

How Shakespeare Helps These Wisconsin Veterans Suffering From PTSD

Nancy Smith-Watson and her husband working with participants.
Credit Feast of Crispian

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with Nancy Smith-Watson and Shep Crumrine.

A little over a year ago, Feast of Crispian began holding weekend Shakespeare intensives at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

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Arts & Culture
2:03 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

October, Before I Was Born: a New Play Offers a Personal Account of a Public Tragedy

Raeleen McMillion, Ken T. Williams & April Paul in "October, Before I Was Born."
Mark Frohna

Bonnie North interviews Staughton playwright Lori Matthews about "October, Before I Was Born".

In October of 1960, an explosion ripped through the Tennessee Eastman Company factory in Kingsport, Tennessee. Out of 12,000 men at the factory, 16 people were killed and more than 300 were injured. It threw Kingsport’s largest employer into disarray at the time.

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Arts & Culture
4:09 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Queens of Harmony Strike a Chord at The Pabst

Queens of Harmony in the Lake Effect studio.
Bonnie North, Lake Effect

Milwaukee's Queens of Harmony chat and perform in Lake Effect's Studio B

Milwaukee’s gospel quartet Queens of Harmony has been singing in Central City churches for almost half a century. They have also performed in Washington, DC and as far away as Japan.

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Arts & Culture
3:44 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

LISTEN: David Mamet's 'Race' Takes No Prisoners with Legal Drama

"Race" by David Mamet performed by Next Act Theatre. (l-r) Tiffany Renee Johnson, Jonathan Smoots, David Cecsarini, and Lee Palmer.
Credit Timothy Moder

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with Next Theatre's David Cecsarini, Tiffany Renee Johnson, Lee Palmer, and Jonathan Smoots.

Of all the “isms” that are out there, racism is one of the most enduring, and in this supposedly post-racial age, the most pernicious.

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Arts & Culture
2:32 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Report: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Needs $5 Million to Avoid Shutdown

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra needs several million dollars in order to stay open.
Credit Marcus Center

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Mark Niehaus, the president and CEO of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra needs an immediate $5 million to avoid a shutdown, according to reports from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Arts & Culture
4:18 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

This Young Violinist Learned to Love Music While Going Pro

Heather Braun, former Barcel Suzuki String Academy student, will be performing at the 20th anniversary celebratory concert on Saturday November 16th.
Credit Liz Linder, Arneis Quartet

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews violinist Heather Braun.

We’ve all seen the videos of tiny kids playing violins so beautifully it belies their age.  Many learn through the Suzuki Method, which treats learning music like learning a language.

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Arts & Culture
5:30 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Milwaukee Concert to Feature One Piano But Four Hands

Four hand music requires two pianists playing on one piano.
Credit Miguel M. Almeida/Flickr

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews pianists Pavlina Dokovska and Francesco Lecce-Chong, who is also the associate conductor for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

The average piano concert usually features one piano, two hands and 88 keys. But an upcoming concert in Milwaukee will add another pair of hands to the equation.

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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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