Sunday, February 21, 2010
This afternoon we picked up our friends and went to hear The Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale in concert with Dennis Janzer. She and I are co-Presidents of the Chorale so our dh went along for the concert too.
The Milwaukee Jewish C0ommunity Chorale is a volunteer choir that first performed in 1994 for the celebration honoring Milwaukee Jewry's 150th Anniversary. It has since become known as a provider of Jewish music to Wisconsin's myriad communities. They have performed in New York City, Chicago Illinois and Israel.
They sang two pieces that Dennis Janzer wrote for Organ and Choir. They were "Celebrate and Sing" and "Who Shall Ascend - Psalm 24".
Dennis Janzer is an award-winning composer with a Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in Composition from the University of Miami. He also holds other degrees, including a Masters of Science in Bio-medical Engineering from Marquette University as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Theory/Composition from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. An annual recipient of ASCAP awards, Dr. Janzer is active as a composer and performer, with compositions that range from organ miniatures to large symphonic works. A number of his new compositions involving organ student instruction are used at the American Guild of Organist's Pipe Organ Encounters.
This event was an outstanding opportunity for the Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale and Dennis Janzer to perform together at St. Joseph Center Chapel. The MacDowell Club of Milwaukee hosted the program.
Dennis remarked to the Chorale Director, after the performance, that this performance of his music, by the Chorale, was the best he had ever heard done.
Other Organists also performed this afternoon, which included several instrumental solos by a flutist, trumpet and clarinet player. There was also a piece by two organists, which is very unusual, because you rarely have two hugh organs in the same location.
After the performance a group of us (nine) went to Paul's Omega restaurant which I had been to last week, with my friend, when I took her to the airport. This time I was accompanied by my dh who had his pork chop. I had my Greek Salad once again and ate my 2.4 oz roll. This time I stopped at one and didn't take any home.
It was a very nice day and now I will watch a little TV and read "The Piano Teacher" which I need to have finished by next week for my book club.