November’s top Madison arts & entertainment picks
Andrew Lloyd Webber musical among offerings
Tedeschi Trucks Band
The Tedeschi Trucks Band tours endlessly – it was on the road for at least 200 days each year from 2011 to 2015 – and music fans reap the benefits. Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, a married couple and the band’s co-leaders, incorporate gospel, blues, soul and rock into their music. The group brings its “Wheels of Soul” tour to Overture Center’s Overture Hall with Todd Snider as the opener. Nov. 5
Lee Ann Womack
Lee Ann Womack turned to family to help her record her ninth studio album “The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone.” Husband Frank Liddell served as producer and daughter Anna Lise Liddell played guitar on the disc, which was released in October 2017. Womack will no doubt play songs from that country-blues release during her performance at the Stoughton Opera House. Nov. 7
Conductor John DeMain and the Madison Symphony Orchestra will mark the late American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday with concerts at Overture Center for the Arts’ Overture Hall. DeMain had a personal relationship with the icon, having conducted the world premiere of Bernstein’s final opera, “A Quiet Place,” in 1983 when DeMain was musical director and principal conductor at the Houston Grand Opera. DeMain says he enjoyed working with Bernstein. “He built you up,” DeMain told The Washington Post last year. “He made all of us exceed ourselves. He made me comfortable.” Bernstein, who died in 1990, composed music for “West Side Story,” and wrote music and lyrics for “Candide” and “Peter Pan.” Nov. 9-11
Television personality and author Rick Steves heads a company with more than 100 full-time employees who write travel guidebooks, guide travelers on tours throughout Europe and produce a public television show about European travel. Steves appears at the Wisconsin Union Theater to talk about his book “Travel as a Political Act,” which encourages readers to put aside fears about traveling in countries in Central America and the Middle East. Nov. 15
Guitarist Dweezil Zappa has been reaching into the music treasure chest of his legendary father Frank Zappa for more than a decade. At the Barrymore Theatre, Dweezil and his band will perform music from every decade of Frank’s career, from the 1960s to the early 1990s. Dweezil is a stellar guitarist in his own right, having taken home the 2008 Grammy Award for best rock instrumental performance for one of Frank Zappa’s classic songs, “Peaches En Regalia.” During a guitar master class prior to the concert, Dweezil will share guitar techniques learned from his father. Nov. 17
School of Rock
For decades, musical theater lovers have recognized Andrew Lloyd Webber’s talent for churning out catchy tunes for beloved Broadway blockbusters. “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera” are two of the works, and his musical adaptation of the 2003 movie “School of Rock” is the British composer’s most recent triumph. The show relates the tale of substitute teacher Dewey Finn as he shapes a group of honor roll-caliber students into a stunning rock band. “School of Rock” turns up the volume at Overture Center’s Overture Hall with 14 songs by Webber. Nov. 20-21, 23-25
Tamira Madsen is a Fitchburg-based writer.
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