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Dick Ainsworth

The theme for the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society’s summer festival is “Toy Stories.” But the group manages to infuse both playfulness and seriousness into its program. more

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The Madison Bach Musicians’ season finale shows the period ensemble’s range. The group pairs Bach’s humorous “Coffee Cantata” with Purcell’s tragic opera “Dido and Aeneas.” more

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The Grammy Award-winning classical ensemble Eighth Blackbird brings it all together with a fresh and innovative approach. They’re at Shannon Hall March 3. more

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Jiyang Chen

Overture Center’s concert organ is in expert hands with Greg Zelek, Madison Symphony Orchestra’s new principal organist and curator. more

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J Henry Fair

Sharon Isbin, one of the world’s finest guitarists, returns to Madison to play with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. She will play Joaquín Rodrigo’s passionate masterpiece, “Concierto de Aranjuez,” and Chris Brubeck’s multifaceted “Affinity.” more

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This year’s Token Creek Chamber Music Festival will feature world-renowned classical performers, including pianist Ya-Fei Chuang. It starts Aug. 26. more

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Dick Ainsworth

Local and international superstars converge on Madison for the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society’s three-week festival. “Alphabet Soup” kicks off June 9. more

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Kent Sweitzer

Madison Bach Musicians mount a period performance of the composer’s masterwork, St. John Passion. It features an orchestra of Baroque instruments and Grammy-winning singer Dann Coakwell. more

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Dominic Mercier

A full house jammed into Overture’s Capitol Theater Feb. 10 for opening night of Madison Opera’s production of “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird,” an opera that explores the highs and lows in the life of the iconic jazz saxophonist and composer. more

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Anja Tanner

Tenor Joshua Stewart plays the ghost of saxophonist/composer Charlie Parker in Madison Opera’s production of “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird.” The chamber opera has its Midwest premiere at Overture Center’s Capitol Theater Feb. 10 and 12. more

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Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society celebrates its silver jubilee with a stellar lineup of chamber music concerts, including a piece commissioned from a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. more

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Defying the notion that young people don’t care for classics, a packed audience of high-schoolers attended an April 19 concert at Overture Hall, featuring two up-and-coming superstars, Robert Rockman and Tabby Rhee. more

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Kent Sweitzer

Handel’s “Messiah,” one of the most famous music pieces of all times, will be splendidly re-created by the Madison Bach Musicians on April 8 and 10 at the First Congregational Church in Madison. more

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In the 19th century, composer Franz Schubert played house concerts, known as Schubertiades. UW’s School of Music presents the third installment of this delightful series. more

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Michael R. Anderson

She moved to the U.S. from Korea when she was 16. Now the UW School of Music has hired Soh-Hyun Park Altino to guide its violin students. Her debut recital is at Mills Hall on Nov. 13. more

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Julia Wesely

The classical comedy duo Igudesman & Joo, appearing at the Capitol Theater on Friday, Oct. 23, combine masterful musicianship with comedy sketches. more

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Maestro Andrew Sewell of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra hails from New Zealand. On Oct. 2, he conducts “Landfall in Unknown Seas,” a celebration of his homeland. more

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The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and conductor Andrew Sewell have a tantalizing program in store for the opening Masterworks concert, Friday, Oct. 2, 8 pm in the Overture Center’s Capitol Theater. more

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Erasing the boundaries between high and low, serious and silly, our fall arts preview has something for everyone. more

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Teryl Dobbs

On Sunday, Aug. 30, Madison hosts “Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish Music, Literature and Theater,” a distinctive performance festival that melds past with present. more

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