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15 local holiday-inspired performances and caroling opportunities

Spread holiday cheer however you celebrate with festive musical experiences suited for all — even those who just enjoy a good tune.

Spread holiday cheer however you celebrate with festive musical experiences suited for all — even those who just enjoy a good tune.

Wineke: Severed head stars in Madison Opera

MADISON, Wis. -- The severed head of John the Baptist turned out to be the star of Madison Opera's performance of “Salome” last weekend. Which is quite a feat since, once severed, the head doesn't sing a word. Salome, sung…

Wineke: Madison Symphony Orchestra is more Than music

There are things about the Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts that make me happy but don't directly involve listening to music. For example: At the opening of Friday night's concert, Conductor John DeMain came on stage to explain the absence of…

Madison Symphony Orchestra announces 2022-23 season

MADISON, Wis. -- The Madison Symphony Orchestra returns to the Overture Center next month for its 2022-23 season. The MSO enters its 97th season with a full slate of music from famed composers including Brahms and Tchaikovsky. The multimedia production…

Wineke: Naha Greenholtz is an MSO Treasure

The first thing we have to recognize about the weekend's Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts is that concertmaster Naha Greenholtz is a civic treasure. Greenholtz stepped out of her usual role as lead violin to perform as soloist and conductor for…

MSO Audiences Paid Tribute to Ukraine

One question was in the mind of Madison Symphony Orchestra patrons as they found their way to the weekend concerts: Would conductor John DeMain begin the concert with the Ukrainian national anthem?

Wineke: It's a Busy Week for Classical Music in Madison

For those who enjoy classical music, this week is a bonanza at the Overture Center. It began Sunday when the Madison Symphony Orchestra presented its annual “Beyond the Score” multi-media presentation featuring three American Players Theatre veterans and Igor Stravinsky's…

Wineke: Cellist works; Grand Canyon not so much

Cellist Thomas Mesa was introduced to Madison in 2019 when Overture Concert Organ curator Greg Zelek asked him to share an organ concert. It was a great night as the Julliard buddies combined incredible music with playful banter that made…

Madison Symphony Orchestra makes changes as new season begins

Music Director John Demain joins News 3 Now to discuss live classical music's return to Overture Hall

MADISON, Wis. -- The Madison Symphony Orchestra is preparing to kick off the fall season, with some changes to the program. The orchestra has already postponed its "Joyful…

The ghosts of lost live performances

In Madison, the arts scene endures despite pandemic concerns and social unrest.

Entire theatrical and musical seasons were abandoned and large city events were either canceled, scaled back or conducted online.

Since the day the music died

How Madison-area jazz, opera and classical musicians are coping

Virtually all of our city’s wonderful musicians have been hit hard by the shutdown. I reached out to several local classical and jazz musicians, music teachers and ensemble directors to inquire about how they’re dealing with the scale of it.

Symphony review: Welcome back, MSO

It's good to sit in the audience in Overture Hall and watch Madison Symphony Orchestra conductor John De Main lead a packed house in singing the national anthem.

Wineke: Madison Opera performs Beethoven's only opera

Groups other than Madison Opera have performed Beethoven's "Fidelio," too, but the Madison performance Friday (it repeats Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Overture Center) was really one of the most enjoyable musical events in Madison for quite some time.

Review: Concert shows why we love Gershwin tunes

The Madison Symphony Orchestra ends its concert season this weekend with an all-Gershwin program that will go down easily as the best of season and one of the best of director John DeMain's tenure.