Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning 2/27

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 | Rich Samuels

Thursday February 27, 9 am at Mills Hall, 455 Borth Park Street, Madison
The Pro Arte Quartet holds an open rehearsal.

Belgian composer Benoît Mernier coaches the quartet as they prepare for the first performance of his third quartet (premiering Saturday Mar 1); and Juilliard Quartet violist Samuel Rhodes joins the Pro Arte to rehearse Bruckner’s monumental but rarely heard String Quintet.

A rare glimpse into the inner workings of this world-class string quartet and distinguished guest artists.

Friday February 28, 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison.
The Noon Musicale presents Amber Nicole Dilger, soprano, Paul Ester, keyboard

Join vocalist Amber Nicole Dilger in a journey of songs highlighting the captured reflections of a life observed. From “They can’t take that away from me” through the little-known Sondheim tune, “I Remember”, there will be much to enjoy and make you ponder. Original musical arrangements and accompaniment by Paul Ester.

Friday February 28 (8 pm) and Saturday, March 1 (9 am) at Morphy Hall, 455 North Park Street Madison.
Join the UW-Madison School of Music Faculty and Students for Piano Extravaganza!

Learn what the UW-Madison School of Music offers its undergraduate piano students.Two days of concerts, socializing and a competition!
February 28 through March 1, 2014 Check back for exact times.
Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2014
1ST PRIZE: . . . . $1500
2ND PRIZE: . . . . .$1000
3RD PRIZE: . . . . . $500
FEATURING Professor CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR in concert, Mills Hall, Feb. 28
Performing works from the classical and jazz repertoire and UW-Madison School of Music Piano Students playing jazz-influenced piano compositions
With UW-Madison School of Music Piano Faculty
Martha Fischer, Jessica Johnson, Christopher Taylor and Todd Welbourne
Website to come. Contact Sara Giusti for more information.

Friday February 28, 7 pm at the River Arts Center, Sauk Prairie High School, 105 Nonth Street, Prairie du Sac
The P

Friday February 28, 8 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW-Madison Faculty Concert Series presents pianist Christopher Taylor.

The past few years have seen Christopher Taylor emerge as one of the nation’s foremost musicians. Audiences and critics alike hail the intensity and artistry he brings to the works of masters ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Boulez and Bolcom; The Washington Post, for instance, deems Mr. Taylor “one of the most impressive young pianists on the horizon today,” and The New York Times termed a recent performance “astonishing.” Numerous awards have confirmed Mr. Taylor’s high standing in the musical world. He was named an American Pianists’ Association Fellow for 2000, before which he received an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1996 and the Bronze Medal in the 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where he was the first American to receive such high recognition in 12 years. In 1990 he took first prize in the William Kapell International Piano Competition, and also became one of the first recipients of the Irving Gilmore Young Artists’ Award. In recent seasons Mr. Taylor has concertized around the globe, performing throughout Europe and in Korea, the Philippines, and the Caribbean. At home in the U.S. he has appeared with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Boston Pops, and has toured with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic. As a soloist he has performed in such venues as New York’s Carnegie and Alice Tully halls, Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Ravinia and Aspen festivals, and dozens of others. His first recording released by Jonathan Digital in 2000 featured works by present-day American composers William Bolcom and Derek Bermel. His most recent recording, Liszt’s Twelve Transcendental Etudes, was released in 2003 on the Liszt Digital label.

Saturday March 1, 12 pm at Morphy Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison
Pianist Johannes Wallmann.

Join us for a jazz workshop and piano performance. Part of Piano Extravaganza.

Saturday March 1, 1:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra presents its Annual Percussion Extravaganza concert with guests Steve Houghton, John D. Nelson, Sam Olson, Les Thimming & Noah Mennenga.

WYSO Percussion Ensemble is comprised of 12 talented young percussionists and one bassist from Madison, Middleton, Verona, Viroqua, Mount Horeb, Deforest, and Barneveld. The concert’s proceeds will support the American Red Cross Badger Chapter.

The EXTRAVAGANZA! features special guest artist Steve Houghton. A Kenosha, Wis., native, Houghton is an internationally renowned jazz drummer, percussionist, clinician, author and educator. Currently Professor of Percussion and Jazz at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, he achieved acclaim at age 20 as the drummer with Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd. He has since shared stage and studio with luminaries including Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton, Shelly Berg, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Les Hooper, and Joe Henderson, among many others.

Additional guest artists include composer and pianist Jon D. Nelson and bassist Sam Olson – both Sun Prairie natives – the UW World Percussion Ensemble, UW Professor of Saxophone Les Thimming, and WYSO student flugelhorn player Noah Mennenga.

Tickets are $10 adult/$5 youth (18 and under) and are available at the door starting one hour before the show.

For more information, contact the WYSO office at (608) 263-3320(608) 263-3320.

The WYSO Percussion Ensemble and EXTRAVAGANZA! are supported by The Eric D. Batterman Memorial Fund, the Theodore W. Batterman Family Foundation, the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Saturday March 1, 7:30 pm at the First Baptist Church, 518 N. Franklin, Madison.
The Festival Choir of Madison presents its “Commissioned…Again!” concert.

