The WORT 89.9 fm Madison Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning February 21 Compiled by Rich Samuels

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 | Rich Samuels

Friday February 22, 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison.
The Noon Musicale: Four Seasons Theatre presents The Great american Songbook-George Gershwin

Friday February 22, 7:30 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison.
The Mosaic Chamber Players.

Mosaic Chamber Players is a Madison-area group of musicians who love to perform chamber music together and who strongly believe in bringing this wonderful art form to the Madison community.

Our programs, instrumentation, and venues change with each new concert. This time out the violinist Laura Burns and pianist Jess Salek are performing the complete works for Violin and Piano by Johannes Brahms, a German Romantic composer, who wrote some of the most beautiful and treasured Violin Sonatas in all the literature. The program consists of three complete Sonatas as well as a separately composed Scherzo movement.

The recital is Friday February 22 at 7:30pm at First Unitarian Society located at 900 University Bay Drive. Salek will be playing on a rebuilt Steinway from the 1890′s that only has 85 keys!

Our tickets prices are $15 adults and $10 for Seniors and children. Check or cash only please.

There will be a reception afterward with food, drink, and a chance to mingle.

Friday February 22, 8 pm at the Overture center Capitol Theater, 201 State Street.
The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra with Tasmin Little, violin.
Tasmin Little’s reputation for English music and contemporary works prompted Maestro Andrew Sewell to suggest the two solo works on this program. A rare treat in the repertory, Finzi’s Introit, Op.6 was originally composed as a slow movement for a violin concerto, and remains as a stand alone work. Pastoral in nature, and similar to Vaughan Williams in style, it makes a complement to Prokofiev’s robust Violin Concerto No.2. Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 with the famous Air on the G String prepares a nice segue into Finzi’s world of Baroque harmonies.

We conclude with Gounod’s Symphony No.2, a time of decision in the composer’s life between the church and the stage, when he broke away from his operatic work to write two symphonies “just for fun.” Steeped in the classical tradition at a time when it was considered passé, his gift for writing beautiful melodies is evident throughout this work.


Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068

Introit for Solo Violin and Small Orchestra, Op. 6

Concerto No. 2 for Violin in
G minor, Op. 63

Symphony No. 2 in E-flat major

In 2008, Tasmin Little was the subject of a television documentary by the prestigious South Bank Show, which followed her ground-breaking project The Naked Violin.

This ambitious project, which boldly embraced the internet and offered up a free downloadable recital of works for solo violin, achieved phenomenal success after its release in 2008 and was widely hailed as ‘revolutionary’ and ‘inspiring’. It included an on-going series of workshops and concerts around the UK, and created an extraordinary volume of media interest in newspapers, on television, radio and the internet. Within days of the release of The Naked Violin there were over 6000 international websites linked to Tasmin’s site, all talking about the pioneering aspect of the download and her ability to promote the value of music to all corners of society. Tasmin received the 2008 Classic FM Gramophone Award for Audience Innovation for this project at the Dorchester, London, on September 25, 2008.

Friday, February 22 at 8 pm at Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park, Madison
The UW Faculty Concert Series presents Sole Nero: Jessica Johnson, piano, and Anthony di Sanza, percussion.

The group will perform works by John Luther Adams, Philippe Hurel, Joseph Koykkar, Evan Hause and Les Thimmig. Guest artists include video artist Daniel Zajicek and clarinetist Les Thimmig.

Saturday February 23 at 6:00 pm at Overture Center-Promenade Hall, 201 State Street, Madison.
Nathaniel Bartlett, Marimba.

Marimbist-composer Nathaniel Bartlett will perform two different versions of his composition “timeSpacePlace”, accompanied by a large-screen projection of digital artist Toby Kaufmann-Buhler’s video work “Unseasonal Events Change Hands”.

6 p.m. Running time one hour.
Saturday, February 23
Overture Center’s Promenade Hall, 201 State St.
$16 general, $9 students/seniors available at Overture Center box office in advance or just prior to concert. 258-4141,

Bartlett’s compositions use real-time computer processes to assist in generating the composition, making each performance of a given work a unique incarnation of its core musical ideas.

His performances seamlessly meld his 5-octave acoustic marimba with a powerful Linux-based computer, custom computer control interfaces, a variety of hardware audio electronics, and eight loudspeakers. With the audience positioned in the center of the loudspeaker c! ube, an elaborate, kinetic, three-dimensional sound environment can be projected into the audience space, totally immersing the listeners in the music. In the immersive sound environments, spatialization(the positioning and movement of sounds in physical space) becomes a central musical parameter, along side of pitch, rhythm/time, timber, and so on.
The sound environments of his compositions are comprised of sounds culled from many sources and techniques, including digital audio manipulations of his live marimba, digital audio manipulations of recorded acoustic sounds stored on the computer, and synthetically engineered sounds. The intricate three-dimensional sound environments of Bartlett’s works are further enriched by the use of high-definition audio which allows for a significant increase in sonic nuances.
Based in Madison, Bartlett designed his performance rig for maximum mobility without compromising audio quality, and has performed all across the US in ! a wide variety of venues, such as art galleries and museums, concert halls, dance spaces, “underground” spaces, and many universities and colleges.
Bartlett received his B.A. at Eastman School of Music, Performer’s Diploma at The Royal Academy of Music in London, and doctoral degree in music composition at UW-Madison.

Saturday February 23 at 7:30 pm at Overture Center-Overture Hall, 201 State Street, Madison
Madison Symphony Orchestra Concert Organ series.
Organ/Trumpet Duo of Felix Hell and Andrew Balio

A recital by acclaimed German organist Felix Hell and trumpeter Andrew Balio, a Wisconsin native and principal trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, will feature a century spanning program that concludes with multiple works by Johann Sebastian Bach. The Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will present The Hell/Balio Duo as part of its Overture Concert Organ Series.

