Wednesday, 5 December 2012 | Rich Samuels
Classical Calendar for 6-13 December
Friday December 7 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 8900 University Bay Drive. Madison
The Noon Musicale features Bach, Mozart, Chopin and the Fortepiano with Trevor Stephenson.
Friday December 7, 7 pm at the Blackhawk Evangelical Church, 9620 Brader Way, Middleton
The Wisconsin chamber Orchestra and the Festival Choir of Madison perform Handel’s Messiah.
Sold out for three years in a row, we return for a fourth year to present Handel’s most well known work, Messiah. This eternal holiday favorite is performed by the WCO along with the powerful voices of four soloists and The Festival Choir of Madison in the East Auditorium of Blackhawk Church in Middleton.
608-258-4141 (to see if there are still tickets available).
Friday, December 7 at 7 pm at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 914 East Knapp Street, Milwaukee
UW Madison’s Christopher Taylor performs the Vingt Regards sur l’Enfsnt Jésus;
PianoArts is pleased to present pianist Christopher Taylor, renowned for his interpretation of Messiaen’s monumental work, Vingt Regards sur L’Enfant Jésus, in a performance of this important work at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 914 East Knapp Street, Milwaukee, WI, at 7:00 PM on Friday, December 7, 2012. Tickets are available online at www.pianoarts.org or by calling 414-255-0801. In addition, Timothy Benson, organist at Saint Paul’s Church will present a lecture and performance of Messiaen’s work on Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 PM at Saint Paul’s. Admission is free with a ticket to the December 7 concert.
Vingt Regards is a collection of twenty short contemplations on the infant Jesus by “God the Father,” “the Mother Virgin Mary,” the angels, wise men, birds from the heights, silence, time, the stars and the cross. The music is a kaleidoscope of radiant colors, birdsongs, mini-orchestral sounds, Christmas bells and Hindu drums.
Based in Milwaukee, PianoArts’ mission is to foster appreciation and performance of classical music by identifying and mentoring a new generation of pianists with exceptional musical and verbal communication skills and by presenting them to diverse audiences.
Friday December 7, 7 pm (repeated Saturday 12/8 at 7 pm) at Edgewood College-Saint Joseph Chapel, 1000 Edgwood College Drive, Madison.
Edgewood College Concert Band, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Women’s Choir & Chamber Singers. Edgewood College Music Department presents the 85th annual Christmas concerts.
Friday December 7, 7:30 pm (repeated Sunday 12/9 at 7:30 pm) at Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St., Madison
UW Choral Union & Symphony Orchestra
The Choral Union (directed by Beverly Taylor) presents Brahms’ masterwork Ein Deutsches Requiem
Saturday, December 8 at noon, UW Music Hall, 925 Bascom Mall, Madison.
UW World Percussion Ensemble
Saturday December 8 at noon at Grace Episcopal Church 116 W. Washington Ave. , Madison.
UW Russian Folk Orchestra (free).
Victor Gorodinsky, Music Director / Founder
Galina Dement’eva, Guest Soloist (Moscow, Russia)
1. Gloria M. Glinka
2. It Is Not the Wind Russian Folk Song
3. Black Jackdaw Belarusian Folk Song
4. Melody A. Vlasov
Galina Dement’eva, Domra
5. Meadowland L. Knipper
6. Easy Winners S. Joplin
Galina Dement’eva, Domra
7. The Bayonets March N. Ivanov-Radkevich
8. In Church P. Tchaikovsky
9. Daydreams Waltz V. Andreev
10. Tender Night M. Glinka
11. Butterfly Polka S. Lusgin
12. Sunrise, Sunset J. Bock
From Fiddler On the Roof
13. Moldavian Girl Traditional
14. Orlovskaya Russian Folk Song
Saturday, December 8, 1 pm at the Chazen Museum
The UW-Madison Horn Choir’s traditional holiday concert at the Chazen Museum, featuring a wide variety of music showcasing the spectacular sound of many horns playing together.
Saturday December 8 3-8 pm at the Wisconsin Center for Music Education, Waunakee
1005 Quinn Dr. , Waunakee
Sound Ensemble Wisconsin’s Chamber Music Marathon. Sound Ensemble Wisconsin will be holding their First Annual Chamber Music Marathon to benefit regional educational programs on Saturday, December 8th at Wisconsin Center for Music Education at 1005 Quinn Drive in Waunakee, WI. There will be a $5 suggested minimum donation at the door and 100% of the proceeds will be split between the following two educational programs.
Wisconsin Center for Music Education’s “Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance” (www.wmea.com/CMP) is a planning process which helps teachers explore the elements of the meaningful music performance skills of knowledge and affect and integrates those elements into student-centered teaching plans. CMP offers innovative ideas and effective ways to teach those significant elements.
Community GroundWorks Youth Grow Local Program (www.communitygroundworks.org/what-we-do/youth-grow-local) provides young people with safe, supportive environments in the city where they learn to grow and prepare healthful foods and develop a connection to nature. The Youth Grow Local Program serves a diverse, primarily low-income, population of 2,000 young people annually. The Youth Grow Local Program also helps build the capacity of the garden-based education movement locally, statewide, and nationally through resource development and professional development opportunities for educators.
Saturday December 8, 8 pm at Capitol Lakes 333 W. Main Street, Madison.
Candid Concert Opera presents Mozart’s “Abduction from the Seraglio”
Adventure. Comedy. True Love. Mozart at his best.
The Abduction From The Seraglio truly has something for everyone. This production simultaneously combines some of Mozart’s most thrilling and difficult arias with a lighthearted libretto. Don’t miss this fantastical tale where audience members will find themselves equally wrapped in adventure, fits of laughter and routing for our star-crossed lovers.
