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Opera in the Park Packs Them In, and Packs a Wallop

07/28/14

Opera in the Park Packs Them In, and Packs a Wallop

Possibly a record crowd at Garner Park soaks up the sights and sounds of a glorious summer evening

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Concerts on the Square Delivers Americana With a Twist

07/25/14

Concerts on the Square Delivers Americana With a Twist

Andrew Sewell gives us everything but the fireworks on a perfect night for outdoor music

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It’s True: An Evening with a Princess Could Be Yours

07/22/14

It’s True: An Evening with a Princess Could Be Yours

Madison Savoyards launch their second half-century with Gilbert and Sullivan’s 'Princess Ida'

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Handel Aria Competition Produces More Winners Than Prizes

07/18/14

Handel Aria Competition Produces More Winners Than Prizes

Second-year event is quickly becoming a showcase for international talent

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Concerts on the Square: Patriotism, Slightly Chilled

07/04/14

Concerts on the Square: Patriotism, Slightly Chilled

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra puts us in the mood for the Fourth of July, even when the weather doesn’t

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Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society More Fun Than Ever

07/01/14

Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society More Fun Than Ever

Friday night’s “Cut and Run” concert at the Overture Center makes you wish they’d never leave

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Concerts on the Square: What You Hear Is What You Get

06/26/14

Concerts on the Square: What You Hear Is What You Get

Andrew Sewell makes it feel like summer is really here, but if only we could hear

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Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Set to Joyfully Explode into Summer

06/11/14

Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Set to Joyfully Explode into Summer

The always re-invented chamber group celebrates its 23rd season with “23 Skidoo”

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Con Vivo Shows Us How to Throw a Musical Block Party

06/03/14

Con Vivo Shows Us How to Throw a Musical Block Party

“Con vivo!…music with life” presents “Eastern Block Party” and serves up three rarities and a 20th century monument

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A Magical Musical Tour—With a Whole Bunch of Memories

05/14/14

A Magical Musical Tour—With a Whole Bunch of Memories

“The Original Hyperion Fox Trot Orchestra” returns to delight, instruct—and raise some money

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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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