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Madison Savoyards does justice to Gilbert & Sullivan's unfairly neglected Princess Ida

Princess Ida is unusual among the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. It is, for instance, the only one inspired by the work of an author other than Gilbert himself -- Tennyson, as it happens. It is the only one by the collaborators structured in three acts. >More
 The Toronto Consort kicks off the Madison Early Music Festival with songs from Leonardo da Vinci's Italy

This week marks the 15th anniversary of the Madison Early Music Festival (through July 19). To celebrate, it will explore Italian music from 1300 to 1600, a fascinating time of discovery for the arts and sciences. Within those centuries, Columbus sailed to America, Copernicus proved that Earth wasn't the center of our solar system, and Leonardo da Vinci painted his famous Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. >More
 Madison's 2014-15 classical music season focuses on legendary composers

As long summer days make way for crisp autumn nights, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra prepare for the first shows of the 2014-15 season. After giving us many American works last season, they'll now explore European music in greater detail, including the cool, earthy aesthetic of Scandinavia and the vibrant orchestral colors of Russia. >More
 Under the stars at Madison Opera in the Park 2014

The Madison Opera knows that few things compare to hearing music under the stars. The ensemble presents its 13th annual Opera in the Park concert at Garner Park on July 26 at 8 p.m. Free and open to the public, the event has rippled with excitement in recent years, drawing nearly 14,000 attendees. >More
 UW School of Music faculty and alumni remember the artistry and warmth of departed pianist Howard Karp

Monday was a very sad day for the music world and for Madison in particular. Pianist Howard Karp, professor emeritus of music at UW-Madison and patriarch of the city's beloved Karp family of musicians, died at age 84. His recitals both here and abroad garnered adulatory words, but he was a gentle and humble man. >More
 Concerts on the Square celebrates Independence Day 2014 with salutes to Copland and show tunes

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. >More
 Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society champions underappreciated masterpieces in its 2014 season finale

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society capped its 2014 season at the Stoughton Opera House with two chamber-music masterpieces, interspersed with two light works. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra musicians and management gear up for extra concerts after negotiating a five-year contract

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the American Federation of Musicians Local 166 have signed a new, five-year collective bargaining agreement that will go into effect in September. The new contract allows the WCO to continue signature programs like Concerts on the Square, its popular summer series of outdoor pops concerts, and Masterworks, its classical concert series in Overture Center's Capitol Theater. >More
 A rewarding program of Ravel and Rachmaninoff begins Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society's 2014 season

Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society opened its 2014 season this weekend with the organization's typical combination of unfamiliar music with beloved masterpieces, in performances of the highest quality. The June 14 performance took place at Overture Center's Playhouse, and both of the weekend's programs will be repeated at Taliesin in Spring Green on June 15. >More
 Conductor Steve Kurr challenges Middleton Community Orchestra with an ambitious 2013-14 season finale

The Middleton Community Orchestra closed its 2013-14 season with an unusually long, if typically ambitious, concert at the Middleton Performing Arts Center. There were two works in the program of concerto character on Wednesday. >More
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