Classical Music


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



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



Joel Larson

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



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



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



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


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


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


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



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


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


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



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


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



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


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



Benjamin Ealovega

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