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.)
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.
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 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® 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.
John McGivern serves up a steady stream of stories from his Wisconsin childhood.
They recall an age of innocence bounded by snow days and Thanksgiving dinners, handcrafted Christmas toys, trees purchased at the Odd-Lot-Tree-Lot, the annual WE Energies Christmas Cookie Book, New Years Eves in the finished basement and life in the McGivern Household around the Holidays. This show recounts holidays past and present and is guaranteed to generate loads of laughs and a warm, holiday glow.
McGivern is best known for his Emmy-award winning work on PBS. His one-man-shows, The Early Stories Of John McGivern, Midsummer Night McGivern and John McGivern’s Home For The Holidays, tell the stories of being the third born of six kids in a working-class Irish Catholic Family in the Midwest.
Christmas With Annie Moses Band is a perennial holiday favorite and stands on the PBS charts as one of the most played specials of the season. The concert features a flurry of holiday classics chock-full of holiday happiness. From spirited renditions of “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen,” “Deck the Halls” and “The Sussex Carol,” to the breathtaking beauty of “O Holy Night,” this evening of music is invigorating, reverential and transporting. It’s a show you won’t want to miss!
The Annie Moses Band has been inspiring and entertaining audiences with their distinctive style of string music and vocals for over a decade. A captivating blend of folk and classical, the Annie Moses Band is a talented family of songwriters, singers, and musicians, combining technical skill with exhilarating showmanship.
ARRIVAL from Sweden in the production ”The Music of ABBA” has sold out arenas and venues all over the world since 1995 and is the absolute best and most authentic ABBA show there is. Hits like: “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Does Your Mother Know,” “Take A Chance,” “SOS,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Waterloo,” “Honey Honey,” “Fernando,” “Chiquitita,” “Knowing Me Knowing You,” and many more, are delivered with such accuracy that it’s hard to believe that it’s not the real ABBA on stage.
This production has all the features a great ABBA show needs – lovely costumes, extremely talented musicians and breathtaking singers. Millions of people all around the world celebrate this show as the best ABBA show in the world!