Thursday December 4 7 pm at the French House 633 North Frances Street, Madison
The Rameau Revival (Part of the “Rediscovering Rameau” Festival)
While performances of Rameau’s music waned in the years following the Revolution, it never left the repertory completely. In the years following the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871), French artists like Saint-Saëns, Debussy, and Fauré were eager to demonstrate that France, like Germany, possessed a rich and lively musical tradition. They turned to Rameau, with Saint-Saëns overseeing a lavish critical edition of his works. Music historians Susan Cook, Allison Bloom, and Erin Brooks will discuss France’s renewed interest in Rameau and Baroque opera, while art historian Michael Jay McClure will talk about renewed fascination with visual arts from the earlier period. Chelsie Propst and Jennifer Hedstrom will perform mélodie repertory from the turn of the twentieth century.
Friday December 5 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society 900 University Bay Drive, Madison
The Noon Musicale presents music for double reeds and piano with Ann Aschbacher, piano; Ruth Dahlke, oboe and English horn; Scott Ellington, oboe; Willy Walter, bassoon and Rozan Anderson, bassoon
Music of Händel, Brahms, Alyssa Morris, and others
Friday December 5 7 pm at St. Joseph Chapel Edgewood College 1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison (repeated Saturday 12/6 at 7 pm)
Annual Christmas Concert
Friday December 5 7:30 pm at Mills Hall
The UW-Madison Wind Ensemble directed by Scott Teeple with the Oconomowoc High School Wind Symphony directed by Michael Krofta.
Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedra, Richard Wagner/Cailliet
Bassoon Concerto, James Stephenson, Mr. Marc Vallon, soloist, UW commission and premiere
The Frozen Cathedral, John Mackey
The UW Wind Ensemble continues its tradition of “Wisconsin Idea” performances when it shares the stage with the Oconomowoc High School Wind Symphony, Michael Krofta, conductor. The Wind Ensemble will give the premiere performance of “A Dialogue with Self and Soul” concerto for bassoon. Mr. Marc Vallon (bassoon), and Mr. Paul Rowe (baritone), will be the faculty soloists. Closing the program will be a sneak peak of the March 2015 Carnegie Hall performance and Wisconsin premiere of John Mackey’s “The Frozen Cathedral.”
This concert will be streamed live on the Internet! Please check this link and sign up for a reminder preceding the concert.
Friday December 5 7:30 pm at Overture Center-Overture Hall 201 State Street, Madison (repeated at the same location at 8 pm on Saturday 12/6 and 2:30 pm on 12/7)
The Madison Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concerts with Alyson Cambridge, soprano, arold Meers, tenor, Madison Symphony Chorus, Madison Youth Choirs, Mt. Zion Gospel Choir,
he concerts will celebrate the holidays with a range of music from Bach, Berlin, Handel, and Schubert to holiday favorites and rocking Gospel selections – topped off with the audience adding its voice to carols at the end. Concert highlights include:
– Soloists Alyson Cambridge (soprano) and Harold Meers (tenor), who are accomplished national operatic singers;
– Madison Symphony Chorus, directed by Beverly Taylor, with 125 members, who come from all walks of life to combine their artistic talent;
– Madison Youth Choirs, directed by Michael Ross, which combines young voices for a memorable experience;
– Mt. Zion Gospel Choir, directed by Leotha Stanley, which uses jazz, blues and gospel harmonies to “raise the roof” in creating captivating music; and,
– Audience members who join in the singing.
Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive at the Overture Hall lobby 45 minutes before the concert so they can be moved by the Madison Symphony Chorus leading carols in the festively lit lobby.
The concerts are Fri., Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 6, at 8 p.m.; and Sun, Dec. 7, at 2:30 p.m. in Overture Hall, 201 State Street.
The festivities are sure to brighten spirits for all ages, and many families attend in groups of two or three generations.
These concerts typically sell out, so early ticket purchases are encouraged.
Single Tickets are $16 to $84 each, available at www.madisonsymphony.org/singletickets and through the Overture Center Box Office at 201 State Street or call the Box Office at (608) 258-4141.
Saturday 12/6 11 am at Overture center-Overture Hall 201 State Street
Community Christmas Carol Sing with organist Samuel Hutchison
The Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) invites the entire community to sing along with the Overture Concert Organ at a free Christmas Carol Sing in Overture Hall, 201 State Street, Sat., Dec. 6, at 11 a.m.
All ages are welcome and no registration or tickets are required.
MSO Principal Organist and Curator Samuel Hutchison will lead the carol singing, which will last approximately 45 minutes.
For more holiday singing, come 45 minutes early to A Madison Symphony Christmas concert to hear the Madison Symphony Chorus sing Christmas carols in the festively-lit lobby of the Overture Center. Those concerts are Fri., Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 6, at 8 p.m.; and Sun, Dec. 7, at 2:30 p.m. in Overture Hall and tickets can be purchased at www.madisonsymphony.org/singletickets and through the Overture Center Box Office at 201 State Street or call the Box Office at (608) 258-4141.
