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John W. Barker

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s March 24 concert featured a homecoming for violist Vicki Powell, a UW-Madison grad with a flourishing international career. more

Mar 30, 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

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Michael R. Anderson

University Opera's spring production is a carefully conceived and thought-provoking staging of Benjamin Britten's chamber opera "The Turn of the Screw." more

Mar 4, 2017 9:41 AM Stage

At the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s Feb. 24 concert, award-winning 16-year-old prodigy Julian Rhee tackled two tough pieces: Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major and Paganini’s Caprice No. 5 for solo violin. more

Mar 2, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

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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

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

Feb 2, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

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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

Most of us are ready to let go of 2016. But Isthmus music critics have some fond memories of this year’s concerts — from punk to pop to classical. more

Dec 22, 2016 5:00 AM , , MUSIC

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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

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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

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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

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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

Madison’s venues are popping with culture this fall and winter. Isthmus critics do the work for you by letting you know which theater, visual art, dance and classical music to get on your radar — and onto your calendar. more

Sep 29, 2016 5:00 AM , , , ARTS & CULTURE

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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

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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

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Chezley Royster

ohn and Mary Rose Harbison, the founders and stars of the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, have done it again. This year’s three concert programs are all connected to the theme of “water music.” more

Sep 1, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

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Jim Pippitt

Under the direction of conductor Scott MacPherson, Isthmus Vocal Ensemble tackles the works of the German master Johannes Brahms. The highlight is a strong chorus of 114 singers, which is clearly up to the challenge. more

Aug 6, 2016 1:40 PM MUSIC

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Dan Myers

The Madison Savoyards are back — with a witty and energetic production of “The Gondoliers,” one of the finest Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Performances run through August 7 at Music Hall. more

Jul 31, 2016 6:55 PM Stage

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March 30, 2017

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    UW Cinematheque, Union South-Marquee & Chazen Museum of Art; Barrymore Theatre; and Sundance Cinemas 608

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March 31, 2017

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April 1, 2017

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    UW Cinematheque, Union South-Marquee & Chazen Museum of Art; Barrymore Theatre; and Sundance Cinemas 608

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    UW Cinematheque, Union South-Marquee & Chazen Museum of Art; Barrymore Theatre; and Sundance Cinemas 608

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April 3, 2017

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    UW Cinematheque, Union South-Marquee & Chazen Museum of Art; Barrymore Theatre; and Sundance Cinemas 608

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April 4, 2017

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    UW Cinematheque, Union South-Marquee & Chazen Museum of Art; Barrymore Theatre; and Sundance Cinemas 608

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April 5, 2017

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    UW Cinematheque, Union South-Marquee & Chazen Museum of Art; Barrymore Theatre; and Sundance Cinemas 608

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