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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
 Jimmie Linville finds sustenance in Daniel and the Lion

Jimmie Linville knows what it's like to be poor. "I grew up in a single-parent family with three brothers and sisters in a trailer in Baraboo," says the 24-year-old guitarist and songwriter. "We were very impoverished. We didn't have electricity half the time." >More
 Innocence and experience: Late spring music tours stopping in Madison

If the late-spring concert lineup is any indication, Madison's live-music scene doesn't plan on slowing down until the dog days of summer. While there are lots of great indie-rock bands on the docket, from Stnnng at the High Noon April 24 to the Sea & Cake at the Frequency May 18, artists who've shaped music history and influenced scores of other musicians rule the roost this season. Here's a smattering of highlights from both the oldies-but-goodies category and the trendsetters-of-today camp. >More
 Madison Opera unveils 2011-2012 season

Madison Opera has announced the three productions for 2011-2012, which will be the company's first complete season since the departure of general director Allan Naplan. >More
 Police hound a family in UW Opera's satisfying The Consul

First produced in 1950, Giancarlo Menotti's "Broadway opera" The Consul has stood, with its predecessor, The Medium, as his most enduring work of lyric theater. They are recurrent favorites among student opera companies. >More
 With Madison Symphony Orchestra, pianist Christopher Taylor brings songlike nuance to Schumann concerto

For the Madison Symphony Orchestra's April program, music director John DeMain brings us three novelties and a warhorse. The warhorse, Schumann's Piano Concerto, is made to prance, to be sure. >More
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