“Concerts with Personality,” PianoArts Festival, June 14-16, explores Music as Storytelling with narrators, singers, instrumentalists, dancers, and a solo pianist who bring the festival to a dazzling close performing Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
The 2019 PianoArts festival showcases an incredible variety of programs with over twenty artists, including the well-known actors, Norman Moses and Linda Stephens; Milwaukee Ballet dancers; Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra musicians; singers and pianist appearing at the Skylight Opera; PianoArts Fellows; competition winners; celebrated master teachers and lecturers; and internationally acclaimed pianists Jacob Ertl, Aaron Wunsch, Stefanie Jacob, the Varshavski-Shapiro Duo, MSO’s Associate Conductor Yaniv Dinur, and Christopher Taylor.
The festival opens at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music on Friday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m. with Music as Storytelling performed by actors and acting pianists. Saturday features something for everyone … from a morning workshop on musical styles, to an afternoon with duo musicians, followed by an evening of opera, musical theater, and late-night jazz. The finale, on Sunday at 7:00 p.m., is at the Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall of the Marcus Performing Arts Center, beginning with a presentation on the visionary composers Stravinsky, Chopin, Liszt, and Beethoven. The culminating 8:00 p.m. concert will present new visions of their works—Stravinsky’s Petrouchka with duo pianists, Chopin’s piano études with dancers, and solo pianist Christopher Taylor’s dazzling performance of Liszt’s towering transcription of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
Tickets are available at the door on June 14 and 15 at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. On June 16, they are available at the Marcus Center Performing Arts Center box office.
Advance tickets also are available. For Wisconsin Conservatory of Music events and festival passes, contact PianoArts: http://www.pianoarts.org. For tickets at the Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall of the Marcus Performing Arts Center, contact their box office, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee, 414-273-7206.
2019/06/14 - 2019/06/16
Additional time info:
Pre-Concert lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. and concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. Audiences are invited to meet the artists at receptions following the concerts. On Saturday, June 15, events take place throughout the day at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. At 11:00 a.m., Marvin Blickenstaff will present a workshop on Musical Styles. At 3:00 p.m., audiences are invited to attend a chamber music concert. At 7:00 p.m., we present the pre-concert lecture for the 8:00 p.m. concert featuring singers. The evening reception features jazz piano.