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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.”