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Catherine Capellaro

John Barker, longtime Isthmus classical music critic, has retired from his duties. The Middleton Community Orchestra lauds him by dedicating the fall season to him and presenting a concert in his home, at Capitol Lakes. Read more

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The Token Creek Music Festival is held on the 110-acre property owned by founders Rose Mary and John Harbison that backs up against Token Creek. The founders would like to see the property preserved as a single parcel. Read more

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Martin Jenich

She’s still working a day job at Exact Sciences, but Brianna Ware, winner of Overture Center’s 2017 “Rising Star” competition is playing and teaching — and entering UW-Madison’s doctoral program this fall. Read more

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Joel Larson

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society finishes a magical summer series with concerts celebrating the chamber works of cellists. Read more

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Darren McChristie

Madison’s summer music picnic begins on June 26 with the first Concert on the Square, featuring favorites from music director Andrew Sewell. And Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra expands to a Brookfield venue starting in January. Read more

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With zany titles and serious national talent, the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society launches its ambitious summer festival June 14-30 in Madison, Stoughton and Spring Green. Read more

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Lidia Sek

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s Andrew Sewell continues his commitment to introducing Madison audiences to rarely performed works, finishing the season with Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14. Read more

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Sarah Lang

Artistic director Mikko Rankin Utevsky has put together an innovative water-themed concert for Madison’s Choral Arts Society Chorale on April 28. Read more

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A rare treat: The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s soloist was the virtuoso recorder player Piers Adams, a born showman with astonishing talent. Read more

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Marc-André Hamelin, one of the greatest pianists of our day, joins the Madison Symphony Orchestra for a remarkable evening of Strauss and Ravel — with an encore of Rachmaninoff. Read more

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The Madison Bach Musicians break the mold with an all-Mozart program. They played a piece he wrote when he was 9 and explored his varied career all the way to the magnificent “Adagio and Fugue in C minor.” Read more

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Roger Mastroianni

Apollo’s Fire amazes with Vivaldi. Read more

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Rick Langer

The Pro Arte Quartet explores the work of Moisey Weinberg, a Polish Jew who fled Warsaw for Russia during World War II and became a protege of Dmitri Shostakovich. Read more

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Award-winning choral director Gabriela Hristova will visit Madison to guest conduct for Festival Choir of Madison on March 16. She will bring a chamber choir from Flint, Michigan, performing a work on the city’s water crisis. Read more

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The Madison Symphony Orchestra's conductor celebrates silver anniversary with program of personal favorites for March concerts. Read more

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Marc Campa

Cuarteto Casals is one of today’s greatest string quartets. Its March 1 performance in Madison demonstrated the ensemble’s talent and stylistic versatility. Read more

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Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev joins Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra for an evening of jazz-inspired works and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor, a taut and unsettling piece. Read more

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Beau Meyer

Despite some sound engineering issues, a joint production of University Opera and University Theatre produces a marvelous talent showcase with “Into the Woods.” Read more

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Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra says goodbye to departing CEO Mark Cantrell. As a consolation prize, the great Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev plays with WCO on Feb. 22. Read more

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Benjamin Ealovega

Madison Symphony Orchestra welcomes 2019 Grammy-winning violinist James Ehnes for a magnificent performance of Brahms’ Violin Concerto. Read more

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