John W. Barker


Meagan Cignoli

Alon Goldstein is a propulsive stimulus as a pianist. But the real star is the instrument he plays. more

Mar 11, 2018 5:00 AM MUSIC

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Dave Getzschman

Visiting soloist Giora Schmidt delivers a superb rendition of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. more

Feb 24, 2018 11:00 AM MUSIC


Kaupo Kikkas

German-born cellist Alban Gerhardt triumphs in William Walton’s Cello Concerto. He brings out the melodious lines of the rarely heard and unconventional work. more

Feb 22, 2018 5:00 AM MUSIC


Kaupo Kikkas

German-born cellist Alban Gerhardt triumphs in William Walton’s Cello Concerto, bringing out the melodious lines of the rarely heard and unconventional work. He's with the Madison Symphony Orchestra this weekend. more

Feb 17, 2018 10:00 AM MUSIC 1 Comments


James Gill

Excellent production values and a splendid cast elevate Madison Opera’s “Abduction from the Seraglio.” more

Feb 15, 2018 5:00 AM Stage

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra opened its 2018 concert season with a time-traveling program, finishing with a sturdy rendition of Brahms’ final orchestral work with guest soloists Soh-Hyun Park Altino (violin) and Leonardo Altino (cello). more

Feb 1, 2018 5:00 AM MUSIC

Gil Shaham guests with Madison Symphony Orchestra in a program of Russian composers, highlighted by Rachmaninoff’s unconventional Symphony No. 3. more

Jan 20, 2018 8:18 AM MUSIC


Kent Sweitzer

2017 had some great moments in classical music. The orchestras continued to bring high-quality and neglected works to audiences, and new ensembles keep making their mark. more

Dec 21, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Kent Sweitzer

It’s that time of year — when tired holiday music gets pulled out of storage for seasonal concerts. Thankfully, on Dec. 9, Madison Bach Musicians delivered a concert a listener would be glad to hear any time of the year. more

Dec 14, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Keith Saunders

The world-famous Takács Quartet delivers a nuanced and powerful concert at Wisconsin Union Theater. It was one of the season’s finest classical offerings. more

Dec 7, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

Works by 20th century composers Joaquín Rodrigo and Manuel de Falla highlight Madison Symphony Orchestra’s November program, with guest guitarist Sharon Isbin. more

Nov 18, 2017 11:15 AM MUSIC

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James Gill

Powerful mezzo-soprano Aleks Romano really grabs the listener’s ears and eyes in Madison Opera’s revival of “Carmen” at Overture Hall. more

Nov 4, 2017 8:56 AM Stage 2 Comments

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Fernando Baez

In her third appearance with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Russian-born pianist Olga Kern shines in Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto. more

Oct 21, 2017 11:08 AM MUSIC


Shawn Harper

Madison is a creative city. Want proof? Here’s our guide to upcoming highlights in theater, dance, visual arts and classical music. more

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Maestro John DeMain is in fine form for Madison Symphony Orchestra’s season opener. more

Sep 16, 2017 10:15 AM MUSIC


Tim Shelton

Madison Savoyards’ production of “H.M.S. Pinafore” is a spirited satire. It runs through August 6 at UW’s Music Hall. more

Aug 3, 2017 5:00 AM Stage

In three short years, the Willy Street Chamber Players have inserted themselves into Madison’s musical landscape. They play two more concerts in July at their home base in Immanuel Lutheran Church. more

Jul 13, 2017 5:00 AM 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