On Stage 2/7: Music, dance, art, theater — what’s not to love?

An acclaimed college choir visits the Marcus Center, self-taught artists go on display at MAM, and both Wild Space and Broadminded offer appetizing fare.
February 7th, 2012 |
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The 75-member St. Olaf Choir comes to Milwaukee’s Marcus Center Saturday. Photo credit St. Olaf Choir.

In 1912, St. Olaf College started an a cappella singing group. A hundred years later, the 75-member St. Olaf Choir is among the greatest collegiate ensembles in the United States. They’ll prove why at the Marcus Center Saturday, Feb. 11. Led by conductor Anton Armstrong, with the choir since 1990, the ensemble will perform music from across the Western canon. The concert starts at 2 p.m., and tickets are $29 to $39. Order at (414) 273-7206 or visit the Marcus Center box office.

The MSO brings romance to Uilhein Hall with Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet” this weekend.

There’s a lot of romantic options in Milwaukee this weekend, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has decided to stick with a classic: Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. Edo de Waart will conduct Tchaikovsky’s R&J and Nutcracker Suite and Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3. Shows are Feb. 10 to 12, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 to $85 (Sunday) or $102 (Friday/Saturday). To order, call (414) 291-7605 or visit the MSO’s website.

If a vocal serenade’s your concert of choice, turn your ears to the Florentine Opera’s Isn’t It Romantic? The show comprises love songs from the classical and contemporary canons, from operetta favorites such as “Merry Widow Waltz” from The Merry Widow and “Meine Lippen” from Guiditta to show tunes, including Carousel’s “If I Loved You” and Babes in Arms’ “My Funny Valentine.”  The show runs Feb. 10 to 12, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $22 to $42, and can be purchased at the online box office or (414) 291-5700.

There’s no V-Day theme for the Prometheus Trio concerts this week, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to love. Guest clarinetist William Helmers will join violinist Timothy Klabunde, cellist Scott Tisdel and pianist Stefanie Jacob. The program includes Haydn’s Trio in C major, Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 3 and Paul Moravec’s Tempest Fantasy, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Performances are Monday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. Tickets are $22, $12 for students; call (414) 276-5760 to order.

Dance

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Wild Space experiments with the similarities between cooking and choreography in “Delicious.” Photo credit Matt Schwenke.

If you’re a dinner-and-a-show kind of person, be sure to grab that meal before seeing Wild Space’s Delicious. The show takes two seemingly different passions — cooking and dance — and blends them.  Former company dancer and current chef Jennifer Goetzinger will prepare food on stage. It will serve as both prop and motif. Shows are Feb. 9 through 11, all at 8 p.m. at the Milwaukee Rep’s Stiemke Theater. Tickets are $20, $18 for students. Premium ($25) tickets include a pre-show cooking demo by Braise Restaurant’s Michelle Evans at 7:15 p.m. Call (414) 224-9490 to order.

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Ailey II, the junior company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, comes to the Wilson Center this Saturday. Photo credit Eduardo Patino.

The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center hosts the touring Ailey II company this Saturday in Brookfield. The company, formed as the repertory ensemble of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1974. The concert is Feb. 11 at 8 p.m., and tickets are $51, $61 prime orchestra and $31 balcony. Call (262) 781-9520 or visit the online box office to order.

Visual Art

Self-taught artist James Lloyd’s “Among the Grasses (Susanna York)” is one of the more than 200 pieces in MAM’s “Accidental Genius” exhibit. Photo credit John R. Glembin.

Lots of artists from every medium get formal training in their field, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only people able and worthy to create museum-quality art. The Milwaukee Art Museum has made a six-decade commitment to collecting the others — self-taught artists and their works. Their latest exhibition, Accidental Genius, shows off more than 200 of the pieces in their possession, all from the donated collection of Milwaukee businessman Anthony Petullo, a gift so extensive it makes the MAM one of the leading institutions for self-taught art. The show opens Friday, Feb. 10, and runs through May 6. Admission is free with museum entry: $15, $12 for students/seniors/military and free for museum members and children under 12. Visit the MAM website for hours and more information.

Theater

Photo courtesy broadminded comedy.

Comedy troupe Broadminded has a pretty well-known formula by now: By women; for everyone. But for their new show at Carte Blanche Studios, Broadminded Buffet, they’re bringing in a few new ingredients: guest performers from Meanwhile, Worst Case Scenario and ComedySportz. Those guests will both add new dashes of flavor to the group’s improv efforts and provide support for pregnant company member Anne Graff LaDisa, whose due date brushes up to the show’s run. Tickets are $10, and the show runs Feb. 9 through 18. Visit their online box office to order.

New theater group Fools for Tragedy produces its second show this weekend: Waiting. In keeping with their company vision — reinventing classic works for a modern era — Waiting is a riff on Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, where instead it’s actors waiting for the first rehearsal of Godot. Making things more meta is the group’s decision to randomly dispense roles for each performance, meaning every night will host a different subset of the six actors. The show opens Thursday, Feb. 9, and runs through Feb. 18 at the Alchemist Theatre; they’ll then move to Villa Terrace for the weekend following (Feb. 24-26). Shows are at 8 p.m. at the Alchemist and 7:30 p.m. at Villa Terrace, and tickets are $12 at both venues. You can get Alchemist tickets here; call (414) 278-8295 for Villa Terrace tickets.

Special Events

Sunday, the Milwaukee Theatre hosts the Royal Comedy Tour. The urban comedy show, now in its third year, boasts five talented comedians: “Queen of Comedy” Sommore, “comedians’ favorite comedian” Earthquake, Bruce Bruce, Mark Curry and Tony Rock. The tour arrives Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.; tickets are $74.50, $55.50 and $45.50. Order tickets at the online box office.

Ongoing

First Stage: A Wrinkle in Timethrough Feb. 19

Next Act Theatre: Vigil, through Feb. 26

Fireside Theater: Viva Vegas, through March 4

Milwaukee Rep: To Kill A Mockingbird, through March 11 (EXTENDED)

Milwaukee Rep: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), through March 11

Last Chance

Soulstice Theater: Tick, Tick… BOOM!, through Feb. 11

Skylight Music Theater: Gershwin & Friends, through Feb. 12

Off the Wall Theatre: The Sisters Rosensweig, through Feb. 12

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