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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
7:59 am Rich Samuels: 'Show Close' 4/10/2014
7:50 am The Wisconsin Brass Quintet (1993): '"Spring" from Seasons, a Symphony for Brass Quintet' 4/10/2014
7:48 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/10/2014
7:31 am The Chicago Symphony Orchestra- Daniel Barenboim conducting: 'Symphony No. 1 (1988-89) 3: Chaconne; 4: Epilogue' 4/10/2014
7:30 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/10/2014

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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.

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Music Featured on the January 24 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 fm Madison

01/20/13 10:27 AM | Rich Samuels

Note: This morning’s broadcast features a complete performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera “The Abduction from the Seraglio” by Candid Concert Opera, recorded live at Chicago’s Edgebrook Lutheran Church on December 2, 2012. The performance was repeated on December at Capitol Lakes in Madison. This morning’s broadcast is a pre-birthday celebration for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who was born on January 27, 1756. Cast: Leila Bowie, Soprano (Kostanze) Diana Stoic, Soprano (Blonde) Scott J. Brunscheen, Tenor (Pedrillo) Neil A, Edwards, Bass (Osmin) Tom Kastle, Narrator Codrut Birsan, Conductor. —————————– 5:08 am: Act I of “The Abduction from the Seraglio” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 5:42 am: Beginning of Act II of “The Abduction from the Seraglio” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 6:08 am: Conclusion of Act II of “The Abduction from the Seraglio” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 6:50 am: First movemebt of Symphony No. 25 in G minor K. 183 by Wolfgang Amadeuz Mozart. Performed by the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields conducted by Neville Marriner. 7:08 am: Act III of “The Abduction from the Seraglio” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 7:41 am: Kyrie from the Mass in C minor K.427 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart featuring Felicity Lott, soprano with the Chorus of Saint Martin in the Fields directed by Laszlo Heltay. 7:48 am: Third movement from Piano Concerto in E flat K, 482 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Pianist Ivan Moravec is accompanied by the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields conducted by Neville Marriner.

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The WORT 89.9 fm Madison Area Classical Music Calander for the Week Beginning January 17 Prepared by Rich Samuels

01/15/13 2:57 PM | Rich Samuels

Friday, January 18 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison. Pianist Karlos Moser. “Everything You Wanted to Know about Bach Fugues” Friday, January 28, 7:30 pm (repeated Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm) ay Overture Center-Overture Hall: The Madison Symphony Orchestra conducted by John DeMain with pianist Gabriela Montero who will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Also on the program are Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6. John DeMain and the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) celebrate the first concert of the New Year with the MSO debut of Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero, who will perform Beethoven’s playful Piano Concerto No. 1. The January 18-20 concerts open with blue cathedral by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon and close with Dvořák’s sunny Symphony No. 6. Many will remember Montero as the pianist who joined legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman and popular cellist Yo-Yo Ma at President Obama’s 2008 inauguration. “Simplicity and joy of life are the essence of her music making,” said Ma of Montero’s artistry on that occasion. Montero has enchanted audiences on CBS’s “60 Mintues” and National Public Radio with her powerful playing and fearless improvisations that echo the skill of great classical masters like Mozart and Beethoven, who commonly improvised their own cadenzas. In fact, Beethoven wrote his Piano Concerto No. 1 during his early days in Vienna, where he had arrived just months after Mozart departed. He poured all his youthful power and enthusiasm into it. Although Montero will play Beethoven’s cadenza for his concerto, she will take suggestions from the audience to improvise on for her encore. Raised in El Sistema, the same groundbreaking Venezuelan music education program that produced conductor Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s charismatic music director, Montero was forced to keep her improvisational skill a secret until the great pianist Martha Argerich “discovered” her and put her on the path to an international career. DeMain continues his highly successful mission of bringing new works to light for MSO audiences with his choice of the opening piece for this concert. Jennifer Higdon, one of America’s most popular composers, has won numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize for her Violin Concerto. blue cathedral has been one of her most successful works, composed shortly after the death of her brother. Higdon said she thought of cathedrals as places of “thought, growth, spiritual expression, serving as a symbolic doorway into and out of this world.” The work was commissioned for the 75th Anniversary of the ….

