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

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

Bach Would Have Loved This!

Richard Narroway’s new release of the Bach Cello Suites gives us the best of both worlds   Every cellist since Casals (and many before), see the monument staring them in the face: the six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello of Johann Sebastian Bach. Thanks to Pablo Casals’ artistic pioneering over a century ago, the world of… Continue reading Bach Would Have Loved This!

Some Singers Worth Shouting About

Madison Choral Project performs its “Old Lessons and New Carols” this weekend It seems like no matter how I try, I can’t even begin to cover all the Madison music events I’d like to share. Last September I was contacted by a member of the Madison Choral Project, sharing information about the group’s programs. At… Continue reading Some Singers Worth Shouting About

A Whole New Holiday Playlist for 2017

3 new CDs to break out of a December listening rut   Over nearly three decades of reviewing, I feel like I have almost heard it all when it comes to Christmas fare: more Messiahs, more Nutcrackers, and endless re-packagings of the tried-and-true…not to mention the better-off-left-alone. Ah, but things brightened considerably this year, when… Continue reading A Whole New Holiday Playlist for 2017