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Teacher and jazz man Terence Blanchard plays a UW gig

Jazz fanatics who love hard-bopping trumpet have been counting the days until Oct. 21, when Terence Blanchard unpacks his horn at the Wisconsin Union Theater in an Isthmus Jazz Series event. But you don't have to be a jazz fiend to be entranced by Blanchard's compositions. Fact is, you're sure to have already experienced his urgent sound. >More
 Austin originals with Gurf Morlix at Kiki's House

Gurf Morlix, named 2009's Americana Music Instrumentalist of the Year, plays the songs of the late Blaze Foley at Kiki's House of Righteous Music Oct. 27. What we have here is an original, in a tribute to an original, in Madison's original house music setting. >More
 With Madison Symphony Orchestra, cellist Lynn Harrell foregrounds underappreciated Lalo

Most guest soloists bring along a popular warhorse as a display piece that's sure to please. All praise, then, to cellist Lynn Harrell -- and to visiting conductor Ward Stare -- for venturing instead a rare but truly worthwhile novelty. >More
 At the Orpheum Theatre, Primus is an immersive, unrelenting spectacle

As the lights fell at the Orpheum Theatre, a giddy audience eyed the bass, guitar and drums, the familiar symbols of rock music. But on the stage, the first movements came from something far less common to rock shows: two giant, inflatable astronauts. >More
 The Smoking Popes' new release has a teenage point of view

Along with Green Day and Jimmy Eat World, Chicago's Smoking Popes helped pioneer the melodic pop-punk movement of the early 1990s. In 2011, they are sounding as youthful as ever. That's due in part to This Is Only a Test, a new album that shines a light on life from a teenager's perspective. >More
 Madison Bach Musicians present a program that's all in the (Bach) family

The season opening concert of the Madison Bach Musicians is an interesting experiment in programming. Artistic director Trevor Stephenson has already been broadening his group's repertoire beyond the literature of the Baroque, as focused particularly of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). This time he takes the Bach commitment more elastically for the program "Music of the Bach Family." >More
 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
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