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UW Choral Union's performance of Verdi's Requiem marred by Overture Hall acoustics

For its spring concert, featuring Verdi's grandiose Requiem Mass, the UW Choral Union, along with the UW Symphony Orchestra, were shifted from their usual base in Mills Hall on the campus to the greater cachet and capacity of Overture Hall. This was obviously a point of pride for conductor Beverly Taylor, to show off her forces, and to give added excitement to her performers. But the decision was, I am genuinely sorry to say, a mistake. >More
 Bluegrassers, drummers and a throat singer promote literacy at Busking for Books 2012

The performers who'll be along State Street on Saturday during the Busking For Books fundraiser can't use amplification, but expect them to make a lot of noise and quite a variety of it. About 25 acts will be posted along State Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with guitar cases open for donations that go right toward efforts by the local nonprofit Literacy Network to provide free English and literacy tutoring to Dane County's adults. >More
 Vinyl love: LP fans wax enthusiastic about wax

The first music I heard on a CD was the Beatles' Revolver. It was at my friend Tim's apartment on State Street in the early 1980s. An accomplished recording musician, Tim was pumped to share the new technology. Tim purposely chose a Beatles recording because he believed my first CD sampling should be something I was very familiar with, so I would better recognize the differences. I did. But it wasn't all for the good. >More
 Thanks for the Madison music-scene ranking, Livability, but ... really?

There are days when Madison should change its city motto to "Gee, mister, thanks for noticing!" There's almost no form of out-of-town validation we'll pass up, and that's especially true when it comes to arts and entertainment. >More
 At the UW Rathskeller with Screaming Females, Marissa Paternoster is a consummate shredder

If you found a happier place in Madison Friday night than in the blast radius of Screaming Females leader Marissa Paternoster's guitar, then either you weren't at the show or you're fooling yourself or you're a die-hard Buckethead fan. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra concludes season with successful Beethoven's Ninth

In his work with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, music director Andrew Sewell has shown a fine sympathy for the music of Mozart and Haydn, but also of Beethoven. His lucid performances of a number of Beethoven's symphonies over the last few seasons have been helped by the more appropriate balances a smaller ensemble allows. >More
 Brad Hawes ventures beyond the kit with Echo Island

Until last year, Brad Hawes knew little about writing his own songs. Hawes, 29, has played drums for more than half his life, most recently in Madison bands including Revolving Doors, the Projection People and the Cemetery Improvement Society. With former Awesome Car Funmaker bassist Justin Taylor, he puts an accomplished hard-rock rhythm section behind the fake German accents and intentional buffoonery of Butt Funnel. >More
 Return of Scott & Mike's Organ Night

Mike Cammilleri's Hammond organ and Scott Beardsley's drums were once a Wednesday-night fixture at the Avenue Bar. The duo's residency stopped last spring, but they recently emerged for a few shows at the Wise restaurant on Monroe Street and Tempest Oyster Bar downtown. >More
 Isthmus Jazz Festival 2012 features free performances at Memorial Union on June 1-2

The Isthmus Jazz Festival will feature more than a dozen performances on June 1 and 2 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Memorial Union, all of them free. The headliner is vocalist Mary Stallings, who's worked with such legends as Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie. >More
 Scenes from SBTRKT and Willis Earl Beal at the Majestic (slideshow)

Masked DJ SBTRKT (think "subtract") blew the roof off the Majestic Theatre in downtown Madison Sunday night with help from soul revivalist and iconoclast Willis Earl Beal. >More
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