The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning December 12, 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 | Rich Samuels
Friday December 20, 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Mdison
The Noon Musicale presents Shannon Farley, violin; Beth Morgan, cello; Greg Punswick, piano
Johannes Brahms – Trio in A minor, Op. 114
Felix Mendelssohn – Trio in D minor, Op. 49
Friday December 13, 7 pm at Blackhawk Evangelical Church, 9620 Brader Way , Middleton
Handel’s “Messiah,” with Festival Choir of Madison.
Stacey Tappan, soprano
Stacey Tappan has distinguished herself as an exceptional musical artist in the United States and abroad. In stellar reviews for her “witty and sexy” Adele in Die Fledermaus with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, she was praised for the production’s “most polished singing… her coloratura bright and well-focused.” Plaudits for her Gilda in Rigoletto with Opéra de Lille included “the revelation of the evening” – “a luminous Gilda” – “tremendous American soprano” – “a magnificent discovery” and “high notes of a splendid sweetness.” She reprised the role with the Opéra de Dijon in 2010.
Emily Lodine, Alto
Emily Lodine is highly regarded for her impressive musical background. Her artistry, silvery voice and mastery of many styles place her in great demand for both concert and operatic performances. She has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philip Glass Ensemble, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the symphonies of Omaha, Milwaukee, Detroit, Jacksonville, Indianapolis and Phoenix. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in Handel’s Messiah under the baton of conductor and composer John Rutter. Equally sought after for operatic appearances, she created the role of Verena Marsh in Stephen Paulus’s opera Summer for Berkshire Opera. Other opera credits include Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with Lyric Opera Cleveland, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Anchorage Opera, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with Opera Grand Rapids, and Verdi’s Falstaff with the Pine Mountain Music Festival.
James Doing, Tenor
James Doing began his career after joining the Netherlands Opera Studio in Amsterdam which launched an international career in opera. Mr. Doing has sung over 70 operatic roles in Paris, Nice, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Antwerp, Turin, Stuttgart, Doha (Qatar), New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Santa Fe, Cleveland, Cooperstown (Glimmerglass), Milwaukee, Madison and elsewhere. He has performed Messiah around the world including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and in Tokyo and Osaka, and is the tenor soloist on the world premiere recording of Beethoven’s Kantate auf die Erhebung Leopolds II zur Kaiserswurde with the Krakow Symphony Orchestra. 2011 and 2012 bring sixteen Passions throughout Holland including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and Messiah and Weihnachtsoratorium in Japan.
Peter Van de Graaff, bass
Hailed by the critics as possessing a “resplendent voice” and “rich, burnished sound” with “formidable skill” and a “commanding grace and strength,” bass-baritone Peter Van De Graaff has sung to great acclaim throughout the world. In Europe, he recently returned from Salzburg where he was a featured soloist at the International Vocal Symposium. He has performed and recorded a Mass by Jan Vorisek with the Czech State Symphony under Paul Freeman and has also sung Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis throughout the Czech Republic and Poland with the Czech Philharmonic. He appeared in Berlin with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron. In Budapest, he sang with the Budapest Concert Orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem and in Tel Aviv, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra joined him in a Mozart Mass.
Friday December 13 7:30 pm at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 328 S. Segoe Road, Madison (repeated Saturday 12/14 at 7:30pm at St. Stephens Lutheran Church, 5700 Pheasant Hill Road, Monona; and Sunday December 15, 3 pm at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Avenue, Madison.
The Madison Area Concert Handbells.
Led this season by conductor Brad Schultz of Luther College (Decorah, Iowa), MACH presents our holiday concerts in a program that parallels the centuries old “Twelve Days of Christmas” carol, chronicling each day and gift in song.
The program begins with Sondra Tucker’s Christmas Carillon, a collage of familiar carols, followed by Kevin McChesney’s setting of The Twelve Days of Christmas, a rhythmic and tonal tour de force, full of interesting twists and turns. The program continues through each of the days of the poem, featuring many guest musicians in addition to the fourteen ringers of MACH. A Partridge in a Pear Tree, or The Lone, Wild Bird (The Hills are Bare at Bethlehem) by Wisconsin composer Paul McKlveen features clarinetist Kim Robey. Local organist Alex Ford joins the choir on Three French Hens, Linda McKechnie’s setting of We Three Kings, and Handel’s familiar Allegro and Hornpipe (Eleven Pipers Piping) set by David Keller. Percussionist Justin Bain will join the choir on Twelve Drummers Drumming, or Carol of the Drum, a new work from the pen of Michael Glasgow, a rising talent in handbell composition.
