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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
 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
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