Madison Symphony the Only Sign of Spring This Weekend

DeMain and violinist Hadelich lead the way in a very warm performance Michael Allsen, bass trombone player and program annotator deluxe for the Madison Symphony, not only gets it right in his program notes for every concert, but always adds such great detail. He missed a little this time though—but then who could have known… Continue reading Madison Symphony the Only Sign of Spring This Weekend

Crying In Our Coffee: Madison Bach Musicians’ Fascinating Double Bill

Trevor Stephenson closes MBM season with light Bach, heavy Purcell The close of the Madison Bach Musicians  season (pictured above in a 2015 performance) gave me the opportunity to cross two famous works off my must-hear list: Bach’s frothy secular cantata, BWV 211 (known rightly as the “Coffee Cantata”), and Purcell’s seminal opera, Dido and… Continue reading Crying In Our Coffee: Madison Bach Musicians’ Fascinating Double Bill

“Les Miserables” at Overture: Some Little Misses, Then Big Hits

A packed house ignores the snow and quickly heats up the hall   Les Miserables might as easily describe the weather we endured on the night of April 3, but it didn’t keep local fans of the iconic Broadway show from packing Overture Hall and rocking the house when it was all over. This latest… Continue reading “Les Miserables” at Overture: Some Little Misses, Then Big Hits

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Stronger Than Ever

Sewell’s group tackles the usual varied program   Between the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra changing their five-concert Masterworks series to a January-May schedule, and my own conflicts earlier this year, attending Friday night’s concert at the Capitol Theater meant that I had not heard Andrew Sewell and his wonderful chamber orchestra for nearly a year. The… Continue reading Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Stronger Than Ever

An “Enigma” Explored

Madison Symphony’s latest foray into “Beyond the Score” illuminates Elgar’s masterpiece   I’ve come to believe that some riddles don’t need to be solved, or perhaps more accurately, it’s more fun to keep searching than to actually discover the definitive answer. That thought certainly comes to mind when examining the Variations on an Original Theme,… Continue reading An “Enigma” Explored

Look, Learn, Listen…Love It!

Salon Piano Series delivers the total package Here is what one usually gets at a Salon Piano Series event at Farley’s House of Pianos: A world-class pianist, some fascinating tidbits from Tim Farley about a historically restored keyboard, a memorable performance in an intimate setting, and a scrumptious wine and appetizer reception during which one… Continue reading Look, Learn, Listen…Love It!

“An American in Paris” That Really Is New

2015 Tony-winning musical at Overture is so much more than 1951 film classic   No one had to twist my arm to get me to clear my schedule to attend the opening night of An American in Paris, the latest installment in the Broadway at Overture series. Pile on the Gershwin hits, give me that… Continue reading “An American in Paris” That Really Is New