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7:56 am Clifton Webb (tenor) with Leo Reisman's Orchestra (recorded in 1933): 'Easter Parade' 4/17/2014
7:55 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
7:15 am The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir and soloists conducted by Ton Koopman: 'Easter Oratorio BWV 249 (first performed April 1, 1725)' 4/17/2014
7:14 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
7:08 am The Choir of St. Peter's Evangelical Church (Manhattan) conducted by organist Thomas Schmitt: 'Seven Stanzas at Easter (1995)' 4/17/2014
7:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
7:01 am BBC News: 'News' 4/17/2014
6:59 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
6:56 am The New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Charles Pelz, conduction: 'In Memoriam Messiaen (2006)' 4/17/2014
6:55 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
6:40 am The Stephane Caillat Vocal Ensemble: 'Four Motets for a Time of Penitence' 4/17/2014
6:39 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
6:32 am Insurgent Radio Kiosk: 'Kiosk' 4/17/2014
6:32 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
6:08 am The Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Pierre Boulez: 'Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum (for wind, brass & percussion) (1964)' 4/17/2014
6:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
6:01 am BBC News: 'News' 4/17/2014
5:59 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
5:51 am The Choir of Saint Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church (New York City) and a musical ensemble led by Gregg Smith: 'Songs from a Liberal Heart (2005)' 4/17/2014
5:50 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
5:23 am Sarah Chang (violin) and Lars Vogt (piano): 'Violin Sonata in A Major (1886)' 4/17/2014
5:22 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
5:09 am The NBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arturo Toscanini (recorded November 4, 1939): 'Leonore Overture No. 3 (1806)' 4/17/2014
5:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
5:00 am Insurgent Radio Kiosk: 'Kiosk' 4/17/2014

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Welcome to the Blog of Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 | Rich Samuels

On the left is a photo of me (snapped by April 14, 2009, by Chicago Sun-Times photographer Brian Jackson) seemingly yelling at Rod Blagojevich. The former Illinois governor had just exited Chicago’s Dirksen Federal Building where he had entered a “not guilty” plea to a wide variety of corruption charges, including the allegation that he had attempted to market, for personal gain, the seat in the U.S. Senate left vacant when Barack Obama was elected President.

I was part of the media scrum (a correspondent for the “Chicago Tonight” show which airs on WTTW, one of Chicago’s public television stations) that pursued Blago that day: and, to be quite frank, I only appear to be yelling at the disgraced former governor: in reality, I was trying to locate my camera operator who had disappeared into the crowd, nowhere to be seen.

A month short of three years after that picture was taken (it’s recently been recycled as the cover art for Natasha Korecki’s book “Only in Chicago”), Rod Blagojevich began serving a 14 year sentence at the Federal Correctional Center Englewood near Denver. I wasn’t around to witness the denouement of his prosecution: I retired from television journalism at the end of 2009 and, as Garrison Keillor once put it, “moved up to radio”.

Since November of 2010 I’ve been hosting WORT’s “Anything Goes” show, bringing my listeners classical music every Thursday morning between the hours of 5 and 8.

To the greatest extent possible, I try to feature the work of local artists and composers, especially those who are younger. When necessary, I have the capability of recording interviews and performances in the field.

I hope you’ll be able to join me each week. I also hope you can continue to provide WORT with the financial support that makes this kind of programming (which is obviously not for everyone) possible.

When I’m not on the air you can follow me via this blog, via Twitter, Facebook or my personal website.


Music Featured on the March 7, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM in Madison, Wisconsin

