The WORT Madison Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning January 31 2013 Prepared by Rich Samuels

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Rich Samuels

Friday February 1 at 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Dr., Madison.
Noon Musicale. Edvard Grieg sonatas for violin and piano featuring Steven Bjellam violin, and Michael Keller, piano

Friday February1 at 7 p, at the St. John the Evangelist Church, Spring Green.
Sing Out, a Gospel Celebration featuring the Mount Zion Gospel Choir.

Call: (608) 588-5851
Web: www.ruralmusiciansforum.org

Lively, passionate, lifting the spirit and consoling the weary soul, music…especially GOSPEL music… sits in the heart of the African American experience.

Honoring the unique place of GOSPEL music in the life of African Americans, the RuralMusicians Forum invites Southwest Wisconsin to share in “Sing Out: A Gospel Celebration,” February 1, 2013, featuring the renowned Mt. Zion Gospel Choir of Madison. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Spring Green.

Under the direction of Leotha Stanley, the Mt Zion Gospel Choir, which performs annually as part of the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concert, is known for its ability to infuse traditional gospel harmonies with vigor, joy and inspiration.Year after year, the choir has combined jazz, blues and gospel harmonies to “raise the roof” in captivating, spiritually transporting experiences throughout Wisconsin, and it has toured in Germany and France, as well. The choir performed for the Chazen Museum of Art expansion opening, and recent seasons have included performances at Overture Center for the Arts, Middleton Performing Arts Center, Nicolet College and with the UW Varsity Band. Their performances are accompanied by an instrumental ensemble that includes saxophone, flute, bass, percussion, drums and keyboards.

In announcing the Mt. Zion Gospel Choir concert, RMF Artistic Director, Kent Mayfield, said “This is an exciting event for young and old, a richly spiritual experience, and an important dimension of our shared life as Americans!”

Tickets for priority seating are available free of charge at the Dodgeville Public Library, Arcadia Books in Spring Green and online at the Rural Musicians Forum website: www.ruralmusiciansforum.org. A dessert reception open to all will follow the concert to meet, greet and honor the Mt. Zion Gospel Choir.

A free-will offering will be received.

The concert is underwritten in part by generous contributions from Grassroots Citizens of Wisconsin and the Spring Green Area Arts Coalition.

Saturday. February 2 at 7 pm at Oakwood Village-University Woods Auditorium (repeated Sunday February 3 at 1:30 pm at the UW Arboretum Visitor Center) The Oakwood Chamber Players present a concert called “The Americas”. Music of Paquito d’Rivera, Morten Lauuridsen, Amy Beach, Antonin Dvorak, and Ignacio Cervanted

Web: www.oakwoodchamberplayers.com

The Oakwood Chamber Players present two concerts with works from North, Central and South America. The concerts are February 2, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium and February 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the UW-Arboretum Visitor Center.

The Americas concerts will showcase composers, eras and combinations of instrumentation ranging from jazz to string quartets to Latin American dances.

Six composers will be featured during the concerts including:
- Paquito D’Rivera – Grammy award winner with works ranging from jazz to bebop to large scale symphonic works.

- Morten Lauridsen – Contemporary composer known for his evocative and close harmonies in choral works.

- Amy Beach – America’s first successful female composer who was influenced by the Romantic era.

- Antonin Dvorak – Writer of the “American” string quartet, No. 12 which was created shortly after a trip to the Midwest and was likely influenced by American folk music.

- Ignacio Cervantes – Composer of six traditional Latin American dances for woodwind quintet.

The Oakwood Chamber Players is a group of Madison-area professional musicians who have rehearsed and performed at Oakwood Village for 30 years. Tickets are available at the door – $20 general admission, $15 seniors and $5 students.

Saturday February 2, 7 pm at the River Arts Center, 105 Ninth Street, Praitie du Sac.
Pianist Kimball Gallagher appears as part of the Performing Arts Series.

Web: www.riverartsandgallery.org

Sunday, February 3, 12:30 pm at the Chazen Museum of Art-Brittingham Gallery III, 750 University Ave. , Madison
Sunday Afternoon Live features the Ancia Saxophone Quartet.
The Ancia Saxophone Quartet was founded in 1990 as an ensemble dedicated to the creation and performance of new works for saxophone quartet as well as the performance of traditional saxophone quartet repertoire. Based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, the Ancia Saxophone Quartet has performed concerts and presented educational workshops in the United States, Canada, Korea, and Europe. The Ancia Saxophone Quartet has appeared frequently on Minnesota and Wisconsin Public Radio and most recently on National Public Radio through Performance Today. The group’s first compact disc, Variations, available on this website, includes selections by Gershwin, Bach, and Duke Ellington along with music composed especially for the quartet. A second CD, Short Stories, was just released internationally on Naxos featuring American composers Higdon, Ives, Torke, Sturm, Macy, Bixler, and “Jelly Roll” Morton. The Ancia Saxophone Quartet has premiered many compositions written expressly for the group, including commissions underwritten by the American Composers Forum/Jerome Foundation and THE Commission Project. Please join us on Sunday, February 3, at 12:30 p.m. in Brittingham Gallery Number III at the Chazen Museum of Art.

Members of the Chazen Museum of Art or Wisconsin Public Radio can reserve seats for Sunday Afternoon Live performances. Seating is limited. All reservations must be made Monday through Friday before the concert and claimed by 12:20 p.m. on the day of the performance. For reservations or membership information contact the Chazen Museum at 608.263.2246.

A reception will follow the performance with coffee, tea, and treats donated by local businesses.

Monday February 4th, 7:30 pm at Morphy Recital Hall, 455 N. Park Street, Madison,
UW Guest Artist Series features pianist Eli Kalman, piano, and Bruce Atwell, horn.  (Both from UW Oshkosh).

Wednesday February 6, 12 pm at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Ave. , Madison
Organ recital featuring organist Bruce Bengston

Wednesday Frbruary 6, 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park, Madison.
Faculty Concert Series features Daniel Grabois, horn.

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Rich Samuels
Classical music of all eras and varieties.

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