The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning November 7, 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013 | Rich Samuels

Thursday November 7, 7:30 pm at Morphy Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW Guest Artist Series presents the UW Blue Note Ensemble, Contemporary Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Composers Septet with drummer Jeff Hirshfield.

JOHANNES WALLMANN QUARTET FEATURING JEFF HIRSHFIELD. In the first of two public concerts during his brief residency at the UW School of Music, New York-based drummer Jeff Hirshfield joins pianist UW Jazz Studies Professor Johannes Wallmann for a performance of original compositions from Wallmann’s upcoming album release. Hirshfield is among the most versatile and in-demand sidemen in jazz, and has appeared on over 300 albums. His performance and recording credits include Woody Herman, Joe Henderson, Jim Hall, Joe Lovano, Dr. John, Bob Brookmeyer, John Zorn, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joe Williams, Greg Osby, Tim Berne, Zoot Sims, and many others. (Note: The date for this program was previously and incorrectly announced, by the Consortium, as 11/4/1

Friday November 8, noon at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison.
Wendy Adams, violin & Ann Aschbacher, piano

Sonatas by Brahms & Debussy

Friday November 8, 6 pm at Overture Center, Promenade Hall, 201 State Street, Madison.
Nils Bultmann, Sally Chisholm, Micah Behr, Jeremy Kienbaum & Mikko Utevsky in a CD Pre-release Concert.

Featured Performers:
Nils Bultmann, Sally Chisholm, Micah Behr, Jeremy Kienbaum, Mikko Utevsky : Viola
Dance and Choreography by Jin-Wen Yu
Nils Bultmann is a violist and composer originally from Madison and now based in the San Francisco bay area. He recently completed his PHD in music composition at UC Berkeley where his work focused on the intersection of video and music with an emphasis on improvisation.
His most recent recording Troubadour Blue, for which he received an Aaron Copland Grant, will be released in 2014 on Innova Recordings. This CD features a wide variety of his music, including a solo cello piece performed by Madison’s own Professor Parry Karp, a work for Viola and Didjeridu, and a series of viola duets that he performed and recorded together with Hank Dutt of Kronos Quartet.

Please join him and friends for this Madison CD pre-release party in the Overture Promenade Hall where he will present music from the CD, including a series of viola duets performed together with viola professor Sally Chisholm of the Pro Arte string quartet as well as three of her viola students Micah Behr, Jeremy Kienbaum, and Mikko Utevsky

Also featuring choreography and dance by Jin-Wen Yu, this evening will combine the composed music on his new CD together with live-without-a-net improvisation!

Viola Duets:

Nils Bultmann and Hank Dutt of Kronos Quartet, @ the Center for New Music and Technologies in Berkeley CA.

“Primal” Live Solo Viola Performance

From the Depths: Viola and Didgeridoo: featuring Stephen Kent

Friday November 8, 7:30 pm at Overture Center-Overture Hsll, 202 State Street.
UW Violin Sisters Play Overture Hall
with Madison Symphony Orchestra Organist

Violinists Alice and Eleanor Bartsch will join the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s organist, Samuel Hutchison, in a recital of music for organ and violin Fri., Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Overture Hall, including J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins and Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins in D minor.

Sisters Alice and Eleanor are a dynamic pairing: both are members of the Orchestra’s first violin section with impressive performance credits. Each sister has also won prestigious competitions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) School of Music, where they are students. Currently, Eleanor is a first-year master’s student at UW and a Paul Collins Distinguished Graduate Fellow, and Alice is a senior at UW working toward a bachelor of music degree in performance. Samuel Hutchison is a seasoned recitalist and will round out the powerful trio.

When asked about playing on Overture Stage, Eleanor said, it “still takes our breath away! There’s actually a ‘sweet spot’ on stage: If you stand exactly right, the sound seems to ‘jump’ out of the violin and soar all the way to the balcony. I wish I could practice in Overture Hall every day!”

Alice said, “The Bach Double Violin Concerto is a piece we have been performing since we were little girls. The concert has a little bit of everything from the romanticism of Kreisler and Rheinberger to the powerful Vitali Chaconne. For baroque music lovers, we will play the lively Double Concerto by Vivaldi.”

Both Alice and Eleanor agree that they have a “sister vibe” about timing and musical phrasing that makes playing together easy, fun, and rewarding.

In addition to accompanying the Bartsch sisters, Hutchison will also perform solo works for organ by Marcel Dupré, Herbert Howells, Josef Rheinberger, and Tomoso Vitali.

Hutchison said, “It is a great privilege to be joined by Alice and Eleanor Bartsch in this program for organ and violins. Each brings a great joy and freshness to this music, which will be infectious for the audience. We look forward to sharing some audience favorites as well as some new pieces with our listeners in Overture Hall.”

