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MUSIC

Madison Savoyards' Iolanthe is a sprightly take on Gilbert & Sullivan's zany tale about fairies and politicians

To begin its next half-century, Madison Savoyards opened its 51st annual production of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas with Iolanthe on Friday at UW Music Hall. The typically zany G&S plot mixes woodland fairies with members of the British House of Lords for a tale of troubled lovers and conflicted matchings. >More
 Youthful troubadour Max Dvorak is blazing a trail to Nashville

Max Dvorak appreciates heartbreak just as much as happiness. Well, almost. As the local singer-songwriter, 17, prepares for life after high school, he appreciates what it's taken to get to where he is now. He knows that the good and the bad have shaped who he is today, and that both can inform the songs he writes tomorrow. >More
 Oberhofer offer a sound-layering lesson at the Memorial Union Terrace

Brooklyn's Oberhofer brought their untraditional take on pop music to the Memorial Union Terrace last Thursday evening, kicking off a tour of the U.S. and Canada. They describe themselves as a "coincidental pop" band, drawing influences from chance encounters and an underlying sense of uncertainty. For what it's worth, the genre's name sounds like an oxymoron. >More
 Opera in the Park 2013 honors Verdi with selections from Otello, Macbeth and Rigoletto

Madison Opera's 12th annual Opera in the Park concert proceeded at Garner Park on Saturday, blessed by perfect weather and a massive audience turnout. The roster of four soloists was unusually strong: Sopranos Caitlin Cisler and Alexandra LoBianco, tenor Brian Jagde, and baritone Nmon Ford all offered powerful singing that was well suited to outdoor projection. >More
 Madison's classical groups celebrate New World composers in 2013-14

America's musical heritage shines bright in Madison's 2013-14 classical season. The American orientation is due, in part, to John DeMain's 20th anniversary as Madison Symphony Orchestra's music director and conductor, and Madison Opera's artistic director. DeMain is known for his insightful interpretations of American music, in particular American opera, so celebrating homegrown compositions honors his legacy. >More
 TL;DR court Madison nerds with surfy rock and seductive scents

UW-Madison graduate students are known for many things, from ambitious dissertations to headline-making activism, but rocking out isn't one of the first descriptors that come to mind. Local band TL;DR have been working to change this since 2011. Their new debut album, TL;DR Is Everything You Are, brings them one step closer to this goal. >More
 Ancora Coffee brings more live music to King Street

With the addition of an Alterra coffee shop and Majestic Theatre's Live on King Street concert series, the Capitol Square's southeast corner has upped its cool factor over the past year. Now the block's other java joint, Ancora Coffee Roasters, 112 King St., is joining in as well. >More
 Gearing up for Opera in the Park 2013

Madison Opera will present its 12th annual Opera in the Park concert this Saturday, July 13. The free community event begins at 8 p.m. in Garner Park. The rain date is Sunday, July 14. >More
 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
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