Some Enchanted “Evening” from Madison Early Music Festival

Tuesday night’s “Abendmusik” more than the journey MEMF promised   This year’s theme for the Madison Early Music Festival is “Journey to Lubeck,” the North German city that became as culturally influential in the 17th century as it had been economically. Tuesday night’s concert was titled “Abendmusik” (“Evening Music”), and further subtitled “Sounds of Grace… Continue reading Some Enchanted “Evening” from Madison Early Music Festival

Willy Street Chamber Players Are Back (Hallelujah!)

Opening program an ear-opener, exceptionally played as usual   Thank heaven violinist Paran Amirinazari wanted to play more in the summer, and four years ago or so found some like-minded (and splendidly talented) friends who agreed. The result was the Willy Street Chamber Players, and Friday night they commenced their fourth (all-too-brief!) season at Immanuel… Continue reading Willy Street Chamber Players Are Back (Hallelujah!)

“Copland Conducts Copland” a Real Time Capsule

Naxos DVD reissue provides a powerful encounter with two American icons   It certainly is to be expected that many folks have personal reasons for their eager anticipation of hearing a particular recording, seeing a film, et al. I surely did as soon as I learned that Naxos was releasing a “new” DVD titled “Copland… Continue reading “Copland Conducts Copland” a Real Time Capsule

Bach Dancing and Dynamite: The Devil Is in the Details

BDDS offers strong performances, but falls prey to temptation in Stravinsky   Now in its 27th memorable season, the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society has never played it safe; if anything, co-founders Stephanie Jutt and Jeffrey Sykes have thrived on adding all sorts of twists to their programs. Not every dart thrown hits the bullseye…but… Continue reading Bach Dancing and Dynamite: The Devil Is in the Details

Introducing “30-Somethings”

Celebrating my 30th year as a critic/annotator, an occasional series of the performances, people and places I just can’t forget   It was probably about five years ago, as I approached the 25th anniversary of my first published review, that I thought about making a “Top 10” list of the most memorable performances I had… Continue reading Introducing “30-Somethings”

Sono Luminus Label Does It Again…

CD featuring violinist Irina Muresanu as eclectic as it gets   In the space of less than two years, the recording company Sono Luminus (distributed by Naxos) has proven to be the go-to label if you’re looking to break out of a listening rut. One of their latest releases features a violinist few are familiar… Continue reading Sono Luminus Label Does It Again…

Plenty of Bang for the Buck…and More

Sewell and WCO end the indoor season with a triple helping of Beethoven Rarely have I been more torn about which event to attend than last Friday night—and they both took place in the same building! While the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra was concluding its Masterworks Series in the Capitol Theater, organist Greg Zelek was giving… Continue reading Plenty of Bang for the Buck…and More