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Classical music education: The Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra ends as it began — with an impressive display of young talent in both classic and contemporary 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 ...

August 22   -  

Classical music: This year’s Token Creek Chamber Music Festival celebrates local ecological restoration with “water music”

By Jacob Stockinger Here is an overview of the upcoming 27th Token Creek Chamber Music Festival , which starts this Saturday, Aug. 27, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 4. TOKEN CREEK, WIS. – Years in the planning, summer 2016 marks the completion ...

August 21   -  

Classical music: On the eve of his performance at The Proms, meet Ivan Fischer – a modest maestro who gets great results from his orchestra

By Jacob Stockinger In less than a week from now, on this coming Friday night, Hungarian maestro Ivan Fischer (below) will make his debut at the famed British BBC Proms with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. In an age of jet-set, millionaire ...

August 20   -  

Classical music: YOU MUST HEAR THIS — On a cool and rainy weekend, here is a touch of summer

By Jacob Stockinger The weather predictions that The Ear has seen say today and tomorrow will be cool and rainy with possible storms. So here is a touch from the composer who The Ear thinks is the most summery composer in history. His work has just ...

August 19   -  

Classical music: Did she know or didn’t she? Here is the factual background about a flawed diva if you go to see the movies “Florence Foster Jenkins” or “Marguerite”

By Jacob Stockinger This week, The Ear saw the movie “Florence Foster Jenkins ,” a story about the amateur singer Florence Foster Jenkins (below, in the 1920s in a photo from Getty Images), who was famous in the early- to mid-20th-century ...

August 18   -  

Classical music: The time and place have changed for Friday night’s concert by the Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra (MAYCO)

By Jacob Stockinger The Ear has received the following note from Mikko Rankin Utevsky (below top), the founder and music director of the Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra (below) bottom, which plays its last concert this Friday night. Hi Jake, I ...

August 17   -  

Classical music: Got questions? Got answers? Try using Quora – especially if you are a piano fan

By Jacob Stockinger A close friend recently recommended a chatroom called Quora, which has a regular website and also a mobile app, which The Ear downloaded from iTunes and uses every day. You have to sign up for it, but membership is free. And I ...

August 16   -  

Classical music: The Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra (MAYCO) closes out its existence this Friday night.

By Jacob Stockinger The Ear notes with sadness the passing of a fine and inspiring institution that has fostered music education. It is the Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra (below), also known as MAYCO, and this Friday night it will give its 10th ...

August 15   -  

Classical music: Where did the Mostly Mozart Festival go on PBS?

By Jacob Stockinger The Ear keeps reading The New York Times and finding features about and laudatory reviews of the 50th Mostly Mozart Festival that is being held at Lincoln Center in New York City from July 22 through August 27. But he ...

August 14   -  

Classical music: Which political campaigns have used classical music?

By Jacob Stockinger In the past, the music that political campaigns used was often jingles that reminded one of Madison Avenue advertising, even when they were composed by Broadway song master Irving Berlin. These days, it seems to The Ear that most ...
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