Passing the Baton

Keep an eye on Estonian conductor Anu Tali when she comes to Milwaukee this month.

With Music Director Edo de Waart’s departure scheduled for the end of the 2016-17 season, the folks at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra are likely paying close attention to visiting guest conductors. Among them, Anu Tali is sure to get her share of scrutiny.

The Estonian conductor is known for her musicianship, energy and ambition (in 1997, she and her twin sister founded what’s now the Nordic Symphony Orchestra). Here, she’ll conduct music from Scandinavian neighbors, including Sibelius (Finland), Grieg (Norway) and the flute concerto by Nielsen (Denmark), which will feature MSO’s superb flutist, Sonora Slocum. Feb. 20-21; Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

‘Passing the Baton’ appears in the February 2016 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Paul Kosidowski is a freelance writer and critic who contributes regularly to Milwaukee Magazine, WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio and national arts magazines. He writes weekly reviews and previews for the Culture Club column. He was literary director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater from 1999-2006. In 2007, he was a fellow with the NEA Theater and Musical Theater Criticism Institute at the University of Southern California. His writing has also appeared in American Theatre magazine, Backstage, The Boston Globe, Theatre Topics, and Isthmus (Madison, Wis.). He has taught theater history, arts criticism and magazine writing at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.