Spread Wings…Soar…Repeat.

Cellist Laura Metcalf’s debut solo CD impresses on several levels The old saw “safety in numbers” is as true in the classical music world as anywhere. Even the most dazzling track record of success in ensembles is no guarantee of capturing audiences when one makes that initial launch into the crowded world of solo artist.… Continue reading Spread Wings…Soar…Repeat.

Making a Spectacle of Themselves

Madison Opera presents The Tales of Hoffman illuminated by flashes of brilliance   In making a list of shortcomings (and it is a short list) of Madison Opera’s production of The Tales of Hoffman Friday night at the Overture Center, an inevitable conclusion is reached: the fault lies not in their stars, but inevitably, in… Continue reading Making a Spectacle of Themselves

Handel’s Messiah, Stripped Down—and Resurrected

Madison Bach Musicians share a divine vision If anyone has a “ bucket list” for Madison music groups, experiencing the Madison Bach Musicians (pictured above from an earlier concert, courtesy of the group) should be on it. Happy to report that I finally can check it off my list—and that when I attended their performance… Continue reading Handel’s Messiah, Stripped Down—and Resurrected

Madison Symphony Runs the Gamut from the Very New to the Tried and True

Symphony of Steven Stucky proves compelling; Garrick Ohlsson makes Brahms boil and bubble In closing the penultimate program of their 2015-2016 season Sunday afternoon at Overture Hall, the Madison Symphony Orchestra challenged their audience with music just four years old, then rewarded them with two chestnuts roasted to a turn. MSO music director John DeMain… Continue reading Madison Symphony Runs the Gamut from the Very New to the Tried and True

Here Comes Some Singing Worth Shouting About

The unique and incomparable Cantus pays a visit; cherished memories guaranteed Madison music lovers don’t exactly lack for opportunities to enjoy some great choral singing throughout the year—but rarely do we have the chance to experience an ensemble as unique and renowned as Cantus (pictured above, courtesy of Curtis Johnson). This is a group of… Continue reading Here Comes Some Singing Worth Shouting About

Sewell and Sitkovetsky Bring Out the Best of a Couple of “Bs”

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra reminds us that March isn’t always about “madness”   In their penultimate offering of this season’s Masterworks Series, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra brought breadth and beauty to Barber and Beethoven…and while the Wisconsin Badgers basketball team may have indulged in another round of “March Madness” just minutes before the first downbeat, Sewell… Continue reading Sewell and Sitkovetsky Bring Out the Best of a Couple of “Bs”

University Opera Makes a Case for “Transformations”

The Conrad Susa/Anne Sexton opera is given a compelling performance When it comes to finding an opportunity to experience operatic roads far less traveled by, thank heavens for University Opera: While doing their part in training young singers and crews with staples like last autumn’s Marriage of Figaro, they do themselves and their audience an… Continue reading University Opera Makes a Case for “Transformations”