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Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Madison Opera present familiar and novel works in 2010-2011 seasons

For 2010-2011, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra has projected a season of Masterworks concerts that combine warhorses with novelties and experiments. Madison Opera's coming season celebrates the 50th anniversary of the company's founding in 1961 -- a track record a lot of larger companies in larger cities might well envy. >More
 2010 MAMAs announcement party highlights 139 local acts

A music- and prize-filled party marked the seventh annual nominations for the Madison Area Music Awards last night at the Brink Lounge. With 139 local musicians receiving a total of 212 nominations, the event highlighted a big slice of Dane County talent. >More
 Guest trumpeter Ryan Anthony disappoints in Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra performance

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra brought us, alas, a soloist chosen more for his crowd-pleasing than his musicality. Ryan Anthony, a refugee from the Canadian Brass, displays great virtuosity but rather limited taste. >More
 For some Madison fans, events like South by Southwest are an addiction

Something of the Deadhead spirit endures at today's popular music festivals, even events like just-concluded South by Southwest, the Austin, Texas, confab that seems far removed from lazy, hazy days of tie-dyeing T-shirts and listening to "China Cat Sunflower." Yes, admission prices have climbed to the heavens, along with the level of corporate sponsorship, but the thrill of traveling to a distant place for a quasi-religious experience continues to transform levelheaded music lovers into festival junkies. >More
 El-Tin Fun's newest toy is an old Hammond

El-Tin Fun's Jason Lambeth quietly revels in his quirks. The local multi-instrumentalist is a collector at heart, rescuing old vinyl and instruments from thrift shops and rummage sales, but he's no Luddite. When it comes to creating an album, he's thoroughly modern, recording it on his computer, musing about it on his blog and releasing it digitally. >More
 Conductor Patrick Strub and pianist Jonathan Biss lead MSO in fluent Mozart, novel Brahms

The podium guest for the latest Madison Symphony Orchestra program, German conductor Patrick Strub, made a fine local debut Friday night in Overture Hall. His vivid gestures and lively body language conveyed a profound musicality and a deep involvement in what he conducts. >More
 DeMain wields the baton for the Madison Symphony Orchestra's 2010-2011 season

Against recent practice, there will be no guest conductors for the eight programs of the Madison Symphony Orchestra's 2010-2011 season. Music director John DeMain will take the podium for all of them himself. >More
 Guitarist Richard Hildner imports Peruvian huayno style

The intersection of Regent and Monroe streets, site of Camp Randall Stadium, is a hub of Wisconsin culture. Statues enshrine Badger football. Front-lawn beer parties reign on fall Breese Terrace Saturdays. Tailgaters fill the air with the smell of grilled brats. But in an apartment building across from the old Field House, a different culture has presided for decades. It's a culture of Peruvian music, born of one family's immigration from the Andes. >More
 Madison's early music scene is remarkably vibrant

While many larger cities have nurtured groups devoted to period-performance practice, Madison is unusual in having grown in this area on a scale quite beyond what might be expected in a city its size, and over little more than two decades. >More
 Harmony Bar celebrates 20 years of blues and brews

Ask longtime near-east-siders to tell you a neighborhood legend, and they're likely to mention the Harmony Bar, 2201 Atwood Ave. With a tin ceiling and checkerboard floor, plus bartenders you just can't help but shoot the breeze with, it's custom-made for the stuff barroom tales are made of: Saturday-night shindigs and happy-hours-turned-hootenannies. >More
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