Closing the Season with a World Premiere

Sewell, WCO and soloists end indoor season with Cabaniss’s Double Rainbow   We are happily accustomed to the stimulating programming of Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra music director Andrew Sewell, but the occasion of a world premiere is always an added treat. In the case of Friday night’s final Masterworks concert in the Capitol Theater, the new… Continue reading Closing the Season with a World Premiere

New Year—But “Old” Tricks from Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Sewell, Vidovic, WCO instruct and delight all night long If Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra music director Andrew Sewell adopted any New Year’s resolutions, it had to be simply “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The ensemble’s first program of 2017, last Friday night at the Capitol Theater, gave ample evidence that both Sewell’s programming, and… Continue reading New Year—But “Old” Tricks from Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

A Perfectly Timed Homecoming

Madison Symphony welcomes the Naughton twins back to town   It’s not unusual for Madison Symphony music director John DeMain to bring back guest soloists over the years, but when Christina and Michelle Naughton (pictured above, courtesy Madison Symphony) return to Overture Hall, it’s a treat on several levels. It’s tempting to say “we knew… Continue reading A Perfectly Timed Homecoming

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Season Opens with Balancing Act

Maestro Sewell does his usual thing; Ilya Kaler does some extraordinary things The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra returned to their beautiful “winter” home last Friday night at the Capitol Theater, and for a couple of hours everything seemed right with the world. Music director Andrew Sewell did his usual spot-on job of programming, sandwiching Tchaikovsky’s Violin… Continue reading Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Season Opens with Balancing Act

Concerts on the Square Announces That Summer Is Here

WCO’s 33rd season of COS delights most of the 20,000 Since most of my bills get paid by driving school buses, the end of school still feels like the beginning of summer to me. The return of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society lends that same feeling to the music fan in me…but when the… Continue reading Concerts on the Square Announces That Summer Is Here

No, I Really Was There!

The “missing link” to the final WCO Masterworks concert, and what to see here next (and onstage)   It’s been too long since I managed to attend all five of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s concerts in their Masterworks series, and I wasn’t about to miss last Friday’s closing event. So where’s the review? It’s here.… Continue reading No, I Really Was There!

A Warm January Night from Sewell and WCO

Just the thought of being able to hear the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in the Capitol Theater last Friday night was enough to warm one inside and out. Not surprisingly, Andrew Sewell and his admirable ensemble managed to raise the thermostat several more degrees. The formula remains the same: Mix and match with intriguing repertoire, including… Continue reading A Warm January Night from Sewell and WCO