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Young Musicians, Old Music Take Center Stage at Baroque Festival

Greater Milwaukee Baroque Festival

It's a good weekend for fans of the early musical style known as Baroque.

This Saturday marks eight hours of baroque offerings at the Greater Milwaukee Baroque Festival, held at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Wauwatosa. 

Joan Parsley is the artistic director of Ensemble Musical Offering, which is putting on the festival. She says the idea behind it is to not only to expose young people to baroque music, but also to feature young musicians already accomplished in the genre.

"The children are adjudicated in the areas of piano and strings, they play on modern instruments, but the significant thing is that they’re playing baroque compositions," she says.

Credit Hayashi Kiyotane
Celebrated fortepianist Steven Lubin will present at the festival.

The young musicians - and the public - will get to see celebrated fortepianist Steven Lubin at the festival, as he gives a master class on Saturday. The following day, he will play music by Mozart on a Stein fortepiano at a house concert to support the early music group and the festival.

Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.