The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning August 1, 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”
Monday, 29 July 2013 | Rich Samuels
Thursday August 1, 2013, 7 pm at Rennebohm Park, 115 N. Eau Claire Ave., Madison.
The Capitol City Band presents its 800th free concert.
The band is certain to “put on the ritz” at Rennebohm Park on Thursday, August 1 as the Capitol City Band celebrates concert number 800. The highlight work will feature the Wisconsin Dells Singers and Dancers (musicians of the Ho Chunk Nation) in a piece written by the late Kenneth Funmaker set to music with band by Jim Latimer and arranged by Madison’s Frank Ferriano. According to Latimer, the Ho Chunk musicians, Leader-Elliott Funmaker, will drum and sing Soldier Chief’s Song to an integrated band arrangement that will be played by the Capitol City Band. The Ho Chunk dancers in full regalia will do traditional tribal dance. The piece was first premiered on the Square for Dane 175. When asked why he chose this piece to celebrate this milestone concert achievement, Latimer said “It takes us back to our roots. Elliott Funmaker, his family, and the musicians I have come to know are very talented and have a very spiritual message in their celebrations and respect for the meaning of life, country and music. Afterall, there’s something spiritual about the now 45-year tradition of the Capitol City Band’s summer concerts-in-the-park.”
The remainder of the program will be “Americana” including Irving Berlin’s Songs for America, Arms of America by Arthur Pryor and LaBelle Americana (songs about American women) arranged by Warren Barker. Three professional singers, Rachel Warrick, Nora Edie and Abby Nichols, all of Madison, will join for their trio rendition of Cabaret followed by How Long Has Then Been Going On. The program also includes The President’s March (Fillmore), Daydream (J.B. Sebastian), The Four Hornsmen (D. Bennett) featuring the horn section, Begin the Beguine (C. Porter) and A Celebration of Spirituals (arranged by W. Barker). Board Chairman, Nancy Riesch-Flannery, says “it seems fitting to close with Semper Fidelis or Always Faithful (in translation) by J. P. Sousa because one of Latimer’s messages to the audience at every concert is that the march king’s music reminds us of who we are, why we are here and where we are going.”
Friday August 2, 7:300 pm at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Avenue, Madison (Repeated Sunday August 4, 3 pm, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 326 South Segoe Road, Madison).
The Isthmus Vocal Ensemble in Concert.
Join us for our 12th season of transformative choral performances featuring masterworks by Bach, Brahms, Mahler, Sweelinck, and Britten.
We perform Friday evening in the glorious acoustics of Luther Memorial Church, and Sunday afternoon in the more intimate Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Saturday August 3, 3 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Ave. , Madison.
The Madison Mellophonium Jazz Orchestra.
The Stan Kenton Mellophonium Orchestra lasted for just 3 years, but its music lives on through the work of the Madison Mellophonium Jazz Orchestra. The MMJO will perform this music of the under the direction of Kenton alumnus Joel Kaye and with Kenton Orchestra alums in the trumpet section and UW Jazz Studies Professor Johannes Wallmann in Kenton’s piano chair. 3:00 PM. First United Methodist Church, 201 Wisconsin Avenue. Free admission.
Sunday August 4, 4:30 pm at Farley’s House of Pianos, 6522 Seybold Road, Madison.
Farley’s presents pianist Frank Glazer (now in his 98th year).
The performance will include works by Haydn, Beethoven, Samuel Barber, Liszt, and Verdi.
The concert is the inaugural event of the Salon Piano Series, a new non-profit founded by Tim and Renée Farley to continue the tradition of concerts at Farley’s House of Pianos.
As a concert pianist, Mr. Glazer studied ways to reinvent piano technique, beginning with a study of the most efficient way to create sound. He credits this study with his ability to play successfully into his 90s. In his teenage years, Mr. Glazer played in Vaudeville. Alfred Strelsin, a New York signage manufacturer and arts patron, provided the funds for him to travel to Berlin in 1932 to study with Artur Schnabel; he also studied with Arnold Schoenberg. In 1939, he performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Sergei Koussevitzky.
Mr. Glazer taught at the Eastman School of Music from 1965-1980. In 1980, he left Eastman and became an artist in residence at Bates College in Maine. For his many distinguished performances and varied repertoire, Glazer was awarded the Paderewski Piano Medal in London, given annually to an “Artist of Superlative Degree.”