Saturday May 31 7:30 pm at Farley’s House of Pianos 6522 Seybold Rd. Madison
The Salon Piano Series presents a Jazz Piano clinic with Dick Hyman
When: 05/31/14 @ 7:30pm
Saturday May 31 7:30 pm at Grace Episcopal Church 116 West Washington Avenue Madison
The Wisconsin Chamber Choir presents “Ralph Vaughan Williams & Friends,” with Leanne League, violin, Mark Brampton Smith, organ
One of the best loved choral composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams was renowned not only for his compositions, but also for his friendship and advocacy on behalf of countless other musicians. This concert features some of Vaughan Williams’ best known works including Serenade to Music, Mass in G Minor, and the powerful anthem, Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge. Vaughan Williams shared a passion for collecting folksongs with his close friend Gustav Holst, whose heartfelt setting of I Love My Love will be heard alongside several of Vaughan Williams’ own folksong arrangements. Works by Herbert Howells and Vaughan Williams’ students Imogen Holst and Elizabeth Maco nchy demonstrate Vaughan Williams’ influence on succeeding generations. Finally, selections from the motets and anthems of Thomas Tallis exemplify Vaughan Williams’ debt to his English predecessors, notably Tallis’ Third Mode Psalm Tune, the inspiration for Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.
Joining the WCC in this performance are violinist Leanne League, associate concertmaster of both the Madison Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra; and organist Mark Brampton Smith.
Advance tickets are available for $15 from www.wisconsinchamberchoir.org, via Brown Paper Tickets, or at Willy Street Coop (East and West locations) and Orange Tree Imports. Student tickets are $10.
Founded in 1998, 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 i s the Wisconsin Chamber Choir’s Artistic Director. For more information call 273-4609.
When: 05/31/14 @ 7:30pm
Cost: $15 adv.
Saturday May 31 7:30 pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ 1609 University Avenue, Madison.
Con Vivo presents “Eastern Block Party,” chamber music concert with works by Martinu, Wienawski & Part
con vivo!…music with life, concludes its twelfth season of chamber music with a concert entitled “Eastern Block Party” on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 7:30 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 Serenade for violin, viola, cello and two clarinets by Bohuslav Martinü, the Polonaise No. 1 in D Major for violin and piano by Henryk Wienawski, and Spiegel im Spiegel for clarinet and piano by Arvo Pärt. The performance will also feature the outstanding church organ with the Prelude in G Major by Constantin Homilius. To conclude the evening’s offering, con vivo! will perform the Piano Quintet for two violins, viola, cello and piano by Dimitri Shostakovich.
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!’s post Carnegie Hall debut season brings to our audience works that are familiar and some that are new. We’ve been honored as the ‘best classical concert of 2013′ by reviewer John Barker. With this concert, we aim to continue that trend.”
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 June 1 2 pm Farley’s House of Pianos 6522 Seybold Rd. Madison.
The Salon Piano series presents Dick Hyman
Dick Hyman’s career includes work as a pianist, organist, arranger, music director and composer. Since the 1950s he has recorded over one hundred albums under his own name. Hyman is a masterful improviser with a unique style of piano that spans from early jazz such as Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton to George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and beyond. He was one of the first people to record on the Moog synthesizer and his track “Minotaur” landed on the Billboard US Top 40.
Mr. Hyman served as composer/arranger/conductor/pianist for twelve Woody Allen films. He won an Emmy for his original score to the daytime drama Sunshine’s on the Way and for musical direction of a PBS special on Eubie Blake. His recording, Dick Hyman’s Century of Jazz Piano is an encyclopedic series of solo performances that covers the last 100 years in jazz over the course of 121 performances.
Salon Piano Series is a non-profit founded by Tim and Renée Farley to continue the tradition of concerts at Farley’s House of Pianos. Please visit salonpianoseries.org for more information.
When: 06/01/14 @ 2:00pm
Sunday June 1 7 pm at the Stoughton Opera House 381 E. Main St. , Stoughton (“epeated 7 pm, 6/4, Cooksville Historic Church, 12113 Hwy. 59.)
Sing Me a Song; Play Me a Tune,” with Bel Canto String Ensemble.
