The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: The 2012-13 concert season in Madison will open this Labor Day with the 36th annual FREE Karp Family Concert of chamber music by Handel, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Harbison as well as drama by Shakespeare at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. | September 1, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

Just a reminder that this Monday night – Sept. 3 or Labor Day – at 7:30 p.m., the University of Wisconsin will host the 36th annual Karp Family Concert in Mills Hall.

As always, this concert marks the beginning of the school year and the concert season.

And as always, it is FREE.

This year will feature dramatic reading as well as chamber music.

The participants will include grandparents, parents and grand children – truly a family affair.

And this year, medical doctor son Christopher Karp (below) will play the piano instead of the violin. Talk about talent!

The musical and dramatically gifted Karps (below) are proud that they have NEVER repeated a work in the 36 years.

And in all the years I have gone, I have never been disappointed.

No wonder that this is traditionally one of the best attended concerts of the year at the UW School of Music, and often packs Mills Hall. It deserves to.

For The Ear it is a MUST-HEAR.

Here are particulars in an official press release:

36th Karp Family Opening Concert of the Faculty Concert Series

The Karp Family presents its 36th concert to launch the new season at the School of Music.

Three generations comprise this year’s ensemble, augmented by guest artists from the community and the school’s faculty. Participants include narrator Isabel Karp; Pro Arte Quartet second violinist Suzanne Beia; violist Katrin Talbot; cellists Parry Karp and Ariana Karp (below, in a photo by her violist mother Katrin Talbot, playing a cello duet with her father Parry Karp); and husband-and-wife pianists Howard and Frances Karp.

The program consists of: Sonata in G minor, Op. 2 No. 8 for Two Celli and Piano (1719) by G.F. Handel (at bottom); the piano quartet “November 19, 1828” that memorializes the death of composer Franz Schubert written in 1988 by John Harbison (below), who summers in Madison and co-directs the nearby Token Creek Chamber Music Festival; Sonata in D Major for Piano and Cello, Op. 102 No. 2 (1815) by Ludwig van Beethoven; and excerpts from Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” with incidental music by Felix Mendelssohn, Op. 61 (1843).

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