Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Takes Us to Hollywood—and Beyond

BDDS Silver Anniversary season continues with powerful guest lineup In continuing their landmark 25th season at the Playhouse at Overture Center, the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society titled last Saturday’s program “Stars of the Silver Screen.” While it could be argued that only a couple of the programmed works had an obvious connection to Hollywood,… Continue reading Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Takes Us to Hollywood—and Beyond

Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society: 25-Carat Gold

BDDS celebrates silver anniversary, but give them a gold medal The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, that impish and excellent music festival created by Stephanie Jutt and Jeffrey Sykes, has now been spoiling us every June for a quarter-century. They have long proven that they bear comparison with many a better-known summer festival in our… Continue reading Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society: 25-Carat Gold

A New CD Gets Us Ready for the Bach Dancing and Dynamite’s 25th Season

Stephanie Jutt’s new recording delivers a whole lot more than “just” flute and piano   Stephanie Jutt, artistic director and co-founder of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, recently released a new cd on the Albany label, “Latin American & Spanish Masterpieces for Flute and Piano.” Like yours truly, most of the repertoire will be… Continue reading A New CD Gets Us Ready for the Bach Dancing and Dynamite’s 25th Season

Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Shows Off Its Age

25th anniversary season of BDDS features a world premiere by Kevin Puts   The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society is showing its age; despite more than two decades of golden memories from the fluid forces marshaled by co-founders Stephanie Jutt and Jeffrey Sykes, some silver has crept in. And that’s something to celebrate. Even if… Continue reading Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Shows Off Its Age

Rhapsodie Quartet Leaves the Toys at Home

The ensemble best known for its HeartStrings work melts a Promenade Hall crowd The Rhapsodie Quartet can most often be found at places like an Agrace hospice facility, Central Wisconsin Center, or a local school, not just performing, but viscerally impacting people of all ages who are dealing with some profound physical challenges. (You can… Continue reading Rhapsodie Quartet Leaves the Toys at Home

Ancora Quartet: If the Name Doesn’t Mean “Encore,” It Should

In a month that rains quartet performances, Ancora makes their mark yet again   The arrival of the Lion King to the Overture Center this month may have pushed the larger, more flashy ensembles into an earlier than usual summer break (more or less!—none of them really stop completely of course), but May has brought… Continue reading Ancora Quartet: If the Name Doesn’t Mean “Encore,” It Should

Trevor’s Magical Musical Tour

Trevor Stephenson’s restored 1855 Bösendorfer piano is a time-travel gateway that reveals forgotten secrets   Having finally fallen under the spell of Trevor Stephenson’s beguiling preconcert lectures and the compelling results of his musicianship in the recent Messiah performance by his Madison Bach Musicians, there was no way I was going to miss his lecture/recital… Continue reading Trevor’s Magical Musical Tour