The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning March 20, 2014 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 | Rich Samuels

Friday March 21, 7:30 pm at Overture Center-Overture Hall, 201 State Street, Madison
The Madison Symphony Orchestra Concert Organ Series presents Janette Fishell.
Music of Bach, Sokola, Syth, Robb and Vierne.

How many concerts does it take to play the complete organ works of J.S. Bach? Internationally renowned organist Janette Fishell found out that 21 was the magic number, performing the full cycle of this music. Now she will bring some of this magic to Madison.

The third installment of the 2013-2014 Madison Symphony Orchestra Overture Concert Organ series will feature the internationally renowned organist, making her Overture Hall debut Friday, March 21, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.

The program, entitled Bach and Beyond, will include organ music composed as far back as the early 1700s, and as recently as 1976, displaying the wonderfully diverse repertoire at the hands of the modern organist.

Three pieces by J.S. Bach, Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 535, Selections from Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1001, and Prelude and Fugue in E-Flat Major, BWV 552, will exhibit the Baroque style in which the organ flourished. Fishell will then move on to three works composed in the late 1800’s or later. Ethyl Smyth’s O Trauerigkeit, O Herzeleid, Lionel Rogg’s Partita sopra “Nun Freut Euch” and Louis Vierne’s Organ Symphony No. 3 in F-sharp minor, Op. 28 will display the intriguing evolution of organ music in recent centuries.

Described as “…a tour de force” (The Diapason) and “…fabulous…flawless!” (comments from a National Convention of the American Guild of Organists), Janette Fishell is a seasoned recitalist, having performed in many of the world’s greatest concert venues in Tokyo, Cambridge, Berlin, Budapest, and Prague. She has been featured at five national conventions and five regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and is professor of music and chair of the organ department at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

Single tickets are $20, and a $10 student rush will be offered on the day of the performance. The concert is sponsored by John and Christine Gauder, with additional funds from Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation and the Diane Endres Ballweg Fund.

Cost: $20
Call: 608-258-4141

Saturday March 22, 7 pm at the Oakwood Village-University Woods Center for Arts and Education, 6209 Mineral Point Road, Madison. (Repeated Sunday 3/23, 1:30 pm at UW Arboretum Visitors Center)
The Oakwood Chamber Players presents “Russian Radius,” works by Ippolitov-Ivanov & Vasks.

Join the Oakwood Chamber Players as they continue their season’s exploration of musical cultures with Russian Radius, a concert featuring the characteristic sounds of Russian music. The ensemble will demonstrate an array of pieces from many Russian composers who interpreted the grandeur and breadth of Russian culture through their music.

Performances will include the spirited Trio Pathetique for clarinet, bassoon and piano by Mikhail Glinka, who is recognized as the founder of Russian classical music. The group will perform: Rimsky-Korsakov’s energetic Quintet for flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon and piano; the melodically compelling Elegie for viola and piano by Alexander Glazunov; an arrangement of Alexander Borodin’s captivating Polovtsian Dance for piano quartet; Trio for flute, violin and cello by Alexander Tcherepnin; and Waltzes by Dmitri Shostakovich for flute, clarinet and piano.

his is the fourth concert in the Season Series titled “Origination: Exploring Musical Regions of the World.” The final remaining concert is titled Down Under, and will be held May 17 and 18.

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.

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Sunday March 23, 2:30 pm at St. Joseph Chapel, 1000 Edwood College Drive, Madison.
Edgewood College Spriong Choral Concert.

The Edgewood College Chamber Singers and Men’s Choir, under the direction of Albert Pinsonneault, will join the Edgewood College Women’s Choir, under the direction of Kathleen Otterson, in a joint performance on Sunday, March 23 at 2:30 pm in St. Joseph Chapel.

The program includes works by Lasso, Faure, and Wagner, along with gospel, folk, and world music selections. Admission is free.

Tuesday March 25 7 pm at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 7337 Hubbard, Middleton.
The Carthage Woman’s Ensemble and Carthage Choir with the West High Concert Choir.

