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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   -  The Well-Tempered Ear

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 he same time — tonight, ...

July 21   -  The Well-Tempered Ear

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   -  The Well-Tempered Ear

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   -  The Well-Tempered Ear

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   -  The Well-Tempered Ear

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 15   -  The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: The Madison Early Music Festival turns 15 with a perfect opening concert by the Toronto Consort that explored the Italian Renaissance and the musical legacy of Leonardo da Vinci.

By Jacob Stockinger The Madison Early Music Festival started as an idea. So, what better way to mark its 15th anniversary than by exploring perhaps history’s greatest Man of Ideas -– Leonardo da Vinci ? And that is exactly what happened ...

July 14   -  The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: This year’s second annual Handel Aria Competition is Thursday night at 7:30 p.m in Music Hall with a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. — and is almost guaranteed to be a sellout.

By Jacob Stockinger This week, in conjunction with the 15th annual Madison Early Music Festival that is running from Saturday, July 12, to Saturday, July 19, the second annual Handel Aria Competition will take place on this Thursday, July 17, at 7:30 ...

July 14   -  The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: This year’s second annual Handel Aria Competition is Thursday night at 7:30 p.m in Music Hall with anpre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. in Room 2650 at the nearby Mosse Humanitites Building — and is almost guaranteed to be a sellout.

By Jacob Stockinger This week, in conjunction with the 15th annual Madison Early Music Festival that is running from Saturday, July 12, to Saturday, July 19, the second annual Handel Aria Competition will take place this Thursday, July 17, at 7:30 ...

July 13   -  The Well-Tempered Ear

Classic music: Today is World Cup Sunday. As Argentina and Germany battle to win the soccer championship, here is another installment of the music by the great Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos.

By Jacob Stockinger As loyal blog readers already know, The Ear has been using the FIFA World Cup (below) competition in soccer — or football, as the rest of the globe knows the sport – as a fine occasion to explore and to hear the music ...
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