The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning April 25, 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”.
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 | Rich Samuels
Friday, April 26, 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison.
Amber Nicole Dilger, vocals & Paul Ester, piano
“Little Suns,” A cabaret mix of jazz standards, musical theatre & contemporary favorites.
Friday, Aoril 26 7:30 pm, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 328 S. sego Road, Madison (repeated 4/28 at 2 pm at Monona United Methodist Church)
The Philharmonic Chorus of Madison. Songs for the Journey.
Friday, April 26, 8 pm at Mills Hall, 455 N. Park Street, Madison.
UW Chorale, Bruce Gladstone, conductor; Martha Fischer, piano, and Luke Hrovat-Staedter, student conductor.
Included on the concert are John Rutter’s The Falcon, as well as works by Handel, Mathais, Hindemith, Ivor Gurney, Lee Hoiby, La Crosse composer Bob Willoughby, and the world premiere of Scott Gendel’s The Singing Place.
This high level group of 60 singers performs a varied repertoire. Most singers in Chorale have significant vocal and choral experience, as well as a moderately high sight reading ability, and many are voice majors.
Friday April 26 at 8 pm at Overture Center Overture Hall. (Repeated Sunday 4/28 at 2:30 om)
The Madison Opera presents Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”
This brilliant opera follows the notorious seducer over the course of one sinful day as his misadventures return to literally haunt him. The ensemble cast features baritone Kelly Markgraf as the lustful Don Giovanni, bass Matt Boehler as his long-suffering servant Leporello, and tenor Wesley Rogers as Don Ottavio. Elizabeth Caballero returns to Madison Opera as Donna Anna, with Caitlin Lynch debuting as Donna Elvira. Elise Sandell directs her first production for Madison Opera; Joseph Mechavich makes his Madison Opera debut as conductor.
“Don Giovanni is without a doubt one of our art form’s greatest works,” says Smith. “Madison Opera has not performed the piece in eleven seasons, so it’s time to revisit it. Our cast of exciting young talent will give the piece the vibrancy and energy that makes it work on every level.”
Saturday, April 27 at 4 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street,
All-University String Orchestras. Janet Jensen, conductor.
The program will include:
Orchestra Too! 1. Concerto Grosso in G major, op. 6, no. 1 by G.F. Handel
2. Adagio (Theme from “Spartacus”) by Aram Khachaturian, arr. Longfield. Daniel Howard, student conductor.
3. Viva la Vida by Cold Play, arr. Matthew Thornton, Matthew Thornton, student conductor.
4. Washburn County by Randy Sabien Orchestra I 1. Concerto Grosso in A minor, op. 6, no. 4 by G.F. Handel
2. Calypso by Eric Minkley, James Castaneda, student conductor
3. Echoes of Harlem by “Duke” Ellington, arr. Mimi Rabson
4. Danse Bacchanale (from “Samson and Delila”) by Camille Saint-Saens, Gregory DeFillippo, student conductor Combined Orchestras Adagio for Strings, op. 11 – Samuel Barber … dedicated to Maureen Mengelt and her family and friends.
The All-University String Orchestras are open to all students in the University and require no audition. These orchestras provide an opportunity for non-music majors to maintain and improve their musical skills. They meet once a week to rehearse music of a wide range of levels and styles.
Saturday April 27 7:30 pm at Gates of Heaven 302 East Gorham Street. (Repeated Sunday April 28 at the Chocolaterian, 2004 Atwood Avenue)
Eliza’s Toyes présents “Casino Royale-a Venetian Music Comedy.”
Join Eliza’s Toyes in this new program featuring early 17th-century music from Venice, presented in a little light comedy! This concert combines the musical works of Venetian composers with an original skit based on “Commedia dell’arte,” a form of improvisatory theater, to bring you an evening of comedic diversion. Music by Baccusi, Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Rigatti, Rossi and Uccellini.
Saturday, April 27 at 8 pm (repeated Sunday April 28 at 7:30 pm) at Mills Hall, 455 N. Park Street, Madison.
The UW-Madison Choral Union and Chamber Orchestra, Beverly Taylor, conductor.
Presenting Robert Kyr’s “Passion According to Four Evangelists. The current production features Anna Slate, soprano; Jennifer D’Agostino, mezzo soprano; James Doing, tenor; and Paul Rowe, baritone.
Robert Kyr is professor of composition and theory at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, and chair of the composition department, where he has developed new models for teaching composition. The program at Oregon is presently one of the largest in the United States and in addition to teaching, Kyr directs the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, the Music Today Festival, and the Vanguard Concert and Workshop Series, as well as the Pacific Rim Gamelan.
According to Beverly Taylor, choral conductor:
“Kyr’s sense of music comes from old traditions, so although it was written in 1995, it sounds at times both modern and ancient. He uses suspensions and long intertwining lines that have dissonances and resolutions. The Passion is a common subject in older music and Kyr uses old music styles and techniques to great success. It’s a modern look at ancient traditions. There is no need to shy away from this because it’s a contemporary work. The music is interesting and beautiful and something everyone can enjoy. There is nothing strange about it. It is accessible, tonal, engaging and filled with beauty and character – it’s just not that old.”
Sunday April 28 at 12:30 pm at the Chazen Museum of Art-Brittingham Gallery III, 750 University Ave. , Madison.
Sunday afternoon Live presents the Pro Arte Quartet.
Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen welcomes the Pro Arte Quartet (Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; Parry Karp, cello; and David Perry, violin). The Pro Arte Quartet continues to maintain an 85-year tradition of dedication to classical and contemporary string chamber music. In addition to their residency at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where duties range from formal concerts and radio broadcasts to a variety of educational activities, the quartet tours nationally and internationally, often presenting premieres of new works, many of which are written for the ensemble. Founded in 1912 by violinist Alphonse Onnou, the Pro Arte Quartet became the Court Quartet to Queen Elizabeth of Belgium. Its world reputation blossomed in 1919 when the Quartet began the first of many tours and earned such acclaim that composers, notably Milhaud, Honegger and Bartok, gave the ensemble new works to introduce. By 1926, the Quartet made its debut in New York and toured American cities. Their first visit to Madison was in 1938. Two years later, the musicians accepted a residency at the UW–Madison, the first such residency in a major American university. Today, the Pro Arte functions as a resource for the university and the state.
Sunday April 28 at 2 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
University Bands, conducted by Justin Stolarik and Matthew Mireles
Monday, April 29 at 7 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
Masters Singers. Brian Gurley and Adam Kluck, conductors.
Tuesday April 30, 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel.
The Wisconsin Union Theater presents Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations, concluding the season with “Listen to the Dance: Waltzes, Marches, Polkas and Tangos!”
Tuesday April 30, 8:30 pm at Morphy Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The Early Music Ensemble, directed by John Chappell Stowe
Wednesday May 1, noon at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University, Madison.
Organ concert featuring organist Bruce Bengston.
Wednesday, May 1, 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
Western Percussion Ensemble, directed by Tom Ross.
The Western Percussion Ensemble concert will feature a performance of David M. Gordon’s Apocryphal Dances. This major work is scored for percussion quartet and prepared piano and includes many unusual sounds including strummed mandolin and autoharp as well as melodica, side whistles, Indonesian gongs and toy piano. The program will also include Franco Donatoni’s Mari II for marimba quartet and works by Michael Udow, Takayoshi Yoshioka and Louis Andriessen.
Wednesday May 1, 8:30 pm at Morphy Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The Student Clarinet Ensemble, featuring Emily Marley, Alex Charland, Danielle Anderson and Michelle Andrews,