By Paul Kosidowski
June 6, 2013
The summer is upon us, and time for me to retreat to my cabin in the woods, where I continue to work on my "other" project, my book on the history of Duck Pin bowling, which now stretches into four volumes. (I couldn't skimp on the marvelous career of Samuel "Lefty" Obramowicz and his 1924 battle with the DPBAA over his alleged use of performance-enhancing homebrew.)
In other words, this is the last Culture Club column until August. Until then, feel free to plan your summer arts and recreation involvements with the Milwaukee Magazine 2013 Summer Guide. And with the following late-breaking events - plus a bonus event - which weren't announced in time to be included.
#3: UWM Summerdances
June 13-15, North Point Park and Water Tower
June 14-15, Milwaukee Art Museum: Cudahy Gardens, 700 Art Museum Dr.
Why? Because the Peck School of the Arts dance programs are always satisfying, but this special installment of the annual summer repertory concert should prove to be extraordinary. To mark the end of the Peck School’s 50th Anniversary “Year of the Arts,” the school has enlisted award-winning director-choreographer Stephan Koplowitz to stage site-specific dance-theater works in two iconic Milwaukee locations—the gardens of the Milwaukee Art Museum and the North Point Water Tower. The pieces feature 30 dancers, as well as original music by Tim Russell, projections by Luc Vanier and music by the Bel Canto Chorus.
#1: The Fine Arts Quartet
June 9, 16, 23 and 30, Helene Zelazo Center, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Why? Because it’s a great Milwaukee music tradition. One of our finest music ensembles offers a panoply of chamber music over the course of four short weeks, surveying the repertoire from Haydn to Stravinsky with a host of internationally-known guest musicians to compliment its own accomplished musicianship. This season, there’s an all-Brahms program of two String Sextets featuring violist Gil Sharon and cellist Niklas Schmidt (June 30); and a rare performance of a string quartet arrangement of Frederick Chopin’s First Piano Concerto. As always, Dr. Timothy Noonan introduces each concert with a lecture that beings an hour before curtain time.