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Music Featured on the January 17, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 fm Madison

01/15/13 2:00 PM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am: Concerto in E minor for Flute, Bassoon, Strings and Continuo TWV 52.e2 by Georg Philipp Teleman. Performance by the Hanoverian Ensemble featuring John Solum (flute) and Thomas Sevcovic (bassoon). 5:21 am: The Trio Settecento (Rachel Barton Pine, John Mark Rozendaal and David Schrader) plt the Sonata in G major of Jean-Marie Leclair. 5:39 am: Sonata Two for Two OBoesm Bassoon and Continuo by Jan Dismas Zelenka. Performed by principal players from the Dallas and Houston Symphonies. 5:58 am: “Valse carresante” by Ricardo Castro, performed by pianist Jorge Federico Ossorio. 6:08 am: Organist Florence Mustric performs three organ chorals of César Franck composed in 1890. 6:55 am: “Mazurca melancolica” by Ricardo Castro performed by pianist Jorge Federico Ossorio. 7:08 am: “Ghost Ranch” by Michael Daugherty (inspired by Georgia O’Keefe. Performed by The Bournemouth Symphony conducted by Marin Alsop. 7:34 am: “The River Cam” by Eric Whitacre, performed bt the Strings of the London Symphony Orchestra and cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. 7:47 am: “I Shudder to Think” by Nico Muhly. Perormed by the Columbus State University Percussion Ensemble. 7:57 am: Organist Cameron Carpenter plays Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” on the Marshall & Ogletree Opus 5 digital organ.    

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The WORT 89.9 fm Madison Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning January 10 2013 Prepared by Rich Samuels

01/8/13 1:07 PM | Rich Samuels

  Friday January 11, 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society Auditorium, 900 University Bar Drive, Madison. Scott Ellington, oboe; Ted Reinke, piano. Music of Eric Ewazen and Jean Berger. Web: Friday January 11, 8 pm at the Overture Center-Capitol Theater 201 State St., Madison. Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra with Claude Delangle, saxophone. French Saxophonist, Claude Delangle returns for two major works for the instrument – the Villa-Lobos Fantasia and Glazunov Concerto for Alto Saxophone in E-flat. Claude’s fine playing in 2007 brought new meaning to the words “brilliant and breath taking.” His sublime skill and creamy sound evoke gasps of delight from his audiences. Be prepared for encores! Also featured on the program is Bizet’s Jeux d’enfants, Op.22 (Children’s Games). Originally a set of twelve pieces for piano for four hands, he later orchestrated the piece into this delightful suite of five movements, which celebrates youth. Beethoven’s rarely heard Twelve Contradances, and Mozart’s lively Symphony No. 31 (Paris) promise an evening of delightful discovery. Soloist, researcher and pedagogue, Claude Delangle, one of the greatest contemporary saxophonists, stands out as the master of the French saxophone. Privileged interpreter for classic works, he enriches the repertoire and encourages creation by collaborating with the most renowned composers, including L. Berio, P. Boulez, Toru Takemitsu, A. Piazzolla, and promoting the youngest. Since 1986, he is an invited saxophonist in the Ensemble Intercontemporain, he also appears as soloist with the most prestigious orchestras (London BBC, Radio France, Radio of Finland, WDR Köln, Berlin Philharmonic, Kioi Tokyo) and works with D. Robertson, P. Eötvös, K. Nagano, E.P. Salonen, Miung Wung Chung, G. Bernstein and many other conductors. Saturday January 12 at 7:30 pm, Overture Center-Overture Hall, 2012 State Street, Madison. Madison Symphony Orchestra Concert Organ Series continues with the Westminster Choir of Westminster College of Princeton, NJ. The Westminster Choir of the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, has set the standard for choral excellence for nearly nine decades. The choir is in residence every summer at the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina. Its 40 members also form the core of the 175-voice Westminster Symphonic Choir, which performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and major European orchestras. THE PROGRAM: “APPEAR & INSPIRE” I. TOMAS LUIS DE VICTORIA Missa Alma Redemptoris: Kyrie GUSTAV HOLST Nunc Dimitis II. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf, BWV 226 III. BENJAMIN BRITTEN Hymn to St. Cecilia IV. ANNE WILSON Toccata CHARLES MARIE WIDOR Andante sostenuto from Symphony Gothique, Op. 70 LEO SOWERBY Pageant ….

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Music Featured on the January 10, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 fm Madison

