The WORT 89.9 FM Madison Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning February 13, 2014 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 | Rich Samuels

Thursday February 13, 1:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison
Trumpet soloist Tine Thing Helseth presents a master class.

Thursday February 13, 7 pm at Overture Center-Overture Hall, 201 State Street, Madison.
Open dress rehearsal with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and trumpeter Tina Thing Helseth.

Thursday February 13, 8:30 pm at Morphy Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.The Black Music ensemble, Richard Davis, Director.

Friday, February 14, 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison.
Jaime Guisicafré, Chris Allen and Chris Murray, guitar.

New music by Brouwer, Coseley, Gusicafré and Merritt.

Friday February 14, 7:30 pm at Overture Center-Overture Hall, 201 State Street, Madison (repeated at 8 pm, 2/15 and 2:30 pm, 2/16 at the same location.
The Madison Symphony Orchestra featuring trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth and woworks by Sibelius, Haydn, Adams and Strauss.

How many classical music stars cultivate an international resume of performances and awards while still in their mid-twenties?

Tine Thing Helseth, the fast rising, young trumpet star of the classical music world, will join the Madison Symphony Orchestra Feb. 14-16 in Overture Hall. The Norwegian native is a seasoned soloist with dozens of orchestral engagements under her belt from around the world. This eclectic musician is also a jazz trumpeter and leader of an all-female brass band.

Helseth will take the stage twice per concert. First she will perform Joseph Haydn’s Concerto for Trumpet, the first piece to contain truly free melodic writing for the instrument. She will then perform Alexander Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto in A-flat Major, a virtuosic mid-20th century composition with a distinct Armenian folk influence. Also programmed for the symphony performance are Sibelius’ triumphant Finnish anthem Finlandia, John Adams’ contemporary work Doctor Atomic Symphony, and Richard Straus’ lush, episodic Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.

The concerts are Fri., Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 15, at 8 p.m.; and Sun., Feb. 16, at 2:30 p.m. in Overture Hall, 201 State Street.

Haydn’s Concerto for Trumpet was written in 1796 for a new instrument, the Klappentrompete, or Keyed Trumpet, which for the first time made stepwise melodies possible. To this day, his concerto is one of the most performed and cherished in the trumpet repertoire.

Alexander Arutiunian had an extensive and renowned involvement with music for brass instruments. His concertos for trumpet, trombone, and horn, as well as brass quintet and trombone quartet are all significant and lasting pieces in the brass literature. Armenian folk music influenced Trumpet Concerto in A-Flat Major features sprightly dances, gorgeous lyricism, and a furious closing cadenza for the soloist. Helseth is sure to impress.

The concert will open with Sibelius’ Finlandia, composed during some of the most oppressive Russian control over the composer’s homeland of Finland. This work is an unrivaled expression of Finnish patriotism, a tone-poem that depicts the brooding “powers of darkness” giving way to the triumphant spirit of Finnish nationalism.

Two works in the program are symphonic adaptations from starkly contrasting operatic works. Straus’ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier is dominated by lilting waltz rhythms of late 19th century Vienna, and depicts a plot filled with high and low comedy of the Mozart tradition. John Adams’ Doctor Atomic Symphony is a set of three interconnected sections, drawing on an opera that depicts the month and hours leading up to the first test of the atomic bomb in 1945.

Tickets are $16.50 to $82.50 each, available at and through the Overture Center Box Office at 201 State Street or call the Box Office at (608) 258-4141.

Groups of 15 or more can save 25% by calling the MSO office at (608) 257-3734.
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Student rush tickets can be purchased in person on the day of the concert at the Overture Box Office at 201 State Street. Full-time students must show a valid student ID and can receive up to two $12 or $15 tickets. More information is at: On advance ticket purchases, students can receive 20% savings on seats in select areas of the hall.

Seniors age 62 and up receive 20% savings on advance and day-of-concert ticket purchases in select areas of the hall.

Discounted seats are subject to availability, and discounts may not be combined.

The Madison Symphony Orchestra marks its 88th concert season in 2013-2014 by celebrating John DeMain’s 20th anniversary as music director. The Symphony engages audiences of all ages and backgrounds in live classical music through a full season of concerts with established and emerging soloists of international renown, an organ series that includes free concerts, and widely respected education and community engagement programs. Find more information at

Major funding for this concert is provided by NBC-15, Larry and Julie Midtbo and Sherry and Charles Sweeney in memory of Stanley Midtbo and an anonymous friend with additional funds from the John A. Johnson Foundation, a component of the Madison Community Foundation, Cyrena and Lee Pondrom and the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Friday, February 14, 8 pm at Morphy Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW-Madison Guest Artist Series presents Kangwon Lee Kim, violin, with with Li-shan Hung, piano and Mark Bridges, cello.

