All Posts by Greg Hettmansberger

“Wait Till Next Year…” Bach Dancing and Dynamite Closes 20th Season

“Wait Till Next Year…” Bach Dancing and Dynamite Closes 20th Season By Greg Hettmansberger Any of the regulars, and certainly the co-founders, Stephanie Jutt and Jeffrey Sykes, must count the days each year as June approaches.


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Clear “Visions” from Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society By Greg Hettmansberger There may have been some in the Overture Center Playhouse Saturday night who came to the fourth program of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society


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Friday night at the Overture Center, Madison Opera reaffirmed that, as it closes it’s first half-century, it can mount an operatic staple and deliver the goods from top to bottom. The “top” came in the person


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Nixon in China: Mao Meets the Met What a difference a generation makes: when John Adams’ Nixon in China premiered in 1987 at Houston Grand Opera, former President Nixon was still alive, director Peter Sellars was


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Oakwood Chamber Players Still Full of New Ideas As the Oakwood Chamber Players resumed their twenty-eighth season Saturday night, their first offering of 2011 was a textbook example of the varied and imaginative programming that makes


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Under Allan Naplan’s tenure as General Director, Madison Opera has developed a nifty tradition of placing the second of their three seasonal productions in the 340-seat Playhouse at the Overture Center. It gives the company an


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PLAYOFFS?! PRO ARTE QUARTET PLAYS ON If you were wondering where about 50 folks who weren’t watching the Packers engage the Bears for a trip to the Super Bowl on Sunday afternoon, I found them. We


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                    Wingra Quintet Honors Past, Celebrates Present The woodwind quintet is something of a well-loved stepchild in the family of music ensembles. The repertoire began to build


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Leonard and Taylor: Everybody Wins  When one has the opportunity to hear a musician of the stature of cellist Ronald Leonard, it’s a given that there will be at least a handful of memorable moments. When


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Ronald Leonard Brings Powerful Gifts to UW This Weekend Ronald Leonard has achieved enough as a solo, chamber and orchestra musician, conductor and renowned teacher for at least three distinguished lifetimes. This weekend local music lovers


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