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Classically Speaking

January 2014

Two Events Too Good to Miss This Weekend (OK, Make It Three!)

01/29/14

Two Events Too Good to Miss This Weekend (OK, Make It Three!)

Three unique events highlight another busy weekend for musical Madison

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Madison Debut of “Beyond the Score” Opens New Worlds of Dvorak

01/27/14

Madison Debut of “Beyond the Score” Opens New Worlds of Dvorak

DeMain and the MSO introduce the Chicago Symphony’s multi-media program to open our eyes and ears for Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony

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Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Goes Big, Small and Just Right

01/21/14

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Goes Big, Small and Just Right

Andrew Sewell illustrates every aspect of what a chamber orchestra can be—to a sold-out house

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All I Needed Was a Bigger Living Room—and a Live Orchestra

01/16/14

All I Needed Was a Bigger Living Room—and a Live Orchestra

With Beyond the Score, the Madison Symphony Orchestra teaches as never before

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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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