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Madison's major classical groups came on strong during the last decade

People in the classical music world spend a lot of time in the future, predicting what audiences will want and need years from now. But even as groups plan farther and farther in advance, it's sometimes good to look back. To mark the beginning of this fall's music season, I asked musicians and administrators with Overture Center's classical groups to reflect on their seasons during the first decade of the millennium. They agree that the defining moment was their move into Overture. That brought opportunities to even better serve Madison music fans. >More
 Grupo Candela celebrates five years of Madison salsa

It's not easy to keep a band together for five years. Ask local musicians why their last group broke up, and they'll cite crazy schedules, artistic differences or the quintessentially Madison problem of bandmates moving away once they've finished college. Then there are Hollywood-style clichés: the drummer who steals the guitarist's girlfriend, the vocalist who skips town, the bass player who likes tequila a little too much. >More
 Dark Dark Dark plays lush, spare set at Project Lodge

Minneapolis chamber-folk sextet Dark Dark Dark charmed fans and newcomers Sunday night with an intimate and inspiring show at the Project Lodge. The group transfixed an already hushed crowd with an alternately lush and spare set of songs. >More
 Madison Bach Musicians segue from Baroque to Classical at First Congregational Church

Opening their new season Saturday night at the First Congregational Church, Trevor Stephenson's Madison Bach Musicians played a bold program of unusually broad scope, in chronology and style. >More
 The Mary Lou Williams festival toasts an overlooked legend

She may be the First Lady of Jazz, but many have never heard of her. Mary Lou Williams was an important composer and pianist -- and woman -- whose story has been too often overlooked. This year marks what would have been Williams' 100th birthday -- she died in 1981 -- and Madison is one of several cities nationwide that are presenting a year's worth of programs in her honor. Madison's celebration culminates Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, with the Mary Lou Williams Fall Festival Weekend. >More
 Dirty Disco Kidz help launch clothing brand

The Dirty Disco Kidz don't just want fans to attend their shows. The DJs, producers and visual artists making up the Madison collective want fans to identify with the DDK experience, the DDK movement. Yea.Nice is a new clothing brand with a similar goal, and its styles have been showing up at snowboarding competitions and other events worldwide. The brand will be formally launched at a Dirty Disco Kidz show on Oct. 2 at the High Noon Saloon. >More
 The National enchants two crowds and President Obama at Madison performances

Madison music fans got a treat last night as The National played not one but two sets of beautiful songs about wounded, anxious characters who make you examine your own flaws and, on occasion, celebrate them. >More
 The Kissers are back, as band reunites with show at Crystal Corner

If an audience member looked at two set lists, one with "Streams of Whiskey" by The Pogues and "American Folk Song" by The Kissers written on it, while the other had "If I Should Fall From Grace with God" by The Pogues and "What They Can" by The Kissers, would that person really have any idea which band's set list they were looking at? And would we? >More
 Pro Arte Quartet performs rewarding program of Mozart, Schubert and Dvorak to opem 2010-11 season

The Pro Arte Quartet has long been one of the pillars of our musical life, not only on the UW campus, but for Madison in general. Warming up for its centennial celebration in 2011-12, the quartet launched the current season on Saturday evening. >More
 Choir of Clare College brings flawless technique to concert at Luther Memorial

At Luther Memorial church Friday evening, lovers of choral music were given a treasurable lesson in sublime ensemble singing by the visiting choir of Clare College, Cambridge. >More
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