Madison Opera Stands Tall for “Little Women”

(Eric Neuville as Laurie and Courtney Miller as Meg in Mark Adamo’s Little Women. Photo by James Gill). In presenting Mark Adamo’s 1998 operatic treatment of Little Women, Madison Opera continued a strong and welcome tradition of presenting worthy recent works, particularly by American composers, and effectively utilizing the more intimate Capitol Theater. When a… Continue reading Madison Opera Stands Tall for “Little Women”

“Schubertiade” at Mills Hall a True Time-warp Party

One can hardly help but read about “Schubertiades”—those evenings when friends of Franz Schubert would gather at his place and sing and play through the night—and not fervently wish for some sort of a musical time machine to whisk us back a couple of centuries. Thanks to Bill Lutes and Martha Fischer, we’ve got the… Continue reading “Schubertiade” at Mills Hall a True Time-warp Party

The Final Forte: Any time of year is the time for a quartet of real winners

It kind of made sense for the final round of the Bolz Young Artist Competition to be dubbed the “Final Forte” when it was held in mid-March, the month of college basketball’s “March madness,” which of course concludes with the “Final Four.” But Friday night’s event, the 10th annual such go-round, proved that you could… Continue reading The Final Forte: Any time of year is the time for a quartet of real winners

Another Birthday To Which Honor (And Another “Top 10” List) Must Be Given

Yes, just as I did with Mozart a few days ago, I indulge myself (and hopefully entertain more than irk) my readers. I really was going to forego this exercise in innocent futility, but last night’s “Schubertiade” at Mills Hall thoroughly inspired me. Which reminds me: Look tomorrow for my review of Friday night’s “Final… Continue reading Another Birthday To Which Honor (And Another “Top 10” List) Must Be Given

Happy Birthday, Mozart!

File this under “better late than never” if you must, but as I write it’s still Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthday. Just as we give thanks on many days throughout the year, not just one Thursday in November, so we also revel in the myriad musical miracles of “Wolfie” all year round. Still, I thought I… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Mozart!

A Warm January Night from Sewell and WCO

Just the thought of being able to hear the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in the Capitol Theater last Friday night was enough to warm one inside and out. Not surprisingly, Andrew Sewell and his admirable ensemble managed to raise the thermostat several more degrees. The formula remains the same: Mix and match with intriguing repertoire, including… Continue reading A Warm January Night from Sewell and WCO

Merci, Monsieur Boulez…

When I first learned of the passing of Pierre Boulez on Tuesday, January 12, my first thought was the first memory that always came to my mind when his name came up. It was late May, 1992; I was sitting with him in the green room of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles… Continue reading Merci, Monsieur Boulez…