Candid Concert Opera presents this Mozart classic in concert by local, emerging voices, chamber orchestra and includes narration and English subtitles. All performances are free and open to the public, with a $12 suggested donation.
Saturday December 8, 8 pm at Mills Concert Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison
UW Chamber Orchestra
Sunday December 9 at 12:30 pm at the Chazen Museum of Art-Brittingham Gallery III
750 University Ave. , Madison.
Wisconsin Brass Quintet
Sunday December 9 at 2 pm at McFarland High School 5101 Farwell St. , McFarland
New Horizons Concert Band. As a highlight of the concert, the band will premier a new piece, entitled Cornerstone, to commemorate the retirement of long-time conductor, Peter Ziegler. The band will also perform traditional Christmas music including Christmas Festival, Polish Christmas Music, A December March, Nimrod, Tidings of Joy and Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head. A reception honoring Ziegler will be held in the food court at McFarland High School immediately following the concert. Both the concert and reception are free and open to the public.
Sunday December 9 at 2:30 pm at Blessed Sacrament Church 2116 Hollister Ave. , Madison
Wisconsin Children’s Choir. Celebrate the holidays with the Wisconsin Children’s Choir at their annual Holiday Concert. Children ages 8-18 share their spirit and love for music with audiences of all ages
Sunday December 9 3 pm, 12/9, St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Monona
Madison Area Concert Handbells
The first half of the program will highlight the events of the first Christmas, starting with a multi-metered arrangement of a tune by Louis Bourgeois that morphs into a flowing rendition of Handel’s Comfort Ye My People, enhanced by retired Madison Symphony member Betty Bielefeld playing the flute. A 9th century plainsong and Nicolai’s O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright are then woven together in a fascinating piece by the internationally renowned handbell composer, Fred Gramann, called Everlasting Light. The choir’s six plus octaves of handbells and seven octaves of enormous bass chimes will add depth and excitement to this piece. Next, two soloists, Carrie Ingebritsen, whose lovely voice has graced many MACH concerts, and Afi Dobbins, a newcomer to our concerts, whose energy and vocal talents will impress you, share the sentiments of Natalie Sleeth’s beautiful Were You There on that Christmas Night? A joyful Noel, Noel follows with the tune Angels We Have Heard on High announcing the good news to the shepherds. A reverent mood is then presented by the beloved pieces O Holy Night and Gesu Bambino as they occur both separately and together, enhanced by the artful keyboard work of guest artist Mark Brampton Smith. The bright and cheerful Catalonian Carol perks along with a tambourine accompaniment and then A Carol Fantasy, again by Fred Gramann, weaves Away in a Manger, ! The First Nowell, and The Holly and the Ivy in a fascinating confluence of these carols. To close the first half of our program, you, the audience, will join the bells in a medley of five carols designed to keep you humming through intermission!
Afi Dobbins and several percussion instruments open the second half of the program with an African Noel as our ringers mallet their bells, adding to the rhythmic persistence. A lively Pat a Pan follows with scale-like passages tumbling over one another and then The Parade of the Tin Soldiers will keep your feet tapping. Our salute to the ever popular Nutcracker Ballet by Tchaikovsky will include four of its tunes, concluding with the energetic Trepak, and then a popular Christmas toy from days past will be recognized in Leroy Anderson’s Bugler’s Holiday. Our vocal soloists return with Go, Tell It on the Mountain, and once again, the audience is invited to participate. Joel Raney’s setting of We Three Kings follows, with keyboard and percussion parts adding Middle Eastern! atmosphere and pizzazz. Our concert concludes with the famous old French tune borrowed by Bizet in his L’Arlesienne Suite. It is The March of the Kings and takes us on their journey over desert dunes until they reach their goal in a whirlwind finish.MACH, founded in 1997, is celebrating its fifteenth Christmas concert this year. As in the past, brief introductions to the pieces will provide historical context and/or information about special effects executed by the bells and chimes. Audience members have said that our concerts really put them in the Christmas spirit; they’re full of joy, playfulness, and fun! We hope you will have the same feelings after attending this year’s concert, appropriately titled A Festive Christmas!
Tickets available at the door: $15 Adult, $12 Senior/College Student (16 and under) Advance Tickets call: 608-620-1997 OR ORDER BY MAIL AT: www.madisonhandbells.org
$9 Senior/Students (16 and under)
Contact phone: 608-620-1997
Sunday December 9 at 4 pm at the Stoughton Opera House 381 E. Main St. , Stoughton
Stoughton Festival Choir & Stoughton City Band. The holidays have never sounded so sweet! Both the Stoughton City Band under the baton of Roger Gohlke and the Festival Choir co-conducted by Linda Kunz & Beth Gardner will dazzle with a variety of sacred and secular music, plus a carol sing-along.
Free-will Donation at door.
Sunday December 9 at 3pm at Mills Concert Hall, 455 N, Park Street, Madison,
UW Tuba & Euphonium Ensemble
Sunday December 9, 7:30 pm at Capitol Lakes, 333 W. Main Street Madison.
Con Vivo chamber Ensemble. This concert, featuring music by Prokofiev, Haydn, Bruch and Mozart, is the program con vivo! will perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City on December 13, 2012.
Tuesday November 11, 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Ave. , Madison.
The Isthmus Brass. Our dynamic Christmas program features ancient (Riu Riu Chiu) and popular (Santa Baby) tunes exquisitely arranged for the Isthmus Brass. www.isthmusbrass.com
Wednesday November 12, noon at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Avenue, Madison.
Noon organe recital by organist Bruce Bengston.
Wednesday November 12, 12:15 pm at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church-Raymond Rd.
Advent Organ Series. Recital by organist Alex Whitaker.