WYSO Wows with a Wondrous Performance

Charter member Nancy Goeres returns with a Pittsburgh colleague   TheWisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra is no “hidden gem” in Madison’s musical scene; after all, the organization is in its 53rd season. Starting with a single ensemble, “WYSO” now incorporates three orchestras, three smaller ensembles and Music Makers. The oldest group is the Youth Orchestra, and… Continue reading WYSO Wows with a Wondrous Performance

Yes, “Hamilton” Is That Good

Touring company at Overture Center enlists a new fan   I always like to reiterate to my readers that I am no Broadway musicals expert, and even in the repertoire that I’ve enjoyed most over the years, I’m definitely old school. That has nothing to do with why I hadn’t sought out Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton… Continue reading Yes, “Hamilton” Is That Good

A Duo of Near-perfection at Overture Concert Organ Series

Michael Hey and Christiana Liberis are the consummate musical couple   In the second installment of the Overture Concert Organ series Tuesday night, we were treated to the still seemingly unlikely pairing of organ and violin. Yet my first exposure to this wonderful series a few seasons ago proved that it provides an unexpected kind… Continue reading A Duo of Near-perfection at Overture Concert Organ Series

A True Operatic Rarity, a Major Masterpiece Masterfully Realized, and Something Truly New

Three recent releases from the Naxos family, each uniquely compelling   Charles Gounod: La nonne sanglante (Naxos DVD) Mention Gounod and at once Faust, and probably Romeo et Juliette come to mind. What…he wrote another dozen operas? Yes, and the story behind how La nonne sanglante came and got buried so quickly is fascinating; better… Continue reading A True Operatic Rarity, a Major Masterpiece Masterfully Realized, and Something Truly New

In Case You Hadn’t Heard…Middleton Community Orchestra Opens Its Tenth Season

Season is dedicated to John Barker, recently retired critic emeritus   Of course if you are one of my regular readers, you know that the Middleton Community Orchestra was about to commence on their tenth season of adding a unique experience to the greater Madison music scene. I finally got around to blogging about their… Continue reading In Case You Hadn’t Heard…Middleton Community Orchestra Opens Its Tenth Season

Old Friends and New Journeys at Salon Piano Series

Cellist Amit Peled and pianist Daniel del Pino fire up Farley’s House of Pianos   For more than five years, the showroom at Farley’s House of Pianos has been the place to hear some of the world’s great artists, up close and personal. As it turns out, what eventually became the Salon Piano Series is… Continue reading Old Friends and New Journeys at Salon Piano Series

Choir of Trinity College Still Echoing in My Ears

The 9/11 concert that opened the Overture Concert Organ series refuses to fade away   Let’s start with the obvious admission: the posting of this review is absurdly late. Frankly after this much time has passed (the concert was 9/11 last month), I would just let it go. But the truth is, the performance of… Continue reading Choir of Trinity College Still Echoing in My Ears