Friday March 28 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison.
The Noon Musicale Presents “They Say that Irving Berlin is Wonderful,” with Karlos & Melinda Moser
Saturday March 29, noon at Grace Episcopal Church, 118 West Washington Ave., Madison.
The Grace Presents series presents Grsminy.
Founded in 2010, Graminy is based in Madison, Wisconsin. They seek to fuse the classical and grassroots traditions, from Bach to bluegrass, from Copland to Celtic, from Gershwin to native American, from Kodaly to klezmer, and more. Drawing on all these styles, Graminy composes and arranges all its music, which includes lots of quick changes, generous improvisations, and occasional singing. They call their style “class-grass.”
More at graminy.net
No tickets needed. Come as you are. All ages.
Bring a “picnic” lunch if desired.
Thank you to music lovers like you who have given free-will donations to continue the Grace Presents Concert Series. We also thank Dane Arts for their support, with additional funds from the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation.
Saturday March 29 7:30 pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 116 West Washington Ave., Madison.
The Wisconsin Chamber Choir presents its spring concert.
The riches of Russian choral music will be represented by selections from Rachmaninoff’s Vespers along with ravishingly beautiful works by Grechaninov and Chesnokov. The scope widens to include sacred and secular music from various former Soviet Republics. Works by Veljo Tormis (Estonia), Pēteris Vasks (Latvia) and Vytautas Miškinis (Lithuania) exemplify the vibrant choral traditions of the Baltic states. Sacred and secular works from Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, and Belarus round out this fascinating and varied program. There is also the possibility of something by Lennon and McCartney to bring things to a rousing close.
Advance tickets are available for $15 from www.wisconsinchamberchoir.org, via Brown Paper Tickets, o r at Willy Street Coop (East and West locations) and Orange Tree Imports. Student tickets are $10. Contact 273-4609 for additional information.
Founded in 1999, the Madison-based Wisconsin Chamber Choir has established a reputation for excellence in the performance of oratorios by Bach, Mozart, and Haydn; a cappella masterworks from various centuries; and world-premieres. Dr. Robert Gehrenbeck is the Wisconsin Chamber Choir’s Artistic Director.
Saturday Mach 29 8 pm at Mills Hall, 455 N. Park Street, Madison.
The UW Faculty Concert Series presents the Wisconsin Brass Quintet.
Founded in 1972, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet is a faculty ensemble-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music. The quintet’s musical expertise has been acknowledged by Verne Reynolds, Jan Bach, Karel Husa, John Harbison, Daron Hagen and many other composers. In addition to performing with the WBQ, the players have also been members of the American Brass Quintet, Empire Brass Quintet and Meridian Arts Ensemble. Quintet members John Stevens and Daniel Grabois and former member Douglas Hill have also composed many works for the group. With extensive performances throughout the Midwest and nationally, including appearances at New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall, the quintet’s educational programs and master classes have been presented in such prestigious settings as The Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music. They perform annual live radio broadcast concerts on Wisconsin Public Radio. Their three CD recordings, on the Summit, Mark and Crystal labels, feature music by John Stevens, Douglas Hill, Verne Reynolds, Daron Hagen, John Harbison and Enrique Crespo. An earlier LP recording features the onl” recording of Jan Bach’s “Rounds and Dances” and Hilmar Luckhardt’s “Brass Quintet.” Each of these works was composed for the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, in keeping with the WBQ’s commitment to commissioning and performing new music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Barry Kilpatrick writes for the American Record Guide: “I’ve reviewed over 250 brass recordings in the past five years, and this is one of the very best. The WBQ is a remarkable ensemble that plays with more reckless abandon, warmth, stylistic variety and interpretive interest than almost any quintet in memory.”
Sunday March 30 2 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison.
Ensemble Musical Offering debuts in Madison with Hallmarks of Handel Concert.
ENSEMBLE MUSICAL OFFERING (EMO), Milwaukee’s Midwest Bande for Early Music, brings light to some of Georg Frederic Handel’s best known chamber music in its Madison debut titled Hallmarks of Handel. The early music concert is slated March 30 at 2 PM at the First Unitarian Society of Madison, 900 University Bay Drive.
Founded in 2000 by harpsichordist/Artistic Director Joan Parsley, Musical Offering is a rich resource as an early music producer in the Midwest. Its mission is to foster appreciation for early music, circa 1580-1750, through professional performance on period instruments, educational activities and community outreach. It is supported, in part, by the Wisconsin Arts Board as part of the National Endowment for the Arts, Milwaukee’s United Performing Arts Fund, CAMPAC/Milwaukee County’s Arts Board, as well as the Grollman Fund for German culture through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the Steigleder Charitable Trust.
