Author: Bill Wineke, Special to Channel3000.com

Wineke: Christmas Returns Officially With MSO Concerts

MADISON, Wis. -- Christmas really doesn't return to the Madison arts scene until the Madison Symphony Orchestra offers its annual Christmas extravaganza. Which means, of course, that Christmas didn't really happen last year as we were all shut down for…

Wineke: Kyle Rittenhouse isn't heroic

The political right in America has a new hero, vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse, who traveled to Kenosha from his home in Antioch, Ill. a year ago to engage in racial protests and ended up killing two men, one armed with an…

Wineke: Cellist works; Grand Canyon not so much

Cellist Thomas Mesa was introduced to Madison in 2019 when Overture Concert Organ curator Greg Zelek asked him to share an organ concert. It was a great night as the Julliard buddies combined incredible music with playful banter that made…

Wineke: Let’s put Trump back into Xmas

MADISON, Wis. -- The email come-on in my mailbox this morning offered me a cheery “Merry Trumpmas” and encouraged me to purchase “Let’s God Brandon” wrapping paper to help my Christmas presents stand out in a crowd. As it turns…

Wineke: Madison Opera is back and better than ever

Madison Opera’s weekend performances of “Lucia Di Lammermoor” are the best I have experienced in more than 40 years of attending the opera. Everything worked.  The singing was superb.  The lighting was magnificent.  The stage direction kept the show moving…

Wineke: Olga Kern wows MSO audience again

As I read through the program notes for the weekend Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts, it struck me that the commentaries J. Michael Allsen writes for each performance are almost as much a part of the enjoyment as the concerts themselves.

Bill Wineke: Captain Kirk Inspires Anew

When I learned that billionaire Jeff Bezos was planning to shoot Captain Kirk into space, I thought it was one of the dumbest publicity stunts of the year. William Shatner, the star of the original Star Trek television series, is…

Wineke: The blind seek to lead the blind

MADISON, Wis. -- This is an actual quote from the man Wisconsin has hired to investigate claims of fraud in the last election: “Most people, myself included, do not have a comprehensive understanding, or even any understanding, of how elections…

Wineke: Robin joins the insurrection

This is what I read from Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on the front page of this morning’s paper: “It was an honor to be invited to travel by private plane with President Trump and top staff to attend his rally in Alabama.”

Wineke: Is Nancy Pelosi the Jan. 6 villain?

The House of Representatives has begun its hearings on the Jan. 6 insurrection at the nation’s Capitol and Republicans in Congress have found their villain: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.