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21 hours, 57 minutes ago   -  

Classical music: The Ear goes to the 13th annual Opera in the Park and finds it might well have been the best one yet. Tell The Ear and the Madison Opera what you think. Plus, find out what happened on Day 5 of WYSO’s tour to Argentina.

ALERT: Catch up on the 10-day tour to Argentina by the Youth Orchestra (below) of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras. Here is a link to Day 5: www.wysotour2014.blogspot.com By Jacob Stockinger The final number and encore repetition of the ...

July 28   -  

Classical music: The Ear does some more catching up. This time he takes in the Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra (MAYCO). Plus, here is more news from Day 4 of WYSO’s tour in Argentina.

Here is the daily alert for the tour though Aug. 3 by Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO ) in Argentina. Here is a link to the latest news from Day 4: www.wysotour2014.blogspot.com By Jacob Stockinger As I said yesterday, The Ear is finally ...

July 27   -  

Classical music: The Ear catches up again. This time he takes in a terrific evening sampler of Edvard Grieg at Taliesin in Spring Green. Plus, here is more news from Day 3 of WYSO’s tour in Argentina.

Here is the daily alert for the tour though Aug. 3 by Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) in Argentina. Here is a link to the latest news from Day 3: www.wysotour2014.blogspot.com By Jacob Stockinger As I said yesterday, The Ear is finally ...

July 23   -  

Classical music Q&A: In the run-up to Madison Opera’s 13th annual FREE Opera in the Park this Saturday night, general director Kathryn Smith talks about the past season, the upcoming season, the new opera center and the outdoor concert.

By Jacob Stockinger This Saturday night will bring the Madison Opera ’s 13th annual FREE outdoor Opera in the Park . (Sunday is the rain date.) It is a massive and complex event to stage, from choosing the right food vendors to supplying ...

July 22   -  

Classical music education: TONIGHT brings two FREE sendoff concerts by the local youth musicians -– the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras and the Madison Youth Choirs -– before they head off on international tours to Argentina and Scotland.

By Jacob Stockinger This is a reminder. This is A Tale of Two Tours. Like the tours, both of which will run exactly from July 24 through August 3, the two local groups will also offer competing sendoff concerts at exactly the same time — ...

July 21   -  

Classical music: A memorial for the late University of Wisconsin-Madison pianist Howard Karp is set for Sunday, Aug. 31, at 3 p.m. in Mills Hall. Here is a link to an obituary in The Wisconsin State Journal and to two other stories about Karp from Isthmus and the UW-Madison News Service.

By Jacob Stockinger The word is in: There will be NO annual Labor Day Concert by the Karp family this year. Instead, on the day before Labor Day, friends, students and family members will gather to celebrate the life of professor, pianist and musical ...

July 20   -  

Classical music: Twenty years ago, The Three Tenors created “popera” and changed the history of opera singing. Did it help or hurt opera? And who was the greatest tenor of the three? Plus, Madison Opera’s FREE Opera in the Park is Saturday night.

By Jacob Stockinger This past Wednesday marked the 20th anniversary of The Three Tenors phenomenon -– a blockbuster “crossover” concert (below) that was held outdoors on July 16, 1994 in Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles to mark the ...

July 19   -  

Classical music: Famed child prodigy conductor Lorin Maazel has died at age 84. To the end, he was surrounded by controversy and contradiction.

By Jacob Stockinger Last Sunday. as you may have already heard, the distinguished conductor Lorin Maazel (below, in a photo by AFP-Getty Images ) died at his summer festival grounds and home in Virginia from complications of pneumonia. He was 84. Many ...

July 18   -  

Classical music education: One of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras will embark on an international tour to Argentina that runs July 24 to Aug. 3. So WYSO says “Bon Voyage” with a FREE send-off preview concert on this coming Tuesday night, July 22, at 7 p.m. in Olbrich Gardens.

By Jacob Stockinger The young musicians of Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) and its premier performing ensemble, the Youth Orchestra , are preparing for a fantastic opportunity this month when they will tour to Argentina. Youth Orchestra ...

July 17   -  

Classical music: Grace Presents seeks a Program Coordinator and extends the application deadline through July 31.

By Jacob Stockinger The deadline for applying to be the new Program Coordinator of Grace Presents was originally this past Tuesday, July 15. But it has now been extended through the end of the month, to July 31. For details, see below. In a city with ...
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