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Classical music: The Middleton Community Orchestra, under conductor Kyle Knox, turns in its most impressive performance so far. The brass proves especially noteworthy.

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 ...

February 27   -  

The Madison Choral Project and Madison Youth Choirs will collaborate in a concert this Saturday night of choral music by Gabriel Faure, Josquin des Prez, Hildegard von Bingen and others.

By Jacob Stockinger Our friends at the Madison Youth Choirs and the Madison Choral Project sent us the following announcement: On this Saturday night, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ , 1609 University Ave., ...

February 26   -  

Classical music: The UW-Madison’s Wingra Woodwind Quintet performs a FREE concert this Friday night and will mark its 50th anniversary with a party and mini-concert on April 25. Plus, the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Rhapsodie String Quartet and soprano Nancy Vedder-Shults perform concerts on Friday.

ALERTS: 1) The master class by the Takacs String Quartet on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. has been moved from Room 1341 of the UW-Madison Humanities Building to MOPRHY RECITAL HALL. The string quartet is in town to perform a concert of works by Schubert, ...

February 25   -  

Classical music: After hearing pianist Shai Wosner play two Haydn concertos with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, The Ear asks: When will Wosner return for a solo recital?

By Jacob Stockinger Last weekend brought a lot of conflicting classical music concerts to Madison . But one of the best events proved to be the concert on Friday night in the Capitol Theater of the Overture Center by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra . ...

February 23   -  

Classical music: The Middleton Community Orchestra will perform music by Barber, Mendelssohn and Mussorgsky this Wednesday night.

By Jacob Stockinger The Ear has received the following invitation from his good friends over at the Middleton Community Orchestra: Dear friends, We invite you to step out of the cold to enjoy the winter concert of the Middleton Community Orchestra ...

February 22   -  

Classical music: BBC Music Magazine asks 10 concert pianists to name 10 unknown piano concertos that deserve more attention and performances.

By Jacob Stockinger Maybe you were lucky enough to attend the gala showcase concert two weeks ago where winners (below) of the annual Concerto Competition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music performed. (They are below in a photo by ...

February 21   -  

Classical music: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director and conductor Marin Alsop lends her late parents’ valuable violin and cello as living memorials to them and as a way to help musicians in her orchestra.

By Jacob Stockinger Perhaps you have read about the rapidly escalating cost of great musical instruments . That puts a lot of younger or less well-known, cash-strapped players in a difficult spot. For quite a while, banks and other financial ...

February 20   -  

Classical music education: Here is a shout-out for Susan Cook, director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, who defended music education and music performance as part of the Wisconsin Idea that is now under attack by state Republicans.

By Jacob Stockinger If you attended the recent concert by the winners of the UW-Madison School of Music Concerto Competition, you heard something extraordinary besides terrific music by Johann Strauss, Francois Borne , Ernest Chausson , Charles Gounod ...

February 19   -  

Classical music: Pianist Shai Wosner explains why we don’t hear more Haydn and like his music more. This Friday night at 8, Wosner performs two piano concertos by Haydn with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.

By Jacob Stockinger This Friday night at 8 p.m. in the Capitol Theater on the Overture Center , pianist Shai Wosner returns for a third time to perform with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra under its longtime music director and conductor Andrew Sewell. ...

February 18   -  

Classical music: Here are some other concerts – featuring vocal, orchestral, band, wind and reed music – that are on tap this weekend.

By Jacob Stockinger The big classical music events this week are the week-long residency at the UW-Madison of British composer Cecilia McDowall ; the organ recital by Thomas Trotter in Overture Hall; and Friday night’s concert of Franz Joseph ...
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