Sonata for violin and piano in G major, Brahms
Caprice variations for Unaccompanied Violin, Rochberg
Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1, Beethoven

Saturday February 15, 3-5 pm at the Malt House, 2609 E. Washington, Madison.
The Yahara String Quartet presents classical music and craft beer.

Sunday February 16, 3 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The Clocks in Motion Percussion Ensemble presents “Unfamiliar Voices”.

Come hear the world premiere performance of the winner of Clocks in Motion’s first annual call for scores competition! Ben Davis’ percussion sextet, Night, features Clocks in Motion’s microtonal sixxen. These handmade instruments were originally built for Xenakis’ composition Pleiades, the piece that inspired the formation of our ensemble 2 years ago. Davis’ composition explores new sounds and techniques on these instruments, developing a original soundscape in the percussion repertoire. In addition to the premiere of Davis’ work, you will hear Paul Lansky’s meditative percussion quartet, Threads, and the Madison premiere of Georges Aperghis’ grand percussion sextet, Kryptogramma. Kryptogramma’s puzzling instrumental combinations and bizarre rhythmic structures make this piece one of the most rarely performed and fascinating percussion ensemble works ever written.

Sunday February 16 5:45 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 Uiversity Bay Drive, Madison.
Sound Ensemble Wisconsin presents a chamber music concert, “Sound Stories of Love & Night”.

Join the sunset to hear chamber music based on tales of love and night.

Featuring Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht for string sextet and including Bloch, Vaughan Williams, Haydn, and Debussy. Sunday, February 16th, 5:45pm, $10 cash or check at door. Atrium at First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive. 608-819-7605

Sunday February 16, 7 pm at Morphy Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW-Madison Guest Artist Series presents Sarah Frisof, flute and Daniel Pesca, piano

Ballade, Frank Martin
Sonata in E minor, C.P.E. Bach
A Memory of Melisande, Daniel Pesca
Brief Pause, Daniel Pesca
Sonata in A Major No. 1, Gabriel Faure (trans. Stallman)

Currently the Assistant Professor of Flute at University of Kansas, Sarah Frisof earned her Doctorate from the University of Michigan, her Master of Music from the Juilliard School, and her Bachelor of Music from Eastman School of Music. She was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Kobe International Flute Competition, and 2nd Prize winner of both the National Flute Associations’ Young Artist Competition in 2008 and the Heida Hermann?s International Woodwind Competition in 2007. Dr. Frisof is the principal flute of the Dallas Wind Symphony and a frequent performer with the Dallas Symphony. She has performed with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony and Boston Symphony.

Daniel Pesca (b. 1985) is currently pursuing a DMA in Composition at the Eastman School of Music. He is the recipient of many commissions; his work for wind ensemble, Forking Paths, was commissioned and premiered by Michael Haithcock and the University of Michigan Symphony Band. Another commissioned work, Harlequin Serenade, was premiered by cellist David Ying (of the Ying Quartet) with his wife, pianist Elinor Freer. Other pieces by Daniel have been performed by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Huntsville (Alabama) Symphony Orchestra, and Eastman’s Musica Nova. As pianist, Daniel has performed in many university venues across the Midwest, as well as the Kennedy Center and the Chicago Cultural Center. His past collaborative partners include members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, members of the JACK and Spektral Quartets, and faculty at the Universities of Michigan and Iowa. He has performed as the featured soloist with Ossia New Music and the University of Michigan Symphony Band.

Tuesday February 18, 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison
The UW-Madison Chamber Orchestra directed by James Smith.

Overture to “la scala di seta”, Gioacchino Rossini
Chamber Symphony, Franz Schreker
Classical Symphony , Sergei Prokofiev
Winter’s Tale, Lars-Erik Larsson

Wednesday February 19, 12 pm at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Avenue, Madison.
Organ concert featuring Bruce Bengston.

Wednesday, February 19, 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street.
The UW-Madison Guest Artist Series presents Todd Reynolds, violin.

Violinist, composer, educator and technologist Todd Reynolds is known as one of the founding fathers of the hybrid-musician movement and one of the most active and versatile proponents of what he calls “present music.” The violinist of choice for Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Bang on a Can, and a founder of the string quartet known as Ethel, his performance and compositional style is a hybrid of old and new technology, multi-disciplinary aesthetic and pan-genre composition and improvisation. Emerging from the classical tradition, Reynolds is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Reynolds studied with violin legend Jascha Heifetz and was principal second violin of the Rochester Philharmonic.

Todd Reynolds will also conduct masterclasses and workshops on composing, electronic music, violin performance, and entrepreneurship. Weds 19/Thurs 20. (Please see for times and locations.)



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