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The WORT Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning April 17, 2014 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 | Rich Samuels

Thursday April 17, 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison. The Pro Arte Quartet.presents music of Mozart, Menselssohn and Bartok String Quartet in C Major, K. 465 (1785), by W. A. Mozart String Quartet No. 1 (1909), by Béla Bartók String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44 No. 2 (1837), by Felix Mendelssohn he Pro Arte Quartet was founded in 1911-12 by students at the Brussels Conservatory. Violinist Alphonse Onnou was the leader, and the other founding members included Laurent Halleux (violin), Germain Prévost (viola), and Fernand Auguste Lemaire (‘cello). The quartet made its début in Brussels in 1913 and soon became known as an exponent of modern music. The Pro Arte played their American debut in 1926, performing at the inauguration of the Hall of Music in the Library of Congress, Washington, DC. They returned for thirty tours to the United States, as well as a tour of Canada, often under the auspices of the noted patron of chamber music, Mrs. Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. Their first visit to Madison was in 1938, where, two years later, the musicians were stranded by Hitler?s invasion of Belgium and the outbreak of World War II. Following their concert on campus, the University of Wisconsin chancellor offered a permanent home to the quartet ? it was the first such residency ever in a major American university, and became the model on which many other similar arrangements were developed at other institutions. Onnou died in 1940, but the quartet continued until 1947 as quartet-in-residence at Wisconsin University, led first by Antonio Brosa and from 1944 by Rudolf Kolisch. The Pro Arte became the faculty string quartet at UW-Madison in the late 1950s, an appointment that continues to the present day. Thursday April 17 8:30 pm at Morphy Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison The Black Music Ensemble Friday April 18, 7:30 pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1609 University Avenue, Madison (repeated Saturday April 19 at 7:30 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison) The Madison Bach Musicians with the Madison Choral Project present the Mass in B Minor by J.S. Bach. Marc Vallon, conduction. Cost: $25 ($20 adv.) Call: 608-238-6092 Web: On April 18 & 19 the Madison Bach Musicians will collaborate with the Madison Choral Project in two complete performances of Bach’s monumental Mass in B minor. These concerts will feature an entirely period-instrument orchestra of outstanding baroque performance specialists hailing from throughout the United States–Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, San Francisco, Chicago, …. more »

The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning March 27, 2014 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 | Rich Samuels

Friday March 28 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison. The Noon Musicale Presents “They Say that Irving Berlin is Wonderful,” with Karlos & Melinda Moser Saturday March 29, noon at Grace Episcopal Church, 118 West Washington Ave., Madison. The Grace Presents series presents Grsminy. Founded in 2010, Graminy is based in Madison, Wisconsin. They seek to fuse the classical and grassroots traditions, from Bach to bluegrass, from Copland to Celtic, from Gershwin to native American, from Kodaly to klezmer, and more. Drawing on all these styles, Graminy composes and arranges all its music, which includes lots of quick changes, generous improvisations, and occasional singing. They call their style “class-grass.” More at No tickets needed. Come as you are. All ages. Bring a “picnic” lunch if desired. Thank you to music lovers like you who have given free-will donations to continue the Grace Presents Concert Series. We also thank Dane Arts for their support, with additional funds from the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation. Saturday March 29 7:30 pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 116 West Washington Ave., Madison. The Wisconsin Chamber Choir presents its spring concert. The riches of Russian choral music will be represented by selections from Rachmaninoff’s Vespers along with ravishingly beautiful works by Grechaninov and Chesnokov. The scope widens to include sacred and secular music from various former Soviet Republics. Works by Veljo Tormis (Estonia), Pēteris Vasks (Latvia) and Vytautas Miškinis (Lithuania) exemplify the vibrant choral traditions of the Baltic states. Sacred and secular works from Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, and Belarus round out this fascinating and varied program. There is also the possibility of something by Lennon and McCartney to bring things to a rousing close. Advance tickets are available for $15 from, via Brown Paper Tickets, o r at Willy Street Coop (East and West locations) and Orange Tree Imports. Student tickets are $10. Contact 273-4609 for additional information. Founded in 1999, the Madison-based Wisconsin Chamber Choir has established a reputation for excellence in the performance of oratorios by Bach, Mozart, and Haydn; a cappella masterworks from various centuries; and world-premieres. Dr. Robert Gehrenbeck is the Wisconsin Chamber Choir’s Artistic Director. Web: Saturday Mach 29 8 pm at Mills Hall, 455 N. Park Street, Madison. The UW Faculty Concert Series presents the Wisconsin Brass Quintet. Founded in 1972, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet is a faculty ensemble-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music. The quintet’s musical expertise has been acknowledged by Verne Reynolds, Jan Bach, Karel Husa, …. more »

The WORT 89.9 fm Madison Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning January 24 prepared by Rich Samuels

