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Beethoven's Fidelio is a stirring 2014-15 season opener for Madison Opera

Madison Opera rousingly opened its 2014-15 season at Overture Hall on Friday night with a great work not often encountered: Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio. The work typifies the "rescue opera," a style that flourished in the years after the upheavals of the French Revolution, exploiting stories of escapes from danger and oppression. >More
 Sarah Chang sizzles on a Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Madison Symphony Orchestra

The latest Madison Symphony Orchestra concert is mistitled "Scandinavian Wonders." One of the three composers represented is a Finn, and the Finnish are Scandinavian in neither language or culture. "Nordic" would have been the more appropriate label. >More
 Death of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra

Many musicians are tenacious creatures who'll see a project through, no matter what. I'm reminded of the small orchestra on the Titanic. Its members died playing music to calm terrified passengers as the ship sank in 1912. So when headlines appear about orchestras filing for bankruptcy, wrangling over collective bargaining agreements, or shutting down, as the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra will at the end of the 2014-15 season, I still believe most orchestras will survive this time of financial upheaval. >More
 University Opera's comic Albert Herring is an enjoyable debut for acting director David Ronis

University Opera opened its 2014-15 season with the novelty of Benjamin Britten's chamber-opera comedy Albert Herring. The production is the first mounted under acting director David Ronis, visiting assistant professor for the 2014-2015 season, following the retirement of longtime director William Farlow. >More
 Pianist Olga Kern dazzles with Rachmaninoff as Madison Symphony Orchestra performs Russian works both familiar and rare

The Madison Symphony Orchestra offered another big winner at Overture Hall with a program devoted to the music of three Russian composers. >More
 Rachel Barton Pine delivers a splendid rendition of Vieuxtemps' Fifth Violin Concerto with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra opened its 2014-15 season with a remarkably generous and diversified program at the Capitol Theater on Friday. Violinist Rachel Barton Pine and violist Matthew Lipman served as guest soloists. >More
 Violinist Wes Luke proves a solid anchor for Ancora String Quartet in a program of works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Beach

Because of the leave of absence being taken by first violinist Leanne Kelso League, the Ancora String Quartet has undertaken a second season of experimentation. Last season, that involved bringing in different instrumentalists in trio-plus collaborations. This season, it involves two visiting first violinists. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra's 2014-15 season-opener forgoes guest soloists to showcase the ensemble's own brilliance

The Madison Symphony Orchestra follows several precedents in the first program of its 2014-15 season. For one thing, there is no guest soloist grinding out a warhorse concerto. >More
 Philanthropists Stan and Shirley Inhorn receive Madison Symphony Orchestra's first-ever DeMain Award

The inaugural DeMain Award for Outstanding Commitment to Music will be awarded to philanthropists Stan and Shirley Inhorn by the Madison Symphony Orchestra League at its fifth annual gala banquet at the Madison Concourse Hotel on Friday, Sept. 12. Named after music director John DeMain, the annual honor will go to an ardent supporter of the MSO and Madison-based music in general. >More
 A thought-provoking work by C.P.E. Bach kicks off the 2014 Token Creek Chamber Music Festival

This year's Token Creek Chamber Music Festival (through Aug. 31 in the festival barn in DeForest) celebrates the operation's 25th anniversary, no mean achievement for so idiosyncratic an undertaking. This time around, there are three classical programs, two of them performed twice. The next program, involving only violin and piano, will be presented on Aug. 27. >More
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