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Spread Wings…Soar…Repeat.

Cellist Laura Metcalf’s debut solo CD impresses on several levels

The old saw “safety in numbers” is as true in the classical music world as anywhere. 611 more words

Mahler 8 in Phila.

It’s always a special occasion when Gustav Mahler’s Symphony #8 in Eb, also known as the “Symphony of a Thousand,” is performed.  However, this series of performances in March of 2016 has even greater significance since it was one hundred years ago that the then 28 year old new Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra Leopold Stokowski gave the American premier, using literally over a thousand performers (including choruses).  1,194 more words

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Some Mighty Winds Mark a Decade of Powerful Performances

Winds of Wisconsin, the high school ensemble that performs at UW-Madison, turns 10 years old this weekend

It would be almost impossible not to be overshadowed by the staggering achievement of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras 50th anniversary last month; then again, the… 346 more words

History Breathed On Us

Amit Peled performs a 100-year old program on a 300-year old instrument—and invokes the spirit of Pablo Casals

Any event at the Salon Piano Series… 716 more words

The Festive Fruits of Fifty Years

The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (and ensembles) put on an unforgettable celebration

It has been almost exactly forty-eight hours since the last note of a truly unique arrangement of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” hung in the air in Overture Hall last Saturday night—and I still don’t know how to even begin to describe the two and a half hours that preceded it. 828 more words