Classical Music


Dick Ainsworth

The impressive opening concert for the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society’s 26th season demonstrates why the innovative chamber music ensemble has thrived. It’s the first of 12 concerts staged in the next three weeks. more

Jun 11, 2017 10:00 AM MUSIC


Barry Lewis

The Ancora String Quartet finished its season on May 13 with contrasting works from Saint-Saëns and Beethoven. more

May 18, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

Madison Symphony Orchestra finishes off the season with a monumental performance of Brahms’ “Requiem” — with a chorus of 166 singers. more

May 6, 2017 10:35 AM MUSIC 1 Comments


Kent Sweitzer

Madison Bach Musicians’ Trevor Stephenson has organized a proper Baroque recreation of Bach’s St. John Passion. A final performance is April 15. more

Apr 15, 2017 12:00 AM MUSIC


Kent Sweitzer

Madison Bach Musicians mount a period performance of the composer’s masterwork, St. John Passion. It features an orchestra of Baroque instruments and Grammy-winning singer Dann Coakwell. more

Apr 6, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

Norwegian trumpet virtuoso returns to Madison Symphony Orchestra. But the Hummel Trumpet Concerto she plays is overshadowed by a superlative Beethoven overture. more

Mar 11, 2017 10:15 AM MUSIC


Bill Fritsch

Stephen Hough, one of the leading pianists of our time, delivers an absorbing performance of “The Egyptian” by Camille Saint-Saëns with Madison Symphony Orchestra. more

Feb 18, 2017 11:15 AM MUSIC


Dominic Mercier

A full house jammed into Overture’s Capitol Theater Feb. 10 for opening night of Madison Opera’s production of “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird,” an opera that explores the highs and lows in the life of the iconic jazz saxophonist and composer. more

Feb 12, 2017 10:10 AM Stage

UW-Madison music faculty’s convivial “Schubertiade” has become a highlight of the season. more

Feb 2, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Peter Rodgers

Madison Symphony Orchestra presents a multimedia presentation designed to help audiences understand Rimsky-Korsakov, composer of the popular “Symphonic Suite,” or “Scheherazade.” more

Jan 19, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Kent Sweitzer

Along with the usual holiday offerings, the Madison Bach Musicians have established another worthy holiday tradition, the excellent Holiday Baroque Concert. John W. Barker reviews the Dec. 10 concert. more

Dec 15, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

Madison Symphony Orchestra presents a varied program for November, with guest pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton tackling Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 10. more

Nov 12, 2016 10:20 AM MUSIC 1 Comments


James Gill

Madison Opera’s “Romeo and Juliet” is a timely reminder of how irrational hatred can destroy the world. It features a strong cast, including Madison favorite Emily Birsan as Juliet. more

Nov 6, 2016 10:15 AM Stage


Michael R. Anderson

UW-Madison’s pianist/inventor Christopher Taylor publicly debuted his “hyperpiano” on Oct. 28. The concert wasn’t without glitches, but the imperfections made for a more interesting night. more

Nov 3, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Kaupo Kikkas

Madison Symphony Orchestra’s second concert of the season offers the familiar Beethoven’s “Pastorale” along with some novelties rarely heard here. more

Oct 22, 2016 9:50 AM MUSIC

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra opened its season with a rousing program on Oct. 14, including a star turn by Russian violinist Ilya Kaler, who brought new life to Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. more

Oct 20, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Kent Sweitzer

The Madison Bach Musicians kicked off their fall season with strong program titled “English Renaissance and Baroque.” There’s one more chance to catch the excellent and unusual concert, Oct. 9 at Holy Wisdom Monastery. more

Oct 8, 2016 3:25 PM MUSIC


Chris Hynes

Madison Symphony Orchestra’s season opener on Friday featured superbly realized Holst set to a distractingly irrelevant NASA video, plus works by Enescu and Corigliano. It will be repeated Sept. 24 (8 pm) and Sept. 25 (2:30 pm). more

Sep 24, 2016 8:00 AM MUSIC


Paulius Musteikis

Musician Christopher Taylor wanted a better way to play two grand pianos at the same time. So he tapped into his science background and invented a new device — the “hyper-piano.” He’ll debut the instrument on Oct. 28 at Mills Hall. more

Sep 22, 2016 5:00 AM Snapshot


Barry Lewis

A new first-chair violin adds energy and exuberance to the Ancora String Quartet. The ensemble launched its season at the First Unitarian Society on Sept. 17. more

Sep 18, 2016 1:35 PM MUSIC