The Carthage Women’s Ensemble and the Carthage Choir from Carthage College will join forces for a special concert at St. Luke’s Lutheran (7337 Hubbard Ave, Middleton) on March 25 at 7pm as part of their Spring Midwest Tours. Carthage, a liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, fosters the rich tradition of choral singing found in Lutheran colleges throughout the United States. The Carthage Women’s Ensemble, under the esteemed direction of Dr. Peter Dennee and the Carthage Choir, under the direction of Dr. Eduardo Garcia-Novelli, have developed strong reputations throughout Wisconsin and the region as a model for choral excellence. They additionally welcome special guests, The Madison West Concert Choir (Anthony Cao, Conductor) with them that evening.

Carthage Women’s Ensemble is a highly select auditioned choir of approximately 50 singers. They perform music from all genres of choral literature–Medieval through the 21st century as well as arrangements of folk and global musics–and have premiered several new works for women’s choir. In recent years the choir has toured regionally throughout Wisconsin and Northern Illinois; nationally to Florida, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.; and internationally to Bratislava, Dresden, Prague, Salzburg, Toronto, Vienna and smaller towns in Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Slovakia.

Carthage Choir, the elite vocal choral ensemble from Carthage College is under the direction of their esteemed conductor Dr. Eduardo Garcia-Novelli, the choir continues to achieve strong academic and professional repute. The Carthage Choir was selected to perform for the Wisconsin Music Educator’s Association (WMEA) in 2009 and 2012, for the Wisconsin Choral Director’s Association (WCDA) in 2011 and 2014, and and had their solo concert debut at Carnegie Hall in May of 2011. The choir consistently tours both domestically and internationally.

All performances are FREE and open to the public. A free-will donation will be accepted to offset the cost of the tour.

Tuesday March 25 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW Concert Band

Wednesday March 26, noon at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Avenue, Madison
Organ Concert with Bruce Bengston.

Wednesday March 26 6:30 pm at Overture Hall 201 State Street, Madison.
The Madison Symphony Orchestra Bolz Young Artists Competition: Wisconsin young artists compete for the Final Forte.

Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte is the final round of the MSO’s Bolz Young Artist Competition.
Young artists from across state of Wisconsin compete in the Bolz Young Artist Competition’s two preliminary rounds for a chance to perform a movement from a concerto with guest conductor James Smith and the MSO during the final round, which is held on the stage in Overture Hall.


Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte is not only the FREE concert, it is also the LIVE broadcasts that are created by Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio, which have captured an enormous following and numerous honors, including an Emmy Nomination. The 90-minute WPT program features profiles of each of the finalists.

See Wisconsin Public Television’s video introduction here.

David Cao, 16, is a sophomore at Madison Memorial High School. He began playing the violin at the age of six and currently studies with Liz Norton. David is concertmaster of the Youth Orchestra, the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s top ensemble. In 2013, he won the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s Young Artist Concerto Competition and performed during one of their Concerts on the Square. David was also a winner of the 2013 Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Stars of Tomorrow Concerto Competition and 2nd place winner of the 2014 LaCrosse Symphony Orchestra’s Rising Stars Concerto Competition. In addition to the violin, David has been playing piano for 12 years. At seven years old, he won 2nd place at the World Piano Competition and attended the Honors Recital at Carnegie Hall in New York. In school, David is the sophomore class president and enjoys being challenged academically in his advanced coursework. In his spare time, David volunteers at Madison Music Makers as a violin mentor for children of low income families. David is a black belt in Taekwondo and was a gold medalist at the 2011 AAU National Taekwondo Championships. In college, David plans to study music, and later pursue a career in music. David will play the first movement from Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47.

See Wisconsin Public Television’s video introduction here.