03/4/13 9:00 AM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am: Jennifer Highdon’s “Trumpet Songs” performed by Scott Meredith (trumpet) and Rubia Santos (piano). 5:19 am: The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta performs Symphony No. 1 by Jerome Moross. 5:40 am: The piano duo of John and Richard Contiguglia perform Franz Liszt’s “Reminiscences of Don Juan” (inspired by Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”. 5:57 am: Soprano Amy Haworth and Trevor Stephenson (fortepiano) perform Franz Schubert’s “Frulingsglaube”. 6:08 am: Scott Tarpen (alto saxophone) and Theresa Bogard perform Jennifer Higdon’a “Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano”. 6:26 am: The piano duo of John and Richard Contiguglia perform Percy Graigner’s setting of “Molly on the Shore”. 6:38 am: Alexander Scriabin’s “Poem of Ecstasy” performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti. 7:08 am: Jennifer Higdon’s “Dash” performed by the Verismo Trio. 7:14 am: An interview with Jessica Johnson and Anthony Di Sanza about their “SOle Nero” duo, featuring a performance of Joel Naumann’s “Crunch”/ 7:38 am: The Wisconsin Brass Quintet performs “Collage” by John Stevens. 7:55 am: Two versions of the Fields-McHugh song “Doing the New Low Down”. The first (from 1928) features Irving Mills’ Hotsy-Totsy Gang; the the second (from 1932) features Don Redman’s Orchestra. Bill Robinson sings and tap dances on both.  

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The WORT 89.9 fm Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning February 28 compiled by Rich Samuels

02/27/13 2:17 PM | Rich Samuels

Thursday February 28, 7:30 pm at the Overture Center-Overture Hall, 201 State Street Madison The Branford Marsalis Quartet. Call: 258-4141 Web: Friday March 1, 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison The Piano Duet “Troika”: Vladislava Henderson and Ludmila Syabrenko perform music of Lutosławski, Piazzolla, Brahms and more. Friday March 1, 8 pm at Mills Concert Hall. 455 North Park St., Madison The UW Faculty Concert Series presents Parry Karp, cello and pianist Eli Kalman. Works by Giacomo Orefice, Rebecca Clarke, and Cesar Franck. Fri, Mar 1 2013 Saturday, March 2, noon at Grace Episcopal Church,116 W. Washington Ave. , Madison. Rachel Eve Holmes, Kathy Otterson, Jesse Hoffmeister, John Bohman, Kirstin Ihde & Michael Roemer. An Art Song Recital and the Brahms Liebeslieder Saturday, March 2, 1 pm at Mills Concert Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison. The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s annual Percussion Extravaganza concert with guest Jeff Queen. Saturday, March 2 8 pm Overture Center-Overture Hall 201 State St. , Madison The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. “Live & Let Die: A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney Saturday March 2, 8 pm at Morphy Hall, 455 North Park Street. The WIngra Woodwind Quintet. The group will perform Quintet No. 2 in E flat Major by Peter Müller; Le Tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel, joined by pianist Martha Fischer; Suite, op. 57 by Charles Lefebvre; and Dixtuor, op. 14 by Georges Enesco. Wingra will be joined by a student woodwind quintet including flutist Erin Murphy, English hornist Allison Maher, clarinetist Paul Yu, bassoonist Brian Ellingboe, and hornist Sarah Gillespie. Sunday March 3, 12:30 pm at Chazen Museum of Art-Brittingham Gallery III 750 University Ave. , Madison. Sunday Afternoon Live presents Parry Karp, cello and Eli Kalman, piano Sunday March 3, 2 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North PArt Street, Madison The Thimmig-Johnson Duo: Les Thimmig, clarinet and Saxophone and Jessica Johnson, piano. Sunday, March 3, 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison The Contemporary Chamber Ensemble presents student ensembles. The program, titled “Heartstrings,” will feature works by Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Ross Bauer, George Perle and Robert Dick. Performers include Dan Jacobs, Yosuke Komura, George Rochberg, Roxana Pavel, Erin Murphy, Sergio Acosta and Maxfield Wollam-Fisher. Wednesday March 6, noon at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Ave. , Madison Organ concert featuring organist Bruce Bengston. Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park, Madison. UW Faculty Concert Series presents Gretzler. Gretzler is the duo of Daniel Grabois, ….

