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August 2013

A Little Stratford-on-Token, Spoken and Sung

08/30/13

A Little Stratford-on-Token, Spoken and Sung

The Token Creek Chamber Music Festival connects the dots between Shakespeare and those he inspired

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Peninsula Music Festival, Part III: The Maestro, Mahler, and His Musicians

08/29/13

Peninsula Music Festival, Part III: The Maestro, Mahler, and His Musicians

Yampolsky fills the stage with reinforcements to tackle some mighty Mahler; we all win

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Peninsula Music Festival, Part II: Shostakovich, Authenticated

08/27/13

Peninsula Music Festival, Part II: Shostakovich, Authenticated

A Madison favorite helps Victor Yampolsky pull off a tough program

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Peninsula Music Festival Anchors the Door County Experience

08/26/13

Peninsula Music Festival Anchors the Door County Experience

As if we needed another reason to vacation in Fish Creek, et al, the 61st PMF is a powerful lure all on its own

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JoAnn Falletta Brings a Strong Resume (and Madison Memories) to Door County

08/14/13

JoAnn Falletta Brings a Strong Resume (and Madison Memories) to Door County

Grammy-winning conductor with some Madison ties makes her Peninsula Music Festival debut next week

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98 Years Young, Frank Glazer Amazes—and Teaches—at the Keyboard

08/06/13

98 Years Young, Frank Glazer Amazes—and Teaches—at the Keyboard

In recital at Farley’s House of Pianos, the only question is: What will Glazer do when he is 100?

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Isthmus Vocal Ensemble Rewards the Faithful

08/03/13

Isthmus Vocal Ensemble Rewards the Faithful

Scott MacPherson doubles the size for some stimulating repertoire

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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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