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With Madison Symphony Orchestra, pianist Christopher Taylor brings songlike nuance to Schumann concerto

For the Madison Symphony Orchestra's April program, music director John DeMain brings us three novelties and a warhorse. The warhorse, Schumann's Piano Concerto, is made to prance, to be sure. >More
 In new Union South, flamboyant Of Montreal play Varsity Hall's inaugural show

Walking into Varsity Hall, in the newly opened Union South, was a little like stepping back in time. Between the stage centered toward the back of the vast space and the shined, narrow, wood-panel flooring, Varsity Hall resembles a high school gym -- the last place you might expect to see a sold-out Of Montreal concert. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: UW MadHatters a cappella group (video)

With its sold-out concert at the Orpheum coming up this weekend, UW-Madison's all-male a cappella group rehearses a brand new Adele song and reveals a few secrets. >More
 Big voices on campus: Madhatters sing their way to UW-Madison stardom

Back in high school, not all of the MadHatters were the kinds of guys you'd expect sorority girls to be swooning over in college. David Redick, 22, grew up in St. Louis and says he was a "massive theater nerd" as a teenager. He still knows every word to the rock opera Rent. Bob Pierce, 19, grew up in Mukwonago. His crowning teen accomplishment was starring as Tree #3 in The Wizard of Oz. >More
 Union South to charge for some live music shows

This Friday's inaugural Union South music show featuring Of Montreal comes at a price: $10 for students and $20 for non-students. That's not business as usual for Wisconsin Union Directorate music programming, which has long been defined by free shows at the Rathskeller, the Terrace and the now-defunct Club 770 (the tacky old Union South cafeteria that doubled as a club). >More
 Sunspot: Deus Ex Machina

Sunspot is the Madison party-rock band that relentlessly tours Wisconsin and captures the energy of its travels in the zany podcast Sunspot Road Mania. But on its new three-song EP, Sunspot ventures way beyond party rock. Deus Ex Machina takes on lyrical themes both deep and dark, and it adds rock riffs rough enough to match the mood. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra announces 2011 Concerts on the Square season

Summer is nigh. No, really. The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's announcement of its 2011 Concerts on the Square season provides scientific confirmation that despite the wild meteorological mood swings of recent weeks, summer will indeed grace Wisconsin's Capitol a couple months hence. >More
 With Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, pianist Shai Wosner plays elegant Beethoven concerto

For the closing Masterworks concert by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra this season, music director Andrew Sewell began with an unprogrammed opener, a song-based movement from a suite for strings by British choral conductor and composer John Rutter. >More
 Jazz great Dianne Reeves works vocal miracles at Wisconsin Union Theater

Was I lying when I called Dianne Reeves one of the greatest jazz singers ever? I don't think anyone in Friday's ecstatic audience at Wisconsin Union Theater would have indicted me. With her uncannily flexible voice, Reeves turned every song into a tour de force. >More
 Isthmus Jazz Festival 2011 offers free fun on the Memorial Union Terrace on June 3-4

The 2011 Isthmus Jazz Festival kicks off summer in Madison with a wide-ranging lineup on June 3 and 4 on the UW Memorial Union Terrace. The festival runs the gamut from big band to small group, Latin to bebop. You can sit and admire the instrumental virtuosity or get up and dance to late-night salsa and merengue. >More
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