Aside from a Milwaukee concert series, Musical Offering also supports the Greater Milwaukee Baroque Festival, an adjudicated competition for K-12 string and keyboard students offering awards, cash prices and performance opportunities. An intensive, one-week Summer Baroque Institute, is also part of this Wisconsin producer’s outreach.
“We hope to share our artistic vision and educational programs with the Greater Madison community since so many of our players reside in the region and around the State of Wisconsin,” according to Joan Parsley. “It’s wonderful to bring it all to the State’s capitol!”
Living and composing in London in the first half of the 18th century, Georg Frederic Handel, the imminent German compose and reputed rival of J.S. Bach and Domenico Scarlatti, was not only noted for his compositions in opera, but for his extraordinary chamber music. EMO will perform two of Handel’s Opus 3 Concerti Grossi, published in 1734 ~ HWV 315 & 317, Nos. 4 and 6, as well as the G Major Suite from his Wassermusick, HWV 350. Also included is his Sinfonia for Bassoon, strings and continuo, HWV 388, featuring Madison’s baroque bassoonist Theresa Koenig.
Handel lovers will have a rare opportunity to hear two sets of the composers Arcadian Duets for two sopranos, No, di voi non vo’ fidarmi HWV 189 and Quel fior ch’all’alba ride HWV 192 featuring sopranos Chelsea Morris and Sarah Richardson. Inspired by the Arcadian academies and Italian courts at the end of the 17th century, Handel adapted these chamber arias for use in his oratorio Messiah. These chamber duets are small cantata-like gems in three movements with contrasting tempi.
Morris, a finalist in the 2013 Madison Early Music Festival Handel Aria Competition, makes her debut in Milwaukee with EMO on March 29. Sarah Richardson is the 2013 winner of Milwaukee’s Bel Canto Chorus Regional Artist Competition and is working on her Doctorate at UW-Madison under baritone Paul Rowe. Morris and Richardson will also sing solo arias from Handel’s opera, Rinaldo, including Lascia ch’io pianga and Augelletti, che cantate (1711 version).
The core group of EMO strings, led by Gesa Kordes, includes Madison’s Edith Hines and Milwaukee’s Christine Hauptly Annin as well as cellist Tulio Rondon, an international baroque cellist now residing in Eau Claire, WI and principal continuo player with Lyra Baroque Orchestra. Oboe and recorder players Sian Rickets and Sung Lee make up the wind section with Theresa Koenig. Artistic Director and Founder Joan Parsley is harpsichordist.
Tickets for Hallmarks of Handel are $15 and available at www.ensemblemusicaloffering.org. or by calling 414-258-6133. They will also be available at the door the day of the concert.
Sunday March 30 2:30 pm at Edgewood College-St. Joseph Chapel 100 Edgewood College Drive, Madison.
The Edgewood College Concert Band playing Kirby, Smith, Balmages, Williams, Van der Roost and Prokofiev.
Free, with a freewill offering to benefit Madison’s Luke House community meal program.
Notes: Celebrate the arrival of spring with the Edgewood College Concert Band, under the direction of Walter Rich.
The program includes works by Kirby, Smith, Balmages, Williams, Van der Roost, and Prokofiev. In keeping with the Mission of the College, the Edgewood College Bands have been collecting funds for Luke House since 1994, raising thousands of dollars to assist this outstanding community meal program.
Sunday March 30 3 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 203 W. Wisconsin Ave., Madison.
The inaugural concert of the Madison Area Trombone Ensemble.
Founded by School of Music alumnus and leading Madison freelance trombonist Kevan Feyzi, MATE is an all-volunteer group is comprised of some of the top trombonists in the community. The program will feature Mark Hetzler , Associate Professor of Trombone, performing David P. Jones’ Bone Moan, a composition for solo trombone with six-part trombone choir and the title track on Hetzler’s eponymous album, released in December on Summit Records. The program also includes compositions by local trombonist Rich Woolworth, Randall Thompson, Haydn, Duke Ellington, and arrangements by members of the group.
Sunday March 30. 5 pm at Mills Hall 455 N. Park Street, Madison.
The UW Faculty Concert Series presents Les Thimmig and Friends.
Les Thimmig, flutes; Jennifer Hedstrom, keyboards; Sean Kleve, percussion.
The final of three concerts presenting the late-period works of American composer Morton Feldman.
Wednesday April 2, Noon at Luther Memorial Church 1021 University Ave., Madison
Organ concert with Bruce Bengston.