Bobby Levinger, 17, is a senior at Central High School in La Crosse. He has won concerto competitions throughout the United States, performing with both the Mississippi Valley and Austin Symphony Orchestras. Bobby was also a finalist this past year in the Disklavier Round of the Minnesota International e-Piano Junior Competition, traveling to Los Angeles to compete. Bobby received 2nd place in the 2013 La Crosse Rising Stars Concerto Competition and was also awarded 2nd place at the Thursday Musical Young Artist Competition in St. Paul, MN. He is a past award recipient in the MTNA Young Artist Competition, The Schubert Club Scholarship Competition and The MMTA Young Artist Competition. Bobby enjoys performing in various musical ensembles. For the past three years, he has been a member in the Robed Choir at La Crosse Central HS. He frequently accompanies this ensemble and collaborates with instrumentalists from around the area. Aside from music, Bobby enjoys playing sports, anything related to Star Wars and spending time with family and friends. Bobby will play the first movement from Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16.

See Wisconsin Public Television’s video introduction here.

Bethany Moss, 17, is a senior home schooled student from Appleton. She began playing the violin at the age of four. Bethany has won the Fox Valley Symphony Youth Soloist Competition, earned the 2nd place prize in the Miroslav Pansky Memorial Concerto Competition and received an honorable mention in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Auditions. She also progressed to the Semi-Final round in 2012 for the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Bolz Young Artist Competition. In 2010, Bethany won the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition and in 2011, accepted an Emerson Scholarship to attend the Interlochen Summer Music Camp where she performed in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. She also earned a scholarship to the 2012 Indiana University Summer String Academy. Bethany regularly serves as a section violinist in the professional Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra. She is a student of Samantha George and participates in studio classes at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. Aside from music, Bethany enjoys her church youth group, home school teen group, learning Latin and reading all kinds of books. Bethany will play the third movement from Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61.

See Wisconsin Public Television’s video introduction here.

Ephraim Sutherland, 15. is a sophomore at Viroqua High School. He has been studying percussion for four years and piano for eight years. He is a student of Todd Hammes and Gloria Chuang, and also studies with Sean Kleve, Dave Skogen and Sue Walby. Ephraim is a member of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble. In the summer of 2013, Ephraim was a member of the Shadow Armada drumline, which won first place in the MACDBA competition. In 2013, he also attended the Northwestern University Percussion Symposium where he participated in master classes given by numerous world-class percussionists. Ephraim has had the honor of participating in the Wisconsin State Honors Band and the National Band Association Wisconsin Conference. He has twice attended the Birch Creek Percussion and Steel Band Academy and, for past four years, has participated in numerous solo and ensemble events with the Wisconsin State Music Association, advancing to the state level on marimba, snare drum and piano. Ephraim lives with his family in an alternative energy house that he helped build. In addition to music, he enjoys biking, soccer, hockey, snowboarding, swimming, math and science. Ephraim will play Séjourné’s Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra.
The unique collaboration among the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television is producing award-winning programming! In addition to an Emmy Award nomination, the Final Forte earned First Place in the “Special Interest” category from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association in 2007 and was rated the fifth most-watched program in the Feb 2007 Nielsen ratings (the television audience was 63 percent greater than WPT’s average audience in the Madison market). The 2008 broadcasts on WPR and WPT reached more than 60,000 viewers in the Madison market alone and there were an estimated 200,000 statewide viewers and listeners for the 2009 broadcasts.
“This has been a very auspicious partnership. The quality of the broadcasts and the performances of the finalists are simply spectacular. I think this sends a magnificent message to our community and to the entire state of Wisconsin about the importance and effectiveness of our music education programs. It is an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to feel the commitment and energy of these young performers and to reflect on the central role the arts play in our lives. I look forward to these events with great joy.”
Please contact Director of Development Casey Oelkers at 608.257.3734 or

Wednesday March 26 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison
The UW Guest Artist Series presents soprano Julia Foster, with Paul Rowe & Martha Fischer.
Hugo Wolf’s “Italienisches Liederbuch”

Austrian-born Hugo Wolf (1860-1903), a child prodigy who became a devotee of Richard Wagner, was known for his “concentrated expressive intensity” in his compositions, especially his lieder (songs). On March 26, at 7:30 PM in Mills Hall, voice professor Paul Rowe, alumna Julia Foster (now assistant professor of voice and opera at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida) and pianist Martha Fischer will perform his “Italian Songs.”

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