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Will Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra musicians strike?

After seven bargaining sessions, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's 34 core musicians and the WCO aren't close to hammering out the terms of a new contract. In fact, musician representative Todd Jelen says that the players became so discouraged with the WCO's unwillingness to bargain on key issues they requested that a mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service join the proceedings. >More
 WSUM brings Snake on the Lake Fest back to the Union Terrace

The sophomore year of the Snake on the Lake Fest should have a lot of penurious students grinning from ear to ear next month. The free annual music festival put on by the student radio station WSUM announced the lineup on Wednesday afternoon for this year's party on the Memorial Union Terrace. Formerly known as "Party in the Park" when it was held at James Madison Park, the fest moved onto campus last year, guaranteeing more student interest. But the lineup of acts featured this year is so strong that the lakeside biergarten is likely to attract a capacity crowd. >More
 An exit interview with Nate Palan of Hometown Sweethearts

Look, Madison, Nate Palan is moving to New York, okay? The sooner you come to grips with that fact, the better. That means no more Tuesday nights spent dancing as his celebrated cover band, Hometown Sweethearts, pumps out the best party set ever pulled together at the Crystal Corner. So instead of blubbering about it, let's celebrate the luck we've had to be in the same town as the Sweethears lo, these many years. >More
 Forward Music Fest: Counting down

With just four weeks to go before the inaugural Forward Music Festival takes place Sept. 19 and 20, Bessie Cherry, one of the fest's five co-organizers, admits that things are getting a little harried. "I tell the other guys it's kind of like the eighth month of being pregnant," she laughs during a mid-afternoon break from her day job at a local web design and consulting firm. "You're hot. You're tired. You're uncomfortable. And it hasn't happened yet!" >More
 Hanging out at the Loft

It's been four years since Tom Klein started a local music promotion company with a niche focus on all-ages shows. Klein's Journey Music is a business that's proven resilient to the tough times the local club scene has endured as gas prices have soared. "The worst show I've done this past year brought in 105 people," says Klein, 22. "With the economy the way it is right now, the people with the most money are teenagers who don't have to work." >More
 The fifth annual Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival: A debriefing

The Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival turned out to be a great event. As one of the organizers and volunteers for the past five years, my opinion is beyond biased. If you were at the festival Aug. 1-2 at Lake Farm Park, I'd love to hear your thoughts. It's the only way we know what we're doing right or what could use changing. >More
 Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival: That old-time religion

Now in its fifth year, the Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival has become an established part of the city's summer music calendar. This year one of the highlights is an appearance by multi-instrumentalist Mike Seeger, who, much like his famous half-brother Pete Seeger, has used his banjo, fiddle, autoharp and voice to advance the cause of old-time music in this country for over half a century. >More
 Opera in the Park draws an appreciative crowd

Madison Opera's seventh annual Opera in the Park was a lively show that reportedly drew over 13,000 people. The generous, diverse program featured four singers, each with two or more solos. Their voices are attractive and strong, but strength was too often their primary aim. >More
 WJJO Band Camp: Heavy on metal

WJJO program director Randy Hawke says he was tired of having to wait for Ozzfest or an occasional show at Alpine Valley to see national hard rock and metal bands play live. >More
 Yum-Yum, Ko-Ko and friends: Madison Savoyards stage a fine Mikado

In their 46th season, the durable Madison Savoyards Ltd. places high in Madison's summer offerings. Addressing The Mikado; or The Town of Titipu -- perhaps the most popular of the "big three" Gilbert and Sullivan operettas (H.M.S. Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance being the others) -- the Savoyards achieve their most dazzling and consistently satisfying show in some years. >More
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