Monday, 21 January 2013 | Rich Samuels

Friday January 25, 12:15 at the First Unitarian Society Auditorium, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison. Noon Musicale featuring Dawn Lawler, flute; Laura Medisky, oboe and Vincent Fuh, piano. The program includes rios by Telemann, Alec Templeton, Madeleine Dring & Brian Duford. Friday, January 25, 4:30 pm at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard St. , Madison. Pianist Stefano Guaresi: ” From Mantova to Madison, Music in the Sister Cities” Call: (608) 262-3907 Web: Gueresi is an accomplished composer and pianist, having performed in dozens of cities in 14 different countries. At the age of 15, he won an interregional competition for emerging artists, organized by radio stations in northern Italy. After studying with the concert pianist Elizabeth Muller Vivanti and the composer John Paynter, Gueresi was the keyboardist for the band “Supergruppo,” and his single, “Never Fall in Love” was in the top ten charts in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in 1983. His music, which he describes as “evocative of distant and fantastic times and places,” is rooted in the classical tradition, but also in the pop romantic-symphonic sounds of the seventies. His work was featured in fashion shows, ballets, concerts, and soundtracks. “The Gates of Twilight” inspired by the French poet Arthur Rimabud, was donated Rimbaud’s birth city, Charleville-Meziers. Gueresi is a member of the board of representatives for the Lucio Campiani Conservatory in Mantua. Friday January 25, 7:30 pm at Farley’s House of Pianos, 6522 Seybold Road, Madison. Pianist Daniel del Pino. Program: Granados Andaluza Oriental Rondalla Aragonesa Albéniz Asturias Sevilla Albaicín Herrarte – Tres Danzas Falla – Ritual Fire Dance Messiaen – Le Baiser de l’Enfant Jésus (from Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus) Mollicone – Misteria Liszt – Totentanz Call: (608)-271-2626 Web: Friday, January 25, 7:30 pm at the First Unitarian Society Auditorium, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison. Madison Savoyards annual winter concert of Gilbert & Sullivan songs. Call: 231-9005 Web: Friday, January 25, 7:30 pm at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1833 Regent Street, Madison. Suzanne Beia and Laura Burns, violinists, Chris Dozoryst, violist, Karl Levine, cello and Nancy MacKenzie, clarinetist. Music of Mozart and Brahms. Call: 233-3249 Web: Friday January 25, 7:30 pm at the Rhapsody Arts Center of Verona, 271 S. Main St. , Verona. Pianist Leo Van Asten. The program will include: Variations on “Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman” K. 265 by Mozart Fantasie in C minor K. 475 by Mozart The Tempest Sonata in D minor by Beethoven Ecoissaise by Beethoven Saturday, January 26, Noon, at Grace Episcopal …. more »

Madison Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning December 6

Wednesday, 5 December 2012 | Rich Samuels

Classical Calendar for 6-13 December Friday December 7 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 8900 University Bay Drive. Madison The Noon Musicale features Bach, Mozart, Chopin and the Fortepiano with Trevor Stephenson. 608- 233-9774 Friday December 7, 7 pm at the Blackhawk Evangelical Church, 9620 Brader Way, Middleton The Wisconsin chamber Orchestra and the Festival Choir of Madison perform Handel’s Messiah. Sold out for three years in a row, we return for a fourth year to present Handel’s most well known work, Messiah. This eternal holiday favorite is performed by the WCO along with the powerful voices of four soloists and The Festival Choir of Madison in the East Auditorium of Blackhawk Church in Middleton. 608-258-4141 (to see if there are still tickets available). Friday, December 7 at 7 pm at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 914 East Knapp Street, Milwaukee UW Madison’s Christopher Taylor performs the Vingt Regards sur l’Enfsnt Jésus; PianoArts is pleased to present pianist Christopher Taylor, renowned for his interpretation of Messiaen’s monumental work, Vingt Regards sur L’Enfant Jésus, in a performance of this important work at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 914 East Knapp Street, Milwaukee, WI, at 7:00 PM on Friday, December 7, 2012. Tickets are available online at or by calling 414-255-0801. In addition, Timothy Benson, organist at Saint Paul’s Church will present a lecture and performance of Messiaen’s work on Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 PM at Saint Paul’s. Admission is free with a ticket to the December 7 concert. Vingt Regards is a collection of twenty short contemplations on the infant Jesus by “God the Father,” “the Mother Virgin Mary,” the angels, wise men, birds from the heights, silence, time, the stars and the cross. The music is a kaleidoscope of radiant colors, birdsongs, mini-orchestral sounds, Christmas bells and Hindu drums. Based in Milwaukee, PianoArts’ mission is to foster appreciation and performance of classical music by identifying and mentoring a new generation of pianists with exceptional musical and verbal communication skills and by presenting them to diverse audiences. Friday December 7, 7 pm (repeated Saturday 12/8 at 7 pm) at Edgewood College-Saint Joseph Chapel, 1000 Edgwood College Drive, Madison. Edgewood College Concert Band, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Women’s Choir & Chamber Singers. Edgewood College Music Department presents the 85th annual Christmas concerts. Friday December 7, 7:30 pm (repeated Sunday 12/9 at 7:30 pm) at Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St., Madison UW Choral Union & Symphony Orchestra The Choral Union (directed by Beverly Taylor) presents Brahms’ masterwork Ein Deutsches Requiem …. more »

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