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Benjamin Hopkins

University Opera’s wildly entertaining production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” sets the frothy comedy in Andy Warhol’s Factory. Read more

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The program lacks a throughline, but this weekend’s Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts feature a luminous piano performance by Joyce Yang. Read more

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Superstars from Indian classical music are headed to town for the two-day OVK-Bach Festival, a unique event that merges the music of the German Baroque composer with that of his contemporary, Ootukkadu Venkata Kavi. Read more

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A medical emergency in the audience interrupts Emanuel Ax’s Nov. 2 concert at Shannon Hall. But the pianist delivers a flawless performance, nonetheless. Read more

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Catherine Capellaro

Longtime classical music critic John W. Barker has died, according to an email from his wife, Margaret, who says at the very end he urged her to listen to Bruckner’s 6th symphony. Read more

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Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, who overcame a terrible accident to become a superstar, makes her debut with the Madison Symphony Orchestra playing Russian works. Read more

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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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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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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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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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