Thursday December 5, 7:30 pm at Morphy Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
UW Blue Note Ensemble, Jazz Composers’ Septet & Contemporary Jazz Ensemble
Friday December 6, 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison.
Garrick Olsen, piano.
Frederic Chopin – Etude, Op. 10 No. 1
Robert Schumann – Fantasy, Op. 17
Franz Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6
Information at: fusmadison.org/
Friday December 6, 7 pm at River Arts on Water, Prairie du Sac 590 Water St. , Prairie du Sac.
The Kat Trio
Information at riverartsandgallery.org
The warm, relaxed setting of the River Arts on Water Gallery along with the classical music of the Kat Trio is a perfect combination to put you in the Christmas spirit. Vlad, Vikki, and Justin will perform selections from their classical, Christmas, inspirational and American standards repertoire.
The violin-clarinet-piano ensemble from Ekaterinburg, Russia was formed in May 1998 in Ekaterinburg by three friends-Victoria Gorbich (violin), Vladislav Gorbich (clarinet) and Vasil Galiulin (piano). They had just graduated from the Ural State Music Conservatory. Today “The Kat Trio” is Victoria, Vladislav and pianist Justin Snyder. Victoria and Vlad are doctoral graduates of Arizona State University. Justin is a graduate of University of Michigan and recently has finished studying in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
House concerts are casual, intimate, solo or small ensemble musical performances designed around the notion of having friends over to your living room to enjoy live music. There is no advance ticket sale, only a $10 suggested donation at the door. All proceeds benefit River Arts Inc. programs.
Friday December 6 7 pm at Saint Joseph Chapel, Edgewood College, 1000 Edgewood Colledge Drive, Madison. (Repeated Saturday December 7, same time and place.)
Edgewood College Christmas Concert.
Friday December 6 7:30 pm ay Overture Center-Overture Hall, 201 State Street, Madison (repeated at the same location at 8 pm on 12/7 and 2:30 pm on 12/8).
The Madison Symphony Orchestra Christmas concerts with soprano Melody Moore & bass Nathan Stark, Madison Symphony Chorus, Madison Youth Choirs, Mt. Zion Gospel Choir.
National vocalists, Madison community chorus members – and the audience – will all get a chance to shine when Conductor John DeMain and the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) kick off the holiday season with the much-loved tradition of the Madison Symphony Christmas concerts Dec. 6, 7, and 8 in Overture Hall.
The concerts will celebrate the holidays with a banquet of “main courses” – music by Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Handel. But like any good feast, there’s lighter fare as well – from holiday favorites to rocking Gospel selections – topped off with the audience adding its voice to carols at the end. Concert highlights include:
– Soloists Melody Moore (soprano) and Nathan Stark (bass), who are accomplished national operatic singers, and principal cellist Karl Lavine. Ms. Moore recently sang the role of Tosca in the Madison Opera production of the same name.
– Madison Symphony Chorus, directed by Beverly Taylor, with its 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.
Information at madisonsymphony.org
Friday December 6, 8 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Part Street, Madison.
The UW Wind Ensemble featuring Joel Puckett, guest composer
“Septimi Toni a8, #2”, Giovanni Gabrieli
“Music for Winds”, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
“Suite in Eb”, Gustav Holst/arr. Matthews
“Avelynn’s Lullaby”, Joel Puckett
“Southern Comforts”, Joel Puckett
featuring guest soloist Felicia Moye, violin. Ms. Moye is professor of violin at the UW-Madison School of Music.
Named as one of National Public Radio?s listeners’ favorite composers under the age of 40, Joel Puckett is a composer who is dedicated to the belief that music can bring consolation, hope and joy to all who need it. The Washington Post has hailed him as both “visionary” and “gifted” and the Baltimore Sun proclaimed his work for the Washington Chorus and Orchestra, This Mourning, as “being of comparable expressive weight” to John Adams’ Pulitzer Prize winning work.
Puckett’s flute concerto, The Shadow of Sirius, has been performed all over the world and commercially recorded multiple times. Of the recent recording released on the Equilibrium label, Audiophile Audition wrote, ?The music … contains a density within a clarity, polyphony within the simple and ? most importantly ? is a beautiful and seemingly spiritual work.?
Before the end of 2014, a total of five commercial recordings of The Shadow of Sirius will be available with the release of Marianne Gedigian?s performance on Naxos?s Blue-Ray Surround Sound Series.
In May of 2012, Puckett’s double concerto for clarinet, flute and orchestra, Concerto Duo, was premiered by brothers Anthony McGill [principal clarinet, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra] and Demarre McGill [principal flute, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra] to a sold out crowd at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall.
The Washington Chorus, recipient of the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance, commissioned and premiered Joel’s work This Mourning, for chorus, orchestra, 40 wine glasses and tenor soloist, to rave reviews at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Of the third movement Baltimore Sun critic Tim Smith wrote, “The final movement reaches profound heights. As the chorus intones Dickinson’s lines, ‘There must be guests in Eden, All the rooms are full,’ a cathartic, almost ecstatic rise of melody and emotion unfolds.”
The 2013-14 season features an exciting line up of premieres, including Short Stories, a concerto for string quartet commissioned jointly by The Universities of Michigan, Texas, Colorado, North Carolina at Greensboro and Northwestern, chamber works for pianist Nick Philips and the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble; a large work for flute ensemble and soloist commissioned for Marina Piccinini, the very first Reed Quintet Consortium commission featuring such legendary groups as Calefax and Akropolis. Joel was recently awarded the Chorus America/American Composers Forum Dale Warland Singers Commission to create a new work for Philadelphia?s remarkable choir, The Crossing.
