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Classically Speaking

June 2012

Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Gives — and Gets — Royal Treatment

07/01/12

Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Gives — and Gets — Royal Treatment

With Wisconsin Public Television on hand, thousands more will share in a cherished regional festival

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WCO Squared: Light Classics, Served Hot

06/28/12

WCO Squared: Light Classics, Served Hot

Sewell and friends meet (if not beat) the heat head on

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Bach Dancing and Dynamite Says “We’ll Take Manhattan”

06/25/12

Bach Dancing and Dynamite Says “We’ll Take Manhattan”

BDDS continues its 21st season with four NY composers served straight up.

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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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