We hope that you will join us for this unique and festive program!
Advance: Adult is $12; Student (16 & under) / Senior is $9
At the door: Adult is $15; Student (16 & under) / Senior is $12
Advance tickets will be available in December at Cool Beans Coffee Café, Ward-Brodt Music, Metcalfe’s Market at Hilldale, and Orange Tree Imports.
Advance tickets may also be ordered:
To pay with check or money order, you can order by mail — please print an order form and mail with payment to MACH. Advance ticket prices apply.
Group tickets (10 or more) may be ordered in advance for $10 per person, whether Adult, Student or Senior. These are not available at the door; to order, please print an order form and mail with payment (check or money order) to MACH.
Friday December 13, at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 North Orchard, Madison.
The Clocks in Motion Percussion Ensemble.
CLOCKS IN MOTION PRESENTS NEW DISCOVERIES
FEATURING TWO WORLD PREMIERS AND A 3D ANTIPHONAL EXPERIENCE
FRIDAY DECEMBER 13, 2013 7:30 P.M.
WISCONSIN INSTITUTES FOR DISCOVERY
H.F. DELUCA FORUM
330 N. ORCHARD ST, MADISON, WI 53715
$15 GENERAL ADMISSION, $10 W/CURRENT STUDENT ID
ADVANCED TICKETS AVAILABLE AT http://clocksinmotionpercussion.com/events/
Clocks in Motion, Madison’s cutting-edge new music ensemble, will present two highly-anticipated world premieres in a performance entitled New Discoveries, Fri., Dec. 13, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the H.F. Deluca Forum of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.
Local composer John Jeffrey Gibbens’ breathtaking new work Allhallows features two unique instruments built by Clocks in Motion: the quarimba, an unconventionally tuned marimba allowing for a 24-note scale, and the galvitone, a set of meticulously tuned steel pipes.
The second world premiere, Percussion Duo, by Tom Lang, is a virtuosic work for one pianist and one percussionist playing marimba and vibraphone simultaneously in a “stacked” arrangement. Lang, a UW-Madison graduate now living in Minneapolis, creates sophisticated and intertwining rhythms and pitches in this piece, resulting in a dynamic interplay between the musicians.
The program will close with Iannis Xenakis’ powerful composition, Persephassa. This masterpiece features 6 percussionists surrounding the audience with an array of drums, gongs, siren whistles, tam-tams, cymbals, wooden bars, and metal slabs. The resulting three-dimensional antiphonal effect makes for an unmatched live experience.
Tickets are $15 general admission, and $10 with a current student ID.
Hailed as “nothing short of remarkable” (ClevelandClassical.com), Clocks in Motion is a group that performs new music, builds rare instruments, and breaks down the boundaries of the traditional concert program. Formed in 2011, the ensemble is currently in residence at the University of Wisconsin School of Music. The individual members of Clocks in Motion’s unique skill sets and specialties contain an impressive mix of musical styles including, rock, jazz, contemporary classical music, orchestral percussion, marching percussion, and world music styles. Among its many recent engagements, the group served as resident performers and educators at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Rhapsody Arts Center, University of Michigan, Baldwin-Wallace University, and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.
For more information, including advance ticket sales, repertoire, upcoming events, biographies, and media, visit http://clocksinmotionpercussion.com
Friday December 13 at First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Ave. Madison (repeated Sunday 12/15, 3 pm at the same location.
The Perfect Harmony Men’s Chorus presents Festival of Lights,” holiday concert,
web info at perfectharmonychorus.org
Saturday December 14, 7 pm at the Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main, Stoughton.
The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestr presents “Messiah” by Handel.
Few pieces can deliver a fresh perspective each time they are heard. Messiah is one of those works that yields a new secret on every hearing. Performed by the vibrant and professional Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra under baton of Andrew Sewell, the program will featuring four outstanding soloists as well as the Festival Choir of Madison and members of the UW Madrical Singers. No holiday season would be complete without the Messiah: Soaring and uplifting, quiet and consoling, this timeless story of redemption will warm your heart this holiday season. Halleluiah! wcoconcerts.org
Soloists: Stacey Tappan, soprano; Emily Lodine, alto; James Doing, tenor; Peter Van De Graaff, bass.
