“4 on the Floor” Kicks It into High Gear

Farley’s House of Pianos takes the Salon Piano Series about as far as it can go Several years ago four of the world’s great pianists came up with what might sound like little more than a stunt that could well be more fun for the players than for the audience: a quartet of grand pianos… Continue reading “4 on the Floor” Kicks It into High Gear

No Place Like (a Second) Home)

Violinist Kraggerud returns to Madison Symphony for another special collaboration The Norwegian violinist, Henning Kraggerud, has the chops to be as famous as any violinist in the world. He has crafted his career to maximize his time in his homeland, and chooses his guest appearances carefully. The fact that he has developed a special bond… Continue reading No Place Like (a Second) Home)

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Season Opens with Balancing Act

Maestro Sewell does his usual thing; Ilya Kaler does some extraordinary things The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra returned to their beautiful “winter” home last Friday night at the Capitol Theater, and for a couple of hours everything seemed right with the world. Music director Andrew Sewell did his usual spot-on job of programming, sandwiching Tchaikovsky’s Violin… Continue reading Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Season Opens with Balancing Act

“Simple Gifts” Provides an Instant Getaway

New CD from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is an exquisite experience Even if we manage to “get away from it all” once or twice a year on vacation, most of us would say that we wish we could catch our breath a little more often. Here’s a prescription that should work for… Continue reading “Simple Gifts” Provides an Instant Getaway

Northern Winds That Leave a Warm Feeling

Stockholm Chamber Brass opens Brass Fest III with a model performance One of the most exciting and steadily growing events of recent years at UW-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music is the annual Brass Fest. Now in its third season, the two days spent on an October weekend continues to present a wonderful panoply of… Continue reading Northern Winds That Leave a Warm Feeling

John DeMain “Launches” His 23rd Season with Madison Symphony

With an assist from NASA, the MSO’s first program is literally “out of this world” From a personal standpoint, watching an HD NASA video of our solar system while hearing the Madison Symphony play Gustav Holst’s The Planets brought to mind the first line of Psalm 19 (so gloriously set by Haydn in The Creation),… Continue reading John DeMain “Launches” His 23rd Season with Madison Symphony

Token Creek Restored—and at Flood Stage, Musically Speaking

27th season of the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival overflows (artistically) in opening concert One of Madison’s sweetest farewells to summer always occurs at the Festival Barn, the former residence of Rose Mary Harbison’s family dating back to the 1930s. During that decade the ecological gem known as Token Creek was ruined by short-sighted commercial… Continue reading Token Creek Restored—and at Flood Stage, Musically Speaking