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Sconnies in Cajun country: On the plane to Lafayette

As you read this, I'll be deplaning in Lafayette, Louisiana, the site of the five-day Festival International de Louisiane. I'm part of a team of Marquette neighborhood organizers who come to Lafayette to work with music agents and other promoters from around the country, using the festival in Lafayette as a giant audition. >More
 Concerts on the Square is on for summer 2009

Local music lovers can walk with an extra spring in their step, at least till the end of July. The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra announced Wednesday that despite the ensemble's ongoing dispute with its musicians, this summer it will proceed with the full slate of Concerts on the Square performances, as scheduled. The series begins June 24 and features weekly Wednesday-evening concerts through July 29. >More
 They score!

Composers John Harbison and Ben Johnston live within a few miles of each other, but their sound worlds are a universe apart. Harbison composes contemporary classical music with large designs and is best known for his operas and big choral works. Johnston's experimental pieces navigate aural spaces as tiny as microtones to get the pure intervals that build his music. >More
 Eric Caldera thrives on instinct

Like the ants he studies by day, Eric Caldera is driven, even if he isn't sure why. A similar instinct drives Caldera to play guitar. He plays with the dexterity of a classically trained professional, but no one ever taught him how to do it. >More
 Madison Bach Musicians perform magnificent 'St. Matthews Passion'

Last spring, Trevor Stephenson's Madison Bach Musicians climbed the musical slopes with the B-minor Mass, period style. This spring they reached a summit with the "St. Matthew Passion." I can recall past Madison performances of the work in 1963 and 1980, but this was the very first here to follow period conventions and instrumentation. >More
 Extreme accordion

On the last Friday and Saturday nights of most months, you can hear Steve Meisner play traditional accordion polka music at the Essen Haus on East Wilson Street. But if you happened to stumble into the Frequency on a recent Friday night, you would have seen the accordion played in a very different way. >More
 Felicia Alima puts an urban spin on world music

Felicia Alima's fusion of R&B, hip-hop and world music has the sheen of a big-city urban artist. It would be easy to assume she's from Miami or Harlem rather than Madison and Australia. Her talent and style help put our city on the map as its very own global metropolis (even if it's on the smaller side). >More
 André Watts brings fireworks, delicacy to Madison Symphony Orchestra performance

I have long had reservations about André Watts: undeniable technique, but, I felt, a certain superficiality in repertoire and interpretation. His latest guest appearance with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Overture Hall last weekend swept aside past doubts, however. >More
 Rhythm section of American Hi-Fi powers Madison band Sun Dried Truth

Pete Gargano likes to invite his brother-in-law to come over to his house and jam with him while he plays keyboard and sings. Gargano co-owns Bellini's restaurant on East Washington Avenue. His house is right behind the restaurant. Gargano's brother-in-law isn't any old Madison drummer. >More
 Mariza sings Portugal's roots music

Fadista diva Mariza brings her mesmerizing voice and enormous Euro-chic charisma back to the Wisconsin Union Theater on April 8, nearly five years after her Madison debut. >More
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