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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
 Wisconsin Singers chase reality-TV stardom on America Sings

 Susan Masino's Family Traditions: Three Generations of Hank Williams profiles a country music dynasty

Apparently, Hank Williams III checks his MySpace messages regularly. Madison author Susan Masino sent him one in 2009. He replied 20 minutes later. Masino asked Williams if she could interview him for the book she was about to write. That book, Family Traditions: Three Generations of Hank Williams, was published in March. The 226-page narrative chronicles the musical triumphs and personal tragedies of country legend Hank Williams Sr., second-generation country star Hank Williams Jr. and Hank III. >More
 Buskers lend a hand to Literacy Network

Busking is a puzzling phenomenon. If you're lucky, playing music on the street can make you famous. If you're not, it can get you arrested. This Saturday, dozens of local musicians will live on the edge, performing tunes on State Street to raise funds for the Literacy Network of Dane County. >More
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