The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Presents the Great American Songbook: Rodgers and Hammerstein
By Livia Peterson
Led by conductor Jeff Tyzik and vocalist Ashley Brown, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's 2017-2018 Season Pops finale the Great American Songbook: Rogers and Hammerstein is brilliant and delightful.
The concert commenced with a few Camelot selections perfectly setting the mood. South Pacific, Flower Drum Song, and Carousel selections followed, with A Wonderful Guy, I Enjoy Being a Girl, and You'll Never Walk Alone were the respective highlights.
Yet, 76 Trombones concluded the initial hour and A Marvin Hamlisch Celebration (a tribute to the composer, arranged by Mr. Tyzik) commenced the second hour truly illuminates how spectacular the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is and how attending live orchestral music will reach into one's soul and nurture the spirit.
The King and I's Something Wonderful and Oklahoma's I Cain't Say No and Out of My Dreams were astonishing and spotlighted Ms. Brown's sophisticated voice. The Sound of Music selections, including My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, and Climb Every Mountain were my personal favorites, as it is one of the best motion pictures to exist. The encore, Mary Poppins' Feed the Birds, provided smiles across the entire room.
The MSO allows one to feel alive in their music and specifically, the pops concerts are able to reach several generations regardless of the generation gap. Rodgers and Hamerstein's music is ageless and nothing compares to the orchestra accompaniment.