The Milwaukee Symphony perrmforms across many genres of music throughout the year -- classical concerts, pops, back-up to the ballet, and visiting performers. They perform in a variety of venues, but it's quite special when they perform at the ornate turn-of-the-century Riverside Theater at the Pabst.
On our most recent visit, the MSO provided big band back-up to Michael Feinstein -- not bad if you can't get to his place in New York City. Sometimes I felt that the brass was a bit overpowering, but it was a wonderful evening overall. Having the full symphony with strings also meant they could do justice to Nelson Riddle-like arrangements.
My only real complaint is in my role as a card-carrying member of the fashion police. The gentlemen in the group looked great -- proper jackets and white shirts, with formal bow ties. In contrast, the females of the group looked like they were going to the weekend book club meeting -- something verging on too casual and packable. I wish they'd make as good an effort as the men do to make the evening feel really special, especially in such a beautiful setting as the Riverside Theater.
There is discounted parking nearby, a 5-10 minute walk that can be booked when purchasing tickets on line. This is only a 5-10 minutes walk, but onthe other side of the river.
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