Author: Michael Muckian

Essay: Born to wonder

Michael Muckian takes readers on a night when he had a famous celebrity in the back of his cab.

Michael Muckian takes readers on a night when he had a famous celebrity in the back of his cab.

Madison Ballet's 'Nutcracker' returns to the stage

Madison Ballet is back with a beloved classic that’s engaged and delighted local audiences for 40 years.

Madison Ballet is back with a beloved classic that’s engaged and delighted local audiences for 40 years.

Warrior Songs pairs musicians with veterans to combat PTSD

Jason Moon found healing through music, and today he helps other veterans do the same with Warrior Songs, the Madison-based nonprofit he created in 2011.

Jason Moon found healing through music, and today he helps other veterans do the same with Warrior Songs, the Madison-based nonprofit he created in 2011.

American Ghost Walks shine a light on Madison’s supernatural past

Michael Muckian takes readers along on a haunted tour of Madison with Ghost Host Lisa Van Buskirk.

American Ghost Walks, founded by siblings Allison Jornlin and Michael Huberty, began in Wisconsin and now operates in several states. The evening walk contained as much Madison history as it did supposed hauntings.

In tune with the new normal

Madison musicians, ensembles and venues tentatively return to live performances hopeful and grateful, but changed.

Madison musicians, ensembles and venues tentatively return to live performances hopeful and grateful, but changed.

In pursuit of mindfulness

Michael Muckian walks readers through what he’s learned along the way about mindfulness and meditation, and how you can get started, too.

In Michael Muckian’s first meditation session, he fell asleep. But he and his wife, Jean, have since developed their practice and deepened their understanding, especially once COVID-19 hit.

UW–Madison music student wins classical Grammy Award

Sarah Brailey — current doctoral candidate at the Mead Witter School of Music — wins award for soprano role in the album Smyth: The Prison

As if classical musician Sarah Brailey weren’t already accomplished enough, the doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music can now add a Grammy Award to her list. The award for best classical solo vocal album,…

The healing side of art

With stress and trauma at an all-time high, creating art is helping people of all ages work through personal and collective anguish.

With stress and trauma at an all-time high, creating art is helping people of all ages work through personal and collective anguish.

Kristin Schmidt found her way to art therapy after facing her own traumas

Many therapists discover their profession after seeing its benefits firsthand.

Many therapists discover their profession after seeing its benefits firsthand. Art therapist Kristin Schmidt is no different, and her personal experiences make a strong case for a discipline that’s become her career.

The ghosts of lost live performances

In Madison, the arts scene endures despite pandemic concerns and social unrest.

Entire theatrical and musical seasons were abandoned and large city events were either canceled, scaled back or conducted online.