The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Baroque arias and Schubert songs will be performed by Madison Bach Musicians harpsichordist Trevor Stephenson; guest artist Tallis Scholars soprano Amy Haworth; and Chicago viola da gambist Anna Steinhoff. | October 3, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

The acclaimed local early music group Madison Bach Musicians will kick off its new season this Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium of the historic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed First Unitarian Society, below), 900 University Bay Drive.

The MBM-sponsored program features “Baroque Vocal Masterworks” with English soprano
 Amy Haworth (below top) of the famed Tallis Scholars; MBM founder and harpsichordist Trevor Stephenson; and viola da gambist
 Anna Steinhoff (below bottom) who lives in Chicago and performs with the Newberry Consort and other well-known early music, period-instrument groups.

The chamber music program featuring vocal gems from the Baroque 
era composed by Monteverdi, Caccini, Luzzaschi, Caldara, Cesti, Alessandro Scarlatti, Purcell, J. S. Bach and G.F Handel.

Advance tickets are: $20 general, $15 students/seniors (over 65). At the door: $25 general, $20 students & seniors (over 65), $10 children ages 6-12
. Advance-price discount tickets are on sale at: A Room of One’s Own, Farley’s House of Pianos, 
Willy St. Co-op (east and west), Orange Tree Imports and Ward Brodt.
 Tickets are also available at the door.

The Baroque Vocal Masterworks 
Concert is part of a CD-Release Tour that runs Oct. 5-17. Other performances include: Friday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the 
Christ Church Episcopal, 5655 N. Lake Drive, Whitefish Bay, Wis.;
 Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the
First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive in Madison, Wis.; Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in
 Sundin Hall at Hamline University, 1531 Hewitt Ave., St. Paul, Minn.
 (For advance tickets for Oct. 13 in St. Paul: call 651-523-2459, press 4); and Wednesday,
Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in
 Nichols Hall at Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Avenue, in Evanston, Ill.

Then on Wednesday evening, Oct.  10, at 7 p.m., soprano Amy Haworth (from the Tallis Scholars) and keyboardist Trevor Stephenson on the fortepiano will give an informal  “house concert”  of art songs by Franz Schubert (below, at the keyboard in a print by Moritz Schwind), that social amiable composer who often premiered his works at gatherings of friends called “Schubertiades.” That same week the two performers will be in the process of recording these 16 lieder for an upcoming CD.

The concert is at the home of Rose and Trevor Stephenson (below) 
at 5729 Forsythia Place on Madison’s far west side. Tickets are $35 with refreshments served. About 35 to 40 people can be accommodated. Reservations are required: email trevor@trevorstephenson.com or call 238-6092.

Says Stephenson (below), who is a master guide to and explainer of music: “We’re thrilled to have a chance to run the set for you and to discuss the pieces some as we go along. These are simply some of the most beautiful songs ever written, and I believe that the way in which the fortepiano’s vibrant immediacy and Amy’s outstanding pitch and diction combine will shed new light on these masterpieces. I hope so very much that you will be able to attend. The concert will be in our home music studio. Yummy treats and drinks will appear as well!! Please let us know if you can make it. It would be great to see you.”

For more background and information about both concerts, visit madisonbachmusicians.org or www.trevorstephenson.com, or call (608) 238-6092.

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4 Comments »

  1. Being new to the W.T.E. I find enjoyment in the reviews and announcements of this music source.
    Curious: Are any recordings or videos available from these events?

    Comment by len — October 3, 2012 @ 3:43 am

    • Hi Len,
      Welcome to the blog.
      Thank you for reading and commenting right away.
      You ask an excellent question.
      Yes, sometimes videos or recordings are available here.
      Sometimes I provide a link to an example, or else a link to a difference performance of the same work or a different work by the same composer or a different work by the same performer.
      But going on my experience, you can check for yourself with one of two sources that I find best: YouTube or the artist’s or group’s website, or sometimes the presenter’s website through Google. (The Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the Wisconsin Union Theater all frequently provide video/audio excerpts or links.)
      But given the ease of the technology, it is surprising that more local performances are not recorded and the posted to YouTube or put on a website.
      For UW School of Music events, you can also stream concerts that are marked with an asterisk on the Events Calendar at musc.wisc.edu. They are usually within 24 hours of the performance.
      You can also find some snippets of local performances I have made by going to YouTube and typing in WellTemeperedEar. But one has to be careful of copyrights plus the technology I have is not the best to do justice to the performances. In short, I have limits, technological and legal, to deal with.
      Finally, some other blogs — NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence” is a great example — also offer some recordings.
      Maybe other WTE readers have more suggestions. Readers: What do you say?
      Hope that helps, Len, and if you find some videos and recordings on your own, please share them with links in the Comments section.
      Best,
      The Ear

      Comment by welltemperedear — October 3, 2012 @ 9:32 am

      • As I was saying, ‘Thanks’
        Lots of answer for little inquiry
        As they say in Arkansas, “You did good”

        Len Sullivan

        Comment by len — October 3, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

      • Thanks, Len. Glad I could help.
        I’ll accept the compliment!
        Jake

        Comment by welltemperedear — October 4, 2012 @ 8:29 am


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