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Classical music: The Willy Street Chamber Players end their first summer season with a MUST-HEAR concert of works by Bach and Mendelssohn this Friday night at 6.

By Jacob Stockinger The new group The Willy Street Chamber Players (below) — certainly the biggest and most successful music news story of this summer — will end its first summer season with a MUST-HEAR concert on Bach and Mendelssohn this ...

July 29   -  

Classical music: Renowned Czech “pianist’s pianist” Ivan Moravec is dead at 84.

By Jacob Stockinger The renowned Czech pianist Ivan Moravec (below) — known as “a pianist’s pianist” — died Monday at the age of 84. He died in Prague of complications from pneumonia. Moravec was known especially for ...

July 28   -  

Classical music: The acclaimed Isthmus Vocal Ensemble performs its annual summer concerts this Friday night and Sunday afternoon.

By Jacob Stockinger The Ear’s friends at the critically acclaimed Isthmus Vocal Ensemble write: When conductor Scott MacPherson convened some of Madison’s top singers in 2002, he had no way of knowing that the newly formed Isthmus Vocal ...

July 27   -  

Classical music: The Madison Savoyards did a disservice to itself and to Gilbert and Sullivan by using an “anime” or animation aesthetic for its production of “The Mikado.”

By Jacob Stockinger Here is a special posting, a review written by frequent guest critic and writer for this blog, John W. Barker. Barker (below) is an emeritus professor of Medieval history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison . He also is a ...

July 26   -  

Classical music: YOU MUST HEAR THIS: “Interlude” by Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar.

By Jacob Stockinger It happened again. There I was, writing in the early morning. I was also listening to Wisconsin Public Radio , which often serves as background music while I write. But this particular morning host Stephanie Elkins played a piece ...

July 25   -  

Classical music: Let us now praise elderly audiences! Plus, the 14th annual FREE Opera in the Park is TONIGHT at 8 p.m.

By Jacob Stockinger When you start talking about audiences for classical music , almost inevitably the subject turns to: How can we attract younger audiences to live concerts ? Proposals range from making tickets cheaper and concerts shorter, ...

July 24   -  

Classical music: Brass ensemble from UW-Platteville performs a FREE concert Monday night at Taliesin in Spring Green. Plus, the Willy Street Chamber Players perform living composers tonight at 6.

ALERT: A reminder that tonight at 6 p.m. in the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1021 Spaight Street, the newly formed group the Willy Street Chamber Players (below) — whose members also play in the Madison Symphony Orchestra , the Wisconsin Chamber ...

July 23   -  

Classical music: On the eve of Opera in the Park, Madison Opera’s general director Kathryn Smith recaps the last season and previews the next.

By Jacob Stockinger Madison Opera ’s Opera in the Park marks its 14th anniversary this Saturday night at 8 p.m. in Garner Park on Madison’s far west side. The annual FREE concert of opera and Broadway favorites closes the company’s ...

July 22   -  

Classical music: The Ear gives a hearty Shout Out! to the All-Festival Concert of early Slavic music by the Madison Early Music Festival.

By Jacob Stockinger Last Saturday night, in Mills Hall, The Ear saw and heard the All-Festival Concert by the Madison Early Music Festival (MEMF). Historically , that concert – which brings together students, faculty and guest artists – ...

July 21   -  

Classical music: Local opera star Kyle Ketelsen talks about returning to Madison Opera’s FREE Opera in the Park this Saturday night and why he continues to live here while having an international career.

By Jacob Stockinger This coming Saturday night will bring the 14th annual FREE outdoors Opera in the Park put on by the Madison Opera . The concert starts at 8 p.m. in Garner Park, on Madison’s far west side where Mineral Point Road and Rosa ...
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