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February 2013

Middleton Community Orchestra: “Rising Stars” (and High Aspirations)

02/28/13

Middleton Community Orchestra: “Rising Stars” (and High Aspirations)

Conductor Steve Kurr and his willing group make their case for their niche in our concert life

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The Most Successful Composer You Never Heard of Is Here

02/22/13

The Most Successful Composer You Never Heard of Is Here

UW Wind Ensemble strikes up the band Saturday night for Steven Bryant

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Madison Symphony Delivers Three Proofs of an Old Artistic Axiom

02/09/13

Madison Symphony Delivers Three Proofs of an Old Artistic Axiom

Cellist Alban Gerhardt returns to take on Prokofiev; DeMain offers “new” Ravel and classic Beethoven

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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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