The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning July 4, 2013 COmpiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”

Wednesday, 3 July 2013 | Rich Samuels

Thursday, July 4, 7 pm at Rennebohm Park, 115 N. Eau Claire Ave. , Madison , WI
Capitol City Band “Tribute to the Troops-then and now”

Jim Latimer, music director/conductor since 1981
Dave Pedracine, associate conductor
Colorguard: VFW Post 7591, Madison
Service Flags: VFW Post 7591 Ladies Aux.
in cooperation with VFW Post 1318

Friday, July 5, 7:30 pm at Wartmann Prairie, 7356 West Caledonia Road, Edgerton
Piffaro the Renaissance Band.
“Pfeiffern! Music for Renaissance Towns, Courts & Cathedrals,” early music concert,

In partnership with the Madison Early Music Festival, Mr. William Wartmann presents a benefit concert for the Arts Council of Edgerton.
Piffaro is the nation’s finest Renaissance wind band. World-renowned for its highly polished performances as the pied-pipers of Early Music, Piffaro will perform “Pfeiffern! Music for Renaissance Towns, Courts, and Cathedrals.”
Friday, July 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm at Wartmann Prairie

More information:

Saturday July 6 through Friday July 12 at Mills Concert Hall, 455 North Park, Madison and other locations (see below).
The Madison Early Music Festival.
“A Festive Celebration of the German Renaissance”

Piffaro the Renaissance Band, 7:30 pm, 7/6
Parthenia: A Consort of Viols, 7:30 pm, 7/7;
Handel Aria Competition, 7 pm, 7/8 (free); Dark Horse Consort, 7:30 pm, 7/9;
Masked Ball, 7-9 pm, 7/10 (Memorial Union-Great Hall;
Participants’ concert, 1 pm, 7/11;
Calmus Ensemble Leipzig, 7:30 pm, 7/11;
All-festival concert, 7:30 pm, 7/12.
Pre-concert lectures at 6:30 pm (Elvehjem Bldg.-Room L160; no lecture 7/8)

Madison Early Music Festival–A Festive Celebration of the German Renaissance
July 6-12,2013

Ceremony and Pageantry…A Musical Banquet featuring “Stuttgart 1616″ A Splendid Mass Composed for a Princely Christening and a week-long performance series with Calmus Ensemble Leipzig, Dark Horse Consort, Parthenia- A Consort of Viols and Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

Classical music lovers will be invited to attend a “royal christening”– Stuttgart 1616–a splendid mass composed for the baptism of the son of Johann Friedrich, Duke of Wurttemberg
and Barbara Sophia, Margravine of Brandenburg, as part of this year’s annual Madison Early Music Festival (MEMF), A Festive Celebration of the German Renaissance, July 6-12, 2013. The historic christening event, an eight day international festival of music and dance that was opulently staged in Stuttgart (Germany) in March of 1616 inspired this year’s MEMF theme:

“The Stuttgart festival included concerts, ballets, and pageants, and a splendid mass which will be performed at our All-Festival concert,” observed Chelcy Bowles, executive director of MEMF. “Not only was the celebration an incredibly rich source of music, but the festival served as a stage for political and religious struggles and alliances, and the spectacle was documented in a program book of magnificent engravings which encoded the political issues – all of which will be explored in the lecture series.”

MEMF’s A Celebration of the German Renaissance is a rich musical banquet featuring world class performances by Calmus Ensemble Leipzig, Dark Horse Consort, Parthenia- A Consort of Viols and Piffaro, The Renaissance Band; dressed with a complement of lectures and special events including a Masquerade Ball (with dance instruction by European court dance specialist Anna Mansbridge) that offer cultural and historical context for the concert series. Culminating the Festival will be a splendid recreation of the “Christening Mass” Stuttgart 1616 by MEMF faculty and workshop participants with conductor Kristina Boerger.

The Madison Early Music Festival is also proud to inaugurate the Handel Aria Competition. Established and supported by Carole “Orange” and Dean Schroeder, the competition was created to encourage emerging singers to explore the operas and oratorios of G. F. Handel, which are enjoying a popular revival on the world’s music stages after two centuries of neglect. The only competition of its kind in the United States, it will be held annually as part of the Madison Early Music Festival

As a special treat for music lovers, the final round of the Handel Aria Competition will take place during this summer’s Madison Early Music Festival at a free concert open to the public, on Monday, July 8 at 7PM.

The 2013 Madison Early Music Festival is presented by University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Studies, in partnership with the School of Music and in cooperation with the German Department.

Established in 1999, the Madison Early Music Festival was created to provide an opportunity for musicians, scholars, teachers, students, and music enthusiasts to study Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music in its social, cultural, and political contexts, and to present concerts by acclaimed artists who specialize in historically informed performance of early music. Please find more information about MEMF at

Festival Concert Series
The six-concert Festival Concert Series includes four individual concerts featuring MEMF guest ensembles, a free Participant Concert showcasing consorts that have been coached throughout the week by MEMF faculty, and a culminating All-Festival Concert presented by participants, faculty, and guest artists. The MEMF Concert Series is open to the public; all evening concerts also include free pre-concert lectures (6:30 pm).

All concerts take place on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus in
Mills Concerts Hall in the Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street. Week-long Festival Concert Passes ($75) offer a savings of one-fourth over single ticket purchases. Both concert passes and single concert tickets ($20; $17 students) may be purchased at the door before each concert, online at, or by calling 608-265-ARTS (2787).

