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Madison Opera's Dead Man Walking explores a real-life relationship between a nun and a convicted killer

When Sister Helen Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun known for her work to abolish the death penalty, learned that the San Francisco Opera wanted Jake Heggie to create an opera based on her book Dead Man Walking, she had to learn more about the composer. So she called him up. >More
 Stradivarius shakedown

The 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius, made by famous violin craftsman Antonio Stradivari, was stolen from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond on Jan. 27. The Milwaukee Police Department, the FBI and Interpol immediately began searching for the instrument, whose estimated value is up to $6 million. >More
 Madison musicians vigilant after Milwaukee Symphony concertmaster's Stradivarius violin stolen

Antonio Stradivari, the famous violin craftsman, has made headlines recently. Unfortunately, it's not for the beauty and elegance of his stringed instruments, but for the theft of the 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius, a prized violin made during the master's golden age. >More
 The Madison Symphony Orchestra brings Dvorák's Ninth to life with actors from American Players Theatre

The Madison Symphony Orchestra will do something unusual on Jan. 26 when it explores Antonín Dvorák's magnificent and controversial Symphony No. 9, popularly known as the New World Symphony. The concert will include a dramatic presentation on the making of this work, as well as a performance of its music. >More
 Andrew Sewell, the malleable maestro of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

A passion for conducting doesn't always develop in glamorous concert halls packed with admirers. It's often passed down from masters to fledglings on drafty stages and in rooms cluttered with music scores. That's how it happened for New Zealand-born Andrew Sewell, music director and conductor of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. >More
 Singing specters haunt Overture Center in Fresco Opera Theatre's Paranormal Playhouse

Even if you don't believe in hauntings, Paranormal Playhouse by Fresco Opera Theatre made a pretty convincing case over the weekend that spirits of operas past have overrun the Overture Center's Playhouse, singing their hearts out to audiences who cannot hear them. >More
 Madison's classical groups celebrate New World composers in 2013-14

America's musical heritage shines bright in Madison's 2013-14 classical season. The American orientation is due, in part, to John DeMain's 20th anniversary as Madison Symphony Orchestra's music director and conductor, and Madison Opera's artistic director. DeMain is known for his insightful interpretations of American music, in particular American opera, so celebrating homegrown compositions honors his legacy. >More
 Gearing up for Opera in the Park 2013

Madison Opera will present its 12th annual Opera in the Park concert this Saturday, July 13. The free community event begins at 8 p.m. in Garner Park. The rain date is Sunday, July 14. >More
 Reinventing classical music: These six ensembles are breaking boundaries in Madison

These days, Madison's classical music scene is a movable feast that travels from bars to coffeeshops to traditional venues. Its new look is more casual, its sound more American, and its mission more humanitarian. Boundaries between genres have crumbled, and audiences like it. Here are snapshots of six local groups that put a new spin on the time-honored art form. >More
 Madison Opera Center groundbreaking previews new downtown rehearsal space

Besides Welcoming the first day of spring yesterday, Madison Opera celebrated a milestone: the groundbreaking ceremony for the Madison Opera Center, the company's new office space located on the ground floor of Metropolitan Place II condominiums at 335 W. Mifflin St. >More
 Pianist Shai Wosner joins the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra for a groundbreaking Mozart concerto

This Friday in Overture Center's Capitol Theater, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will showcase works by two of classical music's edgiest composers: Mozart's sublime Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491, and Anton Bruckner's controversial Symphony in D Minor (Nullte). Both works unveiled new sounds, forms and expressions when they were introduced. >More
 Madison Opera's Acis and Galatea trades dreaminess for grit, with crowd-pleasing results

The Madison Opera production of George Frideric Handel's Acis and Galatea had a combination of grit and charm last night at Overture Center's Playhouse. I never thought I would use the word "grit" when describing a Handel work, but when stage director David Lefkowich moved the action to World War I, the feeling of the opera shifted from dreamy to a little edgy >More
 Madison Opera's Acis and Galatea gives demigods the emotions of mortals

Madison Opera is about to make history. Acis and Galatea, running Jan. 10-13 at Overture Center's Playhouse, is its first production of an opera by George Frideric Handel. The opera premiered in England in 1718, but its story intrigued Handel as early as 1708, when he set a version of it to different music in Italy. >More
 With UW Madrigal Singers and Festival Choir of Madison, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra performs a jubilant Messiah

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra made a jubilant noise last night with George Frideric Handel's Messiah. This was the orchestra's fourth performance of the epic oratorio, and the house was sold out. It joined its chorus, plus the UW Madrigal Singers, the Festival Choir of Madison and four soloists, at Middleton's Blackhawk Church. >More
 John DeMain sticks with the Madison Symphony Orchestra while becoming one of the world's top conductors

When John DeMain raises his baton on the Madison Symphony Orchestra's podium, nearly 100 musicians come to attention, awaiting his mighty downbeat. During his 19 seasons as the orchestra's conductor and music director, DeMain has given our city masterpieces by the introspective Mahler, the flamboyant Strauss, the brooding Sibelius. >More
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