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“4 on the Floor” Kicks It into High Gear

Farley’s House of Pianos takes the Salon Piano Series about as far as it can go

Several years ago four of the world’s great pianists came up with what might sound like little more than a stunt that could well be more fun for the players than for the audience: a quartet of grand pianos played simultaneously. 757 more words

Greg Hettmansberger

“Simple Gifts” Provides an Instant Getaway

New CD from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is an exquisite experience

Even if we manage to “get away from it all” once or twice a year on vacation, most of us would say that we wish we could catch our breath a little more often. 498 more words

Greg Hettmansberger

Northern Winds That Leave a Warm Feeling

Stockholm Chamber Brass opens Brass Fest III with a model performance

One of the most exciting and steadily growing events of recent years at UW-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music… 604 more words

Greg Hettmansberger

John DeMain “Launches” His 23rd Season with Madison Symphony

With an assist from NASA, the MSO’s first program is literally “out of this world”

From a personal standpoint, watching an HD NASA video of our solar system while hearing the… 801 more words

Greg Hettmansberger

Token Creek Restored—and at Flood Stage, Musically Speaking

27th season of the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival overflows (artistically) in opening concert

One of Madison’s sweetest farewells to summer always occurs at the Festival Barn, the former residence of Rose Mary Harbison’s family dating back to the 1930s. 676 more words

Greg Hettmansberger

Willy Street Chamber Players Are As Advertised

Closing concert of their second season is two parts brilliant, all ambitious

For a group that has so short a season, the Willy Street Chamber Players… 644 more words

Greg Hettmansberger

Madison Early Music Festival Continues to Weave a Spell

The Baltimore Consort brings magic to music from Shakespeare

I feel a little like the native New Yorker who finally visited the Statue of Liberty—Tuesday night was my long-delayed opportunity to fall under the spell of a local tradition that has for some time enjoyed national recognition. 572 more words

Greg Hettmansberger