Previous events

Robert Lehmann + Toby Ramaswamy • Headlock

Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts, 926 E Center St, Milwaukee

• experimental free jazz improvisation •

I'll be playing a solo set, in support of some terrific improvisers from Minneapolis.

"Raised in culturally mixed households in the U.S., Robert Lehmann and Toby Ramaswamy prefer to exist in the in between - somewhere at the intersection of the Philippines, India, Germany, and the Midwest. Fittingly, the keys and drums duo play improvised music that’s hazy in its boundaries - not quite jazz, not quite neoclassical, not quite minimalist, not quite drum and bass. On keyboard, Lehmann pulls in melancholic melodies from Romantic and Impressionist era studies, the heavy bass lines of electronic music, and influences from years of playing in afrobeats and Arabic music ensembles. Ramaswamy glides between tight, propulsive strings of beats and loose, open textures evoking nature. For Ramaswamy and Lehmann, improvisation is a commitment to vulnerability and an avenue into liminality as much as it is an approach to crafting sound."

Big Fish

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Reagan High School, 4965 S 20th St, Milwaukee, WI

Festival City Symphony: "Beyond Words"

Bradley Symphony Center, 212 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI

Beyond Words: Harmonious Symphonic Poems Saturday, November 18, 2023, 2:00pm Festival City Symphony kicks off this season’s Saturday Classics series with Dmitri Shostakovich’s dark and subtly defiant 1967 symphonic poem “October.” Though commissioned by the Soviet Party, this stunning piece is now recognized as offering more commentary than praise of his country’s leadership. Bookending this expressive concert will be the familiar “Slovanic March” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and the thrilling “Symphony No. 2” by the multi-hyphenate composer, scientist and lyricist Alexander Borodin. Seasoned concert-goers will enjoy FCS’s interpretation of these masterpieces, and new audiences will be glad to introduce these works into their musical vocabulary.

The Addams Family

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O'Rourke Performing Arts Hall, 3401 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53208

Bye Bye Birdie

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James & Virginia Wheeler Auditorium

Matilda the Musical

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Waukesha Civic Theater

Festival City Symphony's Saturday Classics

Bradley Symphony Center, 212 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee

FCS opens its classical season with music by Florence Price, the first prominent African American woman composer, Richard Strauss’ ravishing tone poem, Death and Transfiguration, and Johannes Brahms’ landmark First Symphony.