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Classical music: JFK was assassinated 51 years ago today. He loved Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings.” In his memory, here it is – in two forms.

By Jacob Stockinger Today is Nov. 22, 2014. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (below) was killed in Dallas, Texas , 51 years ago to the day. The Ear remembers the deep sadness and immense sense of frustration that surrounded the assassination. ...

November 21   -  

Classical music: Here is an update on events and news at the University of Wisconsin School of Music. That includes the performances of music by Verdi, Dvorak and Vaughan Williams on this Saturday and Sunday nights by the UW Choral Union and UW Symphony Orchestra.

By Jacob Stockinger If you don’t already know about A Tempo , you should. It is the official blog of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music . Started by Katherine Esposito (below), the new concert manager and director of public ...

November 20   -  

Classical music: The early music group Ensemble SDG will perform psalms by Heinrich Schütz and other composers as well as sonatas and a canticle this Saturday night at Luther Memorial Church.

By Jacob Stockinger The Madison-based duo Ensemble SDG will perform a concert of early music on this Saturday night, November 22, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Luther Memorial Church (below), 1021 University Avenue, in Madison, Wisconsin. The concert will ...

November 19   -  

Classical music: To mark the 186th anniversary of the death of composer Franz Schubert, The Ear says YOU MUST HEAR THIS: The Adagio from his late Cello Quintet in C major.

By Jacob Stockinger Today is the 186th anniversary of the death of the Viennese composer Franz Schubert (below) –- a composer that I have written about increasing because I find myself more and more attracted to his compassion and empathy, his ...

November 17   -  

Classical music Q&A: Stage director Tara Faircloth talks about her staging of Beethoven’s only opera “Fidelio.” The Madison Opera performs it this Friday night and Sunday afternoon.

By Jacob Stockinger Political prisoners and prisoners of conscience are the hot topics of an old opera that is celebrating its bicentennial this year. When you look around the world and see the struggle in fighting terrorism, religious intolerance and ...

November 16   -  

Classical music: The Minnesota Orchestra will try performing shorter and more informal concerts next season. What do you think? Should that be tried here in Madison and elsewhere?

By Jacob Stockinger You may remember that at the beginning of November, The Ear posted a series of 10 suggestions to improve orchestral concerts (below bottom) intended to draw in bigger, newer and younger audiences. They were made by conductor ...

November 15   -  

Classical music: The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will perform music by Rossini, Wieniawski and Tchaikovsky this Tuesday night in Edgerton.

By Jacob Stockinger It has been a few years since the acclaimed and impressive Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO, below) –- still in the news (a link to a story on NPR, or National Public Radio, is below) because of the attempted theft of ...

November 14   -  

Classical music education: Here is the latest news about the current concert season for the Madison Youth Choirs. It begins with a FREE preview at Hilldale Mall this Saturday.

By Jacob Stockinger The Ear’s friends over at the Madison Youth Choirs sent the following Fall 2014 edition of the email newsletter called “The Voice.” I am including it in full because it is to the point and includes many details ...

November 13   -  

Classical music: The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) starts its current concert season this Saturday. Plus, Madison violinist Kangwon Kim performs a FREE recital of music by J.S. Bach, Dvorak, Chopin, Debussy, Kreisler and Rachmaninoff this Friday at noon.

ALERT: This week’s FREE Friday Noon Musicale, held from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at the First Unitarian Society of Madison , 900 University Bay Drive, features violinist Kangwon Kim (below) and pianist Junghwa Moon Auer in music by Antonin Dvorak , ...

November 12   -  

Classical music: As the semester ends, choral music concerts -– most of them FREE -– stack up at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Here is a summary for this week and next.

By Jacob Stockinger The end of the semester is approaching, and the situation is once again typical. The choral concerts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music are starting to stack up the same way that singers walk on stage and start ...
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