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Fine singing, problems elsewhere in Madison Opera production of Madama Butterfly

I feared Madison Opera's presentation of Puccini's Madama Butterfly would prove two incompatible productions running simultaneously, one musical and one visual. >More
 Natty Nation plays reggae for soldiers overseas

With the year in music just a few weeks away from ending, I'm already prepared to issue an award in a category I just invented -- most unique tour by a Madison band. >More
 The Schwendinger sound

Contemporary classical composer and UW-Madison School of Music faculty member Laura Elise Schwendinger agreed to share some audio samples of her work in conjunction with the story in Isthmus about her work. >More
 Pale Young Gentlemen and Sleeping in the Aviary mark Madison homecoming after fall tours

The Madison chamber-pop/indie-baroque group Pale Young Gentlemen is on a tear of late, thanks to the October release of their sophomore album Black Forest (Tra la la). Its melancholic, lushly string-suffused, very smart tracks have earned raves locally and beyond, once again racking up good reviews on Metacritic. To promote the release the band is on a fall tour that has taken it from Burlington to Lubbock to Los Angeles, and many more points in between. >More
 Get to know Foxy Veronica's Peach Pies

Though it draws from the style and substance of the old-school striptease shows popularized by Gypsy Rose Lee, the neo-burlesque cabaret of Foxy Veronica's Peach Pies owes at least as much to the art form's even older vaudevillian roots and the shock-and-giggle comedy of South Park and Family Guy. >More
 Tragedy looms in Madison Opera's Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini was always searching for a good story. He favored ones that put vulnerable heroines in believable turmoil, so in 1900 when he saw David Belasco's play about a geisha's tragic love for an American naval officer, he set his librettists to work. This weekend, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth, the Madison Opera presents Madama Butterfly, the heroine Puccini loved most. >More
 Ryland Bouchard quietly thrills small audience at The Project Lodge

Ryland Bouchard graced Madison Friday evening with a small and intimate performance at The Project Lodge. No longer releasing albums as The Robot Ate Me, the one-man experimental music project that made him known, Bouchard seemed more balanced in his manner, more mature since playing Club 770 in 2006. >More
 Sharp and Harkins branch out on new album

"A lot of our songs are carefree and upbeat," says Andy Sharp, "but this time we were ready to try different emotions." >More
 Chang and Tali shine with the Madison Symphony Orchestra

Two visitors enlivened the latest Madison Symphony concerts. The hyped one was Sarah Chang, undeniably one of today's top violinists, who appeared in the "Violin Concerto in D" by Brahms. I risk stereotypes and cliché when I say I have long thought of Brahms' concertos as "masculine," reflecting his own burly playing style. Against that, Chang proposed a valid "feminine" perspective on this massive, challenging score. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Holiday Pops concert is on

Here's an early holiday present for Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra subscribers and fans. Despite an ongoing labor dispute, which saw musicians go on strike last month, the orchestra will perform its holiday pops concert on Nov. 29 and 30 as scheduled. >More
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