Concertmaster of Philadelphia Orchestra tells his life story at Mills Hall Have you ever listened to a great classical musician and wondered what it would be like to play like that? Did you ever take it a step further and ask yourself what price might have been paid to produce those results? An audience of… Continue reading David Kim Bares His Heart and Soul (Musically and Otherwise)
Salon Piano Series and the Pro Arte Quartet made Sunday a day to remember With all due respect to Ernie Banks’ original quote, expressing his joy in the game of baseball, and to the Green Bay Packers and their legions of fans, there was no place I would have rather been last Sunday at… Continue reading It’s a Beautiful Day for a Concert—Let’s Hear Two!
Xavier Diaz-Latorre makes us all time travelers It’s bad enough that the Madison Early Music Festival only blooms for eight days each summer; more’s the pity when one can only attend one of their events. But as we (finally) learned last year, even one MEMF concert can stick in the mind for a year.… Continue reading Madison Early Music Festival Inspires Anew
The Baltimore Consort brings magic to music from Shakespeare I feel a little like the native New Yorker who finally visited the Statue of Liberty—Tuesday night was my long-delayed opportunity to fall under the spell of a local tradition that has for some time enjoyed national recognition. The Madison Early Music Festival’s 17th season is… Continue reading Madison Early Music Festival Continues to Weave a Spell
Winds of Wisconsin, the high school ensemble that performs at UW-Madison, turns 10 years old this weekend It would be almost impossible not to be overshadowed by the staggering achievement of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras 50th anniversary last month; then again, the Winds of Wisconsin (WOW) has always been overshadowed by that marvelous institution.… Continue reading Some Mighty Winds Mark a Decade of Powerful Performances
One can hardly help but read about “Schubertiades”—those evenings when friends of Franz Schubert would gather at his place and sing and play through the night—and not fervently wish for some sort of a musical time machine to whisk us back a couple of centuries. Thanks to Bill Lutes and Martha Fischer, we’ve got the… Continue reading “Schubertiade” at Mills Hall a True Time-warp Party