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Classical music: On Monday night, the Middleton Community Orchestra, with Madison Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Joe Morris as soloist, offers a holiday break from holiday music with works by Brahms, Gerald Finzi and Beethoven.

By Jacob Stockinger Thank you, Middleton Community Orchestra. Surely The Ear can’t be the only person who is starting to feel unpleasantly overwhelmed with holiday music — to say nothing of holiday shopping and holiday cards, with holiday ...

December 18   -  

Classical music: The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra plus choirs and soloists offer a FREE carol concert this Saturday night at the Orpheum Theater.

By Jacob Stockinger If you are still looking for seasonal and holiday music events to attend, The Ear has received word of a fine one that is SHORT and FREE. Scott Foss (below) — the accomplished, congenial and generous music director of the ...

December 18   -  

Classical music: The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra plus choirs and soloists offer a FREE hymn sing this Saturday night at the Orpheum Theater.

By Jacob Stockinger If you are still looking for seasonal and holiday music events to attend, The Ear has received word of a fine one that is SHORT and FREE. Scott Foss (below) — the accomplished, congenial and generous music director of the ...

December 17   -  

Classical music: The Madison Choral Project celebrates the holidays and the Winter Solstice on this Saturday with reading, carols and music.

By Jacob Stockinger The Madison Choral Project’s founder and music director Albert Pinsonneault (below) writes: Hi Jake! Here is information about the Madison Choral Project’s upcoming concert: “O Day Full of Grace” on this ...

December 16   -  

Classical music: The Wisconsin Chamber Choir will perform “Welcome Yule,” a concert of six centuries of holiday music, including Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” this Friday night.

By Jacob Stockinger The Wisconsin Chamber Choir (below) will perform “Welcome Yule,” featuring the well-known “Ceremony of Carols ” (at bottom is an excerpt in a YouTube video) by British composer Benjamin Britten . The ...

December 14   -  

Classical music: Need gift suggestions? NPR names its Top 10 classical music albums of 2014. Plus, though Dec. 24 the Madison Symphony Orchestra is offering cut-rate holiday tickets for four spring concerts.

ALERT: The Madison Symphony Orchestra has started its annual holiday cut-rate ticket sale. And you can get some great deals. Between now and Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), you can buy seats for $20 (with a value up to $44) and $45 (valued up to $88). The ...

December 13   -  

Classical music: See what goes into making a Stradivarius violin great, from the special Italian spruce trees to the master violin-makers who come to Cremona, Italy from around the world. But are the old violins really better than the best new ones?

By Jacob Stockinger Ever wonder what goes into a great violin made centuries ago by Stradivarius or Guarneri or Amati that makes them the favorite instruments of great performing virtuosos? (The Ear will forget for a while the stories about how ...

December 12   -  

Classical music education: Classical music can help students study for final exams. Plus, the WYSO Harp Ensemble and Youth Orchestra perform Saturday afternoon.

ALERT: Just a reminder that tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 13, at 1:30 p.m. in Mills Hall, on the UW-Madison campus in the George Mosse Humanities Building at 455 North Park Street. The Youth Orchestra (below) and the Harp Ensemble of the Wisconsin Youth ...

December 11   -  

Classical music: Research shows that the brains of musicians work in a different and good way. Plus, the wind quintet Black Marigold performs a FREE concert this Saturday at noon at Grace Episcopal Church.

ALERT: The local wind quintet Black Marigold (below) will give a FREE concert on this Saturday, Dec. 13, from noon to about 1 p.m. downtown at Grace Episcopal Church , 116 West Washington Avenue, on the Capitol Square. The program includes: Overture ...

December 10   -  

Classical music: The Madison Bach Musicians will perform rarely heard vocal and instrumental holiday music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras this Saturday night.

By Jacob Stockinger If you follow this blog, you know the high respect that The Ear has for the Madison Bach Musicians (below) and its founder-director Trevor Stephenson, who is also a first-rate keyboard player and a supremely talented explainer ...
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