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With Madison Symphony Orchestra, cellist Alisa Weilerstein balances nuance and passion

Two distinguished but very different visitors brighten the season's second Madison Symphony Orchestra program, whose first performance was Friday night in Overture Hall. >More
 Madison Opera general director Allan Naplan is Minnesota-bound

One of the local arts scene's most notable figures is moving up in the world -- and to Minnesota. Madison Opera general director Allan Naplan has been hired as the new president and general director of Minnesota Opera, the country's 15th largest opera company. >More
 Segredo brings live bands to a massive interior

Live music is back at 624 University Ave. The location is well known to veteran Madison concertgoers who remember Headliners, the venerable 1980s venue that hosted legendary bands like U2, the Replacements, Sonic Youth and the Ramones. >More
 With his band, Latin jazz icon Eddie Palmieri wows Wisconsin Union Theater

The show may have started a little late, but by the time Eddie Palmieri and his band took the stage at the Wisconsin Union Theater, as part of the Isthmus Jazz Series, the crowd was more than ready. "Thank you for coming," someone bellowed. >More
 Madison Opera stages Mozart's splendid The Marriage of Figaro

The Madison Opera has given itself, and us, a grand 50th anniversary present this weekend, in a splendid production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Its first performance was Friday night in Overture Hall. >More
 All-star lineup of Madison musicians playing benefit for child battling cancer

Biff Uranus Blumfumgagnge, profiled in this week's Isthmus, is joining the rest of The Gomers -- along with Primitive Culture, Freedy Johnston, Duke Erikson, the Know It All Boyfriends and the O'bros -- at the High Noon Saloon tonight, for the sake of a little girl named Charlotte Elske. >More
 With his ukulele, Jake Shimabukuro stuns at Stoughton Opera House

The ukulele is a complex, wondrous little thing. Silly and serious. Manic and musical. Recent mainstream attention has created a wave of interest, a wave ukulele virtuoso / Hawaiian Jake Shimabukuro is riding across the mainland like an 18-foot barrel on the Banzai Pipeline. >More
 Keefe Klug's new album is all about getting down

You may remember Keefe Klug as a finalist from Project M, the songwriting reality show hosted by 105.5 FM (Triple M). His soulful pop tunes made fans swoon, and his cover of the BoDeans' "Do I Do" drew comparisons to Prince and the Black Crowes from the judges. While Klug didn't win the competition in June, he's been quite busy since then, blazing a trail toward the big time. >More
 The Trickster: Biff Blumfumgagnge is an irreverent shape-shifter, and also a hell of a musician

"He is really an enigma," says Bill Feeny, who met Biff Uranus Blumfumgagnge more than 20 years ago and has played alongside him in Reptile Palace Orchestra for the past 16. "He is a massive performer and musician, and he has this incredible voice. But we all wonder, what's Biff's real voice? Because he can imitate anybody." >More
 Whitney Mann opens for country icons

November is shaping up to be an amazing month for local alt-country songstress Whitney Mann. Mann and her band just completed their second gig supporting country music icon Willie Nelson, and they will open for another country legend, George Jones, this Friday and Saturday in Rockford, Ill. >More
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