Saturday, July 6
7:30 pm
Piffaro, The Renaissance Band
Pre-concert lecture (6:30 pm) presented by John W. Barker
“The Germanies in 1616, and How They Got to be That Way”

Pfeiffern! Music for Renaissance Towns, Courts, and Cathedrals
The 16th century saw an unprecedented flowering of musical styles and instruments. In this concert Piffaro celebrates German Pfeiffern (wind players) and the tools of their trade with their vast instrumentarium of shawms, recorders, dulcians, sackbuts, and bagpipes, showcasing works created by composers of the German Renaissance for civic ceremonies, courtly celebrations, and religious worship.

Sunday, July 7
7:30 pm
Parthenia – A Consort of Viols
Pre-concert lecture (6:30 pm) presented by Michael Allsen
“More than a ‘Theater of Instruments’: The Syntagma Musicum of Michael Paretorius”

Lust Hab’ Ich Ghabt Zuer Musica
A Passion for Music from Senfl to Bach
Parthenia presents works by Isaac, Senfl, Scheidt, Schein, Schwartzkopf, and Bach, joined by guests William Hudson, tenor, and Christa Patton, harp.

I had a passion for music from my youth up, all the way to now.
It got to the point where I had no more peace,
Since my only desire was for song.
There was no remedy: that was how it all started.
From “Lust habe ich ghabt zuer Musica” by L. Senfl

Tuesday, July 9
7:30 pm
The Dark Horse Consort
Pre-concert lecture (6:30 pm) presented by Catherine Sawinski
“The Illustrated Festival Book in Context”

The Musical Lust-Garten
Inspired by Johann Rudolph Ahle’s Neu-gepflanzte Thüringische Lust-Garten, Dark Horse Consort presents a musical assortment of the great secular and sacred works from early 17th century Germany and Austria, including music by Heinrich Schütz, Samuel Scheidt and Johann Schein. It is in the works of these composers that we begin to see the legacy that will be handed down to J.S. Bach.

Thursday, July 11
1:00 pm MEMF Participant Concert (FREE)

7:30 pm
Calmus Ensemble Leipzig
Pre-concert lecture (6:30 pm) presented by David Crook
“Bible Reading and Musical Exegesis in 16th Century Germany

Calmus Ensemble Leipzig: Mythos 116
A merchant from the town of Jena is saved from a mysterious disaster in 1616, and thankfully he commissions 16 composers from the area of Leipzig to write a piece about Psalm 116.

Friday, July 12
7:30 pm
All-Festival Concert
Pre-concert lecture (6:30 pm) presented by Robert Wiemken
“The German Hofkappelle in the Early 17th Century: Musical Significance at the Stuttgart Court”

Stuttgart 1616
Our closing celebration is performed by MEMF faculty and workshop participants presenting a splendid Mass composed for the princely christening of the fifth son of Johann Friedrich, Duke of Württemberg in Stuttgart in March of 1616. Composers include Gregor Aichinger, Ludwig Daser, Leonhard Lechner, and Michael Praetorious. Conducted by Kristina Boerger.

Other Offerings and Special Events

Friday, July 5
7:30 pm
Arts Council of Edgerton Benefit Concert Piffaro, The Renaissance Band
Sponsored by William Wartmann
Wartmann Prairie, 7356 Caledonia Road, Edgerton, Wisconsin.
Tickets are $10 ($5 students). Purchase at the door or in advance through the Edgerton Chamber of Commerce 608-884-4408; the Piggly Wiggly in Edgerton; or the Edgerton Pharmacy. (Not included in the 2013 Festival Concert Pass.)

Monday, July 8
11:30 am-12: 30 pm
Lecture-Recital Free and open to the public. Morphy Recital Hall, Mosse Humanities Building.
“Biber and German Violin Playing of the Late Seventeenth Century” presented by Ensemble SDG (Edith Hines and John Chappell Stowe).

Monday, July 8 Handel Aria Competition-Final Round: Concert
7:00 pm Morphy Hall
Handel Aria Competition
Free and open to the public. Morphy Recital Hall, Mosse Humanities Building. Inaugural MEMF Handel Aria Competition (only one in U.S.) in which emerging young singers exploring the repertoire of Handel compete for cash prizes. The eight finalists from around the country will perform for an audience and a distinguished panel of judges drawn from the MEMF faculty – and the audience also chooses a favorite! Dean and Orange Schroeder, MEMF supporters and enthusiasts of G. F. Handel, make this competition possible.

Wednesday, July 10
11:30 am-12:30 pm
Free and open to the public. Room 650, Mosse Humanities Building.
“Early European Court Dance, 16th – 18th Centuries,” presented by Anna Mansbridge.
Wednesday, July 10
7:00-9:00 pm
Masked Ball!
Free for MEMF workshop participants–others $10 at the door.
Great Hall, Memorial Union.
Join us for a delightful masked ball featuring dances of the German Renaissance. Dance instruction is by European court dance specialist Anna Mansbridge. MEMF instrumental faculty artists present dance music from an eight-day international festival that took place in Stuttgart in March of 1616. Costumes are welcome, and a mask-making station will be available. Light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Come to dance or just enjoy the fantastic music.

Wednesday July 10, 7 pm at the King Street Corner of the Capitol Square.
Wisconsin chamber Orchestra Ccncerts on the Square.
An American Classic
Guest Artist: Robert Bonfiglio, harmonica

“The Paganini of the Harmonica,” Robert Bonfiglio will once again “blow us away” as he performs Arthur Benjamin’s Harmonic Concerto as well as a medley of favorite Gershwin tunes. Also on the program is the music of Stephen Foster, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington and the Beach Boys. There is something for everyone in this American classic program.


COPLAND | Hoedown from Rodeo
CUSTER | Ellington Medley
ARR. KNIGHT | Gershwin Medley

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