An “Enigma” Explored

Madison Symphony’s latest foray into “Beyond the Score” illuminates Elgar’s masterpiece   I’ve come to believe that some riddles don’t need to be solved, or perhaps more accurately, it’s more fun to keep searching than to actually discover the definitive answer. That thought certainly comes to mind when examining the Variations on an Original Theme,… Continue reading An “Enigma” Explored

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

University Opera Offers a Gem in a Bejewelled Setting

Shannon Hall is home for the weekend for a memorable La Boheme   One of the British comedienne (and wannabe Wagnerian soprano) Anna Russell’s greatest lines was “That’s the beauty of opera…you can do anything…so long as you sing it!” The original context was in her monologue about the absurdly incestuous relationships among the principals… Continue reading University Opera Offers a Gem in a Bejewelled Setting

Homegrown Mozart from Madison Opera Tastier Than Ever

Abduction from the Seraglio warms up the Capitol Theater   We are often admonished to “buy local,” but to the degree this can be done in the world of opera, it’s a real rarity. Even the largest companies still co-produce new works and new stagings with other companies, and in the case of regional companies,… Continue reading Homegrown Mozart from Madison Opera Tastier Than Ever

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