History

A Century of MusicA Century of Music 1909-2009

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Past Presidents - MacDowell Club of Milwaukee

100 Year Club History - 2009

90 Year Club History - 1999

Member Recognition

Sue Pajunen Suzanne Pajunen, October 19, 2012.

Milton Peckarsky Milton Peckarsky, September 18, 2012.

Thallis Hoyt Drake Thallis Hoyt Drake, October 21, 2011.

Milton Peckarsky Mary Pat Connell, October 12, 2011.

June Dittl June Dittl, November 19, 2009.

Commissioned Works

60th Anniversary

Louise TalmaLouise Talma (1906-1996)
Louise Talma's "The Tolling Bell" celebrated the MacDowell Club's 60th Anniversary, the Milwaukee Symphony's tenth season and the opening season of the long-awaited Performing Arts Center. In November 1969, New York City Opera baritone William Metcalf sang the premiere under the baton of Maestro Kenneth Schermerhorn. Texts: "To be, or not to be" - Shakespeare; "Ah, Faustus" - Christopher Marlowe; "This is my playes last scene" - John Donne. The scores are available in the UWM Music Library circulating collection. Biography.


75th Anniversary

John W. DowneyJohn W. Downey (1927-2004)
John Downey's Piano Trio, Op. 84, was commissioned to commemorate the MacDowell Club's 75th anniversary. It was dedicated to Leonard Sorkin and premiered November 20, 1984, at the Athenaeum, by Leonard Sorkin, violin (Director of the UW-Milwaukee Chamber Music Institute); Loren Brown (Principal Cello with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra); and the composer at the piano. Biography.


100th Anniversary

Michael TorkeMichael Torke (1961- )
Michael Torke's "Song of Ecclesiastes" marked the MacDowell Club's 100th Anniversary and was premiered by Milwaukee baritone Kurt Ollmann and the composer at the piano at a celebratory Gala held at the Athenaenium on May 19, 2009. Biography.

Centennial Celebration

Woman's Club of Wisconsin 100 Years of Beautiful Music - Vital Source Magazine.

Centennial Celebration - Rick Walters, Express Milwaukee, May 26, 2009.

Accolades

Milwaukee Historical SocietyMilwaukee Historical Society