The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning December 19, 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 | Rich Samuels

Friday December 20, 7:30 pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 116 West Washington, Madison.
The Wisconsin Chamber Choir presents “Wake, Awake” with the works of Bach, Pausin and Oquin. (including Bach’s cantata 240, “Wachet aug, ruft ins die Stimme”)

Join the Wisconsin Chamber Choir to usher in the holiday season with J. S. Bach’s most famous cantata, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (“Wake, Awake, a Voice is Calling”), featuring some of Bach’s most beloved melodies. Appearing with the WCC in this work are a stellar cast of soloists and Sinfonia Sacra, the WCC’s own professional orchestra. Additional highlights of the concert include a set of hauntingly beautiful carols by Stephen Paulus and a new, visionary setting of O magnum mysterium by Juilliard composer Wayne Oquin. Further music for Advent and Christmas by Heinrich Schütz, Gottfried Homilius (Bach’s student), William Mathias, and William Dawson round out the program, and a vocal! Jazz arrangement of Go,Tell It On the Mountain brings the evening to a rousing close.

Advance tickets are available for $15.00 adults and $10.00 for students from, via Brown Paper Tickets, or at our local retail partners: Willy Street Coop and Orange Tree Imports.
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. For more information call 273-4609.

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Saturday December 21, 7 pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1609 University Avenue, Madison.
The Madison Choral Project presents “A Light in the Darkness”

The holiday concert will feature the area’s top vocal professionals. Traditional and new music.

Madison’s professional choral ensemble, the Madison Choral Project, announces that it will perform a holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church (1609 University Ave, Madison, WI). The concert, given on the winter solstice is named “A Light in the Darkness,” and will feature performances of traditional holiday music, secular music, and spoken texts.

“We are so excited to share this program in Madison with all audiences—both young and old,” said Dr. Albert Pinsonneault, Founder and Artistic Director of the Madison Choral Project. “The evening will weave together an eclectic range of choral favorites, bringing hope, joy and inspiration to the darkest day of the year. I am especially proud to partner with many of the best musicians in Madison, for what will be a truly unforgettable evening.”

The concert will be narrated by Noah Ovshinsky of Wisconsin Public Radio, reading prose and poetry connected to the concert’s theme of light and darkness. It will also feature a world premiere performance of a new works by composer David Evan Thomas. Other music includes traditional favorites by composers Herbert Howells, Henry Purcell, Charles Ives, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Moses Hogan amongst others.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $5 for students (with valid ID), and may be purchased online at, or at the concert.

This project is supported by Dane Arts with additional funds from the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation.

About the Madison Choral Project
MCP is a professional chamber choir dedicated to bringing international caliber choral performances to southern Wisconsin. Learn more at

Concert Program: “A Light in The Darkness”

Long, Long Ago (Herbert Howells)
Silent Night (arr. Malcolm Sargent)
Angels We Have Heard on High (arr. Matthew Culloton)
Hear My Prayer (Henry Purcell)
The Celestial Country: Double Chorus A Cappella (Charles Ives)

Prepare the Way (arr. Margareta Jalkeus)
A Christmas Carol (Charles Ives)
In Dulci Jublio (arr. Matthew Culloton)
Jingle Bells (arr. David Moore)

From Light to Light: Earth (J. Aaron McDermid)
WORLD PREMIERE: Confirmatum est (David Evan Thomas)

Go and Tell John (arr. Carolyn Jennings)
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom op. 31 no 12 “We Hymn Thee” (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
This Little Light of Mine (arr. Moses Hogan)
Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King (arr. Moses Hogan)

Monday December 23, 7:30 pm at the Middleton-Cross Plains Area Performing Arts Center, 2100 Bristol Street, Middleton.
The Middleton Community Orchestra with soprano Emily Birsan.

Monday evening, December 23rd at 7:30 at the Middleton Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door and at Willy St. Coop West.

The concert, “An Evening with the Middleton Community Orchestra and Soprano Emily Birsan” promises to be an enjoyable evening of great music. The orchestra will be featured in:

Glinka: Russlan and Ludmilla Overture
Rimsky-Korsakov: Dance of the Tumblers
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, The Pastoral Symphony.

Emily Birsan will be singing 4 arias by Mozart, Strauss, Donizetti and Charpentier. Details are at

Emily Birsan is in her final year of the Chicago Lyric Opera apprentice program and is on the brink of a stellar international career.

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