01/4/13 12:15 PM | Rich Samuels

5:00 am: Symphony No. 3 (composed 1939-1940) by Alfredo Casella (1883-1947) performed by the ORchestra sinfonica di Roma conducted by Francesco La Vecchia. 5:55 am: “La Nuit” by Félicien David (1810-1876) performed by James ehnes on a 1676 Andrea Guareri viola from the collection of David Fulton. 6:08 am: String Quartet No. 5 (1991) by Philip Glass, performed by the Kronos Quartet. 6:37 am: “Ciranda Das Sete Notas” (“Seven-note Round”) by Heitor Villa-Lobos, performed by Joseph Polisi (bassoon) and Thomas Schmidt (piano). 6:49 am: “From Afar” by Josepg Schwantner (b. 1943) performed by guitarist Nicholas Goluses. 7:08 am: “Meanwhile”, incidental music for an imaginary puppet show, by Stephen Hartke (b. 1952), performed by Eighth Blackbird. (This work has been nominated for a Grammy award in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category). 7:28 am: Piano Concerto Op. 32 (1940) by Rudolph Ganz (1877-1972), performed by pianist Ramon Salvatore and the Chicago Sinfonietta conducted by PAul Freeman. 7:54 am: “Ebeli: Mazurka de Salon” by Gelipe Villanueva (1862-1893). Performed by pianist Jorge Federic Osorio.  

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The WORT 89.9 fm Madison Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning January 3 2013

01/1/13 9:52 PM | Rich Samuels

Sunday January 6, 12:30 pm at the Chazen Museum of Art-Brittingham Gallery III 750 University Ave. Madison. Sunday Afternoon Live features guitarist Nathan Wysock. Nathan Wysock (who teaches at Lawrence University and Edgewood College) received the Doctor of Musical Arts (with a major in guitar performance and a minor in early music) and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. He earned the Bachelor of Music degree from Illinois State University. Mr. Wysock is an avid performer of both solo and ensemble repertoire and has performed in competitions in the United States and abroad. He has been a featured performer on Wisconsin Public Radio and is a member of L’ensemble Portique, a group dedicated to both early and modern music. He recently premiered Wrecked Angels by Geoffrey Gordon, a work for flute, cello and guitar. His scholarly work includes lecture recitals on tango composer Astor Piazzolla and 19th-century guitarist Victor Magnien. Mr. Wysock is a dedicated teacher who has been on the faculty of several community programs, the secondary guitar program at the Eastman School of Music, and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Sunday January 6, 3 pm at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church-Raymond Rd. 5701 Raymond Rd. , Madison Epiphany Concert. Featured will be the Camerata String Quartet; Field Stark, Soprano; Matthew Sundell, Trumpet; and Mark Bloedow, Organist. A varied program of seasonal music is planned including audience Carol singing. A freewill offering is appreciated. Monday January 7, 7 pm at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Ave. , Madison. Organ recital by Wyatt Smith. The program will feature music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles Ore and Louis Vierne. A free-will offering will be collected. Wyatt Smith, organist, is an undergraduate student at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he is pursuing an undergraduate degree in organ performance as a student of Dr. Larry Schou.

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Music Featured on the January 3, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT Madison

12/28/12 8:54 AM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am: Concerto for 2 Flutes in A Major YWV 53:A1 by Georg Philipp Telemann. Performed by the Hanoverian Ensemble 5:19 am: Nocturnal after John Dowland for Guitar by Benjamin Britten. Performed by Nicholas Goluses. 5:37 am: Sonata One for Two Oboes, Bassoon and Continuo by Jan Dismas Zelenka. Performed by a chamber ensemble including Layton James. 5:54 am: Allegro Giacoso by Cedric Adderley. Performed by pianists Meisha Adderley and Stacey Holliday. 6:08 am: Histoires Naturelles: The Peacock, the Vulture, The Swan, The Kingfisher, The Guinea Hen: songs by Maurice Ravel. Performed by Steven Swanson, baritone, accompanied by pianist David Gompper. 6:24 am: Three arias from “The Barber of Seville”: by Gioacchino Rossini (“Ecco ridente in cielo”, “Un dottore della mia sorte”, “Largo al factotum”) performed by bassoonists Frank Morelli and Harry Searing. 6:43 am: “The Other Side of Time” by Brian Fenelly performed by the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble directed by Charles Pelz. 7:08 am: Selections from the “Troisieme Concert” of Francois Couperin performed by Trio Settecento. 7:15 am: “Gitarre” by Moritz Moszkowski performed by violinist James Ehnes. 7:21 am: “Introduction and Allegro by Moritz Moszkowski, performed on an Aeolian residential organ built in 1913 for the daughter of railroad baron Jay Gould. 7:34 am: Double Sextet by Steve Reich, performed by Eitgth Blackbird” 7:57 am: “Bye Bye Blues”, performed in 1952 by Les Paul and Mary Ford.            

