A Journey Through Madison's Classical Music Scene
Classically Speaking

October 2013

Too Much to Be Thankful For—Already!

10/31/13

Too Much to Be Thankful For—Already!

The concert schedule reaches flood stage in November: here are three you shouldn’t miss

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University Opera Uses 'Ariodante' to Teach the Students—and the Audience

10/28/13

University Opera Uses 'Ariodante' to Teach the Students—and the Audience

William Farlow begins his farewell season in the usual style, by fulfilling the group’s mission statement

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Madison Symphony Program Suggests a “New Normal”

10/19/13

Madison Symphony Program Suggests a “New Normal”

DeMain and his band give us a little bit of everything—including more improvement

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Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Opens Their Season with a Major Statement

10/14/13

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Opens Their Season with a Major Statement

Stimulating programming still a constant, Andrew Sewell leads his group to the next level

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The Lights Are Still On for Pro Arte Party

10/01/13

The Lights Are Still On for Pro Arte Party

The celebrations for the Pro Arte Quartet’s unprecedented centennial continue at Wisconsin Public Television—but wait, there’s more

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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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