Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Still Explosive

26th season continues to impress   Some things never change…when I first covered the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society in 2011, I managed to attend five of their six programs—and still regretted missing the sixth. Last Friday (June 16) I attended the first of their second weekend of concerts, and was not surprised to hear… Continue reading Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Still Explosive

Belated Bravos for a Most Deserving Event

5th Handel Aria Competition keeps the bar high   My clarinet professor in college said this was the best piece of advice he could give: “Make your excuses before you perform.” That gives context to say that the 5th annual Handel Aria Competition took place Friday night, June 9, and I’ve been driving buses and… Continue reading Belated Bravos for a Most Deserving Event

Middleton Community Orchestra Closes with a “Wow!”

Russian program thrills an enthusiastic audience   Everyone roots for the underdog, it is said, all the more so when they’re the “home team.” But let’s state the whole context plainly, since it has been some time since I’ve checked in on the Middleton Community Orchestra: Why would someone attend one of MCO’s concerts, when… Continue reading Middleton Community Orchestra Closes with a “Wow!”

A Reminder of Why We Go to Concerts

15th season finale of “con vivo” yields some surprises   I hadn’t thought about it specifically in a while, but I suppose when I go to a concert, it’s either for the performer(s), the music that is to be played, or most often, some combination of both. It had been at least two seasons since… Continue reading A Reminder of Why We Go to Concerts

Salon Piano Series Flips the Script

Together for the first time, Lippi Trio sounds seasoned   It has been proven repeatedly that the greatest works in the realm of chamber music invariably receive their greatest performances from players who have played together for years; many well-known string quartet members will tell you that their professional relationships are often closer than their… Continue reading Salon Piano Series Flips the Script

Madison Symphony Closes Its Season on Very Human Notes

Long-awaited hearings and a farewell mark the final weekend Madison Symphony Orchestra music director John DeMain has made it (or continued?) a tradition of closing each season with a major work for chorus and orchestra. He has said on occasion in recent years that he has long wanted to program Brahms’ A German Requiem—but waited… Continue reading Madison Symphony Closes Its Season on Very Human Notes

29th Capital City Jazz Fest—What Took Me So Long??!!

Four amazing ensembles in five hours make for a quick Saturday   It didn’t take long—sometime around 11:15 Saturday morning, the juxtaposition hit me: Fifteen hours earlier I had been in the Capitol Theater, hearing a world premiere concerto for two pianos, with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Now I was equally enthralled by the Bria… Continue reading 29th Capital City Jazz Fest—What Took Me So Long??!!