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Wagner's The Flying Dutchman by the Madison Opera is a milestone achievement

The operas of Richard Wagner are now staples of the international repertoire, especially as Ring Cycles pop up everywhere these days. Yet only with this weekend's production of The Flying Dutchman in Overture Hall did Wagner come to the Madison Opera. It is to the great credit of company director Allan Naplan and conductor John DeMain that the 48-season jinx was finally lifted. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: Big Three's hip-hop tour of Madison (video)

Big Three, rap superstar from Ghetto F.A.B., takes us on a guided tour of the clubs he's played in Madison, offering an insightful critique of how the city marginalizes the scene. >More
 DJ Mike Carlson reflects and rebuilds after losing house

Like many good DJs, Mike Carlson is an expert at tapping into audiences' musical memories and helping them create new ones. This skill is useful for building a large and enthusiastic fan base, which Carlson's been doing since he started playing college parties in the early 1980s. These days, he has regular gigs at the Inferno, the Majestic Theatre and the Great Dane, where he gets the party started quickly with charisma and killer records. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Choir performs superbly disciplined 'St. John Passion'

Are we developing an historic, and "historically informed" tradition each Easter now? Last year, Trevor Stephenson's Madison Bach Musicians gave us the first period-style performance ever here of Bach's monumental "St. Matthew Passion". Now, this year, Robert Gehrenbeck, leading his Wisconsin Chamber Choir, has given us Madison's first period-style presentation of Bach's "St. John Passion". >More
 The Pub adds more shows, fueling surge in UW campus music

Last month I wrote about the biggest local music story of the year so far: The UW-Madison campus music scene, and live gigs around State Street, are resurgent. At the center of the story is the Pub. The tavern at 552 State St. has hired Brett Newski to book music and has begun hosting Madison bands every Friday and Saturday night. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Madison Opera present familiar and novel works in 2010-2011 seasons

For 2010-2011, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra has projected a season of Masterworks concerts that combine warhorses with novelties and experiments. Madison Opera's coming season celebrates the 50th anniversary of the company's founding in 1961 -- a track record a lot of larger companies in larger cities might well envy. >More
 2010 MAMAs announcement party highlights 139 local acts

A music- and prize-filled party marked the seventh annual nominations for the Madison Area Music Awards last night at the Brink Lounge. With 139 local musicians receiving a total of 212 nominations, the event highlighted a big slice of Dane County talent. >More
 Guest trumpeter Ryan Anthony disappoints in Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra performance

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra brought us, alas, a soloist chosen more for his crowd-pleasing than his musicality. Ryan Anthony, a refugee from the Canadian Brass, displays great virtuosity but rather limited taste. >More
 For some Madison fans, events like South by Southwest are an addiction

Something of the Deadhead spirit endures at today's popular music festivals, even events like just-concluded South by Southwest, the Austin, Texas, confab that seems far removed from lazy, hazy days of tie-dyeing T-shirts and listening to "China Cat Sunflower." Yes, admission prices have climbed to the heavens, along with the level of corporate sponsorship, but the thrill of traveling to a distant place for a quasi-religious experience continues to transform levelheaded music lovers into festival junkies. >More
 El-Tin Fun's newest toy is an old Hammond

El-Tin Fun's Jason Lambeth quietly revels in his quirks. The local multi-instrumentalist is a collector at heart, rescuing old vinyl and instruments from thrift shops and rummage sales, but he's no Luddite. When it comes to creating an album, he's thoroughly modern, recording it on his computer, musing about it on his blog and releasing it digitally. >More
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