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Madison masterpieces: John Steuart Curry murals, UW Biochemistry Building

On a stroll through the UW campus, there's plenty of art to see, from the newly expanded Chazen Museum of Art to galleries within Memorial Union and Union South. But not all of the university's artistic treasures are in places you might expect. Take the stairwell of the recently renovated Biochemistry Building. There you'll find murals by the renowned American painter John Steuart Curry that are not only fascinating in their own right, but also a testament to a forward-thinking collaboration between the sciences and arts. >More
 Madison masterpieces: Lee Hoiby, Summer and Smoke

Madison's gift to American opera is Lee Hoiby (1926-2011). He was born in Madison of a musically important family. Educated here, he studied at the UW with Gunnar Johansen. He trained further at Mills College for a career as a concert pianist. But he was gradually drawn into composition. >More
 Madison masterpieces: Marques Bovre, 'Ground That I Own'

As much as I find terms like "world-class" and "masterpiece" meaningless - usually bestowed because of widespread fame and commercial success, after all - I have to suggest that the work of Madison folksinger Marques Bovre deserves a place at the table. Even though Bovre never hit it big and didn't land a major-label contract, anyone familiar with his body of songwriting and recording knows his lyrics and melodies sound right at home in an iPod shuffle with tunes from Dylan, Wilco, the Band, Arlo Guthrie - heck, Woody Guthrie. >More
 Wisconsin Union Theater announces 2012-2013 season

Wisconsin Union Theater, the great performing arts series hosted by the UW-Madison, has announced the lineup for its 2012-2013. One thing hasn't changed. The live schedule is a typically beguiling mix of jazz, classical, world music and theater. >More
 Dane County libraries endowment in the works

The Dane County Library Service and Madison Community Foundation have embarked on a unique partnership to build a $1.4 million programming endowment. They've already secured a prestigious $350,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. >More
 Overture Center announces 2012-2013 season

Overture Center for the Arts has released its schedule of events for the 2012-2013 season. There are big names -- Bill Cosby (Oct. 19), Branford Marsalis (Feb. 28), the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (June 18) -- and acts that may be new to you, like Les 7 Doigts de la Main, the Quebec troupe that presents its circus-like show PSY (April 18-21). >More
 The Stoughton Opera House is rich with history and acoustically sublime

One day, the phone rang at the Stoughton Opera House. It was a call from an anxious audience member. He asked, "How do I get to Stoughton from O'Hare?" The restored 1901 opera house draws patrons from as far away as Ann Arbor, Chicago, Peoria and the Twin Cities. And it's not just audiences who enjoy the Victorian venue, its lively acoustics and perfect programming. >More
 Marooned in Madison opening at the airport

Marooned in Madison, an exhibit celebrating the centennial of the UW's Pro Arte String Quartet, opens Thursday, March 1, in the lobby of the Dane County Regional Airport. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., during which members of the quartet will perform and meet the public. >More
 Overture Center names Ted DeDee as new CEO

Ted DeDee has been hired as the new chief executive officer and president of the Overture Center, to start on Monday, April 2. DeDee currently works for the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts in New Albany, Ohio, which he oversaw the opening of in 2008. >More
 Stagehands' union in the spotlight: IATSE Local 251 turns 100

They project our films, transform Overture Center's bare stages and even change the Kohl Center from a basketball court to a hockey rink. After 100 years of literally shining the spotlight on Madison's arts, it's time for the spotlight to shine on IATSE Local 251, the stagehands union. >More
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