A Journey Through Madison's Classical Music Scene
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October 2011

Youth—and Puccini—are Served by UW Opera’s “La Boheme”

10/31/11

Youth—and Puccini—are Served by UW Opera’s “La Boheme”

Friday’s sold-out house reaches for the tissues, thanks to a solid production

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Pro Arte Quartet Makes Grand Down Payment on Centennial Celebration

10/25/11

Pro Arte Quartet Makes Grand Down Payment on Centennial Celebration

Touches of nostalgia, tenderness, heroism—and incredibly vibrant playing—mark the Pro Arte Quartet’s first concert of their 100th season

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Pro Arte: Rhymes with “Go Party!”

10/18/11

Pro Arte: Rhymes with “Go Party!”

The Pro Arte Quartet centennial season kicks off at last with four days of events

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Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Sets the Bar High and the L.A. Philharmonic Continues to Soar

10/10/11

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Sets the Bar High and the L.A. Philharmonic Continues to Soar

With Yakushev at the piano, the WCO’s opener is stunning; the LA Philharmonic at Eastgate also wows

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Fresco Opera’s “Big Top Opera” Eschews Safety Nets

10/04/11

Fresco Opera’s “Big Top Opera” Eschews Safety Nets

The opera is intermittently operatic, mostly musical—and always fun

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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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