The Festival Choir of Madison presents “Commissioned…Again!”, a concert of nature-themed works commissioned by Festival Choir over the past 40 years. Including compositions by Stephen Paulus, Paul Carey, Jean Belmont and Elizabeth Alexander, with texts by Aldo Leopold, Langston Hughes, Robert Louis Stevenson and others.
First Baptist Church, 518 N. Franklin Ave, Madison
Tickets $18/$14/$8 in advance, $20/$15/$10 at the door


Saturday March 1, 8 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW-Madison Faculty Concert Series presents the Pro Arte Quartet featuring the world premiere of String Quartet No. 3 by Benoit Mernier

In honor of its Belgian origins in 1912 the renowned Pro Arte Quartet continues its centennial commissions concert series with the world premiere of Belgian composer Benoît Mernier’s third string quartet. Also on the program: Bruckner’s monumental but rarely heard string quintet (with Samuel Rhodes, former violist of the Juilliard Quartet) and Haydn’s Quartet in D Major, Op. 20, No. 4. A pre-concert conversation with the composer begins at 7:15.

The public is also invited to join composer Benoît Mernier and musicians at the Chazen Museum of Art for cocktails and dinner preceding the concert (5:00 – 7:00pm). By special arrangement the newly opened exhibit, “Marginalia in cARTography” will be on view, and guest curator Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez, expert in iconographical analysis of maps and the artistic interest of historical cartography, will serve as docent for Pro Arte guests.

Dinner reservations required by Feb. 23. $35/person payable to “UW Foundation” (memo: Pro Arte Quartet); mail to Stan & Shirley Inhorn, 6205 Mineral Point Rd, Apt 120, Madison WI 53705.

More information at
Sat, Mar 1 2014

Sunday March 2, 2 pm at Misoc Hall, 925 Bascom Mall, Madison
The UW-Madison Giest Artists Series presents the Sibelius Academy Musicians Master Class

Sunday March 2, 2:30 pm at Edgewood College-St. Joseph Chapel, 1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison.
The Edgewood Chamber Orchestra presents works by Beethoven, Bach, Mozart and Haydn.

The Edgewood Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of music conductor/director Blake Walter, will perform on Sunday, March 2 at 2:30 pm in the St. Joseph Chapel at Edgewood College. The program includes Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3, and Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio Overture.

Included in the program is a special performance of the Haydn Piano Concerto in D, performed by recent Madison Memorial alumnus Johanna Novich-Leonard, winner of the Edgewood College Student Concerto Competition.

Sunday March 2, 2:30 pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1609 University Avenue, Madison.
Con Vivo presents “Germanic Gems”, chamber music with works of Bach, Mozart and Schumann.

con vivo!…music with life, continues its twelfth season of chamber music with a concert entitled “Germanic Gems” on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1609 University Ave. across from Camp Randall.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $18.00 for adults and $15.00 for seniors and students.

The program includes the First Solo Cello Suite by J. S. Bach, a duet for violin and viola by Mozart, and the Fairy Tales Trio for clarinet, viola and piano by Schumann. This performance will feature the outstanding church organ with duets for violin and organ by Joseph Rheinberger, a solo work for organ by 17th century composer Johann Reincken, and Ein Alterblatt, a romantic piece for violin, viola, cello and organ by Ferdinand Manns.

To round out the afternoon’s offering, con vivo! will perform a quintet for clarinet, two violas, cello and piano by a mystery composer who will be reveled at the concert! Audience members are invited to join con vivo! musicians after the concert for a free reception to discuss this chamber music literature and to hear about their Carnegie Hall debut this past December.

Artistic Director Robert Taylor, in remarking about the concert said, “As is our tradition, con vivo! is bringing seldom performed works to this performance along with a mystery piece for the audience to guess it’s composer and origins. We continue the tradition of bringing to our audience works that are familiar and some that are new. So come join us for our post Carnegie Hall debut season.”

con vivo! is a professional chamber music ensemble comprised of Madison area musicians assembled from the ranks of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and various other performing groups familiar to Madison audiences.

Sunday March 2, 6 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison
The Winds of Wisconsin

A premier high school wind ensemble on the UW-Madison campus.

Sunday March 2, 6:30 pm at Morphy Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison
The UW Faculty Concert Series presents Linda Pereksta, baroque flute and John Chappell Stowe, harpsichord.

Sonata in D Major, Wq 83, C.P.E. Bach

Sonata in B Minor, No. 267, J.J. Quantz

Sonata in A Minor for flute alone,Wq 132, C.P.E. Bach

Sonata in E Major, BWV 1035, J.S. Bach

Monday March 3, Moss Humanities Building Room 2531, 455 North Park Street, Madison
The UW-Madison Guest Artists Series presents the Sibelius Academy Musicians Finnish Song Rep Presentation

Tuesday March 4, 8:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 Notrh Park Street, Madison.
Brian Allen, solo trombonist.

Brian Allen is an experimental musician with a fearless and engaging approach to music making. His creativity explores sound, visual images and poetry. Program: TBA.

A master class with Brian will precede his concert.
Room 1321, 6 – 8 PM.

Wednesday March 5, noon at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Avenue
Organ concert with organist Bruce Bengston.

Anything Goes
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Thursdays @ 5:00 am
Rich Samuels
Classical music of all eras and varieties.

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