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Greg Zelek, Madison Symphony Orchestra’s principal organist, has designed a magnificent Concert Organ Season. The concerts include some of the nation’s finest players, including Zelek’s Juilliard mentor and classmates. more

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On Sept. 9, Ancora Quartet completed the final leg of a tour that involved concerts in the U.S. and Germany with the magnificent mezzo-soprano Melinda Paulsen. more

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Token Creek Chamber Music Festival debuts 29th season with program also featuring works by modern composer James Primosch. more

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Serbian-born flutist Iva Ugrćič faced discrimination and harassment in her homeland. Then she moved to Madison, and found there was still lots of work to be done. She’s launched LunART festival to address the disparities. more

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Elvira Faltermeier

Isthmus music writer Kiel Majewski chats with avant-garde jazz pioneer Roscoe Mitchell, who is performing in Madison for the first time in two years. Mitchell is a student of music, constantly revising what he is and what you thought he was. more

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Dick Ainsworth

Summer has arrived with the launch of Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society’s chamber music festival. Isthmus classical reviewer John Barker caught the opening program at Taliesin on June 10. more

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The theme for the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society’s summer festival is “Toy Stories.” But the group manages to infuse both playfulness and seriousness into its program. more

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The audience delighted in the showy moments of Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s all-Beethoven season finale. But classical critic John W. Barker also delighted in soloist John O’Conor’s understated moments. more

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They’ve come a long way from sharing a music stand in the high school orchestra. The members of Black Violin — Wil B and Kev Marcus — have created an entire new genre of music they call “classical boom.” more

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The King’s Singers pass through Madison on their 50th anniversary tour, presenting a diverse program of songs, ranging from Renaissance-era pieces to modern pieces composed for the occasion. more

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What timing. The Madison Symphony Orchestra’s penultimate concerts include odes to pacifism and spring. more

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Kent Sweitzer

Isthmus classical music critic John W. Barker has seen productions of “Dido and Aeneas” in major opera houses. But his favorite so far was Madison Bach Musicians’ masterful production last weekend. more

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Meagan Cignoli

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

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The Grammy Award-winning classical ensemble Eighth Blackbird brings it all together with a fresh and innovative approach. They’re at Shannon Hall March 3. more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Peter Jakubowski

Sound Out Loud, a new music chamber ensemble mostly made up of UW-Madison music students, wins the prestigious American Prize for chamber music in the college/university division. more

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