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September 2011

It’s a Circus! No, it’s Opera!! Wait … it’s Both!!!

09/27/11

It’s a Circus! No, it’s Opera!! Wait … it’s Both!!!

Fresco Opera continues its mission to bring opera to new audiences (and opera anew to old audiences)

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Madison Symphony Disturbs, Comforts … and Sizzles

09/17/11

Madison Symphony Disturbs, Comforts … and Sizzles

DeMain opens the season a little early to honor 9/11—which in turn casts old favorites by Grieg and Beethoven in a whole new light

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Token Creek Festival, Chapter 2: Two Worlds Apart

09/06/11

Token Creek Festival, Chapter 2: Two Worlds Apart

In programs of jazz and J.S. Bach, the festival proves again to be a purveyor of musical excellence in any style

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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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