The WORT Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning September 26, 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels Host of “Anything Goes”.
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 | Rich Samuels
Thursday September 26 4:30 pm at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 North Orchard Street, Madison.
SoundWaves: The Eye and Ear of the Beholder
What is Beauty? What does it look like, and sound like? Why? Two scientists, two artists, and three musicians will explore Beauty at the first of eight SoundWaves. This event, part of the Wisconsin Science Festival, will feature SOM visiting voice professor Elizabeth Hagedorn with pianist Martha Fischer, performing selections from Mahler’s Rückertlieder. SOM horn professor Daniel Grabois (who is the curator of SoundWaves) will speak about the beauty of dissonance. Other speakers will include Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Prize winner and professor of chemistry at Cornell, speaking about beauty in science.
Thursday September 26, 8:30 pm at Morphy Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW Black Music Ensemble
Friday September 27, 7:30 pm at UW Humanities Building-Eastman Organ Recital Hall
Association of Church Musicians Organ Recital
Annual scholarship benefit concert with John Chappell Stowe, Robert Eversman, Ken Stancer, Elijah Cynric, Michael Mills, Max Yount, Adrian Binkley, Bruce Bengtson, Hazel Holden
Members of the Madison Area Association of Church Musicians and their students will present a public organ recital at the Eastman Organ Recital Hall, Mosse Humanities Building, UW – Madison, 455 N. Park St. The program will showcase a wide variety of music performed on the 54-rank Austin pipe organ. Monies raised by freewill donation at the event will go to the Association’s Ruth Pilger Andrews Scholarship Fund.
The scholarship fund was initiated by and honors the memory of Ruth Pilger Andrews, a long time organ teacher and organist in Madison. Scholarship funds are used to award those interested in pursuing organ studies. Performers at the recital will include John Chappell Stowe, Robert Eversman, Ken Stancer, Elijah Cynric, Michael Mills, Max Yount, Adrian Binkley, Bruce Bengtson, and Hazel Holden.
Friday September 27, 7:30 pm at Overture Center-Overture Hall, 201 State Street, Madison (repeated Saturday 8/28 at 8 pm and Sunday 9/29 at 2:30 pm).
The Madison Symphony ORchestra begins its 2013/1014 concert season with works of Copland, Wagner, and Rimsky-Korsakov.
Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite will open the concerts with its uniquely American sound. DeMain then celebrates Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday with the passionate music of the Prelude and Liebestod from the opera, Tristan und Isolde. And the finale will be Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade with its exquisite violin solo for MSO Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz in the role of the great storyteller, Princess Scheherazade.
John DeMain said, “I have chosen to open this season with an all-orchestral program focusing on the wonderful musicians who make up the Symphony. I hope all-orchestral concerts will become a regular part of our programming in the future.”
Copland’s optimistic Appalachian Spring evokes the American frontier in the early 19th century and was originally composed for a new ballet for the Martha Graham dance company.
Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde is his retelling of a medieval Celtic epic. Although he completed the composition in 1859, it took another six years before the technical challenges of his “music drama” could reach the stage. The Prelude and Liebestod excerpts on the September MSO program were played publicly before the opera’s premiere in 1865.
And, the Arabic and Egyptian stories of The Thousand and One Nights inspired Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade with its musical exoticism.
One hour before each performance Wisconsin Public Radio Host Anders Yocom will lead a Prelude Discussion to enhance concertgoers’ understanding and listening experience. More background on the music can also be found in the Program Notes via: www.madisonsymphony.org/orchestra.
Saturday September 28, noon at Grace Episcopal Church, 116 West Washington Avenue, Madison.
The Grace Presents series features the Ekaterinburg Trio.
Victoria Gorbich, violinist
Vladislav Gorbich, clarinetist
Justin Snyder, pianist
The Kat Trio is Victoria Gorbich, Vladislav Gorbich, and Justin Snyder. Victoria and Vladislav are doctoral graduates of Arizona State University. Justin is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Their concerts showcase unique Russian arrangements and transpositions of timeless melodies and feature classical works, well-known inspirational songs, and even American pop standards, including Scott Joplin’s rags.
Enjoy a wonderful early fall day on the Capitol Square soaking in the season, the sacred architecture, and the sounds of The Kat Trio.
Visit The Kat Trio online: www.thekattrio.net.
New to Grace Presents?
- No tickets needed
- All ages
- Come as you are
- Bring a lunch or Farmers’ Market goodies
- Enter through the red doors of the bell tower or via the accessible entrance through the glass doors in the West Washington Ave. courtyard (turn right and take the elevator to the “Sanctuary” level).
Sunday September 29, 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Smith.
Overture to Egmont Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 3 Jean Sibelius
The Rite of Spring Igor Stravinsky
Tuesday October 1st, 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW Chamber Orchestra conducted by James Smith.
Overture, Scherzo and Finale Robert Schumann
Symphony No. 88, G Major Franz Joseph Haydn
Czech Suite, opus 38, D Major Antonín Dvořák.
Wednesday October 2, noon at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Avenue, Madison/
Organ concert featuring organist Bruce Bengston.