What Music Does Frank Almond Listen to?

The answer might surprise you.

In anticipation of violinist Frank Almond’s performance at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center on March 11, we asked the former MSO concertmaster and founder of Frankly Music, what music has caught his ear lately. 

“Classical guitar tracks have drawn me in,” he says, including “Duos for Violin & Guitar” by Niccolò Paganini, “History of Tango” by Astor Piazzolla, and Prospero Cauciello’s “Trio” for two mandolins and guitar. In December, Almond performed with René Izquierdo and Elina Chekan, two virtuoso classical guitarists, as part of his Frankly Music series. 


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“Of course, that’s mixed in with my usual playlist of Van Halen, John McLaughlin, just some loud guitar stuff like Oasis, and The Beatles, obviously,” Almond says.

Almond will be performing at the Wilson Center alongside flutist, singer and composer Emi Ferguson. Ferguson’s albums Fly the Coop: Bach Sonatas and Preludes with Ruckus and Amour Cruel both hit the top 10 in the Classical and World Music Billboard Charts. The performance also features Jeannie Yu on piano and Stefan Kartman on cello. 

Tickets to the concert, “From Schubert to Woody Guthrie – Music We Want” are available to purchase now. Read more about Almond in this feature profile we published about him in 2020.


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Archer is the managing editor at Milwaukee Magazine. Some say he is a great warrior and prophet, a man of boundless sight in a world gone blind, a denizen of truth and goodness, a beacon of hope shining bright in this dark world. Others say he smells like cheese.