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Classical music: Madison Bach Musicians perform their sixth annual Baroque holiday concert this coming Saturday night. Plus, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s “Messiah” on Friday night is close to selling out

ALERT: The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and its acclaimed music director Andrew Sewell are pretty busy these days playing the accompanying music for the Madison Ballet ‘s multiple performances of Peter Tchaikovsky ‘s holiday ballet ...

December 4   -  

Classical music: The concert by the Pro Arte Quartet TODAY on “Sunday Afternoon Live From the Chazen” has been CANCELLED

By Jacob Stockinger The Ear has been informed that the concert TODAY by the UW-Madison’s Pro Arte Quartet (below, in a photo by Rick Langer) slated for 12:30 to 2 p.m. on “Sunday Afternoon Live From the Chazen” has been CANCELLED due ...

December 3   -  

Classical music: Here is a true tale of a famous Mozart opera, sexual assault and Trump Tower

By Jacob Stockinger World-famous avant-garde stage director Peter Sellars (below, in a photo by Christian Carisius for the European Press Photo Agency) is known for his unorthodox recasting of operas and Bach cantatas. But one of his productions, ...

December 2   -  

Classical music: Broadcasts of operas from the Met and string quartets by the UW-Madison’s Pro Arte Quartet are featured on old media and new media this Saturday and Sunday. Plus, the 89th Edgewood college Christmas Concert is tonight and tomorrow afternoon.

ALERT: Edgewood College will present its 89th Annual Christmas Concerts tonight at 7 p.m. and Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the St. Joseph Chapel, 1000 Edgewood College Drive. Now expanded to two performances, the holiday concert features the ...

December 1   -  

Classical music: This is a very busy weekend for FREE choral music, band music, chamber music, a brass master class and a Berlioz colloquium at the UW-Madison.

By Jacob Stockinger This is the time of the academic year, the end of a semester, when performers and venues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music really get a workout. Take this weekend and especially this coming Sunday, which ...

November 30   -  

Classical music: The Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble excels again in a varied program of rarely heard Baroque vocal and instrumental music

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 ...

November 29   -  

Classical music: Can arias from Baroque operas address current chaos and concerns? Singer Joyce DiDonato thinks so. Plus, a FREE concert of music by Dvorak, Debussy, Frank Bridge and Amy Beach is at noon on Friday

ALERT: This week’s FREE Friday Noon Musicale at the First Unitarian Society of Madison , 900 University Bay Drive, features Shannon Farely, viola, with Chris Allen, guitar; Leah King, piano; Elspeth Stalter Clouse and Ela Mowinski, violin; and ...

November 28   -  

Classical music: The Madison Symphony Orchestra performs its usually sold-out Christmas concerts this weekend

By Jacob Stockinger The Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and music director John DeMain will kick off the holiday season with the much-loved tradition — A Madison Symphony Christmas — with three concerts this coming weekend in Overture ...

November 27   -  

Classical music: Here is The New York Times holiday gift guide of classical music for 2016

By Jacob Stockinger The holiday shopping has started with a Black Friday that set records for on-line sales — more than $3 billion or an increase of 11 percent over last year, according to news reports. And this coming Cyber Monday is supposed ...

November 26   -  

Classical music: For this coming Giving Tuesday, The Ear takes note that symphony orchestras are not alone in now being more like charities than businesses

By Jacob Stockinger This coming Tuesday, Nov. 29, is Giving Tuesday . It follows such hyped up promotional and for-profit business days as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday . But this year Giving Tuesday seems more important than ...
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