General admission for the concert is $20, and tickets can be purchased at, the Overture Box Office or (608) 258-4141. Student rush tickets are $10 the day of the show with a valid student ID. (See

The performance is sponsored by Kato L. Perlman and Alfred P. and Ann M. Moore, with additional funds from Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation and the Diane Endres Ballweg Fund. With a gift from Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation, the Madison Symphony Orchestra commissioned the Overture Concert Organ, which is the stunning backdrop of all Orchestra concerts.

The Madison Symphony Orchestra marks its 88th concert season in 2013-2014 by celebrating John DeMain’s 20th anniversary as music director. The Symphony engages audiences of all ages and backgrounds in classical music through a full season of concerts with established and emerging soloists of international renown, an organ series that includes free concerts, and widely respected education and community engagement programs.

Friday November 8, 8 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison
The UW Concert Choir and Chorale

Friday November 8, 8 pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1609 University Avenue, Madison.
Con vivo celebrates DeMain and Wagner anniversaries.

con vivo!…music with life, begins its twelfth season of chamber music with a concert entitled “Baker’s Dozen” on Friday, November 8th, 2013 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 performance will feature Madison Symphony Music Director John DeMain conducting chamber music by Richard Wagner and Mozart. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth, the chamber music gem Siegfried Idyll in its original version will be performed followed by the piece that had a starring role in the movie, Amadeus, Mozart’s masterpiece the Gran Partita Serenade for Winds. We are very excited to be a part of Maestro DeMain’s 20th year in Madison as he returns to con vivo! to conducts our biggest production ever!

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, “With 20 musicians performing, this concert promises to be a spectacular event in con vivo! history. We are delighted to have Maestro DeMain return after his rendition of Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale with us two seasons ago. We continue the tradition of bringing to our audience works that are familiar and some that are new in perhaps a not so familiar format. 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.

Saturday November 9, 7:30 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison.
An Evening of Handel with Flare. Handel Aria Competition benefit with performances by Elisa Sutherland, Melanie Cain, Mimmi Fulmer, Rachel Edie Warrick

On Saturday, November 9 a fundraiser will be held to benefit the 2nd annual Handel Aria Competition, which will take place in Madison in July, 2014. This event will feature performances by Elisa Sutherland, winner of first place in the 2013 Handel Aria Competition, as well as other singers including Melanie Cain, Mimmi Fulmer, Rachel Edie Warrick. The concert will take place in the Landmark Auditorium of First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive. Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door or in advance at Orange Tree Imports, 1721 Monroe Street.
For more information, go to or call 255-8211.

Sunday November 10, 12:30 pm at the Chazen Museum of Art, Madison.
The Wisconsin Brass Quintet with Paul Rowe.

Among other works, the WBQ will perform “Footprints,” for baritone and brass quintet, composed by UW-Madison professor of tuba, John Stevens.

Sunday November 10, 8 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW Faculty Concert Series presents cellist Parry Karp with guests Howeard and Frances Karp.


Poeme pour violoncelle et piano, Charles Tournemire
Acht Stücke für Violoncello und Klavier, Op. 79, Theodor Kirchner
Stücke im Volkston für Violoncelle und Klavier, Op. 102, Robert Schumann
Sonata for Piano and Clarinet in Eb Major, Op. 120 No. 2, Johannes Brahms (trans. Karp)

Parry Karp is an active solo artist, performing numerous recitals annually in the United States with pianists Howard and Frances Karp. Mr. Karp has played concerti throughout the United States and gave the first performance in Romania of Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo with the National Radio Orchestra in Bucharest in 2002. He is active as a performer of new music and has performed in the premieres of dozens of works, many of which were written for him, including concerti, sonatas and chamber music. He has recorded many works as a solo recording artist, and has transcribed and performed many musical masterpieces for the cello. As cellist of the Pro Arte Quartet since 1976, he has performed over 1000 concerts throughout North, Central and South America, Europe, and Japan. His discography with the group has been extensive, and many of these recordings have received awards from Fanfare and High Fidelity magazines. The Pro Arte Quartet was one of five finalists (the others were the Juilliard, Tokyo, and Emerson Quartets, and the Beaux Arts Trio) for the First Annual Arturo Toscanini Award in the Chamber Music Category. Mr. Karp had a visiting professorship at the University of British Columbia, and has been a visiting fellow at Princeton University. Former students of Mr. Karp’s are members of professional string quartets, major orchestras, and teachers in the United States.

Tuesday November 12, 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison
The UW Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.

Dr. Laura Schwendinger directs this program of chamber works by living composers. Featured works include:

Petroushskates, Joan Tower
Alariana, Ursula Mamlok
Parajota Delate, Tania Leon
Arcana, Elizabeth Brown

Wednesday November 13, noon at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Avenue.
Organ concert featuring organist Bruce Bengston.

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