A Belated Bravo for the Savoyards

Yes, I was at opening night….don’t ask!   The Madison Savoyards decided to celebrate their 55th season by departing from the tried and true Gilbert and Sullivan format and put the spotlight on a contemporary operetta from another country, the justly beloved Die Fledermaus of Johann Strauss II (seen above in the famous Stadtpark monument… Continue reading A Belated Bravo for the Savoyards

A Pair of New CDs from JoAnn Falletta

Naxos releases of Kodaly and Wagner highlight the Buffalo Philharmonic’s polish If there’s a busier conductor than JoAnn Falletta in the recording studio these days, please let me know: she has released nearly two dozen CDs since 2015, about half of them with the Buffalo Philharmonic. She has been music director there since 1999, and… Continue reading A Pair of New CDs from JoAnn Falletta

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”