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2016 Season

Milwaukee Musaik 2016 Season

 NEWS RELEASE   December 15, 2015

 Milwaukee Musaik proudly announces its inaugural season beginning in January 2016!

Formerly known as the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee Musaik will bring audiences unusual as well as master works from the classical genre, and create intimate and imaginative concert experiences.  The size as well as personnel will be flexible and vary according to the artistic programming.  The new name of the self-governing consortium reflects this subtle shift in its course to a variable mosaic of musicians, ranging from chamber to chamber orchestra size.  Three musicians--violinists Alexander Mandl and Jeanyi Kim and clarinetist Bill Helmers--are now at the artistic helm, and a three-concert season beginning in January of 2016 is scheduled.  Musicians from the Philomusica Quartet, Prometheus Trio, Cream City Winds, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and more will be represented in the ensemble. 

 2016 Milwaukee Musaik concert season:

Monday Jan 25, 2016 - 7:30 pm "The Sound of Musaik" at the Wisconsin Lutheran College, Schwan Hall, 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. Tickets: General: $25, Students $15.

Program includes works by Corelli, Vivaldi, Janacek and Mozart.  Alexander Mandl, conductor.  Jeanyi Kim, Dylana Leung, Yuka Kadota, and Alex Ayers, violin soloists.

 The opening program will feature Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No.1, Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Four Violins in B Minor, RV 580, Leos Janacek: Idyll,Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenata Notturna. Highlighting multiple soloists, the concertante form delights audiences with virtuosity and charm, while Janacek transports listeners with his elegant Bohemian soundscape.

 Tuesday March 1, 2016 - 7:30 pm "European Tour" at Mount Mary University, Helfaer Hall. For tickets, visit

Program includes works by Nielsen, Wood and Beethoven.  Performers include Bill Helmers, clarinet, Rudi Heinrich, bassoon, Dietrich Hemann, horn, Jeanyi Kim, violin, Nathan Hackett, viola and Adrien Zitoun, cello.

 In 1914, Carl Nielsen was commissioned on short notice to write a piece of chamber music to pair with the monumental Beethoven Septet on a tour of the Danish Provinces. The result was the charming and witty Serenata in Vano (Serenade in Vain.) Musaik will recreate this tour, adding the elegant late romantic Septet by British composer Charles Wood.

Sunday April 3, 2016 - 2:30 pm "In Memoriam, Music of the First World War" at Mount Mary University, Helfaer Hall. For tickets, visit

Program includes works by Butterworth, Gurney, Caplet, Schoenberg, Ives and Debussy. Pre-concert lecture highlighting lives of composers and their war service at 1:30 pm by Dr. Marguerite Helmers. Performers include Kelsey Molinari, harp, Paul Rowe, baritone, Bill Helmers, clarinet, and the Philomusica Quartet.

 Milwaukee Musaik will present music largely from World War I (1914-1918.) Soldier composers George Butterworth, Ivor Gurney, and Arnold Schoenberg wrote vivid musical depictions of their war experiences. Andre Caplet's unique and imaginative "Mask of Red Death" (1924) for string quartet and harp is based upon Edgar Allan Poe's chilling short story.  In addition, non-combatant composers honored the fallen through their musical compositions--Charles Ives with his patriotic songs, and Claude Debussy with his evocative Sonata for viola, flute and harp.

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