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Devin Pedde

One of public radio’s flagship shows is beginning a new chapter. Chris Thile officially begins his tenure as the host of A Prairie Home Companion with Saturday evening’s broadcast live from the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The show was created by Garrison Keillor in 1974. And except for a few years in the late 80s and early 90s, Keillor has remained its face and voice. But last year Keillor announced his retirement and the transition to the new host began.

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The early 13th century was a time when Western music was beginning to experiment with harmony singing and with pieces heard outside the context of a church mass. And its in this period that we find the repertoire for a concert coming to Milwaukee this weekend. 

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A pretty special concert tour is rolling into Milwaukee. Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, Robert Plant and others are all on the same bill to perform and raise awareness and money for refugees around the world. The tour is called LAMPEDUSA and it benefits Jesuit Refugee Service’s Global Education Initiative.

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The harp has been around for millennia. There is evidence that people were making and playing some form of the instrument throughout Africa, Europe and Asia from at least as early as 3500 BCE.

The instrument we generally think of as a modern harp, however, is a relatively new addition to the fold - it’s only been around since the late 17th century. The concert harp has a series of pedals that enable the performer to change the pitch of individual strings – allowing them to play all the notes in a western musical scale.

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The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra opened its 2016-2017 season earlier this month with a bravura performance of Mozart’s opera, The Marriage of Figaro. Tuesday night, Itzhak Perlman returned to the MSO as a soloist, and the rest of the season promises equally momentous and musically exciting performances.

Bonnie North

Milwaukee singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey has been a working and touring musician for 25 years. But for the past ten, the work involved in touring has been extra-strenuous.

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Many bands from the 1960s and 70s have found new life and fans in the 21st century, even if some the original band members are no longer with us. Lake Effect essayist Tom Matthews was an old fan of one such band.

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The Rogue Valley is a real place, in between several mountain ranges in southern Oregon. And it’s the real home of the songwriter and composer behind the band of the same name.

Chris Koza and his bandmates call Minnesota home today, but Rogue Valley’s music navigates terrains as varied as the Pacific Northwest, the heartland, and many of the places in between. The group’s last project was an ambitious effort – four records in a year, one for each season. 

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Madison is known for its sometimes radical, sometimes experimental out of the mainstream ideas, from politics to art, and now the music business.

Vesten Kollekive calls itself a digital distribution record label, and its name is not the only aspect of it that’s unusual. The name is adapted from Norwegian, and it means Midwestern Collective. The founders, Hendrix Gullixson and Aedric Donovan, take the collective part of the equation very seriously.

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The musical life of Laney Jones has not been all that long in years, but in that short time she's packed in a lot of life experiences and a lot of songwriting. Her self-titled album came out a few months ago, and is actually her third release. 

David Mendoza

Texas singer-songwriter Trevor Borden has always been at home on the road and in wide open spaces. The only catch is that those wide open spaces were once the Masai Mara and the Serengeti Plain, places that exist only in the imaginations of most of us.

Bonnie North

Irish Fest offers traditional Irish music, dancing and food, but there are also innovative bands hailing from all around the world. This year's Celtic World Showcase features some of them.

The young, bilingual trio Ten Strings and a Goat Skin originated in Prince Edward Island in Canada's eastern provinces. The traditional music scene there sips from a rich musical soup that draws on Scots, Irish, English, and French influences. Ten Strings takes it even further.

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Irish Fest is underway along Milwaukee’s lakefront.  Tens of thousands of people will pass through the Summerfest Grounds turnstiles to take in both contemporary and traditional Celtic music.  And although it’s the largest Irish festival in North America, it actually features acts from all seven Celtic nations, plus Canada and the United States.

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You might have heard the music of singer-songwriter J. Hardin before, but you probably wouldn't have known it. Hardin wrote and performed for years under a pseudonym, Everett Thomas. His new album, "The Piasa Bird" is the first he released with his own name attached to it.

"What I'm writing about is a search for kind of an inner truth that I'm trying to find, so it seemed a bit silly to be wearing this mask of something else," Hardin explains.

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For the Oshkosh-based indie duo Auralai, classical training and musical instinct strike a balance. As cellist Stephanie Tschech may say she's "bound by music theory," her background makes for thoughtful arrangements that multi-instrumentalist Nate Lehner fills out with melody.

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