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The WORT 89.9 fm Madison Area Classical Music Calander for the Week Beginning January 17 Prepared by Rich Samuels
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 | Rich Samuels
Friday, January 18 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison. Pianist Karlos Moser. “Everything You Wanted to Know about Bach Fugues” Friday, January 28, 7:30 pm (repeated Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm) ay Overture Center-Overture Hall: The Madison Symphony Orchestra conducted by John DeMain with pianist Gabriela Montero who will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Also on the program are Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6. John DeMain and the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) celebrate the first concert of the New Year with the MSO debut of Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero, who will perform Beethoven’s playful Piano Concerto No. 1. The January 18-20 concerts open with blue cathedral by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon and close with Dvořák’s sunny Symphony No. 6. Many will remember Montero as the pianist who joined legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman and popular cellist Yo-Yo Ma at President Obama’s 2008 inauguration. “Simplicity and joy of life are the essence of her music making,” said Ma of Montero’s artistry on that occasion. Montero has enchanted audiences on CBS’s “60 Mintues” and National Public Radio with her powerful playing and fearless improvisations that echo the skill of great classical masters like Mozart and Beethoven, who commonly improvised their own cadenzas. In fact, Beethoven wrote his Piano Concerto No. 1 during his early days in Vienna, where he had arrived just months after Mozart departed. He poured all his youthful power and enthusiasm into it. Although Montero will play Beethoven’s cadenza for his concerto, she will take suggestions from the audience to improvise on for her encore. Raised in El Sistema, the same groundbreaking Venezuelan music education program that produced conductor Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s charismatic music director, Montero was forced to keep her improvisational skill a secret until the great pianist Martha Argerich “discovered” her and put her on the path to an international career. DeMain continues his highly successful mission of bringing new works to light for MSO audiences with his choice of the opening piece for this concert. Jennifer Higdon, one of America’s most popular composers, has won numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize for her Violin Concerto. blue cathedral has been one of her most successful works, composed shortly after the death of her brother. Higdon said she thought of cathedrals as places of “thought, growth, spiritual expression, serving as a symbolic doorway into and out of this world.” The work was commissioned for the 75th Anniversary of the …. more »
Friday, 14 December 2012 | Rich Samuels
5:09: Selections from Olivier Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur performed by organist David Titterington: “Mother and Child”, “Shepherds” and “Eternal Purposes”. 5:27: Suite from the ballet :A Christmas Carol” composed by Carl Davis in 1992-1993, arranged by John Longstaff. John Pryce-Jones conducts the Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra. 5:46: J.S. Bach’s “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” performed by The Chicago Chamber Brass with the Glen Ellyn Children’s Choir, pianist Eteri Andjaparidze and SamuelHitchison (playing the Overture Concert Organ). 5:57: “Angels We Have Heard on High” performed by the Madison Symphony Chorus directed by Meverly Taylor. 6:08: More Selections from Olivier Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur performed by organist David Titterington: “The Word”, “The Children of God”, “The Angels”. 6:27: LeRoy Anderson’s suite of familiar Christmas music “A Christmas Festival” performed by the Battle Creek Brass Band/ 6:41: The “Yule Suite” of John Stevens performed by Madison’s Oakwood Chamber Players. 6:53: Two carols, one Hungarian (“Mennyből az angyal”), the other Italian (“Tu scendi dalle stelle”) performed by the Váci Street (Budapest) School Chorus and the Coro trentino SOSAT. 7:08: Final selections from Olivier Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur performed by organist David Titterington: “Jesus accepts suffering”, “The Magi”, “God among us”. 7:30: The Madison Symphony Chorus directed by Beverly Taylor sings “The First Noel”. 7:36: The Madison Symphony Orchestra (conducted by John DeMain) and the Madison Children’s Choir perform “Star of Bethlehem” by John Williams 7:39: “Fum fum fum”, a traditional Catalan carol performed by the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Madison Symphony Orchestra Chorus. 7:40: The Madison Symphony Orchestra Chorus sings “Lo, How a Rose ‘e’er Blooming” by Michael Praetorius. 7:43: The Madison Symphony Orchestra and Chorus peform Bernard de la Monnoye’s “Patapan”. 7:44: “I Saw Three Ships” and “Bring a Torch” performed by The Madison Symphony Orchestra and soprano Celia Shafer. 7:49: A medley of three versions of “Silent Night” performed by the Kat Trio, the Madison Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Isthmus Brass. more »
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 | Rich Samuels
Friday, November 30 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society 900 University Bay Drive Madison: Noon Musicale: Jeffrey Wagner, piano Music of Bach-Busoni, Bach-Petri, Mozart & Chopin Friday, November 30 8 pm Mills Concert Hall 455 N. Park Street Madison UW Wind Ensemble Scott Teeple, U Steve Sveum, Sun Prairie High School Wind Ensemble; Michael Daugherty, Guest Composer. The program features Motown Metal by Michael Daugherty (Madison Premiere), Bells for Stokowski by Michael Daugherty (Madison Premiere), Country Gardens by Percy Grainger and Blithe Bells by Percy Grainger. Free admission Friday, November 30, 7:30 pm , 8 pm on Saturday December 1 and 2:30 pm, Sunday December 2 Overture Center-Overture Hall Madison Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert. Nothing in Madison is like it-from the MSO Chorus singing carols with the audience in the lobby to the massed voices of the Madison Youth Choirs and Mt. Zion Gospel Choir, celebrating the great music composed for this holiday throughout the centuries. Soaring above the stageful of musicians will be mezzo-soprano Emily Fons and tenor David Portillo. Saturday December 1 at 11 am Overture Center-Overture Hall 201 State Street Madison Community Christmas Carol Sing with Madison Symphony Orchestra organist Samuel Hutchison.. For more information, please contact the MSO at 608.257-3734 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Saturday, December 1 at 4 pm, Mill Concert Hall 455 N. Park Street Madison The All University String Orchestra Janet Jensen conductor. (Free, unticketed). Sunday December 2 at 2 pm Stoughton Opera House 381 E. Main Street, Stoughton Stoughton Chamber Singers Victorian Holiday Concert The Stoughton Chamber Singers under the direction of John Beutel will present a concert of seasonal music. Madrigals will take their place at the core of the program with their beautiful poetry in wonderful tuneful settings. The program will feature some Spanish Carols which tend to be fun and tuneful since in their original state many of them were dances. A performance by the Stoughton Chamber String Ensemble will be included. BOX OFFICE: 608-877-4400 www.stoughtonoperahouse.com Sunday December 2 2pm Mills Concet Hall 455 N. Park UW Concert Band Sunday December 2 at 4 pm, Mills Concert Hall 455 N. Park, Madison UW University Bands Sunday December 2 at 2 and 4 pm, Luther Memorial Church 1021 University Avenue Madison UW Winter Choral Concerts Tuesday December 4 7:30 pm at Mills Concert Hall 455 N. Park Madison UW Masters Singers Wednesday December 5 12:15 pm Good Shepherd Lutheran Church-Raymond Road Advent Organ Series. Recital by Mark Brampton Smith, 12:15 pm, 12/5, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church-Raymond Rd., plus soup luncheon 11:30 …. more »