(The WORT classical music calendar is compiled by Rich Samuels, host of “Anything Goes” which airs 5-8 am Thursdays)
Thursday December 11 7:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church 203 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison
The Isthmus Brass presents its annual Torchlight benefit concert
The Isthmus Brass is Wisconsin’s premiere large brass ensemble. Under the direction of John Stevens, the ensemble will play arrangements from their repertoire of familiar Christmas music. Please join us in the Sanctuary for this sixth annual benefit Concert for Porchlight. The music will stir your soul; and in turn, you can pass on that hope and light to people in need.
A free will offering will be received to support the services offered by Porchlight Inc.
Friday December 12 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society 900 University Bay Drive, Madison
The Noon Musicale presents guitarist Christopher Allen. Music of Tedesco, Brouwer, Ponce, Albeniz, and Barrios
Friday December 12 7 pm at BlackHawk Evangelical Church 9620 Brader Way , Middleton (Repeated Saturday 12/13 7 pm at the Stoughton Opera House 381 E. Main Street, Stoughton)
The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra presents Handel’s “Messiah,” with soloists Sarah Lawrence, Emily Lodine, James Doing & Peter Van de Graaf, WCO Chorus, UW Madrigal Singers, Festival Choir of Madison
Friday December 12 7: 30 pm at the Middleton-Cross Plains Area Performing Arts Center, Middleton High School, 2100 Bristol St. , Middleton (Repeated Sunday 12/14 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 5700 Pheasant Hill Rd., Monroe)
Madison Area Concert Handbells Christmas concert
Cost: $15 ($12 adv.)
Advance tickets will be available in December at Cool Beans Coffee Café, Ward-Brodt Music, Metcalfe’s Market at Hilldale, and Orange Tree Imports. They can also be purchased using the form at our website, www.madisonhandbells.org.
Friday December 12 7:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church 203 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison (Repeated at the same location on 12/14 at 3 pm)
The Perfect Harmony Men’s Chorus presents “Festivus for the Rest of Us,” holiday concert.
Saturday December 13 noon at Grace Episcopal Church 116 West Washington, Madison
The Black Marigold Woodwind Quintet presents a free concert.
Black Marigold was founded in June of 2012 by five musicians with a desire to perform woodwind quintet music at a high professional level. As advocates of new music and living composers, they present captivating concerts introducing new music, while also highlighting classic woodwind quintet repertoire.
Saturday December 13 1:30 pm at Mills Hall 455 North Park Street, Madison
The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra and Harp Ensemble
Berlioz, Le carnival romain (Roman Carnival)
Wagner, Die Meistersinger: Three Excerpts from Act III
Rachmaninoff, Symphony No 1 op. 13 d minor mvts I, III, IV
Traditional, Be Thou My Vision
Grandjany, Eleanor & Marcia
Puccini, Puccini Medley
Saturday December 13 1 pm in the lobby of the Chazen Museum (old building), Madison
The UW-Madison Horn Choir under the direction of Daniel Grabois
Saturday December 13 2 pm at Sun Prairie High School 220 Kroncke Dr., Sun Prairie
The Sun Prairie Community Banc and the Sun Prairie Area Chorus present their “Holiday Magic” concert.
Free holiday concert! Come and hear fun carols and seasonal classics featuring musical selections performed by the Sun Prairie Community Band and the Sun Prairie Area Chorus. Bring a friend and feel the holiday spirit!
Your donations help keep our concerts free to all.
The Sun Prairie Community Band is a concert band of 40-50 volunteer musicians who play traditional and contemporary concert band music, marches, show tunes, jazz, and holiday music. Band members include professional musicians, students, and others who enjoy playing. The Band provides free performances in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and communities in the area. There are no auditions, so if you play or used to play, we encourage you to come join us.
To learn more, visit our website at http://sunprairieband.blogspot.com or find us on Facebook.
The Sun Prairie Area Chorus is blending of over 50 amateur singers of all ages from in and around Sun Prairie who simply love to sing. If you are interested in joining the Chorus, which offers you the opportunity to be a part of vocal performance in the Madison area, visit our website at spareachorus.com or find us on Facebook.
Saturday December 13 7 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church 1904 Winnebago Street, Madison
The Chorale Arts Society Choral presents “Glad Tidings,” holiday concert with the Ringing Badgers Handbell Ensemble
Madison’s Choral Arts Society Chorale, under the direction of new Artistic Director Mark Bloedow, will present “Glad Tidings: Vivaldi Gloria & More!” with special guests the Ringing Badgers Handbell Ensemble on Saturday, December 13, 7:00pm, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1904 Winnebago Street, Madison. The program opens with “O Magnum Mysterium” by 16th Century Spanish composer Tomas Luis de Victoria arranged by Bloedow as a processional for choir and handbells. Featured will be the complete “Gloria” by Italian Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi and “Christmas Day” by English composer Gustav Holst. Handbell highlights performed by the Ringing Badgders, also directed by Bloedow, include “Ukrainian Bell Carol Fantasy” by Cynthia Dobrinski, and “For Unto Us a Child Is Born” by G. F. Handel, arranged by Lorie Line, and arranged for handbells and piano by Kevin McChesney. The chorale and handbells will combine for “Tidings of Joy,” a Caro l medley arranged by Lloyd Larson. The evening closes with a surprise setting of “Jingle Bells” by the chorale and several Carols sung with the audience.
Saturday December 13 8 pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ. 1609 University, Madison
The Madison Back Musicians present a Renaissance & Baroque holiday concert
On Saturday evening December 13 at First Congregational Church (1609 University Ave) Madison Bach Musicians will present its fourth annual Holiday Concert! This time we’ve set the “Way-Back” machine for the 16th & 17th centuries. We’ll open with a set of five masterworks for a capella vocal quartet by Orlando de Lassus. An instrumental band featuring recorder, dulcian (Renaissance bassoon), two viola da gambas, two baroque violins, and positive organ will present sonatas by Bertali and Schenk. Instruments and voices will join in works by Schütz, Schelle, Froberger, and two of J. S. Bach’s amazing uncles Heinrich Bach and Johann Michael Bach.
Advance ticket prices: $25 general, $20 Students/Seniors (over 65)
Tickets at the door: $30 general, $25 Students/Seniors.
Cash or checks only.
Lecture at 7:15 pm. Concert at 8 pm. Advice-price discount tickets are available now at Orange Tree Imports, Willy Street Co-op (east & west), Farley’s House of Pianos, Room of One’s Own, and Ward Brodt. Tickets will also be available at the door. Information at www.madisonbachmusicians.org and 608 238-6092
Sunday December 14 1:30. 4 p, and 7 pm at the First Congregational United church of Christ 1609 University, Madison
The Madison Youth Choirs
Sunday December 14 43 pm at Madison Turners Hall 3001 Stoughton Road, Madison
The Madison Maennerchor Christmas concert
Sunday December 14 4 pm at the Stoughton Opera House 381 E. Main Street,
The Stoughton Festival Choir & City Band present their Christmas concert
Come celebrate the community in the spirit of the Christmas season. Both the Festival Choir and the Stoughton City Band will dazzle with a variety of sacred and secular music, plus a carol sing-along. A wonderful tradition for the whole family!
Wednesday December 17 noon at Luther Memorial Church 1021 University, Madison
Free organ recital with Bruce Bengston