Saturday December 14, 8 pm at First Congregational United church of Christ, 1609 University Avenue, Madison.
The Madison Bach Musicians. (pre-show lecture at 7:15 pm)
Madison Bach Musicians’ will play its third annual Baroque Holiday Concert on Saturday evening December 14 at First Congregational. Byrd’s celestial a cappella Ave Verum Corpus, Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in A minor—with soloist Marc Vallon, Vivaldi’s fiery La Folia variations, Handel’s gorgeous sacred cantata Gloria for soprano and strings, Bach’s probing and magnificent Cantata BWV 153 Schau, lieber Gott, wie meine Feind, and selections from Handel’s Messiah.
Sunday December 15 beginning at 1:30 pm at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1609 University Avenue, Madison.
Madison Youth Choirs: Arts and Minds: The Madison Youth Shoirs’ Winter Concert Series.
Join Madison Youth Choirs as we celebrate how we see, notice, and explore our world using music and visual art as our lens. Featuring works by Vaughan Williams, Britten, Palestrina, Brahms, Persichetti, Casals, a special arrangement of U2′s “With or Without You” and much, much more.
1:30pm concert: Cantilena, Cantabile, Ragazzi (high school ensembles)
4:30pm concert: Purcell, Britten, Holst, Ragazzi (boychoirs)
7:00pm concert: Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio (girlchoirs)
Tickets available at the door: $12 general admission/free for children under 7.
About the Madison Youth Choirs:
Recognized as an innovator in youth choral music education, Madison Youth Choirs (MYC) welcomes singers of all ability levels, challenging them to learn more than just notes and rhythms. Our singers explore the history, context, and heart of the music, becoming “expert noticers,” using music as a lens to discover the world. MYC serves more than 500 young people, ages 7-18, in 11 single-gender choirs. In summer 2014, MYC boychoirs travel to Scotland for their first appearance at the invitation-only Aberdeen International Youth Festival.
Sunday, December 15, 2 pm at Sun Prairie Methodist Church, 702 North St. Sun Prairie
Do you love watching the YouTube clips of flashmobs surprising mall shoppers with Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah? Wish you could be part of something that beautiful and moving? For the past few years Sun Prairie UMC has been bringing Handel’s Messiah as a sing-a-long concert to our community. Come and be a part of this exciting Holiday celebration!
12/15/2013 – 2pm-3:30pm
Location: Sun Prairie UMC 702 North St, Sun Prairie
Cost: $5 Suggested donation benefiting Shelter from the Storm Ministries (sftsm.org)
Contact Phone #608-837-5554
Sunday December 15 at Madison Turners Hall, 3001 S. Stoughton Road, Madison.
The Madison Maennerchor Christmas Concert.
Info at 608-335-0770 and www.mmc1852.org
Sunday December 15, 4 pm at the Stoughton Opera House, 381 East Main Street, Stoughton
The Stoughton Festival Choir & City Band
Come celebrate the community in the spirit of the Christmas season. Both the Festival Choir and the Stoughton City Band will dazzle with a variety of sacred and secular music, plus a carol sing-along. A wonderful tradition for the whole family!
Tuesday December 17, 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Curch, 203 West Wisconsin Avenue, Madison.
The Isthmus Brass Holiday Music Holiday Music, a benefit for Porchlight.
The concert is free but donations to support the Porchlight mission are appreciated.
The Isthmus Brass, another exciting ensemble from the School of Music, formed in 2009 under the direction of renowned tuba professor John Stevens. The group, comprised of a who’s who from the UW brass faculty and alumni, includes professors of trumpet and trombone John Aley and Mark Hetzler, plus Dave Cooper (DMA), trumpet, Jon Schipper (BM), trumpet, Ricardo Ameida (BM), horn, Dylan Chmura-Moore (DMA), trombone, Mike Forbes (MM), tuba, Keith Lienert (DMA in progress),
percussion, as well as Doug Lindsey (trumpet), Mike Dugan and Mark Hoelscher (trombone).
Wednesday, December 18, Noon at Good Shepherd Church-Raymond Road, 5701 Raymond Road, Madison.
Advent Organ Recital
Mark Bloedow, Organist with Mad City Brass, HeartSong and Audience Carol Sing.
A soup luncheon hosted by our Friends of Music group begins at 11:30am in Peterson Hall. A suggested $5 donation is appreciated.
Wednesday December 18, 12:15 pm at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Avenue, Madison.
Organ concert with organist Bruce Bengston.