All This!!…and Dvorak, Too?

Adding great music making to the recipe makes a visit to Door County all the more irresistible   Everyone who falls in love with Door County (and I’ve come to believe that means everyone who has ever been there) has no trouble naming a handful of things that make them want to go back: the… Continue reading All This!!…and Dvorak, Too?

Breaking Up (and Catching Up) Is Hard to Do

Finally hearing the Ancora Quartet with their “new” violinist   The only thing I hate more than missing so many great performances is Madison is having to keep making excuses about it…suffice to say that I’ve been a fan of the Ancora Quartet since I first heard them about five years ago—the only problem is… Continue reading Breaking Up (and Catching Up) Is Hard to Do

Willy Street Chamber Players Continue to Impress

Musical Madison keeps giving us new summer blooms   The short—and frequently brilliant—summer season of the Willy Street Chamber Players  (pictured above) continued Friday night (July 21). In less than three years the core group of a half-dozen of our city’s sharpest and most creative young musicians have developed an almost rabidly faithful following…and the… Continue reading Willy Street Chamber Players Continue to Impress

Porgy Casts a Special Glow over Glimmerglass

DeMain and Zambello recreate a compelling staging of Gershwin’s masterpiece   Cooperstown, NY is probably best known as the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, but in recent years the Glimmerglass Festival has added an ever-expanding luster to an already attractive region. Three hours or so northwest of New York City, the region takes… Continue reading Porgy Casts a Special Glow over Glimmerglass

Madison Early Music Festival Inspires Anew

Xavier Diaz-Latorre makes us all time travelers   It’s bad enough that the Madison Early Music Festival only blooms for eight days each summer; more’s the pity when one can only attend one of their events. But as we (finally) learned last year, even one MEMF concert can stick in the mind for a year.… Continue reading Madison Early Music Festival Inspires Anew

Paul Dietrich (and His Quintet) Light Up the Night

Jazz trumpeter/composer launches his newest CD   My birthday last Friday was made special by two discoveries—one of which I had been pursuing for a couple of months. The venue was the kind of place anyone could drive past a hundred times in the Schenk Corners neighborhood and not realize what creative work was hatching… Continue reading Paul Dietrich (and His Quintet) Light Up the Night

The Hits Keep on Coming for Bach Dancing and Dynamite

(But there are a few quibbles…)   I can’t shake the feeling that even if I attended all six of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society programs some year, I’d still feel like it all went too quickly. Worst still, I only made two of them again this year, but at least they were the… Continue reading The Hits Keep on Coming for Bach Dancing and Dynamite