The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, considered one of the finest orchestras in the country, returns to the Cedarburg PAC for a special holiday concert. The MSO continues to reach new heights under the dynamic leadership of music director, Edo de Waart, who returns for a sixth season with the orchestra.
Journey back to the era of the 60s and 70s coffee houses when the scent of incense wafted through the air and great intellectual masterpieces were written on paper table cloths and tattered coffee stained napkins. War was raging abroad…cries for peace and love were in the air….and poets and musicians ruled the “open mic” scene. This was the setting that launched the careers of many of our folk favorites: James Taylor, Jim Croce, Harry Chapin, Cat Stephens, Bob Dylan, Arlo Gurthrie and many more. Join Jim Witter in celebrating some of the most loved folk favorites of our times.
Since their whirlwind debut five years ago on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, The Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards, accolades and excited fans – as well as an Emmy Award-winning PBS special airing around the country. They were named the #10 Classical Artist in the world for 2014 according to Billboard magazine. The Texas Tenors treat audiences to a unique harmony of Country, Classical, Broadway and Contemporary music using breathtaking vocals, humor and a touch of cowboy charm to create a memorable and musically impressive show.
Ireland’s Folk Band of the Year, The High Kings include members Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden. Coming from accomplished musical pedigrees, The High Kings grew up in households steeped in the Irish musical tradition and each member of the band witnessed first hand the power of well crafted Irish music on an audience. The High Kings demonstrate their incredible versatility and skills as multi-instrumentalists, playing 13 instruments between them and bringing a rousing acoustic flavor to brand new songs as well as some old favorites.
On December 4, 1956, an event occurred that was beyond music history comprehension. A jam session happened – by pure chance – at Sam Phillip’s Sun Studio that featured Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley! “A Night to Remember” honors the sounds of these legendary Sun Records recording artists giving audiences a peak into a rock and roll royalty jam session with music and talent that has stood the test of time. That includes rockabilly, country, gospel and pure 1950s rock and roll based on the night in Memphis when music legends gathered to jam and record together.
Taking their name from a traditional Irish jig, Cherish the Ladies began in 1985 with a series of concerts celebrating the rise of female musicians in a once male dominated scene. The group has grown from a one-time concert concept to an Irish traditional music sensation and is the most successful and sought after Irish-American group in Celtic music today. With their unique spectacular blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing, this powerhouse group combines all the facets of Irish traditional culture and puts it forth in an immensely humorous and entertaining package.
The renegade traditionalists of Mipso are doing their part to push the Appalachian folk tradition into new territory. With ringing four-part harmonies, singable yet poignant lyrics, and heart melting charisma, this North Carolina four-piece band borrows the best from bluegrass, contemporary country, pop, gospel, folk and American singer-songwriter traditions to create their hallmark sound. The group’s chemistry is undeniable and their friendly banter draws audiences closer, but it’s their award-winning songwriting that has earned them legions of fans. They are truly harnessing the sentimental character of bluegrass and twisting in the hopeful outlook of youth.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy made their debut in Ventura, California in 1993 helping to usher in the swing revival founded on a colorful fusion of classic American sounds including jazz, swing, and Dixieland mixed with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture. The band has built a career through relentless touring and an impressive discography including the platinum selling Americana Deluxe and follow-ups This Beautiful Life and Save My Soul. With their recent twenty-year anniversary and new CD Rattle Them Bones, the nine-piece band showed that it is very much like a fine wine or spirit that gets better with age.