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

This “Grinch” Doesn’t Steal Christmas—He Steals Hearts

Dr. Seuss’ timeless characters enchant kids of all ages in Overture Hall   I don’t usually start my Christmas traditions before Thanksgiving (although Santa Claus always was the last in line at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade), but you can almost guarantee to jump start the holiday spirit with a trip to the Overture Center… Continue reading This “Grinch” Doesn’t Steal Christmas—He Steals Hearts

Sharon Isbin and Her Never-ending Legacy

A recent DVD and new CD add insights and break new ground to the guitarist’s singular accomplishments   Sharon Isbin long ago earned the right to drop the word “female” from the phrase “greatest (female) classical guitarist.” If anyone cares to argue the point, just hand them a copy of the 2015 DVD “Sharon Isbin:… Continue reading Sharon Isbin and Her Never-ending Legacy