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Classical music: The Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble celebrates the 300th anniversary of C.P.E. Bach in a concert this Saturday night.

By Jacob Stockinger The critically acclaimed and long-lived early music group the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble (below) — which uses period instruments and historically informed performance practices — will celebrate the 300th anniversary of ...

November 25   -  

Classical music: The Oakwood Chamber Players will perform “Remix! Christmas Lights Memories” twice this coming weekend at Oakwood Village West in Madison. Plus, UW-Madison voice students perform a FREE workshop of opera highlights TONIGHT at 7:30.

ALERT: TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m. in Old Music Hall (below) at the foot of Bascom Hill , student singers in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music opera department, under the direction of UW-Madison professors Mimmi Fulmer and David Ronis, will ...

November 24   -  

Classical music: Bummer!!! The recent recital by YouTube sensation Valentina Lisitsa proved tedious and showed that great pianists aren’t always great musicians.

By Jacob Stockinger Valentina Lisitsa (below), the Ukraine -born pianist who has become a YouTube sensation, played a recital here last Thursday night at the Wisconsin Union Theater . It featured music by Ludwig van Beethoven , Robert Schumann , ...

November 23   -  

Classical music: Avery Fisher Hall will be renamed. Is there no end to the shameless egos of Big Money and the desperation of those who pursue it. What’s next? The Walmart States of America? Plus, this afternoon is your last chance to see the Madison Opera’s production of Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” which gets rave reviews.

ALERT: Today at 2:30 p.m. in Overture Hall of the Overture Center is your last chance to see the Madison Opera ‘s production of Ludwig van Beethoven ‘s only opera “Fidelio.” The production has drawn high praise from local ...

November 22   -  

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 whom I have written about increasingly because I find myself more and more attracted to his compassion and empathy, his ...

November 18   -  

Classical music: Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa’s solo recital of music by Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and Rachmaninoff is a MUST-HEAR for piano fans. It is this Thursday night at 8 in the Wisconsin Union Theater.

By Jacob Stockinger Compared to the start of many seasons, surprisingly this fall hasn’t seen a lot of piano music— either solo recitals or concertos. The Ear says “surprisingly” because box office statistics seem to suggest ...

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 ...
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