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John W. Barker

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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The latest installment of “Schubertiade,” organized by Bill Lutes and Martha Fischer, celebrates the music Franz Schubert made in his very last year, before he died at age 31. Read more

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Madison Symphony Orchestra delivers an excellent multimedia exploration of Felix Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony. Read more

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Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Madison’s top-notch classical ensembles continued to deliver surprises and landmark performances in 2018, writes classical critic John W. Barker. Read more

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Kent Sweitzer

Madison Bach Musicians held their annual holiday concert in the First Congregational Church on Dec. 8. The large hall was not an ideal setting for the small-scale works, conceived for intimate settings. Read more

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Michael R. Anderson

University Opera delivers a delightful version of Monteverdi’s Baroque masterpiece, “L’incoronazione di Poppea.” It’s a story worth revisiting, based on the history of the narcissistic tyrant Nero. Read more

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Michael R Anderson

Madison Symphony Orchestra delivers a dazzling tribute to Leonard Bernstein at Overture Hall this weekend. It features John DeMain conducting the works of his mentor and magnificent piano playing by Christopher Taylor. Read more

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James Gill

Madison Opera delivers a passionate and lavish double bill of “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci.” It plays once more on Nov. 4. Read more

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While Freakfest raged outdoors, the Pro Arte Quartet delivered an exploration of Schubert, Bolcom and Mendelssohn at Mills Hall on Oct. 27. Read more

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The Madison Symphony Orchestra hosts guest conductor Tania Miller and cellist Zuill Bailey for its fall concerts. Read more

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Betty Liang

Madison Bach Musicians kick off their 15th season with a program devoted to Bach and Handel, two powerhouse composers and contemporaries who never met. Read more

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Lisa Marie Mazzucco

The Madison Symphony Orchestra launched its 25th season with John DeMain with a visit from the extraordinary pianist Emanuel Ax, who delivered a muscular yet tender performance. Read more

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