_MG_7604_web.jpgThe Grohmann Museum’s popular Piano Portraits Concert Series takes a French focus on Sunday, June 29 at 2 p.m. when pianist Dr. Jeffrey Hollander presents “Under Paris Skies.” Featuring the music of Frederic Chopin, Camille Saint-Saens and Claude Debussy, and improvisations on popular songs written about Paris, the concert will help you get excited about Milwaukee’s Bastille Days festival, to be held less than two weeks later.                          

Inspired by classical compositions, popular tunes and jazz improvisations, Hollander weaves a series of fantasies touching on sentiment, brilliance, humor and deep pathos in a living concert. He likes to share interesting anecdotes about the composers and requests themes from the audience for improvisation at the conclusion. His stunning concerts have thrilled audiences in America and Europe. He has appeared as a soloist with the Milwaukee and Chicago symphonies. The Piano Portraits Concert Series was created specifically for the Grohmann Museum, and takes thematic inspiration from the museum’s exhibitions.

Concerts are held at the Grohmann Museum, 1000 N. Broadway. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. MSOE faculty, staff and students are admitted free. Call (414) 277-2300 or email grohmannmuseum@msoe.edu for tickets or more information.

Upcoming concerts:

Aug. 16, 2014, 3 p.m.
Rhapsody: The World of Franz Liszt, featuring the brilliant concert music of pianist Franz Liszt and Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz, as well as improvisations on the romantic melodies of Hollywood’s Harry Warren, composer of “42nd Street.”

Oct. 25, 2014, 3 p.m.
When you Wish Upon a Star: Inspired by the Carl Spitzweg Collection, featuring the music of Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner, and Spanish romantic composer Enrique Granados, followed by free romantic improvisations.

The Grohmann Museum is home to the Man at Work collection, which comprises more than 1,000 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 university with about 2,600 students. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the engineering, business, mathematics and nursing fields.