left: Caro and Farofa

bottom left:  Princesa Maya and Plumaje de Mujer-Female Plumage by Juan Flores

Below: The Tragedy of Carmen performed by Florentine Opera at the Marcus Performing

Arts Center

Tantalizing Tidbits

from Milwaukee's

Arts Scene


Latino Arts

For more than 30 years, Latino Arts, Inc. has brought performances by iconic Hispanic artists and dance troupes, arts education, and cultural awareness to the Milwaukee community.

Located at 1028 S. 9th St., Latino Arts will host several March events:

 March 6, Los-Angeles-based Brazilian musicians Farofa and vocalist Caro Pierotto will present “BR-101,” a concert named after a major Brazilian highway and featuring the lush melodies and intoxicating rhythms of their South American homeland.

 “Hijos De La Tierra (Children of the Earth),” an exhibit by Veracruz, Mexico-born painter Juan Flores and inspired by the works of Frida Kahlo, opens with a reception on March 6 at 5pm before the concert and runs through June 5. Gallery hours are 9am-8pm Mon.-Fri.

 To purchase tickets visit www.latinoartsinc.org.




The Florentine Opera

The Florentine Opera presents its new production, Peter Brook’s The Tragedy of Carmen, based on Georges Bizet’s incendiary 1875 opera, Carmen, this month at Marcus Performing Arts Center’s Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall.

 Highlighting themes of jealousy, betrayal, and seduction, the 90-minute one-act performance is directed by Eugenia Arsenis and conducted by Christopher Rountree. The Tragedy features Bizet’s passionate score and stars Laurel Semerdijan as Carmen and Luis Alejandro Orozco, along with Baumgartner Studio Artists Katie Henry as Michaela and Luke Selker as Don Jose.

 The Florentine is happy to utilize young local talent in its productions. Two Mount Mary College fashion program students, who have internships with the performance company, will assist costume designer and shop manager Mel Benson in creating The Tragedy of Carmen’s sultry and eye-catching costumes.

 A pre-opera talk, hosted by Arsenis, will be held an hour before each performance.

 Verdi's Macbeth, based on the Shakespearian tragedy about power, corruption and the supernatural, is also at the Marcus Performing Arts Center this month. This is grand opera at its best.

 Tragedy dates and details can be found on page 13 or at www.florentineopera.org.