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Wisconsin Lutheran College announces all new performances in 2006-07 Guest Artist Series

April 19, 2006

MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Lutheran College announces the 2006-07 Guest Artist season, boasting all new talent from around the globe. The schedule is packed with six series and three special events. All performances take place in the Schwan Concert Hall located in the Center for Arts and Performance at 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave.  To purchase tickets, call (414) 443-8802 or purchase tickets online at wlc.edu/arts. Only series subscriptions are available until July 17.

Classic Series
The Classic Series continues to flourish with classical music ensembles. Complete series ticket prices are $88 general / $77 for seniors 65 and older and Friends of the Arts / $34 for students elementary through college.

  • Burning Brass - October 13 - One of the most respected classical brass ensembles in the United States offers a repertoire of fresh arrangements and works written specifically for the group.
  • Claremont Trio - November 17 - Twin sisters Emily and Julia Bruskin on violin and cello and Donna Kwong on piano, bring the exuberance of youth to classic works.
  • Aspen Ensemble - January 26 - From the famed Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, the Aspen Ensemble offers a variety of repertoire using multiple variations of instrumentation and talent.
  • Quartet San Francisco - March 30 - Performs traditional string quartet pieces as well as big band, Latin and jazz.

Encore Series
The Encore Series offers an eclectic mix of popular artists and musical ensembles. Complete series ticket prices are $104 general / $93 for seniors 65 and older and Friends of the Arts / $34 for students elementary through college.

  • Duke Ellington Orchestra - September 8 & 9 - One of the most popular big bands of all time performs favorite melodies including "Take the A-Train" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)."
  • Capitol Quartet - September 22 & 23 - Comprised of saxophonists and alumni of the premier military bands of the United States.
  • Lowe Family - February 2 & 3 -  Direct from the Welk Theatre in Branson, Missouri, the Lowe Family offers a unique blend of classical, Broadway, '20s, '40s, '60s, Irish, jazz, swing, clog, tap, patriotic, bluegrass and gospel.
  • Juggernaut Jug Band - March 23 & 24 - Performs the nostalgic music of the jug band era.

Horizons Series
Continuing to explore world music and dance, the Horizons Series offers a fourth performance this season. Complete series ticket prices are $77 general / $70 for seniors 65 and older and Friends of the Arts / $26 for students elementary through college.

  • Kevin Lock Native Dance Ensemble - October 17 - A Lakota hoop dancer and flute player reared on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.
  • Inca Son - November 14 - Presents traditional music and dance of the Andes Mountains of Peru and Latin America in authentic and colorful Inca attire.
  • Moscow Nights and Golden Gates - January 16 - A versatile, prize-winning trio from Russia performing on balalaikas and bayan accordion. The Golden Gates dancers present an authentic picture of Russian folk traditions.
  • Orchid Ensemble - March 6 - blends ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond.

Family Series
The Family Series presents a variety of performances suitable for all ages, including younger children, on Sunday afternoons. The popular series has expanded to four performances for the 2006-07 season. Complete series ticket prices are $49 general / $43 for seniors 65 and older and Friends of the Arts / $20 for students elementary through college.

  • Seussical - October 22 - Adapted from the Broadway version, features the best-loved Dr. Seuss stories.
  • A Christmas Carol - December 10 - A musical interpretation of the Dickens classic.
  • Hunt Family Fiddles - March 11 - A musical family performing foot-stomping fiddling and amazing Irish dance.
  • Lazer Vaudeville - April 29 - A journey through imagination - a wizard creates magical illusions with laser beams, a neon cowboy kicks up a luminescent, rope spinning display and an audience member escapes from a straightjacket.

Solo Voices Series
The second season of the Solo Voices Series features three unique performers. A complete catered dinner option is available with each performance. Seating is limited. Complete series ticket prices are $79 general / $71 for seniors 65 and older and Friends of the Arts / $26 for students elementary through college.

  • Anthony Kearns - October 20 - Of world famous trio The Irish Tenors, Kearns offers his smooth voice and tremendous vocal range.
  • Steve Lippia - February 14 - Lippia performs the classic favorites of Frank Sinatra.
  • Rita McKenzie - March 2 - McKenzie recreates her award-winning, off-Broadway portrayal of Ethel Merman.

Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversations® Series
Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversations, which just this year celebrated 20 years in Milwaukee, returns with four exciting performances highlighting Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Liszt. Siegel presents his Keyboard Conversations in cities across the country, including New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. Complete series ticket prices are $99 general / $88 for seniors 65 and older and Friends of the Arts / $34 for students elementary through college.

  • Beethoven: Sunnyside Up! - September 27 - The light-hearted works of Beethoven.
  • Schubert: On Wings of Song - December 13 - The beautiful melodies of Schubert.
  • Schumann: Musical Love Letters  - March 7 - The romantic piano pieces of Schumann.
  • Liszt: The Devil Made Me Do It! - May 9 - The exciting music of Liszt.

Special Events
This season, three special events will complement the series. Until July 17, special events are only available in combination with a series.

  • In the Mood - October 29 & 30 - a 1940s musical revue featuring singers, dancers and the String of Pearls big band. $35 general / $32 for seniors 65 and older and Friends of the Arts / $10 students elementary through college.
  • A Viennese Christmas - December 15 - The New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra performance includes traditional Christmas tunes with a mixture of Viennese music. $35 general / $32 for seniors 65 and older and Friends of the Arts / $10 students elementary through college.
  • Beatlemania Now - April 13 - a Beatles tribute band performing more than 35 songs, tracing the Beatles career from their 1964 U.S. debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" to the finale of "Let It Be" in 1970. $35 general / $32 for seniors 65 and older and Friends of the Arts / $10 students elementary through college.