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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
 In Overture Hall, Ben Folds proves once again that piano pop can rock your socks off

A Ben Folds show isn't just a live performance of his latest album. It's a crackpot journey through the musician's past, musically and psychologically. Plus, it's one that turns the mirror on the crowd's inner weirdos and angry, dorky tendencies. But above all, it's fun as heck, as last night's show at Overture Center proved. >More
 Madison Hostel shelters traveling bands (fans, too)

Madison may have a lot of futons, but touring bands don't always know their owners, which can present a challenge when they need a place to crash after shows. Same goes for music fans who travel here to see performances. Lodging prices can make or break concert-going plans for those on a shoestring budget. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra brings Molly Barth and the Madison Ballet into the act

Rarely programmed as it is, the Third of Respighi's Suites of "Ancient Airs and Dances" was the most conventional item on the first concert of 2011 by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, presented on Friday at Overture Center's Capitol Theater. The shortest and most elegant of the three Suites, its scoring for just strings demands suavity of playing. >More
 Shake it up: A Madison live music preview for winter 2011

It doesn't make sense to devote yourself to one musical genre in a city like Madison. Sure, some towns are built upon a particular style of tunes, but ours is defined by its mammoth menu of choices, especially during the winter months. Make a late New Year's resolution to add a new sound to your concert list. >More
 Arts Beat: Thanks to Sound Health at the UW, music is medicine

A University of Wisconsin-Madison program is bringing live chamber music to hospital patients, families and staff. Sound Health's first performance was in February 2010. Since then it's offered 35 performances at UW Hospital & Clinics and American Family Children's Hospital. >More
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