New Madison Music Festival Underway

“After a couple of years of tossing the idea around, half hoping that someone in the music scene here would see the value and take on the project, Thomas convinced me that we would have to do it ourselves. Last October we set a target date and registered the name. Since practically everyone involved in establishing the festival this year is doing so pro bono, many with day/night jobs and families, time grew short and we tempered expectations to a sort of pilot event. Those tempered expectations seem to be on track to be exceeded. We have confirmed fifty-plus performances, including ten venues, and have been lucky enough to establish relationships with excellent sponsors.” The inaugural Bubble Music Festival is being sponsored by Ian’s Pizza, Yahara Bay Distillers, Karben4 Brewery and Blair Street Brew and BBQ. All access VIP passes for the entire three days are available for $20 either in person or online through High Noon Saloon and from participating musicians. All access VIP passes waive the cover charge at all Bubble Music Festival events and include complimentary food and beverage from the sponsors. This includes: Slice of pizza at Ian’s Pizza Pint of beer from Karben4 (at select downtown establishment) Mixed cocktail made with Yahara Bay Distillers product (at select downtown establishment) Pork Fresco sandwich at Blair Street Brew and BBQ Additionally, several establishments have agreed to waive the cover charge at their events for Bubble Music Festival VIP pass holders. These include: Cardinal Bar (please contact for further details) Thursday, Oct. 3: College Night with DJ Jo-Z, 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5: Latin Dance Night with DJ Chamo, 10 p.m.

Music is the Recipe for Emotion

The Salzburg festival in Austria and the annual summer music festival in Lucerne, Switzerland, are more established classical music events on the European circuit. But the George Enescu Festival, now in its 21st edition, has been quietly but surely making a name for itself, aided by its artistic director Ioan Holender, the Romanian-born musician who directed the Vienna State Opera from 1992 to 2010. An estimated 4,500 people went to 150 concerts, and a record 120,000 tickets were sold for the September festival that drew important orchestras from Europe and the United States. Enescu, who died in 1955, was a Romanian composer, violinist and conductor who moved to Paris when the communists came to power. The festival always begins and ends with his compositions. Some of the tickets sold out in hours. Concerts were even offered as part of the itinerary for a classical music- themed cruise on the Danube that also included concerts in Salzburg and Budapest for a pricey 7,000 euros ($9,450). “I was struck by how prominent (the festival) is in Romanian cultural life,” said Noah Bendix Balgley, concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which played on Sept. 2 and 3. He called the “audience energy and response … incredible,” noting that the hall was standing-room only. Other orchestras in the festival’s lineup were the Orchestre de Paris, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, The Munich Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Berlin and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which played Brahms and Enescu in a concert conducted by Vladimir Jurowsky. Romanian math teacher Elena Ungureanu went to eight concerts.

Biggest-Ever Classical Music Festival in Romania

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