Upgrades made in the 2009-2010 Guest Artist Season at Wisconsin Lutheran College

Date Posted: April 28, 2009 

Guest Artist Series 2009-2010: Shidara imageMILWAUKEE – Wisconsin Lutheran College has announced the 2009-2010 Guest Artist season, which  is packed with familiar favorites as well as new and exciting performances and opportunities.

The familiar favorites start off with the ever popular free outdoor concert series Summer Arts in the Park. Come enjoy free music and entertainment throughout June, July and August. Also back are the four pre-show dinner options where patrons can enjoy a themed meal that ties into each performance, choose from a Patriotic meal, a Christmas feast, a romantic Valentine dinner or an Oscars celebration extravaganza. 

The technological upgrades to the ticketing system will be appreciated by online ticket purchasers. New features allow patrons to choose their own seats, preview the view of the stage from their chosen seats, and print their own tickets at home – with no added processing fees.

When it's time to purchase tickets, the prepackaged series are back. According to Dan Schmal, director of arts programming, "The prepackaged series help identify the events, so you know right away what types of performances you are getting in your package - whether it be refined classics in the Classic Series, more pops flavor in the Encore Series, entertainment for all ages in the Family Series or the insightful music and prologue of Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversations." Also keeping in mind that flexibility is key the "choose-your-own" series of five or more events is still a popular option.

The Guest Artist Series is sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board and WaterStone Bank. The outdoor Summer Arts in the Park shows take place on the campus courtyard located between Bluemound Road and Wisconsin Avenue at 89th Street. All other performances take place in the Schwan Concert Hall located in the college's Center for Arts and Performance at 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. Ticket prices are listed below each event in order of adult, senior and student price options. To purchase tickets, call (414) 443-8802 or visit online at All prepackaged and choose your own series subscriptions are available now. Individual event ticket sales begin July 15.


Suzanne Grzanna
Composer, jazz saxophonist and vocalist, Suzanne Grzanna presents clever lyrics and sax solos that showcase her soulful and strong tone.
Thursday, June 18, 6:30 p.m.

In the Mood
In the Mood, a Milwaukee based group, is a 1940s style big band with an emphasis on danceable swing and standards.
Thursday, July 2, 6:30 p.m.

Fine Arts Fair
Enjoy a full day of arts activities featuring fine art and craft booths, a silent auction, and great food all with a variety of continuous entertainment provided on two stages.
Saturday, July 11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Steve Lewandowski Jazz Trio, 9 a.m.
Steve Lewandowski on guitar, Bob Maynard on vibraphone and George Welland on bass all play from the heart and deliver many different styles of music. 

Newtonburg Brass Band, 10 a.m.
Newtonburg Brass Band is a lighthearted recreation of an early 1900s small town brass band in authentic attire. 

Tom Anthony, 12 noon
The Tom Anthony Group has become one of the most sought after local entertainers for their unique blend of good old fun music with all of its style and character. 

Kids from Wisconsin, 2 p.m.
Enjoy the spectacular, high energy, two-hour performance of your favorite Broadway and pop tunes by the finest young singers and musicians in Wisconsin. 

All-Star SUPERband
The All-Star SUPERband is a sixteen piece Jazz Big Band featuring many of Milwaukee’s finest Jazz musicians. The group plays original music, as well as covers influenced by Count Basie, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Thad Jones, Charlie Parker, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie and Toshiko Akiyoshi.
Thursday, July 30, 6:30 p.m.

Doo-Wop Daddies
The Doo-Wop Daddies recreate this classic genre and capture the demanding vocal style of doo-wop music with unsurpassed excellence.
Thursday, August 13, 6:30 p.m.


Karkowska Sisters Duo
Anna Karkowska on violin and Kasha Karkowska on piano combine to perform inspiring music with doses of comedic banter for an entertaining and inspiring evening of music.
Friday, September 18, 8 p.m.

Boni Pueri
With their musicality and discipline, Boni Pueri, the Czech Boys' Choir is ranked among the finest boys’ choirs in the world.
Friday, November 20, 8 p.m.

Quarteto Vivace Brasil
One of the most exciting new groups on the Brazilian music scene, four master players from South America perform on two guitars, percussion and flute.
Friday, January 15, 8 p.m.

I Musici de Montreal
One of the finest chamber orchestras, I Musici de Montreal is known for its gutsy, passionate music-making.
Friday, February 5, 8 p.m.

Jane Hunt
The classically trained violinist focuses mainly on classical, Celtic and jazz genres while combining with other acclaimed musicians to create a show for all audiences.
Friday, April 16, 8 p.m.


Oh Mr. Sousa!
This musical concert and theatrical experience will feature a 22-piece concert band and eight singing actors who perform 37 roles to highlight the life and times of John Phillip Sousa in a stirring tribute.
Friday, October 2, 8 p.m.

Rave On! The Buddy Holly Tribute
Rave On! Presents an electrifying show paying homage to rock 'n roll legend Buddy Holly.
Friday, October 23, 8 p.m.

David Osborne Trio – Keys to the Heart
Get in the mood for Valentine's Day with David Osborne on piano. With his classical technique, flawless performance and romantic love songs he will unlock the keys to the heart.
Sunday, February 14, 7:30 p.m.
Pre-show dinner option, 6 p.m.
Additional $21 

With extraordinary strength and training, this foremost Japanese drum company will showcase its precision and passion for percussion with masterful skill and energy.
Tuesday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.

A Night at the Oscars
Starring Shirley Jones; Featuring the Hollywood Concert Orchestra
A Night at the Oscars features the Oscar Award-winning singer/actress Shirley Jones and the 35 piece Hollywood Concert Orchestra in unforgettable themes from Broadway and movies.
Friday, March 5, 8 p.m.
Pre-show dinner option, 6:30 p.m.
Additional $21 


Laura Ingalls Wilder
ArtsPower brings to life this uplifting musical of the adventures and obstacles a young girl and her family face as they travel across America searching for a home.
Sunday, October 18, 3 p.m.

Snow White
This musical adaptation from TheatreIV features live actors along with loveable puppets in the classic story of Snow White.
Sunday, November 15, 3 p.m.

David Seebach's Wonders of Magic
Nationally acclaimed magician David Seebach will delight the audience with a blend of mystery and humor in a fast-paced attraction that will leave you laughing and amazed.
Sunday, January 24, 3 p.m.

Adapted from the Broadway version of Seussical, TheatreworksUSA brings its largest-scale production to the stage when best-loved stories collide and cavort in a musical caper.
Friday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.


Accomplished pianist Jeffrey Siegel delights his audiences with four full concerts including the stories behind the music. In his eighth season at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Siegel celebrates Chopin and explores his compositions in various themes throughout his performances.

Chopin for Lovers
Wednesday, September 16, 7:30 p.m. 

Chopin the Patriot
Wednesday, December 16, 7:30 p.m. 

Chopin the Storyteller
Wednesday, March 10, 7:30 p.m. 

Chopin and the Future
Wednesday, May 12, 7:30 p.m. 


A Christmas Gift
Featuring the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and the Pied Pipers
Enjoy a special holiday performance full of rich sounds, harmonies and traditions with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. This event can be added in combination with any series purchase prior to July 15 or receive two free tickets by becoming a member of the Friends of the Arts. See for more information.
Friday and Saturday, December 18 & 19, 8 p.m.
Pre-show dinner option December 19, 6 p.m.
Additional $21