Originally published June 6, 2012

Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with music and stories from the Titanic era at the Grohmann Museum, 1000 N. Broadway. The museum’s popular concert series, “Piano Portraits: The music of Jeffery Hollander,” continues and guests are invited to hear Dr. Jeffrey Hollander create a living concert. The Piano Portraits concert series was created specifically for the Grohmann Museum, and takes thematic inspiration from the museum’s exhibitions. Each concert includes a short tour of the current museum exhibition.

Inspired by classical compositions, popular tunes and jazz improvisations, Hollander weaves a series of fantasies touching on sentiment, brilliance, humor and deep pathos. He shares interesting anecdotes about the composers and requests themes from the audience for improvisation at the conclusion.

Memories of the Titanic
Sunday, June 10, 2 p.m.
Music and stories from the Titanic era as presented by Dr. Jeffrey Hollander, followed by audience requests.

From Gershwin to Grohmann
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2 p.m.
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of George Gershwin’s passing and the 5th anniversary of the Grohmann Museum with the concert works of Gershwin and Tin Pan Alley songs as presented by Dr. Jeffrey Hollander, followed by audience requests.

Tickets are $20 at the door. Members of the Grohmann Museum are admitted for $15. Call 414-277-2300 or email ricea@msoe.edu for more information.

At the age of seven, Hollander was the youngest scholarship winner at the prestigious Eastman School of Music. He received a doctorate in piano performance from legendary Hungarian concert pianist György Sandor.  He often appears in the beautiful lobby of the majestic Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, and his CD, “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” was created there. Hollander’s stunning concerts have thrilled audiences in America and Europe.  He has appeared as soloist with the Milwaukee and Chicago Symphonies.

The Grohmann Museum is home to the Man at Work collection, which comprises more than 800 paintings and sculptures dating from 1580 to the present. They reflect a variety of artistic styles and subjects that document the evolution of organized work: from farming and mining to trades such as glassblowing and seaweed gathering. The Grohmann Museum welcomes visitors to three floors of galleries where a core collection is displayed as well as themed exhibitions. The museum is owned by MSOE, an independent non-profit university with about 2,500 students. MSOE offers 18 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees in the engineering, engineering technology, building and infrastructure engineering, computer, business, nursing and health-related fields.