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In Overture Hall, Wilco hits a grand slam

Legendary British rocker Nick Lowe opened. The room sold out, there was a batch of deluxe new songs, and at times Overture Hall was the loudest it will ever get. Still, Wilco commander-in-chief Jeff Tweedy wondered aloud Wednesday night, halfway through the band's 24-song program, if the audience had their heads in his game. >More
 WCO opener highlights composers' early years

Conductor Andrew Sewell and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra visit the fountain of youth for the Masterworks season opener on Friday, Oct. 7. All repertoire in the concert was written when composers -- Elgar, Prokofiev, Copland and Gershwin -- were in their 20s and 30s. >More
 Pro Arte Quartet celebrates a century with new commissions

String quartets are delicate creatures that can be here today and gone today. So when a quartet's 100th anniversary comes around, it's natural to wonder what it did right. This question is resounding in Madison as the UW-Madison's Pro Arte Quartet, the oldest continuing string quartet in the world, celebrates its centennial. >More
 Madison clubs feature artists reinventing soul music

In a 1970 interview with Playboy, Ray Charles described soul musicians as "people who do things from the heart." This still holds true, but what have the past four decades added to the genre, especially given its resurgence in the late 2000s? Madisonians can hear for themselves in the coming days, as a slew of soul-revival acts hit local stages. >More
 Ancora String Quartet puts heart into Grieg, soul into Beethoven

The Ancora String Quartet has chosen for its 2011-2012 season the overall theme of "The Musician and his Muse" -- pointing up the debt that composers owed to the performers who inspired them. The theme was altogether apt in the case of the two works the quartet performed Saturday night at the First Unitarian Society. >More
 The Type revive iconic 1990s sounds

The members of the Type offer no apology for sounding like a throwback to 1990s grunge and riot grrrl bands. "We kind of play to what our influences have been," says guitarist and songwriter Jeri Casper. What's influenced them is rock music with a dark edge, a punk ethic and an urgent feel that's high on angst. On Sept. 30, the Type celebrate the release of their second CD, Sirens and Storms, with a show at the Inferno. >More
 Will play for food: Madison needs to get serious about supporting local music

Patrick Breiner, a young sax player who brightened the Madison music scene for three years, packed his bags in August and moved to Connecticut. This was Madison's loss. Breiner came to town after six years in New York City, where he studied jazz at the New School. He gigged with a whole bunch of bands here, including the estimable New Breed, which features the city's best young jazz players. >More
 The Head and the Heart's indie rock is a dream come alive

My friend Rich from Seattle and I ran an errand during our stay at his Vilas County cabin last summer. It was a beautiful morning up north. Sunlight speared down between the tall pines, turning the road ahead into a length of gold ribbon. Steam rose from the ground and moved low, as though the forest floor around us was breathing. >More
 Project Lodge scales back

For patrons, performers, artists and designers, the appeal of Project Lodge is the utterly undefined nature of the place. The current lease for the multipurpose arts and music space at 817 E. Johnson St. isn't up until November 2012, but for better or worse, things are certain to get more defined before then. >More
 Fortepiano master Malcolm Bilson finds the spaces between the notes

When pianist Malcolm Bilson plays the fortepiano in UW Mills Hall this Sunday, he will turn on that grand 18th-century charm. Bilson, emeritus professor of piano at Cornell University, will play his own fortepiano, one based on a circa 1790 Viennese model by Johann Schanz. The concert is free. >More
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