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November 2013

Throw Out the Thermometer—It Was a Hot Night in Sun Prairie

11/25/13

Throw Out the Thermometer—It Was a Hot Night in Sun Prairie

Sun Prairie HS Jazz gets a lot of help from their friends from Northern Illinois University

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A Jazzy Way to Kick Off the Holiday Season

11/21/13

A Jazzy Way to Kick Off the Holiday Season

Madison Jazz Society co-sponsors a fantastic doubleheader Sunday night at Sun Prairie High School

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Disciplined Romanticism from Madison Symphony

11/16/13

Disciplined Romanticism from Madison Symphony

Violinist Hadelich illumines as soloist; the MSO strings do (most of) the rest

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“Con Vivo!” Goes Large, and a Maestro Goes Mini

11/11/13

“Con Vivo!” Goes Large, and a Maestro Goes Mini

“Con vivo!…music with life” adds players and a conductor to celebrate Wagner and DeMain

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Madison Opera Demonstrates Exactly What Great Opera Is All About

11/02/13

Madison Opera Demonstrates Exactly What Great Opera Is All About

John DeMain and A. Scott Parry wring every ounce of melodrama out of Tosca—and the singers nail it, too

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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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