John W. Barker

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



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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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


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



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


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



Benjamin Ealovega

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



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


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


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


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



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



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