In Saturday’s (12/5) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jim Higgins writes, “The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has received a $500,000 endowment gift that will help underwrite an annual tour of holiday music to people, especially the elderly, who are not able to attend MSO concerts. The gift from Patti Bringe-Blomquist and Richard Blomquist will support the next decade of the Hometown Holiday Tour, which visits hospitals, nursing homes, care centers and churches to perform free concerts. Bringe-Blomquist is an MSO board member. This month, resident conductor Stuart Chafetz will lead the MSO in holiday programs at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care (Dec. 16), Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Dec. 17), Milwaukee Center for Independence (Dec. 18), Milwaukee Lutheran Home (Dec. 18), Calvary Church (Dec. 19) and Alexian Village (Dec. 20). Concerts selections will include ‘Sleigh Ride,’ ‘The Syncopated Clock,’ ‘Carol of the Bells’ and ‘White Christmas.’ ”

Posted December 7, 2009