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The Madison Symphony Orchestra: Verve and vulgarity

The Madison Symphony Orchestra closed its season last weekend at Overture Hall with an all-Russian festival, in both repertoire and performers. Vladimir Spivakov, familiar from past visits as both conductor and violin soloist, took the podium to open with Shostakovich's "Festive Overture." This glitzy piece was commissioned in 1954 to celebrate a Bolshevik anniversary. As such, it demonstrates what made Western critics often consider the composer a superficial Soviet party hack, before we came to understand his full range and depth. It is, in fact, gloriously loud and successfully trashy music only a master craftsman could create, and Spivakov made no bones about its extroverted vulgarity. >More
 Musicians vs. the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra has announced that Doug Gerhart from the Sioux City Symphony will become the orchestra's new executive director. And he definitely needs to hit the ground running. Gerhart arrives as the WCO and its 34 musicians are hammering out a new contract. >More
 Nueva kids music: an interview with Dan Zanes

Not enough people sing and dance just for the heck of it anymore. So says Dan Zanes, founder of '80s roots-rockers The Del Fuegos and now leader of an eclectic, multicultural collective that makes what he calls "all-ages music." Fun, danceable, often educational and occasionally political, the songs of Dan Zanes and Friends provide "a shared experience" between children and parents, says Zanes, 46, who will bring his musical pals to the Overture Center on May 2 for a family pajama party. >More
 Trademark tiff: The Outer Toons drop anvil on The OuttaToons

Cartoon characters looking to kill one another have vast animated arsenals at their disposal, but none of their weapons have as much firepower as a claim of trademark infringement. That's a hit the Madison cartoon cover band The OuttaToons got last week in the form of a certified letter from an Orlando law firm demanding the group drop its name. The claim? That it infringes upon the trademark rights of The Outer Toons, a cartoon cover band based in the Florida city that's ground zero for American animated pop culture. >More
 Anne-Marie McDermot: Cue the fireworks

Ending its "Masterworks" season at the Capitol Theater last Friday, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra played three lively works off the beaten path. >More
 Red Romero: Getting the word out

Back in the day, new bands worked for months to book a midweek show at a local club, put up a few posters on State Street, and hoped that all the friends they'd pestered would actually show up for the gig. >More
 Darwin Sampson to open The Frequency live music club in downtown Madison

The closing of the King Club was definitely a blow to small- and medium-size bands looking to play downtown Madison. Fortunately, the hole it left in the local music scene should be plugged by the end of May. That's when Darwin Sampson, who's spent the last nine months booking the Annex, will open a new live music venue in downtown Madison called The Frequency. >More
 'Line Breaks: The Remix': Hip-hop university

Ever since he attended his first open mike in a squalid basement of his Washington, D.C., high school, Josh Healey says he's known hip-hop "is what I want to be part of." >More
 Scoops for the week of April 11-17

 Celebrate the fusion of the elements: Hip Hop as a Movement Week 2008 in Madison

Hip Hop as a Movement Week returns to town this week for its ninth year, kicking off on April 18 under the banner: "Element Fusion, a True Skool Evolution." Running through Saturday, April 26, the week's events explore numerous aspects of hip-hop history, music and culture, through musical and spoken word performances, dance, discussions and film screenings. The fun starts on Friday at the Memorial Union Rathskeller, with the ladies presenting "Femme Fresh: Women's Music Hip Hop Festival," with performances by Psalm One, Butterscotch, Apani B Fly, Rhythm Queenz and DJ Garnetta. >More
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