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Classical music: The Mosaic Chamber Players excel in trios by Haydn, Bartok and Brahms. They are new, but they deserve your attention.

By Jacob Stockinger Here is a special posting, a review written by frequent guest critic and writer for this blog, John W. Barker, who also provided the performance photos for this review. Barker (below) is an emeritus professor of Medieval history ...

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Classical music: The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and piano soloist Ilya Yakushev excel in a varied program. But audience members should do better at observing concert etiquette. Plus, retired UW-Madison bass-baritone Sam Jones dies at 87.

ALERT: Sad news has reached The Ear. Samuel M. Jones, a bass-baritone who was an exceptional performer and teacher at the UW-Madison School of Music for 37 years and who also served as the cantor at Temple Beth El and the Choral Director at Grace ...

January 25   -  

Classical music: Breakfast on next Sunday morning, Feb. 1, will benefit the choir program at Middleton High School.

By Jacob Stockinger Our friends in the music program at Middleton High School have asked The Ear to announce the following fundraiser and benefit: The Middleton High School Choral Boosters invite you to attend the 21st Annual Country Breakfast on ...

January 24   -  

Classical music: Streaming gains even more momentum. Korean carmaker Hyundai will abandon in-dash CD players and titan CD seller Naxos will launch a high-definition streaming service.

No doubt about it. Streaming seems the sound wave of the future. That’s what the news about sales and trends points to, anyway. Streaming through such services at Spotify or various app stores and retailers like Amazon.com looks to be the ...

January 22   -  

Classical music: Amazon’s new TV comedy “Mozart in the Jungle — Sex, Drugs and Classical Music” depicts the problems of classical musicians in New York City, and gets cheers and jeers from critics for The New York Times and National Public Radio.

By Jacob Stockinger Bankrupt symphony orchestras and opera companies? Highly trained but out-of-work classical musicians? The unfortunate realities of classical music in contemporary American culture have made their way into a fictional comedy. Fresh ...

January 21   -  

Classical music: Here is a follow-up story from the Middleton Times-Tribune newspaper about The Ear’s “Musician of the Year” for 2014 –- the Middleton Community Orchestra.

By Jacob Stockinger Well, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is back in session. That means that many people who were gone – students, staff and faculty – are back in town. While gone, they may have missed The Ear’s annual choice of ...

January 20   -  

Classical music: This will be an outstanding semester for piano fans in the area. But it starts with a “train wreck” this Friday night with dueling piano concerts by Christopher Taylor and Ilya Yakushev.

By Jacob Stockinger For piano fans, the first semester in Madison proved a bit underwhelming, even disappointing when compared to many past falls. But that is about to change this semester, starting this weekend. Of course this piano-rich week comes ...

January 19   -  

Classical music: Why hasn’t anyone written an opera about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement?

By Jacob Stockinger Today is a federal holiday in the US : Martin Luther King Jr. Day. And The Ear has just one question: Why hasn’t anyone yet composed an opera about MLK ? His larger-than-life existence has all the necessary operatic ...

January 18   -  

Classical music: Play the expert insider. Listen to excerpts and then vote in the BBC Music Magazine Awards for 2015.

By Jacob Stockinger It is the season of entertainment awards, what with the Golden Globes , the Oscars or Academy Awards , and the Grammys among others. Those awards are given out by privileged insiders, who work inside the various industries. But ...

January 17   -  

Classical music: Master pianist and teacher Frank Glazer dies just shy of 100. He performed several times in Madison at Farley’s House of Pianos.

By Jacob Stockinger Sad news comes to The Ear via his good friends Renee and Tim Farley , who own and operate Farley’s House of Pianos, on Madison’s far west side. It concerns the death this past week of the Wisconsin -born and Maine ...
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