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Classical music: NPR looks back at important classical music events in 2015. How many do you recall?

January 10, 2016
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By Jacob Stockinger

Anniversaries and deaths (below is a link to the musicians we lost in 2015).

Debuts, farewells and unusual tours.

(In a YouTube video at the bottom and below in photo by Yamil Lang for Getty Images, is the Minnesota Orchestra playing in Havana under music director Osmo Vanska during its historic tour to Cuba in May 2015.)

Minnesota Orchestra in Havana with Osmo Vanska May 2015 Getty Images Yamil Lang

Revivals and world premieres.

Appointments and retirements.

What were the notable events in classical music in 2015?

How many do you recall?

The blog Deceptive Cadence, written and posted by NPR or National Public Radio, takes a look back at 2015.


Classical music ALERT: Tonight’s Concert on the Square of Cuban music has been POSTPONED until tomorrow, Thursday, at 7 p.m.

July 25, 2012
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Early Weather Call

Tonight’s Concerts on the Square Postponed

The concert will be held Thursday, July 26th at 7 p.m.


Tonight’s Concerts on the Square featuring Cuban music group Tiempo Libre has been postponed due to the possibility of severe weather.  The concert will be held on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.  Please check the WCO website ( at 3 p.m. the day of the concert for the weather call.

Concerts are held on the King Street corner of the Capitol Square at 7:00 pm.  Blankets may be placed on the lawn at 3:00 pm – only low-height chairs (6” or less) with tubular, U-shaped legs may be used on the lawn.  All other chairs must be placed on the pavement between the sidewalk and the street.  For older adults or individuals with special needs, limited seating is available on a first-come, first served basis along the South  Pinckney St. and Main St. sidewalk areas.

Thursday, July 26, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Guest Artists, Tiempo Libre (below)
Come celebrate Cuban-style!

Hot off its third Grammy nomination and the release of its newest album, My Secret Radio, the Cuban music group Tiempo Libre and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will celebrate Cuba’s musical heritage with a joyous dance-inducing symphonic concert on the steps of the Capitol.

Tiempo Libre and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will perform a medley of traditional cha-cha-chás, sones (including “El Manicero”, “Son de la Loma” and “Guantanamera”) arranged by Tiempo Libre’s Jorge Gomez in collaboration with Raul Murciano (a professor at University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and one of the founders/music director of Miami Sound Machine) as well as selections from Tiempo Libre’s Grammy nominated album Bach in Havana, which uniquely fuses Cuban music and Bach, and was featured on Dancing with the Stars.

Tiempo Libre will also perform some high energy, dance-inducing Grammy-nominated timba music on its own featuring songs from My Secret Radio, as well as selections from their three previously Grammy-nominated timba albums Bach in Havana, Lo Que Esperabas and Arroz Con Mango. You many see and hear more at

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