The WORT 89.9 FM MAdison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning October 17 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 | Rich Samuels
Thursday October 17, 7 pm at Overture Center-Overture Hall 201 State Street, Madison
The Madison Symphony holds a free open dress rehearsal with pianist Philippe Bianconi
Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell
(The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra)
Piano Concerto No. 2
Friday, October 18 , 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison
The Noon Musicale presents Steven Waugh, guitar.
Program includes music of Bach, Dowland, Albeniz, Charlie Parker, Errol Garner and more.
Friday, October 18, 7 pm at Edgewood College, St. Joseph Chapel, 1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison.
Edgewood College Chamber Singers, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir
Edgewood College invites you to the Fall Choral Concert. Ensembles include the Chamber Singers and Men’s Choir under the direction of Albert Pinsonneault, and Women’s Choir under the direction of Kathleen Otterson. This free concert will feature a diverse repertoire, including traditional Western, African, and American Gospel works.
Friday October 18, 7:30 pm at the Rhapsody Art Center, 271 S. Main Street, Verona.
Rhapsody Arts Center’s faculty recitals involve more than music teachers demonstrating that they can talk the talk and walk the walk. Now in its third year, the Faculty Recital Series encourages teachers as performers, role models and community contributors. All concerts are free and teachers volunteer their time for selecting and rehearsing music. The series has expanded from a few concerts per year to almost monthly concerts, including some in the summer. This year’s recital series kicks off with “International Folk Music” on Friday, October 18th at 7:30pm.
Most recitals take place in the performance space at Rhapsody Arts Center. The 50-person venue, which serves as waiting area and classroom during the day, was recently upgraded with stage lighting and can be adapted for different events. Faculty recital run-times average about an hour and attendees are encouraged to talk with the teachers before and after. One goal of the series is to provide the community with easily accessible, high quality live performances. Driving downtown to the Overture Center has its perks, but excellent music can be found for free in your backyard.
In most faculty recitals, two to ten teachers perform. December’s “Sounds of the Seasons” (December 6th) usually has the highest number of both faculty participants and attendees. The full Rhapsody music faculty numbers around twenty and musical collaboration has become especially popular. Even though there is an extensive range of instruments and styles, teachers share their musical ambitions- often leading to unexpected perfo! rmance combinations.
Friday October 18, 7:30 pm at Overture Center-Overture Hall, 201 State Street, Madison (repeated Saturday 10/19 at 8 pm and Sunday 10/20 at 2:30 pm).
The Madison Symphony Orchestra conducted by John DeMain with pianist Philippe Bianconi.
Madison Symphony Orchestra Features World-Renowned Pianist Philippe Bianconi, Music of Brahms, Britten, Debussy
French pianist Philippe Bianconi returns to Madison to join the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and Conductor John DeMain for dynamic performances Oct. 18, 19, and 20 in Overture Hall.
Benjamin Britten’s finely-orchestrated Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, also known as The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, will provide a witty and whimsical opening to the concert. DeMain will then lead the Symphony through Claude Debussy’s vivid musical depiction of the sea, La Mer. The finale will bring Bianconi to the stage to perform Johannes Brahms’ powerful and majestic Piano Concerto No. 2.
The concerts are Fri., Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 19, at 8 p.m.; and Sun., Oct. 20, at 2:30 p.m. in Overture Hall, 201 State Street.
Bianconi said, “I am absolutely thrilled to come back to play Brahms’ second piano concerto with John DeMain and the orchestra…Being immersed in the orchestral texture is always an exhilarating experience.”
The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra is based on a single theme by Purcell, and was originally commissioned for use in a British documentary, which introduced children to sections of an orchestra. The piece moves through the four large instrument “teams” of the symphony (woodwinds, strings, brass, and percussion), brilliantly changing character with each new variation. The piece ends with a furious fugue involving all players.
Debussy, ever the master of orchestral colors, composed La Mer as three Impressionist pictures of the sea in all its moods. His multi-colored harmonic palette and his freedom from strictly-defined musical forms help to portray the sometimes glittering, sometimes swirling, sometimes murky, always inconstant nature of water.
Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 is a staggering pillar within its genre, and an immense challenge for the soloist, beyond mere endurance. In this enormous four-movement work, the pianist is called upon to play passage-work in octaves and sixths, immense chords, and complex rhythms, often in partnership with the full orchestra.
Saturday October 19 8 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW Faculty Concert Series presents James Doing, tenor, Martha Fischer, pianist
Program to include works by Purcell, Scarlatti, Handel, Caldara, Schubert, Mozart (including arias from Le Nozze di Figaro), Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Strauss, Martini, Faure, Hahn, Chausson, Debussy, Quilter, Kingsley, Barber, and Charles.
Sunday October 20, 2:30 pm at Edgewood College, 1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison.
The Edgewood College Concert Band.
he Edgewood College Concert Band presents the Fall Concert, under the direction of Walter Rich. The engaging program includes selections by Howard Hanson, Manuel De Falla, and David R. Holsinger.
Sunday October 20, 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW Madison Guest Artist Series presents Michael Norsworthy, clarinet, David Gompper, piano.
Wedneday October 23, noon at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Avenue
Organ Recital with Bruce Bengston.