A Journey Through Madison's Classical Music Scene
Classically Speaking

October 2012

Madison Opera Has a Ball Unmasking Verdi

10/27/12

Madison Opera Has a Ball Unmasking Verdi

All treats and no tricks are offered via Verdi’s "Un Ballo in Maschera"

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Madison Symphony Balances the Books with Three “Bs”

10/16/12

Madison Symphony Balances the Books with Three “Bs”

James Ehnes is a compelling soloist, and John DeMain programs old “new” music

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Doubleheader Weekend for the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

10/10/12

Doubleheader Weekend for the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Friday’s concert offers a pianistic pentagon; on Saturday the WCO transforms Overture Hall into “the happiest place on earth.”

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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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