A Journey Through Madison's Classical Music Scene
Classically Speaking

April 2012




Madison Opera takes Cinderella to Tinseltown — Rossini would probably approve

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Pro Arte Finale: Echoes of a World Premiere


Pro Arte Finale: Echoes of a World Premiere

Second performance of Harbison’s String Quartet No. 5 works on radio, too

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Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Surprises with “Low-fat” Beethoven

Andrew Sewell’s bold gamble pays off — thanks to some marvelous playing and singing

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About This Blog

Years before I contributed my first classical review to the Los Angeles Times in 1988, I started a class in music appreciation for adults that had one aim: to put a few cracks in the “ivory tower elitism” I found pervasive in the classical music world since my boyhood days. Whether as a critic, program annotator or band director, that goal has never changed. After all, Mozart and Beethoven and the gang wrote their music for people like you—not critics or professors!

After growing up in the suburbs of New York City, and spending twenty years in and around Los Angeles, the last twelve years here leave me more amazed than ever at the musical riches of Madison. I’m a cheerleader at heart, because I always think more people would become classical fans if they’d give it a chance—but I’m also quick to tell you when you’re not getting your money’s worth. Classically Speaking brings you as much news and as many reviews as possible, and I hope you’ll join me for a fabulous musical journey.

–  Greg Hettmansberger
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