The Crowning Concert of Three Decades

Token Creek Festival closes its 30th season with two masters of the keyboard   One never lacks for opportunities to praise the latest event from co-founders John and Rose Mary Harbison, but even so it should be said up front that when it comes to concluding the 30th season of the Token Creek Chamber Music… Continue reading The Crowning Concert of Three Decades

A Belated Birthday Party at Token Creek

TCCMF puts the 80-year old John Harbison squarely in the spotlight   There was a special program last Wednesday (8/28) in the Festival barn, the beloved and intimate venue of the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival these past thirty years. It was meant to occur last February, around the time that other Madison events joined… Continue reading A Belated Birthday Party at Token Creek

Token Creek Chamber Music Festival at 30: Time to Tweak One Thing

All-Brahms concert produces a different kind of poignancy It didn’t take long on Sunday afternoon, as an all-Brahms program unfolded in the Festival barn at Token Creek, to realize that this would not be an easy blog to post… Some context, with apologies to those who may already know some of this: I have been… Continue reading Token Creek Chamber Music Festival at 30: Time to Tweak One Thing

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