The recital will take place on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Overture Hall. Tickets are just $19.50 and are available through the Overture Center Box Office at 608.258.4141 or online at

Felix Hell’s concert career began at the age of nine and has included more than 700 recitals worldwide. He has received global recognition for his performances of the entire organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach in three full cycles as well as the complete organ works of Felix Mendelssohn. A frequent guest of American orchestras, Hell gave his debut performance in Boston’s famous Symphony Hall in 2004.
Wisconsin native Andrew Balio was appointed as principal trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2001. He was previously the principal trumpet of the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta and the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico. His solo debut, at age fifteen, was with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, performing the Haydn trumpet concerto.

Saturday, February 23, 8 pm at Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park, Madison
The UW Wind Ensemble featuring the Concerto for Wind Ensemble by composer in residence Steven Bryant. The Wisconsin Brass Quintet will join the program.

The program includes the Wisconsin premieres of Anthony Plog’s Concerto 2010 for Brass Quintet and Wind Ensemble and Steven Bryant’s Concerto for Wind Ensemble. Free admission.

Sunday February 24, 12:20 pm at Chazen Museum of Art-Brittingham Gallery III 750 University Ave Madison
Sunday Afternoon Live presents members of the UW-Whitewater faculty.

Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen welcomes the UW–Whitewater faculty. The UW-Whitewater faculty has brought together string, keyboard and vocal performers, all with their own unique sound and background, to the Chazen. Karen Boe was a William Petschek scholarship student and teaching fellow in piano at the Juilliard School, where she received her Master and Bachelor of Music degrees. Boe completed her doctoral degree at University of Wisconsin-Madison under Howard Karp. Myung-Hee Chung debuted with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra with a Mozart Piano Concerto at age eight. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including first prize at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Performer’s Competition. Julie Cross was one of twelve teachers chosen nationally to be a 2007 intern with the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Dedicated to the performance and promotion of new music, she serves on the Board of Directors of the International Alliance for Women in Music. Leanne League , violin, is associate concertmaster of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and from 1996-1999, she was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida where she performed as concertmaster and principal second violin. Benjamin Whitcomb, cellist and music theorist, has earned a national reputation as a performer and teacher of music. An active recitalist and chamber musician, he performs more than thirty concerts a year. Please join us on Sunday, February 24, at 12:30 p.m. in Brittingham Gallery Number III at the Chazen Museum of Art.

Sunday February 24, 2 pm at Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park, Madison
The UW Cconcert Band.

Sunday February 24 at 2:30 pm at Edgewood College-St. Joseph Chapel 1000 Edgewood College Dr.
The Edgewood Chamber Orchestra.
The Edgewood Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Blake Walter, will perform a concert on Sunday, February 24 at 2:30 pm in the St. Joseph Chapel. Featured works include Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture, Beethoven’s Symphony Number 2 in D, and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, narrated by guest performer John Fields, interim Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Edgewood College.

Monday, February 25, 7:30 pm at Morphy Hall, 455 N. Park t., Madison.
UW Guest Artists Series. Pavel Morunov, oboe, Johanna Bourkova-Morunov, violin
The duo will perform works by Giuseppe Sammartini, Robert Schumann, J.S. Bach and Georg Phillipp Telemann.

Wednesday, Feb 27. noon at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University, Madison.
Organ recital by Bruce Bengston

Wednesday, Feb 27, 7:30 pm,Mills Hall, 344 N. Park St., Madison.
UW Jazz Orchestra with Madison College Community Jazz Ensemble.
The UW Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Johannes Wallmann performs works by Pat Metheny, Maria Schneider, Dave Holland, Count Basie, and James Darcy Argue. Performing with the UWJO will be guest soloist RUSS JOHNSON, TRUMPET (Professor of Jazz Studies at UW Parkside).

Established in 1968 by trombone professor Chase Allen, the UWJO workshops and performs music ranging from the classic big band repertoire to contemporary and cutting-edge concert jazz music by today?s leading jazz composers. Its directors over the years have included bassist Richard Davis, saxophonist Les Thimmig, trombonist Claude Cailliet, and trumpeter Jim Doherty. The UWJO rehearses twice weekly throughout the academic year, and performs at numerous on-campus and off-campus concerts and events.

Madison College Community Jazz Band, directed by Jamie Kember, is comprised of vibrant community members and active Madison College students. This ensemble is one of many arts opportunities that Madison College provides helping to make Madison and the surrounding area the culturally rich community that it is. The Community Jazz Band meets Thursday evenings, exploring many periods of music written for jazz big band, preparing for performances that are held throughout the year.

Wednesday February 27 at 7:30 pm at the Middleton-Cross Plains Area Performing Arts Center, Middleton High School, 2100 Bristol St. , Middleton.
The Middleton Community Orchestra.
The Middleton Community Orchestra presents its Winter Concert on Wednesday evening, February 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm at the Middleton Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 general admission. Students are free. Tickets are available at the door, Willy St. Coop West or by calling 608-212-8690.

The concert features rising star, 20 year old violinist Alice Bartsch, in the Saint-Saens violin concerto no. 3. Other works on the program are:

Verdi Nabucco Overture
Wagner Siegfried’s Funeral Music from Gotterdamerung
Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Alice Bartsch, violin,
Wagner Elsa’s Procession from Lohengrin
Britten Matinees Musicales

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Classical music of all eras and varieties.

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