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Classical music: Pianists Peter Serkin and Julia Hsu will play works for piano-four hands by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Brahms this Saturday night at Farley’s House of Pianos.

By Jacob Stockinger Our friends at Farley’s House of Pianos write to the blog with news of a noteworthy piano concert this Saturday night: Renowned American pianist Peter Serkin (below top) and Julia Hsu (below bottom) will perform piano, ...

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Classical music: Go inside the Money Opera at the Met with the Pulitzer Prize-winning financial reporter James B. Stewart.

By Jacob Stockinger It is no secret that the famed Metropolitan Opera in New York City has been having major financial and labor problems during the tenure of its General Director Peter Gelb (below). But it is hard to find a better researched or ...

March 29   -  

Classical music: French avant-garde composer Pierre Boulez turns 90. Do you find his music both radical and sensual?

By Jacob Stockinger Once the enfant terrible of new music, French composer Pierre Boulez (below in 2011 in a photo by Martin Schalk of Getty Images ) turned 90 on Thursday. But now Pierre Boulez is part of the establishment. (You can hear him ...

March 28   -  

Classical music: Should superstar tenor Placido Domingo retire?

By Jacob Stockinger Should Spanish superstar tenor Placido Domingo (below) – who has aged into a baritone as well as a conductor and the artistic director of an opera company – retire? That is the touchy question that was taken up last ...

March 27   -  

Classical music education: The University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Music ranks in the nation’s Top 30 overall and in the Top 10 for music education. Plus, WYSO’s Youth Orchestra and Concerto Competition winners perform Beethoven, Schubert, Walter Piston and Alexander Arutiunian on this Saturday afternoon.

ALERT: Just a reminder that this Saturday afternoon, the top-ranked Youth Orchestra (below) of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) will perform under conductor James Smith at 1:30 p.m. in Mills Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison ...

March 25   -  

Classical music: French composer Maurice Durufle’s quietly glorious but rarely performed Requiem will be sung for FREE twice this Sunday, March 29, at the First Unitarian Society of Madison. Plus, the UW Hunt Quartet performs a FREE concert of Mozart, Janacek and Mendelssohn on Thursday night at 6:30 in Morphy Hall.

ALERT: This Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. in Morphy Hall, the Hunt Quartet will perform three great string quartets: the String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K. 590, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ; the String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata” by ...

March 24   -  

Classical music education: WYSO’s Art of Note benefit on Saturday, April 18, needs sponsors and donors as it seeks to raise $50,000 to benefit music education in the Greater Madison area.

By Jacob Stockinger Our friends at the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) write: On Saturday, April 18, 2014, from 6 to 10 p.m., at CUNA Mutual , 5810 Mineral Point Road, on Madison’s far west side, WYSO will hold its annual Art of Note ...

March 23   -  

Classical music education: This Wednesday night the annual “Finale Forte” — final round of the Bolz Young Artist Concerto Competition with the Madison Symphony Orchestra — will be broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio. The public can also attend the FREE live performance at the Overture Center.

By Jacob Stockinger Four of Wisconsin’s most talented young musicians will perform in concert with the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) as Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) offer a live broadcast of ...

March 22   -  

Classical music: Do you know the Piano from A To Z? The BBC Music Magazine has listed 26 facts about pianos -– some of which The Ear knew and many of which he didn’t.

By Jacob Stockinger Here is a good follow-up to yesterday’s post about the centennial of the birth of the great Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter . A lot of young people start learning classical music via the piano . The Ear is one of them. And ...

March 21   -  

Classical music: The great Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter was born 100 years ago yesterday. Here is a short but comprehensive memoir and appreciation with a lot of biographical information and a good critical appraisal of his playing.

By Jacob Stockinger Yesterday — Friday, March 20, 2015 – brought us the first day of spring. It also marked the centennial of the birth of the great Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter (below). Richter was such a complex and towering ...
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