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Get a taste of Wisconsin's Swiss yodeling tradition (video)

The best way to experience yodeling is in person, at events like this weekend's New Glarus Music Fest. The traditional Swiss singing tradition lives on in southern Wisconsin, particularly in Green County's yodel clubs and other choral ensembles. >More
 Why yodeling still matters: The art form is alive and well in Wisconsin, for the time being

It begins simply, just a man singing. He bounds from word to word in an unfamiliar language. The cadence, however, is familiar. Suddenly his voice swells, and each syllable breaks into a flurry of harmonious notes. Parts of Swiss words roll and bounce into each other. The man is yodeling, but there's nary a "yodel-e-i-o." And there's a lot more to it than alpenhorns and Ricola commercials. >More
 Stoughton Opera House booker Christina Dollhausen makes herself part of the show

Stoughton Opera House boasts many traditions: historic preservation, intimate musical performances, and seats so hard that elderly patrons know to bring cushions. Plus, the venue's booker, Christina Dollhausen, has created a new tradition over the past year: introducing performers with short songs of her own. >More
 Madison Choral Project shows talents for vocal blending and smart programming at inaugural concert

Madison already has many choirs -- student ones, church ones, community ones -- so one would think it does not desperately need another. But the Madison Choral Project really is something new and different, as revealed in its inaugural concert at Luther Memorial Church on Saturday evening. >More
 B.B. King gets chatty at Overture Hall

When I saw B.B. King a couple decades ago, he and his band rolled into Madison as an all-conquering blues machine. King's electric guitar was piercing, his singing passionate. He paced the concert like a master showman, with the goal of driving the crowd mad. He more than lived up to his legend as one of the greatest blues artists of all time. >More
 Hip-hop, house and local acts spice up Memorial Union Terrace's summer 2013 music lineup

This summer's characteristically diverse music slate at Memorial Union Terrace will feature stellar rappers El-P and Killer Mike, electronic musician Maxmillion Dunbar, and even a respectable showing from Madison-based acts. >More
 Make Music Madison to host about 300 performances on June 21

Make Music Madison sounds like fun. It's a mini-festival where local people perform at pop-up venues on Friday, June 21. It's part of a larger event that involves more than 500 cities around the world, so participating could help put Madison on the map. But it's been hard to tell if locals are aware of the event and intend to participate. >More
 Pondamonium won't return to Duck Pond in 2013

The Pondamonium music festival won't return to the Duck Pond in 2013, according to Madison Mallards president Vern Stenman. The event's website indicates that "more information on Pondomonium 2013 [is] to be released in January," but that clearly hasn't happened. >More
 Reinventing classical music: These six ensembles are breaking boundaries in Madison

These days, Madison's classical music scene is a movable feast that travels from bars to coffeeshops to traditional venues. Its new look is more casual, its sound more American, and its mission more humanitarian. Boundaries between genres have crumbled, and audiences like it. Here are snapshots of six local groups that put a new spin on the time-honored art form. >More
 UW Union ends WUD-organized concerts early, frustrating bookers

Madison's Dharma Dogs were one of the first bands to play the Memorial Union Terrace this year. They opened for touring bands Pleasure Leftists and Heavy Times in late April. As they delivered their spirited take on grunge and punk, abrasive sounds almost felt normal at UW venues. >More
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