Trio Céleste Delivers Triple the Pleasure at the Salon Piano Series

Young trio from SoCal backs up their growing reputation   Most of the time the Salon Piano Series, an exquisite season of four concerts held in Farley’s House of Pianos showroom, features pianists, usually one at a time. But Tim and Renee Farley have developed a delicious habit of adding a small ensemble into the… Continue reading Trio Céleste Delivers Triple the Pleasure at the Salon Piano Series

Madison Choral Project Presents a Gift of Hope for the Season—and Beyond

The exquisite vocal ensemble offers a broader perspective on the season   The Madison Choral Project has become one of the special treasures of the Madison musical scene (does our artistic cup ever stop running over?!). Under the direction of Albert Pinsonneault, this group of 26 singers (as configured last Saturday night at Christ Presbyterian… Continue reading Madison Choral Project Presents a Gift of Hope for the Season—and Beyond

A Requiem Review for a Birthday

We celebrate John Harbison’s 80th birthday with a review of the first recording of his Requiem   We don’t need a reason to join thousands of other music lovers around the world in honoring John Harbison, the Pulitzer Prize-winning (among many other high honors) composer born December 20, 1938. But it is particularly fitting (even… Continue reading A Requiem Review for a Birthday

A Stunning Start to University Opera’s Season

“Coronation of Poppea” truly a crowning achievement   I’ve developed the deplorable habit of opening my review blogs with a whining apology for being so untimely in my posting, but in the case of University Opera’s production of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea (“The Coronation of Poppea”), I needed more time to digest it than it… Continue reading A Stunning Start to University Opera’s Season

Tidings of Great Joy (for the 25th time)

“Madison Symphony Christmas” replicates its winning formula   I’ve only heard the last nine editions of the “Madison Symphony Christmas,” so I’m not sure exactly how long it took music director John DeMain to hit upon his winning formula. Last weekend was the 25th edition during his tenure, and perhaps the most impressive thing about… Continue reading Tidings of Great Joy (for the 25th time)

All That Glitters Isn’t Gold

2017 Van Cliburn silver medalist makes local debut at Salon Piano Series   Among the things I’m thankful for this year is that I have my own blog site—and that even when I’m shamefully late in reporting on an event, it can still be read and shared. In other words, I’m apologizing to Kenny Broberg,… Continue reading All That Glitters Isn’t Gold

DeMain’s Gift to “Lenny”

Madison Symphony joins the global celebrations of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday   Leonard Bernstein’s 100th  birthday fell on August 25 of this year, but if you think the Madison Symphony and John DeMain were late to the party in celebrating this still larger-than-life icon, don’t fret. Some locales began after August 25, 2017—the year leading… Continue reading DeMain’s Gift to “Lenny”