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Cake electrifies Orpheum Theatre with generous performance

Thanks to a two-set-long show and no opener, Madison concertgoers got a big slice of Cake at the Orpheum Theatre Friday night. "We'll have plenty of time to take care of whatever needs to be taken care of," said lead singer John McCrea. >More
 Arts Beat: Madison Opera's new director looks to the future

Madison Opera has a new general director: Kathryn Smith, who currently serves as general director of Tacoma Opera. Smith, who starts July 1, looks forward to heading up the robust organization. >More
 The Weather Duo update the chamber ensemble

The Weather Duo are actually a trio, and they take an experimental approach to chamber music. The group's live performances feature sonic and visual elements, and they blend improvisation with contemporary classical music. The 10 compositions on their forthcoming album range in length from less than two minutes to more than 11. >More
 At Union South, appealing Felice Brothers preside over a chaotic hootenanny

My friend Katie may have best summed up The Felice Brothers show at Union South Saturday night when she leaned over and said, "I like these guys a lot. What the hell is going on up there?" >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra concludes season with Mahler's dramatic Second Symphony

John DeMain likes to end his Madison Symphony Orchestra seasons with a choral spectacular, and for the program that debuted Friday in Overture Hall, he has resorted to Mahler's Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection," as he did in 1996 during the course of his Mahler cycle. >More
 Guitar genius Tony Rice takes bluegrass to new places

Virginia-born, California-raised and Kentucky-seasoned, guitarist Tony Rice is bluegrass royalty. He's a Clarence White-inspired flatpicker whose fingerprints are dotted across every innovation of the form in the past 40 years. >More
 What started as a fib became Cait and the Girls

Sometimes little white lies morph into big, dark problems. Other times, they inspire people to reach beyond their comfort zones. For local chanteuse Cait Shanahan, the latter was the case. >More
 UW Choral Union performs majestic Elijah

It has been a busy season in Madison for oratorio masterworks. In early April, the Wisconsin Chamber Choir performed Haydn's The Creation. Before that, in November, the UW's Choral Union presented Handel's blockbuster, Israel in Egypt. And now the Choral Union is following up with Mendelssohn's Elijah. The program debuted Saturday in the Humanities building's Mills Hall. >More
 Madison Opera's La Traviata is sterling, heart-wrenching

Verdi's La Traviata is one of those operas that have become victims of overexposure. But a really fine performance can remind one that it is indeed a beautiful and moving musical drama. And such a performance Madison Opera gives us with the season's final production. >More
 Clyde Stubblefield's funky farewell

The Funky Drummer marked his 68th birthday earlier this month. He is confronting health issues. Something had to give. Fresh off his exhilarating March 29 performance with Chuck D, Eclectic Method and the Copyright Criminals All-Stars on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Clyde Stubblefield has announced his withdrawal as drummer for Funky Mondays after more than 20 years. >More
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