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John W. Barker

The excellent Willy Street Chamber Players launched their fourth annual season of Friday evening concerts on July 6. The program included guest vocalist Jazimina MacNeil, who brought three works by young American composers. 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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Photos by: Benjamin Ealovega, Lisa Marie Mazzucco, Chris Hynes

Madison Symphony Orchestra celebrates two landmarks in its upcoming 2018-19 season: It’s maestro John DeMain’s 25th season conducting, and it’s the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late, great Leonard Bernstein, one of DeMain’s collaborators. 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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Dan Williams

Madison Symphony Orchestra finishes off its season with a study in contrasts: Mozart and Janáček. more

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James Gill

Strong performances and superb production make Madison Opera’s “Florencia en el Amazonas” an excellent season-ender. more

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The fantastic Russian-born violinist Ilya Kaler returns to Madison, delivering a perfect Paganini with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. 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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The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra gets Bach right, in a performance of the composer’s Orchestral Suite No. 4. And virtuoso pianist Alexandre Dossin delivered a magnificent version of Edward MacDowell’s Concerto No. 2. more

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The Madison Symphony Orchestra’s March 18 “Beyond the Score” concert explored Edward Elgar’s “Enigma.” It was entertaining, but did not resolve the enigma or shed much light on the meaning for the composer. 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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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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James Gill

Excellent production values and a splendid cast elevate Madison Opera’s “Abduction from the Seraglio.” 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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Kent Sweitzer

2017 had some great moments in classical music. The orchestras continued to bring high-quality and neglected works to audiences, and new ensembles keep making their mark. more

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