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Music Featured on the February 28, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 fm Madison, Wisconsin

02/23/13 9:56 AM | Rich Samuels

5:10 am: Sonata No. 5 in F Major for two oboes, bassoon and continuo by Jan Dismas Zelenka, performed by principal players from the Houston and Dallas Orchestras. 5:39 am: The Kat Trio (Victoria Gorbich, violin, Vladislav Gorbich, clarinet and Vasil Galiukin, piano) performs Darius Milhaud’s Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano). 5:57 am: The Kat Trio performs “Tournament Gallop” by Louis Moreau Gottshalk. 6:10 am: Duo-pianists Stansislava Varshavsky and Diana Shapira perform Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos in E-Flat Major K. 365 with the Jerusalem Symphomny Orchestra conducted by Yaniv Dinur. 6:54 am: Bruce Bengston, organist at Madison’s Luther Memorial Church, performs the Prelude and Fugue in C major BWV 531. Recorded by WORT on February 6, 2013. 7:10 am: Franz Schubert’s “Die Forelle” (“The Trout”) performed by Trevor Stephenson (fortepiano) and Amy Haworth, soprano). 7:15 am: The Wisconsin Brass Quintet with bass-baritone Paul Rowe perform “Footprints” by John Stevens. The text is by Ann Arnston. 7:52 am: Viktor Gorodinsky from the Balilaika and Domra Association of America perform the traditional Russian song “Shining Moon” 7:56 am: The Capitol City Band directed by James Latimer performs J.P. Sousa’s “Wisconsin Forward Forever”. This 1917 march was dedicated by the composer to the faculty, students and alumni of the University of Wisconsin. Recorded in concert  

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The WORT 89.9 fm Madison Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning February 21 Compiled by Rich Samuels

02/19/13 8:15 PM | Rich Samuels

Friday February 22, 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison. The Noon Musicale: Four Seasons Theatre presents The Great american Songbook-George Gershwin Friday February 22, 7:30 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison. The Mosaic Chamber Players. Mosaic Chamber Players is a Madison-area group of musicians who love to perform chamber music together and who strongly believe in bringing this wonderful art form to the Madison community. Our programs, instrumentation, and venues change with each new concert. This time out the violinist Laura Burns and pianist Jess Salek are performing the complete works for Violin and Piano by Johannes Brahms, a German Romantic composer, who wrote some of the most beautiful and treasured Violin Sonatas in all the literature. The program consists of three complete Sonatas as well as a separately composed Scherzo movement. The recital is Friday February 22 at 7:30pm at First Unitarian Society located at 900 University Bay Drive. Salek will be playing on a rebuilt Steinway from the 1890′s that only has 85 keys! Our tickets prices are $15 adults and $10 for Seniors and children. Check or cash only please. There will be a reception afterward with food, drink, and a chance to mingle. Friday February 22, 8 pm at the Overture center Capitol Theater, 201 State Street. The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra with Tasmin Little, violin. Tasmin Little’s reputation for English music and contemporary works prompted Maestro Andrew Sewell to suggest the two solo works on this program. A rare treat in the repertory, Finzi’s Introit, Op.6 was originally composed as a slow movement for a violin concerto, and remains as a stand alone work. Pastoral in nature, and similar to Vaughan Williams in style, it makes a complement to Prokofiev’s robust Violin Concerto No.2. Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 with the famous Air on the G String prepares a nice segue into Finzi’s world of Baroque harmonies. We conclude with Gounod’s Symphony No.2, a time of decision in the composer’s life between the church and the stage, when he broke away from his operatic work to write two symphonies “just for fun.” Steeped in the classical tradition at a time when it was considered passé, his gift for writing beautiful melodies is evident throughout this work. Repertoire BACH Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068 FINZI Introit for Solo Violin and Small Orchestra, Op. 6 PROKOFIEV Concerto No. 2 for Violin in G minor, Op. 63 GOUNOD Symphony No. 2 in E-flat major In ….

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Music Featured on the February 21, 2013 edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 fm, Madison, Wisconsin.