The Stoughton Chamber Singers and the Bel Canto String Ensemble under the direction of John Beutel will present their 7th annual spring concert entitled “Sing Me A Song; Play Me A Tune” on two occasions in June. The groups will perform on Sunday, June 1 at 7 p.m. in the Stoughton Opera House, 381 East Main Street, Stoughton, and on Wednesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at the restored “little brown church on the corner” at 12113 West State Road 59, Cooksville. Both groups will perform a wide variety of music including Kenneth Jennings, Rene Clausen, Vincenzo Bellini, and Morten Lauridsen. Tickets for the June 1 concert are $5.00 and can be obtained by performers, at McGlynn Pharmacy in Stoughton or at the door on the night of the concert. Tickets for the June 4 performance are also $5.00 and are available only at the door of the church the night of the concert.
Wednesday June 4 7:30 pm at Middleton-Cross Plains Area Performing Arts Center, Middleton High School 2100 Bristol St. , Middleton
The Middleton Community Orchestra with Thomas Kasdorf, Piano and Alice Bartsch, violin. Works by Grieg, Elgar & DeFalla.
The June 4th concert features two phenomenal young artists as soloists in performances with the Middleton Community Orchestra. This is Thomas’ third performance with the MCO and he will be playing the only piano concerto ever written by Edvard Grieg. It is a famous tuneful piece, and in Thomas’ hands, it is not to be missed!. He sounds absolutely amazing. Thomas is a Middleton native, and many people in the area will be thrilled to hear him again.
The audience is in for a real treat as this concert also features our concertmaster, Alice Bartsch, who played the Saint Saens Violin Concerto with the MCO in 2012. This is the audiences last chance to hear Alice in Madison (at least for a while), before she moves on to Montreal for graduate school to earn her Masters in violin performance. Alice plays in the Madison Symphony and is a tremendously talented and lyrical musician. The Dvorak Romance is emotional and lyrical- completely appropriate for the occasion and for this artist.
The MCO has greatly enjoyed its opportunity to benefit from her artistry and will miss her leadership and wonderful disposition. As
concertmaster, she plays all of the violin solos, leads the violin section, and interprets the music for the string sections. The audience should not miss the chance to hear this very beautiful performance, and to hear Alice one more time!
The rest of the program features the Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar and Three Pieces from the Three Cornered Hat by Manuel de Falla. These pieces are masterpieces of the composers, and cap off the the MCO’s very successful 4th season.
Concertmaster Alice Bartsch, a native of Minnesota began her violin studies at the age of three. This is Alice’s third and final year as concertmaster of MCO. Alice has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. As a winner of the 2011 UW Symphony Solo Competition, Alice won the opportunity to solo with the UW Symphony Orchestra in February of 2012. A 2014 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a student of Felicia Moye, Alice just received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance. Alice has been the co-concertmaster of the University Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Perlman Trio. She also plays in the first violin section of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. In the Fall, Alice will continue her violin studies in the Masters degree program at McGill University, studying with Axel Strauss.
Thomas Kasdorf, piano
Thomas Kasdorf is a recent graduate of UW-Madison with his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, where he studied with Christopher Taylor. He is proud to have be an inaugural member of the Perlman Piano Trio, which awards scholarships and performance opportunities to talented undergraduate students to give performances of chamber music. His work with the Perlman Trio has been featured in performances on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Live at the Midday” series and as part of Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society’s House Concerts series, as well as in Middleton Community Orchestra’s inaugural season performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. He was named co-winner of the Irving Shain Woodwind and Piano Duo Competition, with collaborative partner, flutist Morgann Davis. He was awarded the Bolz Prize of the Madison Symphony Concerto Competition and performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor at their Spring Youth Concerts. He has performed in master classes given by Nadja Salerno Sonnenburg, Pinchas Zukerman, Sam Rhodes, Steven Isserlis, Ronald Leonard, Ralph Kirshbaum, Jonathan Miller, Timothy Eddy, Robert MacDonald, Jeffrey Siegel, and Adam Neiman.
Thomas has worked in a variety of roles (both on and offstage) with a multitude of local theatre groups in over 100 different shows. With a specialty in the oeuvre of Stephen Sondheim, he has been called upon to arrange and perform reduced or solo orchestrations of Sondheim scores, including A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, Putting It Together, Sweeney Todd, Side by Side by Sondheim, Into the Woods, and most recently, Company. He proudly serves on the board of directors for Middleton Players Theatre, and was the director of the company’s recent production of Les Mis.
This year’s performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto will be Thomas’ third performance with the Middleton Community Orchestra, having performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto as part of the Perlman Trio, and the Mozart Piano Concerto in A major. He is looking forward to his collaboration with MCO to produce a staged production of Carousel next May, and to perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the MCO next June.