“Symphony Showcase” More Than Just Great Soloists

The UW Symphony Orchestra takes a starring role, too   It’s hard enough to keep up with the major professional musical groups in this town; if I have one chronic regret, it’s that I never catch up with enough of the great music-making on the UW-Madison campus. Last year I finally made it to one… Continue reading “Symphony Showcase” More Than Just Great Soloists

Some Teachable (and Cherishable) Moments

University Opera’s Falstaff a worthy addition to all the Shakespeare celebrations I have a unique—if somewhat fuzzy—memory of the first time I saw Verdi’s final masterpiece, Falstaff. It was the very first opera I’d ever seen, it was at the Metropolitan Opera, no less—and painful to admit that the music in general did not make… Continue reading Some Teachable (and Cherishable) Moments

The Festive Fruits of Fifty Years

The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (and ensembles) put on an unforgettable celebration   It has been almost exactly forty-eight hours since the last note of a truly unique arrangement of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” hung in the air in Overture Hall last Saturday night—and I still don’t know how to even begin to describe the… Continue reading The Festive Fruits of Fifty Years