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Pro Arte Quartet performs rewarding program of Mozart, Schubert and Dvorak to opem 2010-11 season

The Pro Arte Quartet has long been one of the pillars of our musical life, not only on the UW campus, but for Madison in general. Warming up for its centennial celebration in 2011-12, the quartet launched the current season on Saturday evening. >More
 Choir of Clare College brings flawless technique to concert at Luther Memorial

At Luther Memorial church Friday evening, lovers of choral music were given a treasurable lesson in sublime ensemble singing by the visiting choir of Clare College, Cambridge. >More
 Scatz revels in retro sounds

Ask almost anyone if Vanilla Ice rules in 2010, and you're likely to get a big laugh and an even bigger "no." But the answer's not quite so simple. His signature smash hit, "Ice Ice Baby," is a staple of wedding receptions and retro dance parties galore. So Middleton bar and nightclub Scatz, 2248 Deming Way, tracked him down and brought him to town. The rapper performed there last year, and other retro acts with hits under their belts, like 2 Live Crew, Lynch Mob and FireHouse, also have graced Scatz's stage. >More
 Crowd-pleasing Gaslight Anthem plays intense Majestic Theatre show

For some bands, it's all about the music. Skip the costumes, frilly stage setups and other extravagances -- all it takes is a few guys with instruments to really bring down the house. That was the lesson of the evening at the Gaslight Anthem concert at the Majestic Theatre on Sunday. >More
 Sonnyboy brings his music back home

Sheldon Riser says he was "tricked" into playing the organ at Parklawn Church in Milwaukee when he was still in grade school. "I didn't want to do it," he says. "I wanted to be outside playing on a Sunday." His family owned an organ. In his spare time, Riser taught himself how to play. Unwittingly, he was training himself for Sunday performances. >More
 All Tiny Creatures cut a cassette with Justin Vernon

All Tiny Creatures are not your average rock band. While others have gotten their start playing empty bars and friends' birthday parties, this Madison-based quartet have aimed for the big time from the get-go, touring the country and consorting with famous friends like Justin Vernon, founder and front man of Bon Iver. >More
 Your fall 2010 guide to the Madison sound

Pocket schedules make football season easy to track, but the wide array of clubs and artists makes local music harder to navigate. Isthmus is here to help. Our fall 2010 local music roundup puts a sonic itinerary in your hands. This 10-week guide steers you to 10 different venues featuring 10 different artists who play 10 very different styles. >More
 Carnival of Sorts isn't your average summer fair

When Adam Gregory Pergament talks about his approach to art, he likes to use the term cross-pollination. It means the transfer of pollen from one plant to another. It's nature's way of promoting genetic diversity. In his quest to further artistic diversity, Pergamente has been spreading spoken-word poetry around Madison music venues since 2005, first as a member of Stonefloat, and now with Venice Gas House Trolley. >More
 Touring bands will light up Madison stages in fall 2010

When it comes to bringing concerts to town, Madison is happening. With our booming student population and proximity to Chicago, Minneapolis and Milwaukee, we're able to attract big-name performers and under-the-radar talents alike, a rare feat for a city of 235,000 people. >More
 2010 Token Creek Chamber Music Festival commences with wonderful all-Beethoven program

Under a bit of a cloud of uncertainty over its future, the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival opened its 2010 season on Aug. 28 with a wonderful all-Beethoven program, anchored by a favorite visitor, pianist Robert Levin. The concert took place at the Token Creek Festival Barn, in DeForest. >More
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