Madison Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning December 13

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | Rich Samuels

Madison Classical Music Calendar December 13-19 2012.
Friday December 14, 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison.
Noon Musicale. Holiday Carol Sing with Linda Warren, harp and Dan Broner, organ & piano.

Friday December 14, December 14 at 7 pm (repeated Saturday 12/16 at the same hour), Middleton-Cross Plains Area Performing Arts Center, Middleton High School, 2100 Bristol St. Middleton.
Madison Area Concert Handbells.
Contact phone: 608-620-1997
Web: www.madisonhandbells.org

Friday December 14, 8 pm (repeated Saturday at 3 pm) at the First Congregational Church of Christ, 1609 University Ave., Madison.
Madison Bach Musicians Baroque Holiday Concerts.
Bach – Cantata BWV 122, Das Neugeborne Kindelein
Schütz – Allein Gott in der Höh
Lassus – Ave Regina Coelorum
Vivaldi – Concerto for Strings in D major, RV 121
Corelli – Concerto Grosso in C minor, op. 6 no. 3
Handel – selections from Messiah (Every Valley (tenor), Thus saith the Lord (bass), But who may abide (countertenor), If God is for us (soprano)
His yoke is easy (vocal quartet)).
Call: 238-6092
Web: www.madisonbachmusicians.org

Saturday December 15 at noon at Grace Episcopal Church, 116 West Washington Avenue.
Matt Wilber and Carol Carlson, trombone and violin.

Saturday December 15, 1 pm in the Capitol Rotunda, Capitol Square, Madison.
The Madison Community Orchestra. The Madison Community Orchestra (MATC) will present their Annual Holiday Concert on the 1st Floor Capitol Rotunda

Saturday December 15 at 7 pm at River Ats Center, Sauk Prairie High School, 105 Ninth Street, Prairie du Sac.
Darlene Koldenhoven – Featuring the Sauk Prairie Youth Choir. What sets Darlene Koldenhoven, this beautiful, tall blond Grammy Award winner and three-time nominee, apart from the rest? I could be her worldwide 1.5 billion viewing audience on PBS as the memorable vocal soloist in “Yanni, Live at the Acropolis”. It could be her work in the war-torn jungles of Sierra Leone, West Africa where she met and coached musicians and singers whom she then took on her tour of the US and Canada. Or that fact that she is one of the few classically trained singers with a five octave range who improvises in classical and non-classical styles with both voice and piano, produces, composes, arranges, programs keyboards, and writes lyrics. Come see for yourself as Ms. Koldenhoven performs with our very own Sauk Prairie Youth Choir and performs a portion of her solo repertoire

Saturday December 15 7:30 pm at First Baptist Church 518 N. Franklin Ave. , Madison
The Festival Choir of Madison. “Perspectives on the Nativity” concert.
The story of the Nativity has been musically told and retold over the centuries. Some versions cast the story of the Nativity in a new, modern light, while others weave scripture with poetic commentary as the story unfolds. In this concert, we will hear music portraying the Nativity from all differnt angles, including a selection from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and a new work featuring a combination of old texts and newly written poetic commentary.
Call: 274-7089
Web: www.festivalchoirmadison.org

Sunday December 16 beginning at 1:30 pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1609 University Ave. Madison Youth Choirs, Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra. Madison Youth Choirs presents its winter concert series celebrating its 10th anniversary. Featuring works by Bach, Britten, Bourland, and more, along with favorite music from the past ten seasons.
Special guests include musicians from the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO), harpsichordist Trevor Stephenson, cellist Eric Miller, violinists Amber Dolphin and Carol Carlson, and local bluegrass band Off the Porch.
Sunday, December 16 at First Congregational Church (1609 University Avenue, Madison)
Tickets are $9+processing fee in advance or $12 at the door. Children 7 and under are free.

Tickets are available at www.madisonyouthchoirs.org or (608) 238 7464 for more information.

1:30pm featuring our high school ensembles (Cantilena, Cantabile, and Ragazzi)

4:00pm featuring our boychoirs (Purcell, Britten, Holst, and Ragazzi)

7:00pm featuring our girlchoirs (Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio).

About Madison Youth Choirs (MYC):
Madison Youth Choirs strives to create a community of young musicians dedicated to musical excellence through which we inspire enjoyment, enhance education, and nurture personal, musical, and social development, by the study and performance of high-quality and diverse choral literature. To this end, we focus on the process and provide singers a rich rehearsal experience where thoughtful discussion and activities lead to larger connections and a music education that becomes a springboard for understanding the world.

Sunday December 18 at 3 pm in Mills Concert Hall, 455 North Park St. Madison
Clocks in Motion Percussion Ensemble. In one of their most daring programs of the 2012-2013 concert season, Clocks in Motion will perform Karlheinz Stockhausen’s highly theatrical work “Musik im Bauch.” Originally inspired by his daughter’s frighteningly incessant laughter at the “music” in her belly when her stomach growled, the piece features the mysterious prescence of Miron – a large bird man constructed to be the centerpiece of the entire work. UW-Madison art student, April Bergstrom, constructed the bird man especially for this performance. Come watch a mystifying story unfold during the performance of this odd and intriguing piece by one of the most innovative composers of the 20th century. The concert program also includes the world premiere of Filippo Santoro’s “Duplum” for two percussionists! , Franco Donatoni’s “Darkness” for percussion sextet, and a performance of Henry Cowell’s famous solo piano piece, “The Banshee,” complimented by his charming “Ostinato Pianissimo” for percussion ensemble.
Call: 847-400-7263
Web: 847-400-7263

Wednesday December 19 at noon at Luther Memorial Church 1021 University Ave. , Madison
Organ Recital by Bruce Bengston.

Wednesday December 19 at 12:15 pm at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5701 Raymond Road, Madison.
Advent Organ Series. Mark Bloedow, Organist with Mad City Brass, HeartSong and Audience Carol Sing

Wednesday December 19, 7:30 pm at the Middleton-Cross Plains Area Performing Arts Center, Middleton High School 2100 Bristol St. , Middleton
Middleton Community Orchestra. Holiday concert, with soprano Emily Birsan.
The Middleton Community Orchestra will present its holiday concert on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm at the Middleton Performing Arts Center. 2100 Bristol Street in Middleton.

The concert will feature soprano Emily Birsan who is completing the second of a three-year apprenticeship with Lyric Opera in Chicago. The MCO will play a selection of classical dances and accompany Emily in some well-known arias.
io of Emily Birsan

Originally from Wisconsin, soprano Emily Birsan has been praised as “an artist with a very great promise for the future”. Emily is part of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In their 2011-2012 season, she covered he roles of Lucia, Papagena and Armida and performed the roles of Stella (Tales of Hoffman) and Xenia (Boris Godunov) and was praised for her work especially in Bel Canto and Handel roles. For this year’s season at Lyric Opera, Emily will be seen performing the Trainbearer (Strauss’ Elektra), Sandman (Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel) and the Page (Verdi’s Rigoletto). She will also be covering leading roles in Massenet’s Werther, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and Puccini’s La Bohème.

Emily received her Masters degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied with Julia Faulkner and sang the tile roles of Alcina (Handel), Thais (Massenet) and Maria Stuarda (Donizetti). She has also sung with Des Moines Metro Opera and Madison Opera.

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