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Ancora String Quartet comes into its own with Haydn, Beethoven, Shostakovich

For the latest of its concerts this season the Ancora String Quartet, resident at the First Unitarian Society, chose to play in the original meeting house, rather than in the Society's new and larger auditorium. >More
 Zola Jesus' anxious minimalism to shine at SXSW

For one-woman home-recording powerhouse Zola Jesus -- a.k.a. Madison's Nika Danilova, 19 -- being an enigma isn't just an amusing side effect of being a performer, it's a necessity. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra is back in action with Masterworks II

Belated but joyful was the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's first full Masterworks concert of the season on Saturday, January 24. Transcending ongoing contract negotiations, the strike that scotched the first concert last October has been suspended so that the scheduled concerts remaining can be given. Appropriately, high spirits were evident, expressed in a program in which two avian delights framed an exciting local solo debut. >More
 Artists ponder health of hip-hop in Madison circa 2009

A casual glance at entertainment listings in Isthmus these days yields little in the way of hip-hop acts. A few DJs are active here and there, but it's rare to see hip-hop artists headlining shows at Madison's major venues. >More
 East Village Opera Company funks up the classics

Roll over, Beethoven! The East Village Opera Company brings operatic arias that rock with rhythm and blues to Overture's Capitol Theater next Thursday, Jan. 29. Don't expect Tommy or Rennie Harris' hip hopera Rome and Jewels, and don't think kitsch. The EVOC deconstructs arias from the 18th and 19th centuries with a brainy palette of pop dance beats, and the results are seriously sophisticated. >More
 Will WSUM make the most of its newfound wealth?

Can $400,000 buy UW-Madison a better campus radio station? Former chancellor John Wiley thought so. Last year he earmarked an unrestricted grant to help WSUM move from its former location in the Towers on State Street. The station's posh new studio is inside the newly constructed University Square multipurpose monolith. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra: Daniel Hege, Henning Kraggerud, and James DeVita

Three guests brought a triple-treat at the Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts last weekend. Syracuse Symphony conductor Daniel Hege, making his second podium visit here, opened things with Mozart's "Paris Symphony", No. 31 in D, a frothy first treat. >More
 Madison's Imitations were the sound of '60s radicalism

Last summer, on the Union Terrace, Big Apple sax player Michael Moss dropped a CD in my lap. Moss is married to modern dancer Judith Moss, who teaches a popular summer class through UW Continuing Studies. All three of us were undergrads here in the '60s. "This'll take you back," Moss said, eyeing the disc. The hand-done letters sprawled across the Memorex said "Fabulous Imitations, Great Hall '65." >More
 Whither jazz? Musicians search for venues in Madison

Jazz isn't dead, especially if you're a fan of TV soundtracks. Shows such as Cowboy Bebop and even Sex and the City wouldn't be the same without it. In the real world, however, it's tempting to question the genre's relevance if people don't go to hear it performed live. >More
 Bobby McFerrin and the simplest form of expression

Bobby McFerrin is happy about Obama, but don't expect him to sing his famous "Don't Worry, Be Happy" when he unleashes those rangy pipes at Overture Hall next Thursday night. >More
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