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Young talent abounds at Madison Early Music Festival's first Handel Aria Competition

In 1749, George Frideric Handel invited Londoners to watch a public rehearsal of his newly composed Music for the Royal Fireworks. He was rewarded with nearly 12,000 eager attendees. Madison's opera devotees share a similarly dynamic spirit, as evidenced by the large and lively crowd at the Madison Early Music Festival's inaugural Handel Aria Competition. The competition concluded Monday night at the UW's Mills Concert Hall. >More
 Madison troubadour Brandon Beebe traded medicine for music

If there were such a thing as musical multiple personality disorder, Brandon Beebe would have it. Sometimes the local singer-songwriter highlights heavy rhythms from the realms of funk, soul and world music. Other times he gravitates toward mellow folk laced with strings and vocal harmonies. And then there's the hip-hop he creates in the duo the Beat Chefs. >More
 Madison Early Music Festival honors Germany's Age of Enlightenment

As lovely as HBO's Game of Thrones theme song may be, it isn't representative of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance or even the early Baroque period. Classical music lovers can enjoy repertoire from all three of these eras at the Madison Early Music Festival July 6-12. >More
 Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society ends 2013 season with Beethoven's grand "Archduke" trio

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society presented its closing program for 2013 at Overture Center's Playhouse on Saturday evening, its performance a fine example of the kind of music-making that the organization has been bringing to Madison for 22 seasons. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra tells magical tales at Concerts on the Square's 2013 kickoff

Despite the recent storms, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's first Concerts on the Square event of 2013 came off beautifully. We could not have had more lovely twilight sun or more comfortable temperatures on Wednesday. Likewise beneficent was the program, built around a theme of fairy tales and fables. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra chooses new executive director

There will be a new face at the helm of Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra when the indoor season begins on Oct. 11. The change isn't happening on the podium, though. In addition to renewing music director Andrew Sewell's contract for five years, the orchestra has hired Mark Cantrell as its new executive director. The board of directors announced the news on Monday. >More
 Hamell on Trial finds an eager new audience for his irreverent tunes

This year Ed Hamell is finding a younger audience for his improbably loud acoustic guitar and impishly profane rant-songs. The Uncluded, a duo composed of singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson and rapper Aesop Rock, picked his one-man act Hamell on Trial to support their current tour. Hamell's delivery tends toward the frantic and nasal, so he'll sound at home opening for the deceptively jolly-voiced Dawson and the cryptic, thick-voiced Aesop when they visit the High Noon Saloon on June 29. >More
 More scenes from Make Music Madison 2013

Torrential rain greeted Madison the morning of Friday, June 21, just as the inaugural Make Music Madison got rolling. But this didn't deter dozens of musicians who signed up to play in venues ranging from parks to community centers to private homes. Isthmus entertainment scribes visited nearly every part of town, documenting what they saw and heard. Here are some of the scenes they captured. >More
 Glitz and hits at the 2013 Madison Area Music Awards

The local music community celebrated the Madison Area Music Awards' 10th anniversary Sunday night at Overture Center's Capitol Theater. Attendees also honored Madison performers, radio personalities, music venues and sound technicians with more than 70 awards. >More
 Singer Carmen Lundy delivers an exciting set of originals at Isthmus Jazz Festival 2013

Jazz singer and composer Carmen Lundy is outspoken about her desire to move jazz forward, not backward. Charting her own path, she's packed the 12 albums she's recorded since 1985 with her own compositions, winning rave reviews and great respect among her peers. So it came as no surprise that the jazz veteran's performance at Isthmus Jazz Fest Saturday night stayed true to that ideal. She and her band performed nearly all original material instead of the usual litany of standards. >More
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