A Journey Through Madison's Classical Music Scene
Classically Speaking

July 2013

Concerts on the Square Drops the Average Age of Professionalism

07/26/13

Concerts on the Square Drops the Average Age of Professionalism

With four teen-aged soloists—and a work written by a 17-year old—Sewell and the WCO makes us all feel younger (or older…)

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"Verdi for Kids" Delivers More Than It Promises

07/23/13

"Verdi for Kids" Delivers More Than It Promises

Helen Bauer piques the curiosity of would-be—and current—opera lovers

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“Pirates” Captured by Madison Savoyards

07/16/13

“Pirates” Captured by Madison Savoyards

The company’s dvd of their 50th production is a faithful testament of a Madison tradition

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A Classical Version of Rhythm—and Booms

07/15/13

A Classical Version of Rhythm—and Booms

Madison Opera’s 12th annual “Opera in the Park” produces its own kind of fireworks

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Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Invites an Unexpected Guest to the Square

07/11/13

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Invites an Unexpected Guest to the Square

Robert Bonfiglio proves the harmonica can play nicely with others

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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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