The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning April 24, 2014 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | Rich Samuels
Friday April 25, 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison
Handel, Harbach and more by Susan Savage Day, Rebekah Demaree, Sharon Jensen, Carol Carlson, David Cooper & Thomas Taylor Dickey
Music of Handel, Barbara Harbach, Lori Laitman, Alessandro Melani, Thomas Pasatieri and Eric Whitacre
Friday April 25, 7:30 pm at Monona United Methodist Church (repeated 4/27 3 pm at Bethany United Methodist Church)
The Philharmonic Chorus of Madison presents Legacies: Five Centuries of Choral Music.
All directed by: Patrick Gorman
Works of: Finzi, LeJeune, Mendelssohn, Augustinas, Britten, Byrd, Monteverdi Praulins, Vaughan Williams, and world premiere: “Song of a Second April” by: J. Guy Stalnaker
Friday April 25, 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW-Madison Wind Ensemble conducted by Scott Teeple.
“Profanation”, Leonard Bernstein/arr.Bencriscutto
“Concerto for Wind Percussion and Wind Ensemble”, Karel Husa
“Colonial Song”, Percy Grainger
“Raise the Roof”, Michael Daugherty
“Symphony in Three Movements”, John Stevens
Friday April 25 8 pm at Overture Center/Overture Hall 201 State Street, Madison (repeated Sunday 4/27 2:30 pm at the same location).
Madison Opera’s “Dead Man Walking”
Adaptation of Sister Helen Prejean’s book by Jake Heggie & Terrence McNally, 8 pm on 4/25 and 2:30 pm, 4/27, Overture Center-Overture Hall. $121-$18. 608-258-4141
“Dead Man Walking makes the most concentrated impact of any piece
of American music theater since West Side Story.” – The Guardian (London).
Since its premiere in 2000, Dead Man Walking has become a modern classic, one of the most important, powerful operas ever written. Based on Sister Helen Prejean’s book that inspired the movie of the same name, it tells of a nun’s journey as the spiritual advisor of a convicted murderer on Louisiana’s death row. From its shocking beginning to its emotionally searing final scene, this opera changes everyone who encounters it. Its stunning score and intense story combine into a work that “must be reckoned something of a masterpiece – a gripping, enormously skillful marriage of words and music to tell a story of love, suffering and spiritual redemption” (San Francisco Chronicle).
Parental advisory: This opera contains nudity, graphic violence, and explicit language, and is not recommended for anyone under age 18.
Saturday April 26 noon at Grace Episcopal Church. 116 West Washington Ave., Madison
Grace Presents: New and Historic Music for Baroque Flute
Millie Chang brings together an ensemble of some of Madison’s most talented classical instrumentalists for a unique recital for baroque flute featuring compositions from three centuries. Repertory for this concert ranges from Baroque compositions by Handel and Telemann to works by contemporary composers including John Thow, Betsy Warren, Jerry Owen, and John McDonald
Millie Chang ~ flute
Danielle Breisach ~ flute
Kangwon Kim ~ violin
Kirstin Ihde ~ harpsichord
Eric Miller ~ viola da gamba
Noon – 1PM
Grace Episcopal Church
116 W. Washington, Madison WI 53703
Saturday April 26 3 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW-Madison Guest Artist Series presents its annual Javanese Gamelon and Dance Concert directed by Steve Laronga and Peggy Choy; with guest artists Christina Sunardi (Univ. of Washington), Roger Vetter (Grinnell College), and Val Vetter (Grinnell College).
Saturday April 26 8 pm at Farley’s House of Pianos, 6522 Seybold Road, Madison.
The Salon Piano Series: Pianist Ryan McCullough plays the last three Beethoven Piano Sonatas.
Ryan McCullough has developed a diverse career as a soloist and collaborator, comfortable with repertoire ranging from standard works to electroacoustic improvisation. He has appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. McCullough received his Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, and is currently Sage Fellow in Contemporary Performance Practice at Cornell University.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Farley’s House of Pianos and Orange Tree Imports on Monroe Street, or by calling 271-2626 to reserve tickets by credit or debit card. Farley’s House of Pianos is located at 6522 Seybold Road on Madison’s west side near the Beltline, and plenty of free parking is available. It is also easy to reach by bicycle or Madison Metro. A reception will follow the concert.
Salon Piano Series is a non-profit founded by Tim and Renée Farley to continue the tradition of concerts at Farley’s House of Pianos. Please visit salonpianoseries.org for more information.
Saturday April 26 8 pm at Mills Hall 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW-Madison Choral Union conducted by Beverly Taylor presenting Rachmaninoff’s Vespers.
$10/Adults & General Public
Free/Students and Seniors.
Remaining tickets at door.
Call (608) 265-ARTS (2787) for ticket info.
Sunday April 27 2 pm at Mills Hall,, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW-Madison University Bands.
Monday April 28 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
CCE continues its mission to present the music of living composers. This year’s featured composers include Kathryn Alexander, Suzanne Sorkin, and David Gompper
Tuesday April 29 7:30 pm at Mills Hall.
Twisted Metal: the UW Horn Choir.
Every spring, the UW Horn Choir reformulates itself as Twisted Metal, Wisconsin?s premiere all-horn rock band. Students arrange favorite songs, and the group adds a drummer in order to rock out in style. On April 29, join us for a concert of hits by Lorde, Heart, Radiohead, Aerosmith and many more. Last year?s concert featured plenty of hair gel, chaps, and eye liner. Like us on Facebook (search for Twisted Metal), but – even better – like us live and in person.
Wednesday 12:15 pm at Luther Memorial Church 1021 University Avenue, Madison.
Organ concert featuring Bruce Bengston.