Performing Arts

Arts & Culture
12:48 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Composer Searches for Micro-Aural Worlds in Nature

Composer Cheryl Leonard looks to nature's micro-aural worlds for her music.
Credit Cheryl Leonard, allwaysnorth.com

Music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.

That is what happened one day when outdoor-enthusiast and composer Cheryl Leonard was in the woods, improvising with a friend. She took a rosined bow and bowed the bark of a tree and other nature objects to explore their sounds. Although she did not hear much, she explored the idea further by amplifying the micro-aural worlds around us. That is the music to Leonard’s ears.

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Arts & Culture
7:30 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Fortissimo Is Not a Problem for the Knightwind Ensemble

The Knightwind Ensemble started 60 years ago as an Elk Lodge wind band.
Credit knightwind.org

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Dr. Eric Janners, music director and conductor of the Knightwind Ensemble.

When we talk about classical music we usually talk about symphonic groups. Bands are for militaries and other kinds of marching, like for football game half times. But symphonic bands can be just as musically sophisticated as orchestras.

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Arts & Culture
3:59 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

How Shakespeare Helps These Wisconsin Veterans Suffering From PTSD

Nancy Smith-Watson and her husband working with participants.
Credit Feast of Crispian

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with Nancy Smith-Watson and Shep Crumrine.

A little over a year ago, Feast of Crispian began holding weekend Shakespeare intensives at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

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Arts & Culture
2:03 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

October, Before I Was Born: a New Play Offers a Personal Account of a Public Tragedy

Raeleen McMillion, Ken T. Williams & April Paul in "October, Before I Was Born."
Mark Frohna

Bonnie North interviews Staughton playwright Lori Matthews about "October, Before I Was Born".

In October of 1960, an explosion ripped through the Tennessee Eastman Company factory in Kingsport, Tennessee. Out of 12,000 men at the factory, 16 people were killed and more than 300 were injured. It threw Kingsport’s largest employer into disarray at the time.

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Arts & Culture
4:09 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Queens of Harmony Strike a Chord at The Pabst

Queens of Harmony in the Lake Effect studio.
Bonnie North, Lake Effect

Milwaukee's Queens of Harmony chat and perform in Lake Effect's Studio B

Milwaukee’s gospel quartet Queens of Harmony has been singing in Central City churches for almost half a century. They have also performed in Washington, DC and as far away as Japan.

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