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Madison Savoyards stages pleasing and zany H.M.S. Pinafore

For its 2010 production, Madison Savoyards turned to one of the most popular of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, H.M.S. Pinafore. As presented its first weekend, July 24-26, at Music Hall on the UW campus, it proved a well-planned crowd-pleaser. >More
 Orphan Bloom blends cultural influences on new album

In 2005, Saigopal Nelaturi came to Madison from Bangalore, India, to earn a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. Since arriving here, he's pursued another interest, too -- his passion for rock. "When I was a kid I had lessons in classical Indian percussion," says Nelaturi, 28. "Then I discovered rock 'n' roll, or Western music as we call it back home, and I really got into it." >More
 Singing draws record crowd to Opera in the Park 2010, and the weather holds

Opera in the Park 2010 could not have happened on a better evening. Although ominous clouds settled over Garner Park just before the show started, Mother Nature cooperated and held off the rain until after an estimated 14,000 opera fans and newcomers (the largest crowd ever) took up their picnic baskets and headed home. >More
 Madison classical groups innovate with their 2010-2011 seasons

American 21st-century music, jazz-drenched tunes from the Roaring Twenties, a little ballet and a little bluegrass will make Madison's 2010-2011 classical music season the most eclectic in years from the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Madison Opera and Madison Symphony Orchestra. While the lion's share of the repertoire is mainstream classical, an enlightening array of modern pieces will get us in tune with what's happening in classical music today. >More
 Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons keep it silly

Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons often get labeled as "theater-punk," but this tag doesn't quite capture what makes the local quartet so popular. Part of their appeal stems from their ability to create songs that sound like Refused or Modest Mouse at times, but that communicate much less serious themes, like the disappearance of one's acne. >More
 Venus in Furs seeking dance dance revolution

Bassist Nat Hinckley is on a mission: to get Madison concertgoers to stop slouching and start dancing. To achieve this goal, she's bred dance-punk and surf rock to create Venus in Furs, a party of sound in the vein of !!!, Death From Above 1979 and the Rapture. >More
 Arts Beat: More room to revel at UW Memorial Union Terrace

One of Madison's most popular summer music venues has been expanded. The Terrace at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Memorial Union is bigger than ever. >More
 The top 25 Madison pop albums of all time

The long-play record format -- the LP -- was born in 1948, when Columbia Records released The Voice of Frank Sinatra on 10-inch vinyl. Madison pop musicians took awhile to join the trend. Before Full Compass Sound Studios opened in 1971, local bands had to travel to Milwaukee, Lake Geneva or Sauk City to record. >More
 Mike Behrends spins yarns on his new release

Madison is a city of transients. It's a college town where people come and go. Musically, it's a place where bands and artists play and grow and move on to bigger markets. Mike Behrends is our latest transient tunesmith. The 23-year-old native of Long Lake, Wis., in Washburn County, moved here in 2007 to attend Edgewood College, where he studied English. Later this summer, he'll be taking up permanent residence in Minneapolis. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra begins Concerts on the Square 2010 season, with improved sound

The opener for this year's series of Concerts on the Square by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra was blessed with ideal weather plus a seemingly more ample audience than ever -- and a very well-mannered one to boot. >More
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