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MUSIC

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Composers John Harbison and Ben Johnston live within a few miles of each other, but their sound worlds are a universe apart. Harbison composes contemporary classical music with large designs and is best known for his operas and big choral works. Johnston's experimental pieces navigate aural spaces as tiny as microtones to get the pure intervals that build his music. >More
 Eric Caldera thrives on instinct

Like the ants he studies by day, Eric Caldera is driven, even if he isn't sure why. A similar instinct drives Caldera to play guitar. He plays with the dexterity of a classically trained professional, but no one ever taught him how to do it. >More
 Madison Bach Musicians perform magnificent 'St. Matthews Passion'

Last spring, Trevor Stephenson's Madison Bach Musicians climbed the musical slopes with the B-minor Mass, period style. This spring they reached a summit with the "St. Matthew Passion." I can recall past Madison performances of the work in 1963 and 1980, but this was the very first here to follow period conventions and instrumentation. >More
 Extreme accordion

On the last Friday and Saturday nights of most months, you can hear Steve Meisner play traditional accordion polka music at the Essen Haus on East Wilson Street. But if you happened to stumble into the Frequency on a recent Friday night, you would have seen the accordion played in a very different way. >More
 Felicia Alima puts an urban spin on world music

Felicia Alima's fusion of R&B, hip-hop and world music has the sheen of a big-city urban artist. It would be easy to assume she's from Miami or Harlem rather than Madison and Australia. Her talent and style help put our city on the map as its very own global metropolis (even if it's on the smaller side). >More
 André Watts brings fireworks, delicacy to Madison Symphony Orchestra performance

I have long had reservations about André Watts: undeniable technique, but, I felt, a certain superficiality in repertoire and interpretation. His latest guest appearance with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Overture Hall last weekend swept aside past doubts, however. >More
 Rhythm section of American Hi-Fi powers Madison band Sun Dried Truth

Pete Gargano likes to invite his brother-in-law to come over to his house and jam with him while he plays keyboard and sings. Gargano co-owns Bellini's restaurant on East Washington Avenue. His house is right behind the restaurant. Gargano's brother-in-law isn't any old Madison drummer. >More
 Mariza sings Portugal's roots music

Fadista diva Mariza brings her mesmerizing voice and enormous Euro-chic charisma back to the Wisconsin Union Theater on April 8, nearly five years after her Madison debut. >More
 Seeing double at Analogy Records

Despite the odds, two experimental, mostly instrumental bands with a heavy dose of electronics, Madison's Cemetery Improvement Society and Revolving Doors, are poised to achieve the double-double: a collaborative label launch and a double CD release of Revolving Doors' Songs for Car Commercials and the Cemetery Improvement Society's Lonely Dog Island. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra looks ahead to 2009-2010 season

The established pattern of three performances of each program over a weekend (Friday and Saturday evenings, Sunday afternoon) will be maintained. Six of the eight programs will be conducted by maestro DeMain, the other two by guests. There will be 10 visiting soloists: some new talents but mostly established stars. >More
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