“4 on the Floor” Kicks It into High Gear

Farley’s House of Pianos takes the Salon Piano Series about as far as it can go Several years ago four of the world’s great pianists came up with what might sound like little more than a stunt that could well be more fun for the players than for the audience: a quartet of grand pianos… Continue reading “4 on the Floor” Kicks It into High Gear

“Simple Gifts” Provides an Instant Getaway

New CD from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is an exquisite experience Even if we manage to “get away from it all” once or twice a year on vacation, most of us would say that we wish we could catch our breath a little more often. Here’s a prescription that should work for… Continue reading “Simple Gifts” Provides an Instant Getaway

Northern Winds That Leave a Warm Feeling

Stockholm Chamber Brass opens Brass Fest III with a model performance One of the most exciting and steadily growing events of recent years at UW-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music is the annual Brass Fest. Now in its third season, the two days spent on an October weekend continues to present a wonderful panoply of… Continue reading Northern Winds That Leave a Warm Feeling

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

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