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Marie Loeffler

Summer is a season of communion in the classical music world. In Madison there are lively outdoor concerts like Concerts on the Square and Opera in the Park. Professional performers also gather in peaceful rural settings to reflect and relax while sharing ideas, practicing and giving concerts. Such environments inspired John and Rose Mary Harbison to found the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival. Read more

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Even with unseasonably cool weather, the "American Fanfare" performance at Concerts on the Square was a perfect prelude to the July 4 holiday. Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra music director Andrew Sewell led a vibrant concert of nostalgic works that celebrated patriotism and community. Read more

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Max Wendt

Ending a memorable 16-season career with University Opera, director William Farlow directed a charming rendition of Hector Berlioz's comic opera "Béatrice et Bénédict" at the UW Music Hall on Friday, April 11. The production will be performed again on Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m., and Tuesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. Read more

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Pro Arte Quartet

Madison's Pro Arte Quartet paid tribute to its Belgian roots on Sunday by premiering a new work by Belgian composer Benoît Mernier. This composition, "Quartet No. 3", was commissioned for the ensemble's centennial celebration. Read more

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In 1749, George Frideric Handel invited Londoners to watch a public rehearsal of his newly composed "Music for the Royal Fireworks". He was rewarded with nearly 12,000 eager attendees. Madison's opera devotees share a similarly dynamic spirit, as evidenced by the large and lively crowd at the Madison Early Music Festival's inaugural Handel Aria Competition. The competition concluded Monday night at the UW's Mills Concert Hall. Read more

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As lovely as HBO's "Game of Thrones" theme song may be, it isn't representative of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance or even the early Baroque period. Classical music lovers can enjoy repertoire from all three of these eras at the Madison Early Music Festival July 6-12. Read more

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C&N Photographers

Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society presented "Follow Suit" from its "Deuces Are Wild" series on Friday Night at Overture Center's Playhouse. This diverse program began with lighthearted commentary about the group's mission. Then colorfully dressed performers commanded the stage, displaying an impressive array of rich, jewel-toned pieces. Read more

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Robert Romik

"Champagne and Vodka," the title of the Madison Symphony Orchestra's upcoming weekend of concerts, may be too light for hearty works by two classical heavyweights. It's not entirely off target, though. The program will offer many musical flavors, including Mozart's ambrosia-like melodies. Read more

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Max Garland is the Johnny Appleseed of Wisconsin's poetry landscape. As our new poet laureate, he'll travel the state for the next year, sowing seeds of knowledge and sermonizing about the value of arts and culture. The goal is to help Wisconsinites grow as readers and flourish as writers. Read more

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Brian Ruppert

Last night, the Middleton Community Orchestra presented "An Evening of Song and Dance" at the Middleton-Cross Plains Area Performing Arts Center. Under the tight and steady stewardship of conductor Steve Kurr, this orchestra dazzled. Read more

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Wisconsin author Kathie Giorgio found success right out of the gates. Her first novel, 2011's "The Home For Wayward Clocks", received the Outstanding Achievement recognition from the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Awards Committee and was nominated for the Paterson Fiction Award. Her short-story collection, "Enlarged Hearts", followed in April 2012. "Learning to Tell (A Life)Time", the sequel to "The Home For Wayward Clocks", is due out in 2013. Read more

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