02/19/13 7:48 AM | Rich Samuels

Note: WORT enters a two week pledge period with this show, so there will be a bit less music and a bit more chatter. You can provide your financial support for WORT by calling (608)-256-2001, toll-free at (866)-899-WORT (9678), or you can pledge on line at 5:10 am: The Roman Carnival Overture by Hector Berlioz, performed by the Madison Symphony Orchestra conducted by John DeMain. 5:21 am: Robert Schumann’s “Carnaval” performed by Myra Hess (recorded in 1937) 6:10 am: Frédéric Chopin;s “Souvenir de Paganini” performed by pianist Daniel Barenboi, 6:18 am: Darius Milhaud’s “Carnaval d’Aix” performed by the Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg conducted by the composer 7:10 am: Trumpeter Allen Vizzutti performs his own composition “The Carnival of Venus”.Laura Vincen Vizzutti provides the piano accompaniment. 7:22 am: The final movement (“Movimento due” of Joseph Koykkar’s “Musica per Due” performed by Sole Nero (Jessica Johnson, piano; Anthony di Sanza, percussion). 7:30 am: The Wisconsin Brass Quintet performs “Suite Americana” No. 1 by Enrique Crespo. 7:57 am: Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra performs Harry Warren’s “So This is Venice”. Recorded in 1924.

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The WORT Madison Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning February 14 Prepared by Rich Samuels

02/12/13 4:59 PM | Rich Samuels

February 14 at 5:30 pm at the University Club, 803 State Street Madison. The Pro Arte quartet presents a Valentine’s day dinner concert. Music begins at 7:30 Info: (608)-262-5023 Web: February 14 at 8:30 pm at Morphy Hall, 455 N. Part, Madison. The Black Music Ensemble. February February 15 at 12:15 at the First Unitarian Society,, 900 University Bay Dr. Madison Karl Lavine, cello and Karen Boe, piano perform the Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata. Friday February 15 7:30 at the Rhapsody Arts Center, Verona 271 S. Main St. , Verona Rhapsody Faculty Recital. This time the teachers will play music chosen with a Valentine’s Day theme. Come relax and hear music that will surely make you feel warm and fuzzy! Call: 848-2045 Web: Friday February 15 8 pm at Mills Hall, 455 No. Part St. Madison The UW Symphony. The UW Symphony Orchestra presents the winners of its annual concerto and composition competition. This performance will feature the winners of the annual concerto and composition competitions. Soloists include: soprano Shannon Prickett, performing “Pace, pace mio Dio” by Guiseppe Verdi; violinist Nathan Wolkstein performing the first movement of Concerto for Violin, No. 3 by Camille Saint-Saens; pianist Yosuke Komura performing the first movement of Piano Concerto, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg; percussionist Jacob Wolbert performing Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra by Joseph Schwantner; cellist Philip Bergman performing Cello Concerto, Op. 129 in A minor by Robert Schuman. Additionally, “Whispering Seraphim,” an original composition by Joshua Hintze, will be premiered by the orchestra under the direction of graduate conducting assistant David Grandis. Saturday February 16, 7:30 pm at First Unitarian Society Auditorium 900 University Bay Dr. Madison. Sound Ensemble Wisconsin presents “American Patchwork”, a chamber music performance honoring the art of musical sampling of American genres. SEW will perform Paul Schoenfield’s classic piano trio, Cafe Music, in which he pays tribute to ragtime and Broadway, among other styles. Also on the program are Morton Gould’s Rag-Blues-Rag for piano as well as several Gershwin songs. The stage will then be turned over to SEW’s special guest turntablist, DJ Moppy, who will be joining them from Chicago to represent the craft of sampling, using Gershwin among other samples on his turntables. DJ Moppy demonstrates turntablism in a short video which can be found on the “Events” page of SEW’s website: Musicians include Vince Fuh, Mary Theodore, Maggie Townsend, Rachel Eve Holmes, and Chris Thomopoulos (DJ Moppy). Saturday February 16, 8 pm at Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park, Madison. The Pro Arte ….

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Music Featured on the February 14, 2014 Edition of “Anything Goes Histed by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 fm Madison, Wisconsin

