The Wind Ensemble members had a relaxing day at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and at the beach. There the member did some amateur sea lion spotting and swimming. They even got to enjoy the arcade and amusement rides! Tonight will be another performance, our second and last concert of the WASBE Conference, as part of its run out Fringe Festival.
Our WASBE performance today was definitely a hit with those in the audience! The UWM Wind Ensemble performed in the California Theatre, which is home to Opera San Jose and The Silicone Symphony. The histoic venue, which was recently renovated, is absolutely beautiful. Following the concert, some of the brass section attended an insightful masterclass by University of California - Los Angeles trumpet professor Jens Lindemann!
After a long day of travel, the UWM Wind Ensemble finally checked into their hotel which stood directly across from the WASBE Concert Hall. The group is out on the town enjoying a dinner together and soaking in every lovely sight San Jose has to offer. Tomorrow the group will meet for their first rehearsal to prepare for their conference performance Wednesday afternoon!
There was a certain level of secrecy – necessitated by a contract – Eli King had to maintain regarding Summerfest’s blockbuster kickoff show this year.
King, of Burlington, and members of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Concert Chorale can’t talk about how they were selected to provide backup vocals for The Rolling Stones, and they can’t even mention the song they did.
But it’s fair to say that you can’t always get what you want, just like that classic Rolling Stones song – even though the UW-Milwaukee choir did.
Jerry Belland has been on the Wisconsin art scene for four decades, winning awards and fellowships and working out of 16th Street Studios in Racine.
But when Belland was featured in Re:Vision Art Gallery’s showing for Second Saturday, he was mainly interested in getting feedback on his latest works: cartoons.
“After being in a phase of questioning what people thought of my art — like, ‘what are they thinking; do they like my work?’— cartooning is where it all ended up,” said Belland, 68, a retired painting and drawing teacher.
The gallery on Re:Vision’s second floor included several paintings, including some of the estimated 150 cartoons Belland has painted so far. His cartoons lampoon everyday topics from religious arguments, farmers and politics.
There’s a museum inside UW-Milwaukee’s Inova museum, temporarily. The “Milwaukee, Milwaukie Museum” celebrates both the largest city in Wisconsin and a suburb of Portland, Oregon, which share similar names. The space, organized by the photographic collective Milwaukee Comma, achieved mini-fame even before the main exhibition opened, with Mayor Tom Barrett issuing a proclamation marking June 26 as “Milwaukee, Milwaukie Museum Day.”