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Madison Area Classicl Music Calendar for the Week Beginning December 27, 2012

12/25/12 10:30 PM | Rich Samuels

Thursday December 27 7 pm at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Avenue Madison The Third Day of Christmas Carol Sing and Organ Concert. An offering will be taken to support local food pantries – monetary contributions are encouraged. Web: www, Saturday December 29, 1 pm at Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St., Madison Madison Marimba Quartet in Concert: OUR GIFT TO YOU. Marimba Quartet to play annual Our Gift To You Concert The Madison Marimba Quartet (MMQ) will perform the 17th annual Our Gift To You free concert on Saturday, December 29 at 1:00 in the afternoon at Mills Concert Hall on the UW campus. Quartet members, Laura Guse, Tim Gruber, Tom Shaver and Jim Latimer team together to rehearse and perform this “between the holidays” concert as their” way to give back to the community,” – something this quartet has been doing since 1996. “The music is the message” according to Latimer, the Quartet’s founder, who went on to say that folks are usually looking for positive, creative and family things to do between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. For MMQ the past sixteen concerts billed as “Our Gift To You” have been exciting and successful. Latimer (Oregon, Wis.) is Professor Emeritus from the UW-Madison School of Music, conductor of Madison’s own Capitol City Band and the VFW 1318 Volunteer Band and a recent fellow inductee into the Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Science. Laura Guse (Middleton) is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at UW Hospital and Clinics. Tim Gruber (Madison) is a free-lance percussionist and music teacher in the Madison Schools and Tom Shaver (Portage) is band director at Portage High School. “We’ve played together for a long time,” says Gruber, “weekly rehearsals pay-off; besides it’s fun and a stress-reliever from usual day-to-day activities. Sometimes we have to bring our kids but they have learned to listen, read and do quiet activities during the rehearsals.” MMQ was founded in 1980 and has played throughout Wisconsin and on WI Public Radio; from Rockford IL and Tulsa OK to Bethesda MD and Washington DC. They delight audiences of all ages with their combined talents, virtuosity and personalities and perform regularly by invitation for a fee. MMQ promises an exciting program of music from the classical Beethoven Finale-Allegro from Quartet No. 13, Opus 130 to the wild and wacky (at least in title) A Shot in the Dark or Inspector Clouseau by Mancini. The program is also likely to include one movement from Quartets by Alice Smith and Felix ….

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Music Featured on the December 27 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT Madison

12/24/12 9:13 AM | Rich Samuels

  5:09 am: J.S. Bach’s Sonata in G major BWV 1027 performed by Jeremy McCoy (double bass) and Matthew Larkin (positiv organ). 5:23 am: Guitarist Nicholas Goluses performs “Variations on a La Folia d’Espana” by Manuel Ponce (commisioned by Andres Segovia in 1929. 5:48 am:  Concerto for 2 Mandolins, strings and basso continuo in G major by Antonmio Vivaldi. 6:08 am: Eddie Cantor sings “Making Whoopee”, “A Girlfriend of a Boyfriend of Mine” and “My Baby Just Cares for Me” from the sound track of the 1930 United Artists Film “Whoopee”. This was the first film for which Alfred Newman served as musical director. 6:16 am: Alfred Newman conducts the United Artists studio orchestra in the overture to the film “Whoopee”. (From a transcription disc). 6:26 am: Music composed for the 1931 Goldwyn film “Street Scene”. The music is excerpted from the sound track 6:38 am: Selections from music composed by Mychael Danna for the Ang Lee film”The Life of Pi”. 7:08 am: Rich Samuels interviews composer Michael Daugherty. (Pre-recorded). 7:58 am: The Oakwood Chamber Players perform Jule Styne’s “Let it Snow”/

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Madison Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning December 20

12/19/12 8:19 PM | Rich Samuels

Saturday December 22, 5 pm at the James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation 2146 E. Johnson St. , Madison Winter Solstice Singing Celebration. Songs & readings for the season Call: 608-242-8887 Sunday December 23, 2:00 pm Olbrich Gardens-Evjue Commons, 3330 Atwood Ave. , Madison. Madison Horn Club. Horn Ensemble. The Madison Horn Club (MAD HOC) is directed by former UW Horn Professor, Doug Hill. Sunday December 23, 2:30 pm in the Capitol Rotunda. Madison East Seventh-Day Adventist Church Christmas Concert. Madison East Seventh-Day Adventist Church will sponsor a Christmas Concert in Romanian, Spanish, and English. Sunday December 23, 3:00 pm at The Crossroads Church, 3815 Dutch Mill Rd. , Madison. Sandy La Clair & the Impact of Brass. “‘Twas the Brass Before Christmas,” free concert. We will present the Christmas Story in Text & Music. The second half of the program features jazzy family Holiday favorites All proceeds will be donated to the Bread of Life Food Pantry. The Impact of Brass is a 6-piece professional brass group with percussion. This group was formed in 1981 and performs for concerts and events throughout this part of the Midwest. Call: 608-222-1159 Web:

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