02/10/13 3:52 PM | Rich Samuels

  5:09 am: Richard Wagner’s “Prelude and Love Death” from Tristan und Isolde, performed by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra conducted by AllenTimkham. Recorded in concert May 2, 2011. 5:27 am: Suite No. 2 from the Ballet “Daphnis et Chloe” (1912) by Maurice Ravel performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andre Previn. 5:45 am: Five Hebrew Love Songs and “A Boy and a Girl” set by Eric Whitacre to texts by Hilda Plitman and Octavio Paz. Performed by the Antioch chamber Ensemble directed by Joshua Copeland. 6:08 am  “Harmonium” by John Adams. The texts are by John Donne and Emily Dickinson. Performed by the Atlanta Symphony and Chorus conducted by Robert Shaw. 6:51 am: Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman perform “A Night of Love: fom Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Suite No. 1 for Two Pianos. 6:58 am: Deborah Roberts (soprano) and George Weigand (lute) perform “Tomorrow is Saint Valentine’s Day”, the song sung by Ophelia in Act IV Scene 5 of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. 7:08 am:  The adagio movement from the Sinfonia Domestica” of Richard Strauss. Performed by the Minnesota ORchestra conducted by Edo de Waart. 7:22 am: The Romeo and Juliette Overture Fantasy by Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky. Performed by the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Smith. Recorded in concert in the spring of 2012. 7:46 am: Baritone John Hancock and pianists John Musti and William Hobbs perform “Real Food” from the song cycle “Appalachian Liebeslieder” by Lowell Liebermann (to a text by Laren Stover”. 7:49 am: Wayne Raney sing his “Why Don’t You Haul off and Love Me?. Kirsten Flagstad sings Edvard Grieg’s Jeg Elsker Dig”. Judy Blazer sings “My Funny Valentine” by Rodgers and Hart.          

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The WORT Madison Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning February 7, 2013 prepared by Rich Samuels

02/5/13 2:40 PM | Rich Samuels

Thursday, February 7 at 7:30 pm at the Verona High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard Street, Verona. The Verona Area Concert Band. Program includes: A.B.A. Symphonic March (Cheetham) Courtly Airs and Dances (Nelson) Huapango (Moncayo trans. Osmon) Linden Lea (Vaughan Williams) Pageant (Persichetti) Sleep (Whitacre) Friday, February 8, 12:15 at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison Noon Musicale présents thé Madison Bach Musicians. Music of Bach, Biber, Vivaldi and Scarlatti Friday, February 8, 7:30 pm (repeated Saturday 2/9, 8 pm and Sunday 2/10, 2:30 pm) at Overture Center-Overture Hall 201 State St. , Madison. The Madison Symphony Orchestra and Alban Gerhardt Works by Prokofiev, Ravel & Beethoven. John DeMain and the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) welcome German cellist Alban Gerhardt to the MSO stage to play Prokofiev’s expansive Sinfonia Concertante at the February 8, 9 and 10 concerts. Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnole will open the concerts with four scenes of Spanish life and Beethoven’s lyrical Symphony No. 4 will lift winter spirits as a conclusion. Full concert details, music samples and links to buy tickets can be found on the MSO website at One of Prokofiev’s last completed works, the Sinfonia Concertante is also called a Symphony-Concerto, with an expanded role for the orchestra and many of the characteristics that define the work of one of the great 20th century composers. Soloist Gerhardt recently said of the concerto, “written for and partly by one of my great heroes, Rostropovich, this is for me the most impressive cello concerto because it combines pyrotechnics with gorgeous melodies, wit with drama, and poetry with sports. And…the last five minutes are just the best, with the most spectacular ending of any cello piece.” This will be Gerhardt’s third performance with the MSO, of whom BBC Music Magazine recently wrote, “this is cello playing of exquisite sophistication and bold imagination…Gerhardt has a honeyed, liquid tone all his own.” MSO program annotator Michael Allsen best describes the closing work: “The Symphony No. 4 is one of Beethoven’s shorter and more ‘Classical’ symphonies, particularly in comparison to the massive works that surround it…the third (‘Eroica’) and fifth symphonies.” In this gem audiences will hear all of the composer’s lyrical brilliance and his sly good humor. The concerts take place in Overture Hall at 201 State Street on Friday, February 8 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, February 9 at 8:00 PM and Sunday February 10, at 2:30 PM. Concert tickets are $16.50 to $78.50, available at and through the Overture Center Box Office at ….

