John DeMain “Launches” His 23rd Season with Madison Symphony

With an assist from NASA, the MSO’s first program is literally “out of this world” From a personal standpoint, watching an HD NASA video of our solar system while hearing the Madison Symphony play Gustav Holst’s The Planets brought to mind the first line of Psalm 19 (so gloriously set by Haydn in The Creation),… Continue reading John DeMain “Launches” His 23rd Season with Madison Symphony

Token Creek Restored—and at Flood Stage, Musically Speaking

27th season of the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival overflows (artistically) in opening concert One of Madison’s sweetest farewells to summer always occurs at the Festival Barn, the former residence of Rose Mary Harbison’s family dating back to the 1930s. During that decade the ecological gem known as Token Creek was ruined by short-sighted commercial… Continue reading Token Creek Restored—and at Flood Stage, Musically Speaking

Naxos Music Group Helps Us Remember Those Who Can’t—and Breaks New Ground (Again)

The record label and mega-distributor launches “Purple Classics” in joining the fight against Alzheimer’s, and unCLASSIFIED leads the way in classical music streaming services I have to admit that neither of these items are “breaking news” (“Purple Classics” was announced in June, and “unCLASSIFIED” a few weeks ago), but then again it’s hard for anyone… Continue reading Naxos Music Group Helps Us Remember Those Who Can’t—and Breaks New Ground (Again)

Willy Street Chamber Players Are As Advertised

Closing concert of their second season is two parts brilliant, all ambitious For a group that has so short a season, the Willy Street Chamber Players have certainly managed to create quite a stir in Madison.  Last Friday night I finally had the chance to hear what all the fuss was about. In just five… Continue reading Willy Street Chamber Players Are As Advertised

Madison Savoyards Ups the Ante

Production of The Gondoliers features a payday for all roles   Many faithful attendees over the last half-century-plus of summers of the Madison Savoyards, Ltd. productions of the beloved canon of Gilbert and Sullivan might not have felt that the company needed to grow in any particular direction. But chances are that, while undoubtedly all… Continue reading Madison Savoyards Ups the Ante

Delayed But Not Drowned, “Opera in the Park” Celebrates Its 15th Event

Minus Maestro DeMain (and the rain), the winning formula delivers another “Grand Night for (and of) Singing”   It was perhaps inevitable that Saturday’s storms would mean that Sunday night’s 15th annual Madison Opera in the Park event would fail to draw the usual throng of 15,000 or so. But all that mattered to the… Continue reading Delayed But Not Drowned, “Opera in the Park” Celebrates Its 15th Event

Madison Early Music Festival Continues to Weave a Spell

The Baltimore Consort brings magic to music from Shakespeare I feel a little like the native New Yorker who finally visited the Statue of Liberty—Tuesday night was my long-delayed opportunity to fall under the spell of a local tradition that has for some time enjoyed national recognition. The Madison Early Music Festival’s 17th season is… Continue reading Madison Early Music Festival Continues to Weave a Spell