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Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra is highlight of Madison Symphony Orchestra's 2010-11 season debut

Friday night in Overture Hall, the Madison Symphony Orchestra opened its new season with a weekend program of mixed results. >More
 Women Rock for the Cure on seven Madison stages

Even in Madison in 2010, more men than women join local rock bands, aspire to be DJs or try to make a go of it as a rap artist or hip-hop producer. But for one night, on Friday, Oct. 15, Madison's live-music calendar features a lot more female performers than usual. That's because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and for the third consecutive year, the Madison affiliate of the national nonprofit Susan G. Komen for the Cure is taking its prevention campaign to local music venues. >More
 A visit with Shotgun Red

The Omaha-based Rural Free Delivery cable channel, or RFD-TV, is planning a new variety show by Steve Hall and his famous puppet Shotgun Red. Hall and Red previously performed on Hee Haw and Nashville Now. >More
 Ancora String Quartet turns to old friends in exciting 10th anniversary season opener

This year marks the 10th season of the Ancora String Quartet, in residence at the First Unitarian Society. To launch this anniversary season, the quartet decided on a theme for their new series of concerts: Friends. The two works on Saturday night's program embodied two different kinds of friendship they have in mind. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's strings are in fine form at 2010-11 season opener

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra opened its first concert of the new season with a piece by the contemporary American composer Michael Daugherty titled "Strut." Intended as a kind of homage to Paul Robeson, it is short but complicated piece of rhythmic fantasy for string orchestra. >More
 Madison's major classical groups came on strong during the last decade

People in the classical music world spend a lot of time in the future, predicting what audiences will want and need years from now. But even as groups plan farther and farther in advance, it's sometimes good to look back. To mark the beginning of this fall's music season, I asked musicians and administrators with Overture Center's classical groups to reflect on their seasons during the first decade of the millennium. They agree that the defining moment was their move into Overture. That brought opportunities to even better serve Madison music fans. >More
 Grupo Candela celebrates five years of Madison salsa

It's not easy to keep a band together for five years. Ask local musicians why their last group broke up, and they'll cite crazy schedules, artistic differences or the quintessentially Madison problem of bandmates moving away once they've finished college. Then there are Hollywood-style clichés: the drummer who steals the guitarist's girlfriend, the vocalist who skips town, the bass player who likes tequila a little too much. >More
 Dark Dark Dark plays lush, spare set at Project Lodge

Minneapolis chamber-folk sextet Dark Dark Dark charmed fans and newcomers Sunday night with an intimate and inspiring show at the Project Lodge. The group transfixed an already hushed crowd with an alternately lush and spare set of songs. >More
 Madison Bach Musicians segue from Baroque to Classical at First Congregational Church

Opening their new season Saturday night at the First Congregational Church, Trevor Stephenson's Madison Bach Musicians played a bold program of unusually broad scope, in chronology and style. >More
 The Mary Lou Williams festival toasts an overlooked legend

She may be the First Lady of Jazz, but many have never heard of her. Mary Lou Williams was an important composer and pianist -- and woman -- whose story has been too often overlooked. This year marks what would have been Williams' 100th birthday -- she died in 1981 -- and Madison is one of several cities nationwide that are presenting a year's worth of programs in her honor. Madison's celebration culminates Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, with the Mary Lou Williams Fall Festival Weekend. >More
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