I know next to nothing about chamber orchestra, much less our very own Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra. I have nothing against it, of course, just have no knowledge base whatsoever.
So, in anticipation of its concerts this weekend and in response to a request for a little coverage from OnMilwaukee.com, I went straight to the top and asked Richard Hynson, the MCO's music director, three simple questions.
OnMilwaukee.com: What's the difference between a chamber orchestra and a "regular" orchestra?
Richard Hynson: The primary difference between a chamber orchestra and a full orchestra is the number of players. While most full orchestras boast as many as 90 - 100 players, chamber orchestras have around a third that many -- from 25 to 35 players. That causes the more significant difference: while the larger, full orchestra concerts are grand, large-scale experiences, chamber orchestra concerts are intimate, close encounters with music.
OMC: What can I expect at a concert?
RH: Excitement! Emotional intensity! Heart-melting beauty! Up-close-and-personal musical experiences with some of the best artists in town! You never know... this might be that special concert experience that sticks with you for the rest of your life.
OMC: Wow. When is the next show and what can you tell me about it?
RH: The next show has two performances: On Saturday, May 16 at 3 p.m., come to the historic St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church on the southern end of Cedarburg. Then following the concert, stroll into downtown for some specialty coffee, delicious gelato or a gourmet dinner.
On Sunday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m., come to the "Big Red Church" on Wisconsin Avenue, just east of I-43 and the Marquette University campus, but come a little early so that you can enjoy a glass of wine or soda before the concert. When you get there, you'll hear some music that you'll recognize and some that you will discover.
Regardless, don't miss this riotous musical free-for-all featuring Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Martinu.
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Jeff Sherman
Published April 22, 2016
Eating and drinking inside the Milwaukee Public Museum isn't usually allowed. But for events like Moveable Feast and, of course, the annual Food & Froth Festival, it's embraced, encouraged and wonderful.
Published April 20, 2016
As plans for a new Grand Avenue continue to develop, which grocer would be the best for the heart of Downtown Milwaukee? Which store do you want on Wisconsin Avenue?
Published April 18, 2016
Brian D. Till is the James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration at Marquette University, a position he has held since July 2015. Jeff Sherman sat down with him recently to talk about MU, Milwaukee, business education and more.
Published April 13, 2016
"Cheap drinks, Midwestern soul food and a sensibility that incorporates equal parts worldliness with small-town friendliness." This is how a new New York Times' Frugal Traveler feature on Milwaukee ends. Quite fitting, I'd say.
Published April 6, 2016
Amazon Prime members in Charlotte, Cincinnati, Fresno, Louisville, Nashville, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Stockton, Tucson and right here in Milwaukee can now enjoy unlimited same day delivery.
Published March 18, 2016
Milwaukee's changing. You could argue it's changed for the better and a bit of the worse over the past 20 years. While the good and some of the bad may be at odds, that's OK if our challenges are being addressed and tackled with vigor and creativity.
Published Feb. 19, 2016
To help in the fight for a cure for breast cancer, I'm sporting a pink wig and fashioning myself as a "Big Wig." Sure, I shaved my head many moons ago and have no need hair. Yet, my Emo Philips-inspired wig is means serious business and I'm asking that you help me raise important funds.
Published Feb. 5, 2016
The new Shorewood Metro Market, 4075 N. Oakland Ave., opens Feb. 16, less than a year after the company bulldozed its old Pick 'N Save location that stood just north of the new building.
Published Jan. 28, 2016
The Milwaukee Muddpie, a pizza featuring chicken, pepperoni, bacon, BBQ sauce, ranch, jalapenos and banana peppers will debut Friday at the Bucks vs. Heat game. It was created by five team members.
Published Jan. 27, 2016
Finding the right game for the entire family much less you and your partner can be tough. At the Sherman home, we've gone simple, old school lately with Uno.