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Bob Dylan has no voice, lots of heart at Overture Hall

Bob Dylan is in his post-articulation phase. Monday at Overture Hall, his voice was little more than an ambient rumble. He can't sustain a melody anymore, but rather reduces classic songs like "Desolation Row" to a series of short, stabbing phrases. Reaching for a low note, he sometimes winds up in a gruff register he shares only with Cookie Monster. >More
 The Project Lodge's volunteer managers choose art over money

The concert is memorable in many ways, but what really strikes me -- and what will linger in my mind long after -- is how the man who stamps my hand thanks me. All he says is, "Thank you for coming." But while the words are ordinary, his tone is unusually sincere. Genuine. Mindful. It doesn't sound like a rote courtesy, nor does it sound like he's trying to be sincere. It just sounds like he means it. >More
 Five shows on WORT and WSUM you're gonna love

If you're like me and most fans of local independent radio, you have your favorite shows. Recently, though, I branched out and listened to several programs that are new to my rock 'n' roll radar. This meant straying from my usuals, which are "Sad Bastards" on WSUM-FM (91.7), a diverse set of sullen and surly songwriting that airs each Wednesday afternoon; and the online archives of Tuesday-night treat "Leopard Print Lounge" on WORT-FM (89.9), which spice up my workday with some superb garage, psych and surf-rock. >More
 Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble performs elegant, intimate program at Gates of Heaven

For nearly two decades, the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble has been the pioneer force in introducing audiences in Madison and around the state to the beauties of 17th- and 18th-century music. The group's Madison performances, usually three concerts a season, are offered at the old Gates of Heaven building in James Madison Park on the near east side. >More
 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
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