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Scoops for the week of May 9-15

 Lucia di Lammermoor: Mad about you

Overture Hall will shiver with murder and madness this weekend when the Madison Opera presents its premiere of Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti. Librettist Salvatore Cammarano based this tragic opera on Sir Walter Scott's The Bride of Lammermoor, a tale of two feuding families, the Ashtons and the Ravenswoods, and their struggle to maintain power amid political turmoil. >More
 Madison Bach Musicians: That was then

For years, Trevor Stephenson's Madison Bach Musicians have been presenting Bach cantatas and concertos, thereby establishing Madison's first continuing laboratory for period-style performance of Baroque music. It's time the press took full notice of them, and what better occasion than their most ambitious venture so far. >More
 The Kissers bid farewell to Madison

We decided to play our last show on June 7, 2008 at the High Noon (appropriate of course since it is the new incarnation of O'Cayz). Coincidentally this show will almost exactly mark the ten-year anniversary of our weekly gig at O'Cayz. >More
 Isthmus Jazz Festival announces 2008 schedule

The Isthmus Jazz Festival broadens its scope for this year's four-day extravaganza at the UW Memorial Union. >More
 UW Choral Union sets sail on Ralph Vaughan Williams' vast 'Sea Symphony'

Beverly Taylor replaced the beloved Robert Fountain as the UW Music School's choral director in 1995. One of her first concerts with the Choral Union was a brave presentation of "A Sea Symphony" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, together with the composer's "Five Variants on 'Dives and Lazarus'" for string orchestra. I attended that, and was mightily impressed by the performance and its enterprise. >More
 Tangy: Rocking in spite of it all

On the morning of Dec. 14, 2005, Ken LaBarre checked into St. Mary's hospital for outpatient knee surgery. But he didn't check out that afternoon as planned. >More
 The Madison Symphony Orchestra: Verve and vulgarity

The Madison Symphony Orchestra closed its season last weekend at Overture Hall with an all-Russian festival, in both repertoire and performers. Vladimir Spivakov, familiar from past visits as both conductor and violin soloist, took the podium to open with Shostakovich's "Festive Overture." This glitzy piece was commissioned in 1954 to celebrate a Bolshevik anniversary. As such, it demonstrates what made Western critics often consider the composer a superficial Soviet party hack, before we came to understand his full range and depth. It is, in fact, gloriously loud and successfully trashy music only a master craftsman could create, and Spivakov made no bones about its extroverted vulgarity. >More
 Musicians vs. the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra has announced that Doug Gerhart from the Sioux City Symphony will become the orchestra's new executive director. And he definitely needs to hit the ground running. Gerhart arrives as the WCO and its 34 musicians are hammering out a new contract. >More
 Nueva kids music: an interview with Dan Zanes

Not enough people sing and dance just for the heck of it anymore. So says Dan Zanes, founder of '80s roots-rockers The Del Fuegos and now leader of an eclectic, multicultural collective that makes what he calls "all-ages music." Fun, danceable, often educational and occasionally political, the songs of Dan Zanes and Friends provide "a shared experience" between children and parents, says Zanes, 46, who will bring his musical pals to the Overture Center on May 2 for a family pajama party. >More
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