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Music Featured on the February 7, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 fm Madison, Wisconsin

02/2/13 9:13 AM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am: The beginning of “The Winter Solstice Mystery” by Aldonis Kalnins, performed by the New York Latvian Concert Choir, the “Ausrums” Chamber Choir, the “Balsis” Youth Choir and the Latvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra. 5:35: am: Conclusion of The Winter Solstice Mystery” by Aldonis Kalnins, performed by the New York Latvian Concert Choir, the “Ausrums” Chamber Choir, the “Balsis” Youth Choir and the Latvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra. 5:58 am: “Winter Scenery”, a traditional Japanese melofy arranged by Yui Kitamura, performed by Lewis Wong (violin) and Chelsea Chen (organ). 6:08 am: “Solstice Suite” by Paul Ferguson, performed by the Almeda Trio. 6:22 am: Concerto in D Major dor Two Flutes and Bassoon and Continuo by Georg Philipp Telemann, performed by the Hanoverian Ensemble. 6:40 am: Sonata No. 5 in G Minor for three oboes, bassoon and basso continuo, performed by principal playor of the Dallas and Houston Symphonies and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. 7:08 am: The 3rd movement from William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 1 (“Afro-American) performed first by the piano duo of Meisha Adderly and Stacey Holliday, then by the Detroit Symphony conducted by Neeme Järvi. 7:16 am: Paul Robeson (accompanied by Lawrence Brown) sings the spiritual “Deep River” )recorded in March, 1927), followed by “String Quartet on Negro Themes” by Daniel Gregory Mason, performed by the Budapest Quartet (recorded in March, 1942). 7:43 am: Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s “Sinfonietta No. 1 for Strings” performed by the Chicago Sinfonietta conducted by Paul Freeman. 7:58 am: The spiritual “Oh Freedom” performed by Chicago A Capella directed by Jonathan Miller.  

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The WORT Madison Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning January 31 2013 Prepared by Rich Samuels

01/30/13 8:44 AM | Rich Samuels

Friday February 1 at 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Dr., Madison. Noon Musicale. Edvard Grieg sonatas for violin and piano featuring Steven Bjellam violin, and Michael Keller, piano Friday February1 at 7 p, at the St. John the Evangelist Church, Spring Green. Sing Out, a Gospel Celebration featuring the Mount Zion Gospel Choir. Call: (608) 588-5851 Web: Lively, passionate, lifting the spirit and consoling the weary soul, music…especially GOSPEL music… sits in the heart of the African American experience. Honoring the unique place of GOSPEL music in the life of African Americans, the RuralMusicians Forum invites Southwest Wisconsin to share in “Sing Out: A Gospel Celebration,” February 1, 2013, featuring the renowned Mt. Zion Gospel Choir of Madison. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Spring Green. Under the direction of Leotha Stanley, the Mt Zion Gospel Choir, which performs annually as part of the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concert, is known for its ability to infuse traditional gospel harmonies with vigor, joy and inspiration.Year after year, the choir has combined jazz, blues and gospel harmonies to “raise the roof” in captivating, spiritually transporting experiences throughout Wisconsin, and it has toured in Germany and France, as well. The choir performed for the Chazen Museum of Art expansion opening, and recent seasons have included performances at Overture Center for the Arts, Middleton Performing Arts Center, Nicolet College and with the UW Varsity Band. Their performances are accompanied by an instrumental ensemble that includes saxophone, flute, bass, percussion, drums and keyboards. In announcing the Mt. Zion Gospel Choir concert, RMF Artistic Director, Kent Mayfield, said “This is an exciting event for young and old, a richly spiritual experience, and an important dimension of our shared life as Americans!” Tickets for priority seating are available free of charge at the Dodgeville Public Library, Arcadia Books in Spring Green and online at the Rural Musicians Forum website: A dessert reception open to all will follow the concert to meet, greet and honor the Mt. Zion Gospel Choir. A free-will offering will be received. The concert is underwritten in part by generous contributions from Grassroots Citizens of Wisconsin and the Spring Green Area Arts Coalition. Saturday. February 2 at 7 pm at Oakwood Village-University Woods Auditorium (repeated Sunday February 3 at 1:30 pm at the UW Arboretum Visitor Center) The Oakwood Chamber Players present a concert called “The Americas”. Music of Paquito d’Rivera, Morten Lauuridsen, Amy Beach, Antonin Dvorak, and Ignacio Cervanted ….

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