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Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble
Sunday, Oct. 9
The Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble, founded in 2000, is an established group comprised of auditioned, advanced level handbell ringers from the Milwaukee area. With a variety of repertoire ranging from hymn-like pieces to secular rhythmic pieces, The Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble performs an exceptional choice of compositions. The group is under the direction of Dr. John Behnke, a frequent handbell clinician, organ recitalist and handbell festival director.
Russian natives Stanislava Varshavski and Diana Shapiro met at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel where they were encouraged to play as a piano duo. The collaboration brought the pair international acclaim, and they have won piano duo competitions worldwide. In 2005, they came to the U.S., and both earned Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2012, the duo was invited to join the prestigious Astral Artists after winning the organization’s National Audition in Philadelphia.
PRO ARTE QUARTET
SUNDAY, NOV. 20
The Pro Arte Quartet is one of the world’s most distinguished string quartets. The Pro Arte Quartet performs throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, and continues to champion equally both standard repertoire and new music. This group is an ensemble in residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of music and resident quartet of the Chazen Museum of Art, performing regularly on the concert series of both institutions.
BELLA VOCE CAMERATA
SUNDAY, FEB. 12
Bella Voce, a Chicago-based professional choral ensemble, brings to life to a broad range of the one living tradition of choral music, rooted in historical and cultural context. For more than 40 years, their unique sound has enriched and enlightened audiences and conveyed new insights into each composer’s voice. Bella Voce creates a shared experience of beauty, delight and inspiration between artists, and audience.
SUNDAY, MARCH 19
Back by popular demand is Atlantic Wave, a Milwaukee Irish band playing the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Their "contemporary trad" style features a pair of fiddlers, a lead singer on guitar, and a bouzouki and bodhran player. They are known for their lively, high-energy live shows that combine jigs, reels, strathspeys and the like, with songs and ballads both old and new.