Wisconsin Music Ventures

Building community through music, and music through community; patron-supported live music experiences featuring local musicians in distinctively Wisconsin settings.

Performance + Education + Wanderlust

Upcoming Events

WMV Special Event: “Insta-This Performance” Pop-Up Youth Recital @ Stories Framed Photography
Nov 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
WMV Special Event: "Insta-This Performance" Pop-Up Youth Recital @ Stories Framed Photography

Open to any middle and high school students currently in private lessons, Stories Framed Photography is allowing us to come in to their space to perform a piece or two in front of a backdrop of the students’ choice.

Each student musician or composer should bring along his or her pre-prepared music, instrument, and willingness for an amazing photo op! Music stands and a Roland Go Piano will be provided. Parents and friends are welcome to come along, although seating will be limited.

Stories Framed will not be taking pictures at the actual event; they are simply allowing a great setting for students to be instagramed, etc.

Snacks will also be served.

WMV Special: JUX + Zoulek @ The Kneeland-Walker House
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
WMV Special: JUX + Zoulek @ The Kneeland-Walker House
Juxtatonal [JUX], a theatrical new music voice and cello duo, teams up with saxophonist Nick Zoulek to explore the concepts of relevance and vulnerability through a playful yet meaningful contemporary music concert. The program includes new commissions from JUX’s latest Relevance Project and works from both of Zoulek’s albums (“Rushing Past Willow” and “Enter Branch”) in addition to works for all three performers.
JUX aims to legitimize playfulness on stage, find creativity in a recreative art, and connect with audiences through compositions that blur the lines between music, art, and theater. In the spirit of this mission, JUX commissioned 14 composers for new works responding to the concept of relevance. The compositions deal with issues of vulnerability, self, privilege, gender, age, and culture.
In addition to collaborating with JUX to perform three world premieres, Zoulek will share some of his own compositions that include cinematic video projections. He explores new possibilities in saxophone performance, creating visceral tapestries of sound and has been praised as a “no-holds-barred engine of avant-garde exploration,” (Portland Press Herald) and “stunningly virtuosic, whatever the genre” (Wall Street Journal).
For more information about the artists, visit their websites: www.juxtatonal.com and www.nickzoulek.com.
Stick around for a small reception with the artists (included with your ticket) featuring mini hand pies by Hatched.
Symposium of Sound: Horn Ensemble Music with Allison Schweitzer @ The Little Red Store
Nov 9 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Symposium of Sound: Horn Ensemble Music with Allison Schweitzer @ The Little Red Store

WMV Founder Allison Schweitzer is a hornist from Wauwatosa who currently plays with Avec le Bois quintet, is on the sub list for the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and freelances otherwise in the area. At this event she will have along a variety of horn duets, trios and quartets to try. Student hornists should bring their instruments and music stands along.

Following each ticket purchase, the student will be asked for their current grade and most recent WSMA solo level, so appropriate repertoire will be selected for the day.

WMV at Buy Local Gift Fair @ The Ivy House
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Wisconsin Music Ventures is a member of Local First Milwaukee, and will be providing holiday music for this Buy Local Gift Fair in the early afternoon. Come on out, shop from AND listen to artists from your own neighborhood!

Musicians featured that day:

1:00 – 2:00 Penny and the G-Man

Penny and the G-Man have been performing, as a acoustic guitar duo, in Minnesota, Illinois, Milwaukee and surrounding area for many years.they have experience in performing for festivals, art walks, wine and coffee shops and markets. They have developed an eclectic selection of favorite music perfect for any occasion. Genre’s include Jazz, blues, R&B, rock, country and more.


2:00 – 3:00 Avec le Bois Woodwind Quintet

Avec le Bois Woodwind Quintet formed in December 2011. The wind quintet is comprised of five musically accomplished young women, and is based in the Milwaukee area. Avec le Bois plays primarily classical music, which is well-suited for wedding ceremonies and other special events such as gallery openings and private parties. The quintet also has repertoire appropriate for children’s events and church services.

The full event runs from 11:00 – 5:00 that day. Click here for more info on featured vendors and the other activities provided that day.

WMV at Christmas Tree Sale @ Zachariah's Acres
Nov 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
WMV at Christmas Tree Sale @ Zachariah's Acres

Wisconsin Music Ventures is teaming up with Zachariah’s Acres, to provide live music during a portion of their Christmas Tree Sale in the Town of Oconomowoc!

Celebrate the Christmas season at Zachariah’s Acres. Cocoa, crafts, and more. Pre-cut trees, wreaths, handmade crafts, market and more. 100% of proceeds benefit children with special needs.

Directions to Zachariah’s Acres: Go west on Hwy 16 towards Oconomowoc, take exit 176 for County Rd P/North
Brown Street & keep right at the fork. Continue driving north on Brown Street for 3.1 miles. Turn right on Servants’ Way.
(N74 W35911 Servants’ Way Oconomowoc, WI 53066 This address cannot be found in online map searches, please follow the directions listed)

The full event runs from 11:00 – 4:00; on this date Smith and Binder Jazz will be playing from 1:00 – 3:00.

Drum Circles with Andrew Moreno in July, 2019, at "Family Music, Alfresco." Despite there being a heat advisory/100 degree weather that day, we still had some awesome and willing takers for our event! We are looking forward to hosting many more fun, interactive events such as this in the future.