A Journey Through Madison's Classical Music Scene
Classically Speaking

March 2012

Madison Symphony Wins the Battle

03/31/12

Madison Symphony Wins the Battle

DeMain’s orchestra survives Strauss, and occasionally dazzles

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Pro Arte Party Resumes, with Expanded Guest List

03/26/12

Pro Arte Party Resumes, with Expanded Guest List

Pro Arte Quartet centennial season’s third concert features a pair of quintets, one new, one old

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Sweating It Out: University Opera’s Don Giovanni Has More Than the Usual Sizzle

03/22/12

Sweating It Out: University Opera’s Don Giovanni Has More Than the Usual Sizzle

Director Farlow and hardy young troops give us a “Giovanni” to believe in.

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Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Proves All of Us Are Lucky This St. Patrick’s Day

03/19/12

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Proves All of Us Are Lucky This St. Patrick’s Day

Andrew Sewell plays the role of leprechaun in assembling a memorably Irish-tinged program

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Madison Symphony Guests Sizzle and Dazzle

03/10/12

Madison Symphony Guests Sizzle and Dazzle

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet a strong draw, but guest conductor Carl St.Clair shines brightest with Madison Symphony

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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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