It’s a Beautiful Day for a Concert—Let’s Hear Two!

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!

Lincoln Center Sizzles on State Street

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis delivers the big picture   For seventeen years I’ve been saying that the night I heard Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (pictured above, courtesy of Joe Martinez) in Santa Barbara, CA was one of the “Top 10” live performances I had ever experienced.… Continue reading Lincoln Center Sizzles on State Street

This Year DeMain Honors Two Traditions

Madison Symphony season opener suitably subtle   He hasn’t always done so in his previous twenty-three seasons as Music Director of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, but in recent years John DeMain has made it a tradition to spotlight the orchestra itself in its season openers. He did so again Friday night in Overture Hall, and… Continue reading This Year DeMain Honors Two Traditions

The Madison Symphony Orchestra, Now in Its 24th DeMain Edition

There’s more to pique the ears this season than some people think Growing up loving classical music and opera, and later as a critic, I always had a personal wish list of works I wanted to experience live in the concert hall or opera house. Living a commuter train’s ride away from Lincoln Center didn’t… Continue reading The Madison Symphony Orchestra, Now in Its 24th DeMain Edition

Token Creek CMF Dances the Summer Away

The 28th Festival’s final program gives us “Waltz”   John and Rose Mary Harbison opened up their Festival Barn once more last Sunday afternoon, and the closing program of their 28th Token Creek Chamber Music Festival presented varied composers’ treatments of the waltz. By program’s end, the whole was greater than the sum of its… Continue reading Token Creek CMF Dances the Summer Away

Token Creek CMF: It Is Necessarily So

A Schubert program inspires anew   Most everyone gets excited about “kickoffs” this time of year—but before footballs fly across the land, a traditional farewell to summer is kicked off in a lovingly adapted barn on a cherished piece of land just south of Highway 19 and adjacent to one edge of Token Creek County… Continue reading Token Creek CMF: It Is Necessarily So

Laura Metcalf Returns—with Her Soulmate

Cellist’s second CD pairs her with guitartist/spouse Rupert Boyd   A year ago or so I concluded my review of Laura Metcalf’s debut CD, “First Day,” with the lines: “Is there anything Metcalf can’t do well? A better question is: What will she do next?” As of a couple of months ago we received our… Continue reading Laura Metcalf Returns—with Her Soulmate