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Classical music: What can you do if your subscription to The Well-Tempered Ear has been dropped – and not by you?

By Jacob Stockinger The Ear is looking for readers to help him with a problem that some readers of The Well-Tempered Ear have encountered. It seems some readers have had their subscription ended — WITHOUT them ending it. That is discouraging for ...

May 23   -  

Classical music: The future looks brighter for the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and Madison Ballet, which just received $30,000 from the Madison Community Foundation to see if they should work jointly

A REMINDER: Tonight at 8 p.m., Wisconsin Public Television will air a one-hour broadcast of the 50th anniversary concert in Overture Hall by the various groups in the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras . For more information, here is a link: ...

May 22   -  

Classical music: Should Yannick Nézet-Séguin be the Metropolitan Opera’s next music director? Here are the pros and cons

By Jacob Stockinger As you may have already heard, the legendary James Levine just retired as the music director of the famed Metropolitan Opera in New York City . So now the question becomes: Who should succeed Levine? Several names stand out. But ...

May 21   -  

Classical music education: The 50th anniversary gala concert by the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) will air on Wisconsin Public Television Monday night, May 23, at 8 and Sunday, May 29, at 3 p.m.

By Jacob Stockinger The SOLD-OUT gala concert (below), given last February in Overture Hall by the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) to mark the organization’s 50th anniversary, will be featured in a special one-hour statewide broadcast ...

May 20   -  

Classical music: On June 13, the Rural Musicians Forum will kick off its summer season series of FREE concerts at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin compound in Spring Green.

By Jacob Stockinger The Ear is passing along the following announcement in time for you to mark your datebook and make plans: For the 2016 summer season, the Rural Musicians Forum welcomes audiences to Taliesin, the historic estate of Frank Lloyd ...

May 19   -  

Classical music education: The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras perform their spring concerts this Saturday and Sunday.

By Jacob Stockinger The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) will wind up their 50th anniversary season when they present the final concert series of the season — the Eugenie Mayer Bolz Family Spring Concerts — on this Saturday, May ...

May 18   -  

Classical music: The Ancora String Quartet closes its 15th anniversary season with music by Mozart, Schubert, Arthur Sullivan and a mystery composer this Saturday night.

By Jacob Stockinger This Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium of the Frank Lloyd Wright -designed First Unitarian Society of Madison , 900 University Bay Drive, the Ancora String Quartet (below, in a photo by Barry Lewis) closes out ...

May 17   -  

Classical music: David Ronis is the new opera director at UW-Madison. Con Vivo concludes its 14th season this Saturday night with septets and quintets by Beethoven, Dvorak, Max Reger and Carl Nielsen.

NEWS ALERT: David Ronis (below, in a photo by Luke Delalio) — who has been an interim director for two years — is the new director of University Opera. He was chosen from a nationwide search, and has posted the following news on his ...

May 16   -  

Classical music: The Madison Choral Project and the Madison Chamber Choir will give a joint concert of music by Frank Martin, Ralph Vaughan Williams and more this Friday night and Sunday afternoon.

By Jacob Stockinger The Ear has received the following notice, which is noteworthy on several counts artistic, educational and social: On Friday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, May 22, at 2:30 p.m., two Madison choirs join forces on a ...

May 15   -  

Classical music: The Madison Symphony Orchestra receives a national grant for its HeartStrings outreach program of music therapy for the special-needs community. Plus, you can hear the MSO’s Rhapsodie Quartet perform music by Schubert and Dvorak on Monday, May 23

By Jacob Stockinger The Ear has received the following note, which he finds worth sharing because of the local distinction and because it confirms that the importance of hearing music goes far beyond the concert hall and recording studio. The notice ...
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