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Amid personnel shifts, Madison classical groups present adventuresome 2011-2012 seasons

Continuity in the face of dramatic change is the theme of Madison's big classical groups this season. Amid cuts in state funding and an edgy political climate, they continue their mission to present challenging, enjoyable music for the community. >More
 New releases by The Midwest Beat, Ritt Dietz, Rising Gael and Kyle & Keem sound like the season

Lakes, backyards and parks are places we like to go in summer. Coolers, easy chairs, a good book and our favorite songs are the things we like to bring along. Musical recordings matter more this time of year. MP3s and CDs make for sun-soaked memories we'll be recalling when snow shovels and hats are back in season. >More
 Former Madison musicians Ivan Klipstein, Bradley Fish and Locksley making national waves

Former Madison musicians are making musical waves around the country and around the world. Ivan Klipstein started playing around these parts back in the mid-1990s. He had a thing for toy instruments, candles and drawing. When I saw him at the old Café Assisi on State Street years ago, he struck me as the ultimate musical free spirit. >More
 Madison Opera recalls the past, looks to the future at Opera in the Park 2011

By Saturday evening the morning rain had dried, and a gentle breeze ushered Kathryn Smith, Madison Opera's new general director, on stage. Alongside WKOW-Channel 27's John Beard, she welcomed yet another great Madison crowd that filled the grass amphitheater of Garner Park for Opera in the Park 2011. >More
 Audio for the Arts' avant-garde concert series puts Madison on the map

It's funny how much can happen in a year. Last summer, Steve Gotcher, co-owner of local recording studio Audio for the Arts, forged a connection with sax man and composer Patrick Breiner, who'd stopped by to book a session. The two got to talking, and pretty soon they'd mapped out a blueprint for an avant-garde performance series. >More
 The end of the Nod

Brett Newski says there's a reason a group of UW-Madison guitar-rock bands began collaborating during the 2009-10 academic year to take their scene beyond campus basements and into local venues. "I think the camaraderie among campus bands happened because there were so few campus rock groups in town," says Newski. >More
 The Annex nightclub suspends operations

Longtime south UW campus area music venue the Annex has suspended operations, according to a communication posted on its website. >More
 Youth has its way at Concerts on the Square 2011 opener

Absolutely ideal weather favored the opening program in this summer's Concerts on the Square Wednesday evening. The program this time was entitled "Young at Heart" and presented music that either reflected youth or was the product of young composers. >More
 Whitney Mann's country dreams

Willie Nelson was leaning against the wall of his tour bus, watching CNN, when Whitney Mann stepped inside to meet him. "It was like meeting Donald Duck, someone who's not supposed to be real," says the Madison country music artist. "I told him, 'I got the crowd warmed up for you.' Then I said, 'Good luck out there -- well, you're a legend, you don't really need luck.' It was really awkward." >More
 La Fête de Marquette remixed at La Musique Electronique

La Fête de Marquette isn't just an ode to France. The east-side festival celebrates the concept of diaspora each year, highlighting how French culture has mingled with indigenous music to create fascinating hybrids. >More
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