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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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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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John DeMain, conductor of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, chose to end his 25th season with a real barn-burner: Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, “Symphony of a Thousand.” Read more

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James Gill

A water spirit pursues a prince in Madison Opera’s resplendent production of Antonin Dvorak’s “Rusalka,” the company’s first Czech opera. 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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Stephanie Hofmann

From art exhibits to documentaries, stage plays and floating parades, you’d be a fool to miss these wonderful spring events. 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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Pianists Michael Shinn and Jessica Chow Shinn repeated their performance of Thomas Cabaniss’ “Double Rainbow” at the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s March 22 concert. 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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UW-Madison’s school of music celebrated the 80th birthday of composer John Harbison with a marvelous chamber concert featuring the Pro Arte Quartet and violist Sally Chisholm on Feb. 17. Harbison was there to take his bows. 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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James Gill

Some purists wonder whether opera companies should produce operettas. Madison Opera’s scintillating production of “A Little Night Music" proves why they should. Read more

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Rick Langer

The Pro Arte Quartet delivers a moving performance of quartets by Haydn, Shostakovich and Schumann. Read more

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The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra kicked off its winter-spring season with a stimulating performance of Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1, played by 12-year-old cellist Miriam K. Smith. 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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