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The Making of a Quartet

The Making of a Quartet

By Andrea Johnson Over the remnants of brunch on a recent Sunday afternoon, a quartet – percussionist Dan Reifsteck, saxophonist Joe Connor, guitarist Ilan Blanck and pianist Matt Blair – brainstormed name ideas. “Madera,” Blair volunteered. “No,” Connor replied. “I like ‘Noise Is,” Reifsteck said. “It’s too rhetorical,” Blanck said. “Do we not like ‘Middle

LSO continues search for new conductor

By Andrea Johnson In the face of changing tastes and declining ticket sales, professional orchestras have had to adapt or fold. Chicago’s Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra announced just this week that the 2014-15 season would be their last. Closer to home, the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra will also close after this season, more than a