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Star soprano Hayley Westenra to sing holiday favorites with Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Acclaimed soprano Hayley Westenra, who has mesmerized audiences across continents with her clear, innocent voice, will appear with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra at the Orpheum Theater on Dec. 18 and 19. >More
 Death of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra

Many musicians are tenacious creatures who'll see a project through, no matter what. I'm reminded of the small orchestra on the Titanic. Its members died playing music to calm terrified passengers as the ship sank in 1912. So when headlines appear about orchestras filing for bankruptcy, wrangling over collective bargaining agreements, or shutting down, as the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra will at the end of the 2014-15 season, I still believe most orchestras will survive this time of financial upheaval. >More
 Philanthropists Stan and Shirley Inhorn receive Madison Symphony Orchestra's first-ever DeMain Award

The inaugural DeMain Award for Outstanding Commitment to Music will be awarded to philanthropists Stan and Shirley Inhorn by the Madison Symphony Orchestra League at its fifth annual gala banquet at the Madison Concourse Hotel on Friday, Sept. 12. Named after music director John DeMain, the annual honor will go to an ardent supporter of the MSO and Madison-based music in general. >More
 The Toronto Consort kicks off the Madison Early Music Festival with songs from Leonardo da Vinci's Italy

This week marks the 15th anniversary of the Madison Early Music Festival (through July 19). To celebrate, it will explore Italian music from 1300 to 1600, a fascinating time of discovery for the arts and sciences. Within those centuries, Columbus sailed to America, Copernicus proved that Earth wasn't the center of our solar system, and Leonardo da Vinci painted his famous Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. >More
 Madison's 2014-15 classical music season focuses on legendary composers

As long summer days make way for crisp autumn nights, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra prepare for the first shows of the 2014-15 season. After giving us many American works last season, they'll now explore European music in greater detail, including the cool, earthy aesthetic of Scandinavia and the vibrant orchestral colors of Russia. >More
 Under the stars at Madison Opera in the Park 2014

The Madison Opera knows that few things compare to hearing music under the stars. The ensemble presents its 13th annual Opera in the Park concert at Garner Park on July 26 at 8 p.m. Free and open to the public, the event has rippled with excitement in recent years, drawing nearly 14,000 attendees. >More
 UW School of Music faculty and alumni remember the artistry and warmth of departed pianist Howard Karp

Monday was a very sad day for the music world and for Madison in particular. Pianist Howard Karp, professor emeritus of music at UW-Madison and patriarch of the city's beloved Karp family of musicians, died at age 84. His recitals both here and abroad garnered adulatory words, but he was a gentle and humble man. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra musicians and management gear up for extra concerts after negotiating a five-year contract

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the American Federation of Musicians Local 166 have signed a new, five-year collective bargaining agreement that will go into effect in September. The new contract allows the WCO to continue signature programs like Concerts on the Square, its popular summer series of outdoor pops concerts, and Masterworks, its classical concert series in Overture Center's Capitol Theater. >More
 An abrupt finale for WPR's Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen

As of Sunday, May 11, Wisconsin Public Radio's glorious "Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen" concerts are no more. The news hit fans like a thunderclap this week when WPR announced that it would be cancelling the 34-year-old program that has become a staple in the Madison classical music community. >More
 St. Paul Chamber Orchestra violinist Leslie Shank joins the UW music school faculty

It was music to the ears of the UW-Madison School of Music staff when Leslie Shank, violinist for the renowned St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, recently agreed to join the music faculty. She'll be a visiting assistant professor of violin next fall. >More
 Madison Opera's Dead Man Walking explores a real-life relationship between a nun and a convicted killer

When Sister Helen Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun known for her work to abolish the death penalty, learned that the San Francisco Opera wanted Jake Heggie to create an opera based on her book Dead Man Walking, she had to learn more about the composer. So she called him up. >More
 Stradivarius shakedown

The 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius, made by famous violin craftsman Antonio Stradivari, was stolen from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond on Jan. 27. The Milwaukee Police Department, the FBI and Interpol immediately began searching for the instrument, whose estimated value is up to $6 million. >More
 Madison musicians vigilant after Milwaukee Symphony concertmaster's Stradivarius violin stolen

Antonio Stradivari, the famous violin craftsman, has made headlines recently. Unfortunately, it's not for the beauty and elegance of his stringed instruments, but for the theft of the 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius, a prized violin made during the master's golden age. >More
 The Madison Symphony Orchestra brings Dvorák's Ninth to life with actors from American Players Theatre

The Madison Symphony Orchestra will do something unusual on Jan. 26 when it explores Antonín Dvorák's magnificent and controversial Symphony No. 9, popularly known as the New World Symphony. The concert will include a dramatic presentation on the making of this work, as well as a performance of its music. >More
 Andrew Sewell, the malleable maestro of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

A passion for conducting doesn't always develop in glamorous concert halls packed with admirers. It's often passed down from masters to fledglings on drafty stages and in rooms cluttered with music scores. That's how it happened for New Zealand-born Andrew Sewell, music director and conductor of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. >More
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