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Arts Beat: Classical Revolution arrives in Madison
A shot, a beer and Mozart
Classical Revolution reaches out to new, younger audiences.
Classical Revolution reaches out to new, younger audiences.

Classical Revolution goes where no classical music has gone before: bars, nightclubs and cafes. The international movement has recently taken root in Madison.

"It's an opportunity for musicians to play for audiences that might not normally decide to buy a ticket for a symphony hall or more formal venue," says Madison organizer Andrea Kleesattel, a cellist and doctoral student at the UW School of Music. She also performs with the Madison Symphony.

Classical Revolution is also a way for classical music to find new, younger audiences. "It's really fun because they get into it," she says.

The San Francisco-based nonprofit was formed in 2006. Since then it's grown to 16 cities worldwide, including Belgrade, Berlin, New York, Toronto - and Madison. Locally, many of the musicians are drawn from the School of Music.

Classical Revolution Madison's third performance begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Mercury Café and Lounge, 117 E. Mifflin St. The series debuted there Sept. 4. There is no cover charge.

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