Tantalizing Tidbits from Milwaukee's Arts Scene
This holiday season, treat yourself to quality theater, comedy, and live music by some of Milwaukee's finest choral singers.
Bel Canto Chorus
Now celebrating its 88th year, Bel Canto Chorus, the oldest continually performing arts organization in Southeastern Wisconsin, keeps choral music, some of which is hundreds of years old, sounding fresh and exciting.
Besides a chorus of more than 100 auditioned adult singers, Bel Canto, which formed in 1931, also has a Senior Singers program for choral music enthusiasts ages 55 and up. Each year, Bel Canto's four concerts, particularly the popular Christmas in the Basilica, set in Milwaukee's architectural jewel, the Basilica of St. Josephat, attracts thousands. Held Dec. 13-15, performances include John Rutter's "Gloria," audience sing-alongs, and plenty of traditional Christmas carols. For tickets, visit belcanto.org.
Marcus Performing Arts Center
With a staggering 10 Tony Awards and a Grammy Award to its credit, The Band's Visit, Nov. 26-Dec. 1 at the Marcus Performing Arts Center as part of the Johnson Financial Group Broadway at the Marcus Center series, will charm and move audiences. The Broadway hit musical tells the story about a group of musicians who find themselves in a small desert town. Enlivened by the power of music, the town will never be quite the same again.
Blow off some post-Thanksgiving-shopping steam and enjoy some laughs with famed Chicago comedy troupe Second City at the Marcus Center's Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall, Nov. 29-Dec. 1. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Sweater takes a playful jab at joyous, yet often maddening, Christmas traditions.
top: The Bel Canto Chorus
at the Basilica of St. Josephat
top right: Chilina Kennedy
& Sasson Gabay in The Band's Visit