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Tony DeSare

Named a Rising Star Male Vocalist by Downbeat magazine, DeSare has lived up to this distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout North America and abroad. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas (headlining with Don Rickles) to major symphony orchestras, DeSare has taken his fresh perspective on ‘old school class’ around the globe.

DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the CBS’ Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, and NBC’s Today Show. His music has been posted by social media celebrity juggernaut, George Takei. He is also an accomplished award-winning composer and has written the theme song for the motion picture My Date With Drew, and has recently composed the full soundtracks for the Hallmark Channel’s Love Always, Santa and Lifetime’s Nanny Nightmare.

Street Corner Symphony

Street Corner Symphony is a contemporary a cappella group based out of Nashville, Tennessee, founded in 2010 to compete in NBC’s all-vocal competition, The Sing-Off. These southern gents quickly won over Sing-Off judges Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five), Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men), and Nicole Scherzinger (The Pussycat Dolls) and, most importantly, millions of NBC primetime viewers after demonstrating their unique, laid-back-yet-dynamic style of a cappella.

Since their success on The Sing-Off, Street Corner Symphony has made their mark on the music world recording albums, providing clinics for schools, giving benefit performances, singing across the country and around the world, and even working with major artists like Ben Folds, Alison Krauss, and Take 6’s Claude McKnight.

Kathy Mattea

Kathy Mattea has enjoyed the kind of success many artists only dream of: two Grammy wins, four CMA Awards, five Gold albums, and a Platinum collection of her greatest hits. Mattea’s dream almost ended, though, when she entered her 50s and found her voice changing. There was no getting around the fact that she simply wasn’t hitting the notes she used to. Taking the stage and giving anything less than her best wasn’t an option, so as far as Mattea was concerned, there were only two choices: re-learn to sing or walk away forever.

Mattea persevered, though, undergoing intensive vocal training and emerging with the most poignant album of her career, Pretty Bird. Recorded over the course of a year with roots music wizard Tim O’Brien at the helm, Pretty Bird draws its strength not only from Mattea’s touching performances, but also from her uncanny ability to weave seemingly disparate material into a cohesive whole.

MSO – Holiday Concert

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is considered one of the finest orchestras in the country. Since its inception in 1959, the MSO has continued to find new ways to deliver innovative music for area audiences, help young people develop an appreciation for music, and elevate Milwaukee’s reputation as an orchestral hub. Once again this season, the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Club presents the MSO’s holiday concert at Cedarburg PAC. (A student performance, funded by the Cedarburg PAC, Inc., with a grant from the Rita Edquist Memorial Fund at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, is also being offered by the MSO.)

An Evening with Chris Botti

Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD, When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music, and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum and Grammy Awards.

His latest album Impressions won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental. Performing worldwide and selling more than four million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre. Hitting the road for as many as 300 days per year, the trumpeter has performed with some of the best musicians and vocalists, with the finest symphonies, and at some of the world’s most prestigious venues.

MSO – Holiday Concert

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is considered one of the finest orchestras in the country. Since its inception in 1959, the MSO has continued to find new ways to deliver innovative music for area audiences, help young people develop an appreciation for music, and elevate Milwaukee’s reputation as an orchestral hub. Once again this season, the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Club presents the MSO’s holiday concert at Cedarburg PAC. (A student performance, funded by the Cedarburg PAC, Inc., with a grant from the Rita Edquist Memorial Fund at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, is also being offered by the MSO.)

Frankie Moreno

As a child prodigy on the piano and a gifted multi-instrumentalist, Frankie Moreno was first introduced to American audiences at the age of ten with his debut on CBS’s Star Search. Since then, named “Las Vegas Headliner of the Year” three times, Moreno has been wowing audiences from coast-to-coast performing his own brand of piano-pounding Rock n’ Roll.

Moreno’s performance on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars brought him into America’s living rooms again. Performing his self-penned hit “Tangerine Honey,” he has continued with more sold-out concerts, television appearances and magazine covers. Moreno’s latest collaboration for Sony Records with world-renowned violinist, Joshua Bell, reached #1 on the Billboard charts in two separate categories. Other artists included on this album were Sting, Josh Groban, and Chris Botti.

Cherish The Ladies

For more than three decades, Grammy Award nominated, Irish-American supergroup Cherish The Ladies has shared timeless Irish traditions and good cheer with audiences worldwide. They’ve brought their signature blend of virtuosic instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, and stunning step dancing to the White House, the Olympics, and to PBS with their television special, An Irish Homecoming, which recently received an Emmy Award.

The Washington Post praises the “astonishing array of virtuosity” that Cherish The Ladies brings to the stage on a regular basis. As their reputation and admiration from both fans and critics alike continues to grow, Cherish The Ladies blazes forward into another decade of music making with a new album released in early 2018 called Heart of the Home.

GENTRI: The Gentlemen Trio

GENTRI: The Gentlemen Trio was established in June 2014 and is comprised of three highly trained tenors: Brad Robins, Casey Elliott and Bradley Quinn Lever. Pioneering a signature sound that can only be described as “Cinematic Pop,” the music of GENTRI is transfused with lush, epic orchestrations and rich, dynamic three-part harmonies all composed by the group’s producer Stephen Nelson.

GENTRI’s self-titled, debut EP spent 10 weeks in the Top 10 on two different Billboard charts, including the Classical and Classical Crossover charts. On the heels of their first release, the Gents debuted their first music video to their original hit single, “Dare,” which made international headlines. The Gents’ later released their full-length album, RISE, which debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Classical and Classical Crossover Charts.

John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party®

John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party® is the official live and authentic tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper’s final tour and the only show endorsed by the Holly, Valens and Richardson estates. Each live concert performance includes over two hours of unbridled, high voltage entertainment featuring all the hit songs of the 50’s era: “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Oh, Boy,” “Rave on,” “La Bamba,” “Chantilly Lace,” and many, many more.

John Mueller, the critically acclaimed former star of the U.S. touring version of the London/Broadway hit musical Buddy..the Buddy Holly Story, performs as Buddy Holly with Linwood Sasser as the Big Bopper and Ray Anthony as Ritchie Valens. The very authentic and energetic four-piece band includes Grammy Award winning Mike Acosta on saxophone.