With a gift from the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation, the Madison Symphony Orchestra commissioned the Overture Concert Organ, which is the stunning backdrop of all MSO concerts. MSO Principal Organist, Samuel Hutchison, programs and curates this instrument. In addition to the Free Farmers’ Market Concerts, the instrument is featured in the annual MSO Christmas concert, along with several Free Community Hymn Sings and a Christmas Carol Sing. See details for all organ performances at www.madisonsymphony.org/organperformances.
Support for all Overture Concert Organ programs is provided by the Diane Endres Ballweg Fund. For more information, please contact the MSO at (608) 257-3734 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday December 6 1:30 and 2:30 pm at Oakwood Village West 6201 Mineral Point Road,
Chamber music recitals by musicians from the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra
Saturday December 6 2 pm at Cargil United Methodist church, Janesville (repeated 2 pm on 12 7 at the same location).
Cost: $15 ($12 adv.)
21 altos, 21 bass, 29 sopranos, 12 tenors – and that’s just the on-stage chorus. Add 4 soloists, 45-member symphony orchestra, 15-member off-stage youth chorus, 1 off-stage youth soloist/trio member, conductor – and this year’s Choral Union comes into focus.
Choral Union celebrates its 133rd anniversary with two performances of “Elijah,” an oratorio by Felix Mendelssohn. Concerts take place at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014, and again at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at Cargill United Methodist Church, 2000 Wesley Avenue, Janesville.
“To the masses of music-loving people, Mendelssohn requires no introduction – especially when “Elijah” is mentioned,” notes Conductor Richard Severing.
“The masterpiece has taken its place on a level with “The Messiah” by Handel,” and Severing goes on to say that “Elijah” is “as full of drama as an opera.” The conductor comments that the work has such “warmth of har mony and melody that it is loved by everyone who has ever heard it or sung it.” The selection is described as “very large in scope and yet very intimate and personal for the listener and for the performer as well. The subject of this oratorio is the compelling story of Elijah and the people of Israel as they struggle with belief and trust in God.”
Soloists include Marie Severing (soprano), Sarah Leuwerke (mezzo-soprano), Alex Gmeinder (tenor), and Dan Richardson (baritone).
It was twelve years ago that Choral Union last performed this work, and we think you will agree that an encore performance has been long overdue!
Advance tickets of $12.00 may be ordered by calling (608) 741-5074 or may be purchased from Choral Union members. Tickets are $15.00 at the door on both performance days.
For further information, visit Choral Union at: www.choralunionjanesville.com and at: www.facebook.com/JanesvilleChoralUnion.
Saturday December 6 7:30 pm at the Young Auditorium of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Whitewater
Gala Christmas concert
Sunday December 7 2 pm at Olbrich Gardens-Evjue Commons
The UW Russian Folk Orchestra
$1 suggested donation. Donations are greatly appreciated and help to keep the gardens a free source of education and inspiration for everyone!
Anna Gubenkova, Alto
Madison’s Russian Children’s Choir
Kavkaz Russian Dancers of Milwaukee
Questions? Please contact RFO director Victor Gorodinsky:
Sunday December 7 2 pm at Mitby theater 1701 Wright Street, Madison
The Madison College Community Show Choir and Choral presents int Holiday Choral Concert
Sunday December 7 2 pm at McFarland High School 5101 Farwell Street, McFarland
New Horizons Concert Band
The New Horizons Concert Band will present its annual Holiday Concert in the McFarland High School Auditorium on Sunday, December 7, at 2:00 p.m. A non-profit organization with members from Madison and the surrounding area, New Horizons is under the direction of Glenn Nielsen and Pat Dorn.
The holiday concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature traditional Christmas music including A Holiday Celebration, Greensleeves Rhapsody, Silent Night In Gotham and Imani, an African Christmas celebration
Other selections will include Vincent Persichetti’s Pageant , Encanto by Robert Smith, Tchaikovskyana by Larry Daehn, Celebration Tribalesque and Paganiniosa.
A reception will be held in the Commons area at McFarland High School immediately following the concert.
The New Horizon Band in Madison is the second oldest band in the country within the New Horizons program. It is comprised mainly of older adults who wish to play in a band. The band is organized through the Ward-Brodt Music Mall in Madison. For more information, visit www.HookedOnBandsInc.org, or contact Glenn Nielsen at email@example.com or 838-8274.
Sunday December 7 2 pm at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church 2115 Rowley Avenue, Madison
The Wisconsin Children’s Choir presents its Winter Concert
Wednesday December 10 noon at Luther Memorial Church 1021 University, Madison
Free Organ concert with Organist Bruce Bengston