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The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, WIsconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning January 16, 2014 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 | Rich Samuels

Thursday January 16, 7:30 pm at the Janesville Performing Arts Center, 408 S. Main Street, Janesville. The UW-Rock County Orchestra presents the word premier of a new symphony by UW-Rock County associate professor Jeff Suarez. Jeff Suarez is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin – Rock County in Janesville, Wisconsin, where he directs the UW-Rock County Concert Band, the UW-Rock County Jazz Band, founded the UW-Rock County Chamber Orchestra, and co-founded the UW-Rock County Youth Orchestra. In addition to his directing duties, Professor Suarez also teaches music theory and music history classes. Trained as an educator, French hornist, and composer, Jeff earned a B. M. E. and B. Mus. (Composition / Theory) from Central Michigan University, a M. M. in French horn performance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in French horn performance with a minor in musicology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. As a conductor of musical theater, Jeff has been recently seen with Spotlight on Kids, Theater Unlimited, and musical theater productions at UW-Rock County. Jeff was inducted into the United Arts Alliance Hall of Fame at the Janesville Performing Arts Center on April 7, 2013. This year, Suarez is coordinating the annual “Walk-in Messiah” with the Janesville School District, ECHO, and Cargill United Methodist Church where Richard Severing will conduct this annual event. From the compositional and music arrangement realm, Suarez has recently composed two works for orchestra, a work for French horn quartet, and has constructed numerous arrangements for the UW-Rock County Concert Band, the UW-Rock County Youth Orchestra, and the UW-Rock County Jazz Combo in which he plays “2nd keyboard”. To purchase tickets, please call the JPAC Box Office at 608-758-0297 ext. 1 or visit Box office hours are MWTH 10am-5pm and Friday 10am-1pm. “The talent that the Janesville area has is absolutely incredible,” says Elizabeth Horvath, JPAC’s Executive Director. “We are so honored, as a local community performing arts center, to truly recognize all of these local residents that provide Janesville with their raw talent. It will truly be an eclectic month not to be missed!” The Janesville Performing Arts Center serves the greater Rock County area through performances and events produced by 15 local non-profit arts groups. The center’s 633 seat theatre, lobby, art gallery, box office, and administrative office are located in the historic Janesville High School/Marshall Junior High School building in downtown Janesville. Friday January 17, 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Societ, 900 University Bay …. more »

The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning July 18, 2013, Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”.

Monday, 15 July 2013 | Rich Samuels

Thursday, July 18 7 pm at Rennebohm Park, Madison The Capitol City Band in concert. Friday July 19 7:30 pm at UW Music Hall, 925 Bascom Mall, Madison. Repeated Saturday, 7/20 at 7:30 pm, Sunday 7/21 at 3 pm, Thursday 7/25, Friday 7/26 and Saturday 7/27 at 7 pm, Sunday, 7/28 at 3 pm). The Madison Savoyards present their production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Iolanthe”. The Madison Savoyards first production in 1963 was Iolanthe so it is fitting that the second fifty years of Gilbert & Sullivan in Madison also begins with Iolanthe in 2013. All performances will be in Music Hall on the UW-Madison campus (on Park Street near State at the foot of Bascom Hill) There will be seven performances: Iolanthe was last performed by the Madison Savoyards in 2001 (program cover from that performance, right) and previously in 1988, 1979, 1971 and 1963. The Gilbert & Sullivan archive says about Iolanthe: Iolanthe, or “The Peer and the Peri”, opened at the Savoy Theatre on November 25, 1882, three nights after the final performance of Patience at the same theatre, and ran for 398 performances. Gilbert had taken pot shots at the aristocracy before, but in this “fairy opera,” the House of Lords is lampooned as a bastion of the ineffective, privileged and dim-witted. The political party system and other institutions also come in for a dose of satire. Yet, both author and composer managed to couch the criticism among such bouncy, amiable absurdities that it is all received as good fun. Both Gilbert and Sullivan were at the height of their creative powers in 1882, and many people feel that Iolanthe, their seventh work together, is the most perfect of their collaborations. Saturday July 20, 11 am at Overture Center-Overture Hall. Free Farmers’ Market Organ Concert with organist Wyatt Smith. Wyatt Smith has thrilled audiences at the Free Farmers’ Market Concerts for several seasons. Now he returns with a program that includes J. S. Bach’s Toccata in F, and an amazing selection of movements from from Kurt Knecht’s Missouri Sonat, and Louis Vierne’s best and most popular work, the Symphony in D. Everyone is welcome and no tickets are needed. Sunday July 21 4 pm at Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 Highway M, Middleton. Father Bob Koopman, OSB, presents a piano concert “Celebrating Benedict”. Pieces by Sergei Rachmaninoff, W.A. Mozart, César Franck, Johannes Brahms, Maurice Ravel, and by Father Koopmann himself will be performed. Donations will be accepted at the door or online at to support the …. more »

Madison Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week beginning November 22

Monday, 19 November 2012 | Rich Samuels

Friday November 23 2:30 and 7 pm Oakwoods Village-University Woods Auditorium The Oakwood Chamber Players with Navan in a program called “A Celtic Christmas: Christmas Lights”. A Celtic Christmas: Christmas Lights will feature a mix of vocal and instrumental music as the groups perform creative interpretations of familiar music that is spirited and expressive of the holiday season. Navan singers Amy Curl, Sheila Shigley, Paul Gorman and Elizabeth Simcock have studied the Celtic language, traditions and culture and will intersperse colorful stories throughout the performance. The Oakwood Chamber Players will perform instrumental arrangements drawn from both traditional and Celtic holiday music. Navan is a nationally recognized vocal ensemble that has recorded several CDs and has been featured on Boston Public Television WGBH’s “A Celtic Christmas Sojourn” singing seasonal music. The Oakwood Chamber Players is a group of Madison-area professional musicians who have rehearsed and performed at Oakwood Village for 30 years. Tickets are available at the door – $20 general admission, $15 seniors and $5 students. Visit and for more information. Phone (608) 230-4316 Saturday November 24 at 8 pm and Sunday November 25 at 1 pm at the Marriott-West in Middleton. The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra holds its Annual Holiday Pops Concert. Performance includes vocalist Aaron Thompson and the Middleton High School Concert Choir. You’ll hear some old favorites and hopefully new favorites as well, as we get your holidays off to a rousing start! Guest vocalist Aaron Thompson and Middleton High School Choir students join Maestro Andrew Sewell and the Wisconsin Pops for A Christmas Sampler sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Enjoy selections from The Nutcracker, Christmas on Broadway, Wassail Dances, and A Medley of Well-Known Carols. And don’t forget to clap on time to our traditional encore, Sleigh Ride! Call: 258-4141 Web: Saturday November 24 at 8 p, and Sunday November 25 at 3 pm at Gates of Heaven 302 East Gorham St. The Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble presents a concert program of baroque vocal and instrumental chamber music on period instruments. Music by Bach, Bon, Vivaldi, Monteverdi, Strozzi, Schenk, and Telemann. The musicians are: Consuelo Sanudo – mezzo soprano Monica Steger – traverso Eric Miller – viola da gamba, cello Anton TenWolde – cello, vola da gamba Max Yount – harpsichord Call: 238-5126 Web: Wednesday November 28, 12 pm at Luther Memorial Church 1021 University Avenue. Organ concert by Bruce Bengston. Information at (608) 258-3160 Wednesday November 28 7:30 pm ay Mills Hall 455 N. Park St. UW Jazz Orchestra. more »

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