Black Marigold, a Madison-based wind quintet, will open the music festivities at the 19th annual WORT Block Party this Sunday, May 22nd. These fun players of serious music will take the stage on MLK Boulevard at 11:15 a.m.
Known by the acronym BMW5, Black Marigold are dynamic advocates of new instrumental music by living composers, but their repertoire extends back to past centuries as well.
BWW5 consists of Elizabeth Marshall (flute), Laura Medisky (oboe), Bethany Schultz (clarinet), Kia Karlen (horn), and recent addition Carl Wilder (bassoon). Named for an imaginary 5-petalled flower, the group likes to offer verbal program notes as a way to further engage an audience in the performance.
The resident ensemble at First United Methodist Church in downtown Madison, Black Marigold has a refreshing, sometimes funny take on “classical” music. BMW5 is involved, for example, in a gofundme campaign for “Beer Music,” a planned commission for a piece by and for craft-beer lovers.
Watch BMW5 dazzle the crowd this Sunday morning at the WORT Block Party. You can enjoy a gourmet beer from our local No Crap on Tap offerings while Black Marigold sweetens the springtime air with gentle sounds.