A Journey Through Madison's Classical Music Scene
Classically Speaking

September 2013

Demonstrating What All the Fuss Is About

09/28/13

Demonstrating What All the Fuss Is About

Kicking off his 20th season with the Madison Symphony, DeMain showcases his orchestra

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UW Music Brings Homecoming a Little Early

09/23/13

UW Music Brings Homecoming a Little Early

Baritone Nathaniel Stampley and pianist Jamie Schmidt deliver a warm and relaxed program to Mills Hall

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By All “Rites,” Another Triumph at Farley’s House of Pianos

09/09/13

By All “Rites,” Another Triumph at Farley’s House of Pianos

Pianists Varshavski and Shapiro celebrate a Stravinsky centennial—and the other stuff is pretty amazing, too

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Completing Some Unfinished Business at the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival

09/03/13

Completing Some Unfinished Business at the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival

At home with the Harbisons, Mozart gets some blanks filled in, and we get a world premiere

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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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