Puckett is currently on the full-time faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University where he teaches courses in music theory and composition. He recently finished a term as the composer-in-residence for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and holds advanced degrees from the University of Michigan.
All of Joel Puckett?s music is represented, worldwide, by Bill Holab Music.
Find out more at www.joelpucket.com
Saturday December 7, 12 pm at Morphy Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW World Percussion Ensemble, Todd Hammes and Tom Ross, directors.
Saturday December 7, 4 pm at Mills Hall 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW Madison All University String Orchestra, Janet Jensen, conductor.
I. Orchestra, Too!
Concerto for Oboe and Strings – Adagio Alessandro Marcello, composer
Konstantinos Tiliakos, Oboe Soloist
Kasey Wasson, Student Conductor
Johan Roman – Sinfonia XX – Mvt. 1, 2, 4
Mozart – Salzburg Symphony III
Ingvar Lidholm – Stråktrio
Respighi – Antique Airs and Dances, Suite III
Movements II, IV
Brubeck/Cohen – Blue Rondo a la Turk
Joplin – Palm Leaf Rag
II. Orchestra I
Morricone – Gabriels Oboe
Konstantinos Tiliakos, Oboe Soloist
Fasch – Symphony in A
Mozart – Adagio & Fugue K. 546
Kasey Wasson, Student Conductor
Hindemith – 8 Pieces (Acht Stücke) #1-3
Respighi – Antique Airs and Dances, Suite III
Movements I, III, IV
Jeremy Cohen – Tango Toscana
Joplin – Sugar Cane Rag
Saturday December 7, 8 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW Madison Tuba/Euphonioum Ensemble, John Stevens, director.
The program includes arrangements of works by Bruckner, Debussy, Dukas, Glinka, Karl King and Samuel Scheidt, plus original works by James Barnes, Stephen Bulla and Jan Koetsier.
Sunday December 8 2 pm at the Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St. , Stoughton ,
The Stoughton Chamber Singers present “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind” Christmas Concert.
Info at: stoughtonoperahouse.com/
The Stoughton Chamber
Singers and the Bel Canto String Ensemble
under the direction of John Beutel have chosen
a quote from Shakespeare, “Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind”, as the title for their annual Victorian Holiday Concert.
Whether people love or hate winter doesn’t matter, they will perform music that uses the elements of winter as metaphor and music that has been inspired by the season.
Winter, namely December, is the time of Christmas, so seasonal music by Elgar, Rutter, Holst and other composers will be included on the program along with some “winter” madrigals which have become a traditional part of the Stoughton Chamber Singers’ program.
The program features a wide variety of music including several familiar Christmas carols. Tickets are $5.00 and are available from McGlynn Pharmacy, choir members, or at the door. Children under 12 are admitted free.
The Stoughton Chamber Singers, directed by John Beutel, perform music from a variety of periods and genres. The group has approximately 20 members, who are selected by audition. The group performs two concerts per year at the Stoughton Opera House in Stoughton, WI, in early December and in late spring/early summer of each year. The group occasionally performs at other venues and events in the Stoughton area.
Sunday December 8, 2 pm at Milla Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
UW Madison University Bands
Sunday December 8, 2 pm and 4 pm at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Avenue, Madison.
UW Prism Concert featuring five combines choirs: Concert Choir, Chorale, Women’s Chorus, Madrigal Singers and University Chorus
Tantum Ergo, Op. 65 No. 2, Gabriel Faure
Apple Tree Wassai, arr. Hatfield
Psallite, unigenito, Michael Praetorius
Angelus ad pastores ait, Andrea Gabrieli
Ave Maria, Fernando Moruja
Kling, Glöckchen, Kling (Tyrolean Carol)
Resonet in Laudibus, Chester Alwes
Und alsbald war da bei dem Engel, Melchior Vulpius
Summer in Winter, Richard N. Roth
Benedicamus Domino, Peter Warlock
Upon this night, Richard Hynson
O magnum mysterium, Tomás Luis deVictoria
Hodie Christus natus est, Healy Willan
Peace, Everywhere, Scott Gendel
Sunday December 8, 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison.
The UW Chamber Orchestra, James Smith, conductor.
Chamber Symphony, Op. 73a, Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphpny No. 8, Ludwig van Beethoven.
Monday December 9, 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison
The UW Madison Masters Singers, Brian Gurley and Adam Kluck, conductors.
Wednesday December 11, 12 pm at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University, Madison.
Organ concert featuring organist Bruce Bengstron.
Wednesday December 11, 12:15 pm at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church-Raymond Road, 5701 Raymond Road, Madison.
Advent Organ Series: Recital by Deborah Smith Krauss
Wednesday December 11, 7 pm at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N Orchard St, Madison.
Soundwaves presents “What’s New? Newness in Science and Music.
SoundWaves combines scientific lectures about the world with live classical music performances. Each event revolves around a theme, exploring it first from many scientific angles and then through the lens of music. The program concludes with a live performance of music related to the evening?s theme.
The science lectures are delivered using language that the curious layman can understand, with a minimum of jargon and formulas. The music lectures, while demanding careful listening, are likewise designed for the layman and not the specialist.
Every SoundWaves event brings UW Madison scientists from several departments together with UW?Madison School of Music faculty performers to explore a topic that is relevant to our world and our lives.
SoundWaves is free and open to the public. This series generally is held in the evening at the Town Center of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.
Daniel Grabois, Curator
What is New? Newness in Science and Music
Margaret Turnbull, astronomy
Mark Nolte, laboratory of genetics
Kevin Ponto, computer science (SoHE)
Daniel Fredrickson, chemistry
Daniel Grabois, music