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Ben Jaffe boldly leads Preservation Hall Jazz Band into the future

Start describing New Orleans' musical history and you may sound pompous in spite of yourself, so loaded is the subject with evolutionary leaps, esoteric traditions and ostentatious egos. The multigenerational Preservation Hall Jazz Band not only guards the momentous compositions and musical forms that gave birth to jazz, but also keeps the music fresh and open to new possibilities. >More
 Martha Wainwright explores desire and motherhood at the High Noon Saloon

Martha Wainwright prefers Irish whiskey to bourbon. She made that much clear during her show at the High Noon Saloon last night. These days, she's sipping it because she's on tour with her 3-year-old son, and the kid keeps getting her sick. >More
 Pianist Shai Wosner masters Mozart and conductor Andrew Sewell tackles Bruckner with Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's latest program offered an interesting pairing of works from two ends of a great Viennese tradition. The orchestra performed these selections at Overture Center's Capitol Theater last night. >More
 Finalists announced for the 2013 Madison Area Music Awards

The Madison Area Music Association unveiled the slate of finalists for the 2013 MAMAs on Thursday, March 21. The second round of online voting started Friday, and runs through midnight on May 17. The awards ceremony will be held at Overture Center's Capitol Theater on Sunday, June 23. >More
 Make Music Madison festival launches matchmaking system for performers and venues

The summer solstice festival Make Music Madison took its first steps toward fruition this week. Organizers have launched an online "matchmaking" system to connect performers with venues all over the city. Performances will take place all day on June 21. >More
 Harmony Bar's Keith Daniels is off the grid, Michelle Shocked show remains booked

No one knows where Keith Daniels is. The peripatetic Harmony Bar owner's whereabouts are a mystery to his brother Ken who is tending bar Thursday night. Brad Czachor, the guy who Daniels handed the door keys to before he left town doesn't know either. "See you in ten days," is what Daniels told him before he split for his annual Mexican beach vacation. >More
 Sexy Ester channel their passions through sultry rock songs

Rock bands aren't known for being quiet or humble. Oddly enough, singer Lyndsay Evans and guitarist Adam Eder are both of these things. Offstage, anyway. The couple helm Madison band Sexy Ester, which earned a WAMI nomination this year and picked up four MAMAs in 2011, including Alternative Artist of the Year. >More
 Pianist Shai Wosner joins the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra for a groundbreaking Mozart concerto

This Friday in Overture Center's Capitol Theater, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will showcase works by two of classical music's edgiest composers: Mozart's sublime Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491, and Anton Bruckner's controversial Symphony in D Minor (Nullte). Both works unveiled new sounds, forms and expressions when they were introduced. >More
 University Opera's L'amico Fritz is an enjoyable tale about a wealthy bachelor and a shy peasant girl

The spring production by University Opera, which launched Friday night at Music Hall, is a seldom-heard work by a composer famous for only one. In 1891, in the immediate wake of his smash hit, the one-act Cavalleria rusticana, Pietro Mascagni was commissioned to compose this new, three-act opera, which became L'amico Fritz (vaguely translatable as "our friend Fritz"). It was based on a play, in turn based on a novel set in Alsace-Lorraine. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra's 2013-14 season honors John DeMain's 20th year at the helm

Today the Madison Symphony Orchestra announced its plans for the 2013-14 season, which will celebrate John DeMain's 20th anniversary as conductor and music director. >More
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