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With Madison Symphony Orchestra, pianist Simone Dinnerstein plays impressive if over-thought Beethoven concerto

Beethoven's "Emperor" concerto, his fifth and last for piano and orchestra, is one of the great masterpieces of the literature. Its guest soloist this weekend with the Madison Symphony Orchestra is the acclaimed young pianist Simone Dinnerstein, who is not only a very interesting personality but a highly intelligent if still-idiosyncratic musician. >More
 Pianist Simone Dinnerstein plays otherworldly Beethoven

This weekend in Overture Hall, the Madison Symphony Orchestra will play a concert of fifths -- Elgar's Fifth March, Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony and Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto -- with the sensational Simone Dinnerstein. Originally, Beethoven's introspective Fourth Piano Concerto was slated for performance, but when it was switched for the epic Fifth, the concert became a raucous and sublime celebration of humanity rarely heard in a single program. >More
 Zooniversity's UW-themed hip-hop is a social networking smash

Wisconsin's great "Teach Me How to Bucky" T-shirt fad was launched by accident. It was the first day of class at UW-Madison, Sept. 2, 2010, and senior Quincy Kwalae walked into the wrong room. "Ironically," he says, "it was an entrepreneur class." >More
 Madison rockers fundraise for a skateboard park

Jeanette Dunscombe says she grew up in the skateboard community in Arizona before she moved to Madison 13 years ago. Now that she has two sons learning to grind and flip locally, she is helping Madison build its first outdoor skate park. She's doing it the way she knows how -- booking a rock show. >More
 Steamy Monteverdi duet caps Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble concert

As with its last concert, in late November, the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble drew a capacity audience at the old Gates of Heaven Synagogue in James Madison Park Sunday afternoon -- and an enthusiastic audience, too. >More
 Piano Fondue crafts delicious performances from guilty pleasures

It's Friday night at the Brink Lounge, and Josh Dupont and Adam Nelson have laced up their sneakers. Though piano-bar performers tend to sport shiny wingtips, this wardrobe choice makes sense once the show begins. These guys are musical triathletes, performing a marathon set of tunes, swimming through piles of song requests and riding jokes to their hilarious conclusions. >More
 UW's Laura Schwendinger takes a risky route to Carnegie Hall

"Thrilling" is one of the words she uses. Exciting. Fascinating. Dangerous. Laura Schwendinger is describing her experience with "Shadings," the contemporary composer's collaboration with her cousin, New York-based lighting designer Leni Schwendinger. Scheduled to premiere March 4 at Carnegie Hall as part of the American Composers Orchestra's Playing It UNsafe project, "Shadings" finds the UW-Madison music composition professor confronting risk. >More
 Madison Opera's Threepenny Opera entertains brilliantly

The Madison Opera has established the practice of presenting smaller-scale midwinter works in the Overture Playhouse. This season, for what proves the company's last production before general director Allan Naplan departs to Minneapolis, the offering is The Threepenny Opera of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. >More
 The Threepenny Opera is a modern masterpiece about depravity

Once in a lifetime, a play comes along that crystallizes an era and changes our way of thinking about theater. Add some seductive music to the mix and you have that unforgettable concoction of political satire, love-gone-wrong and decadence that is The Threepenny Opera. The Madison Opera's production of this masterpiece lights up the Overture Center's intimate Playhouse this weekend and next. The cast includes American Players Theatre favorites James DeVita and Tracy Michelle Arnold, and the acclaimed Dorothy Danner directs. >More
 Milwaukee bands make a rare onslaught on Madison this week

Three Milwaukee bands are playing two Madison venues this week. You might think that's business as usual, but it's not a routine occurrence. That's surprising, considering only 70 miles separate the two metropolitan areas. Madison club owners say there's a musical disconnect between Mad Town and the Brew City. >More
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