By Jacob Stockinger
It’s no secret that the University of Wisconsin School of Music is experiencing a few challenges, now that Rick Mumford, the former concert manager, has retired and been temporarily replaced by a student who is doing an outstanding job with limited experience and hours.
And The Ear also hears that various hiring freezes and state budget cuts are taking their toll.
As a result, I am often getting less information and later information – especially specific pieces on concert programs — to pass on as soon as I would like, as you probably are if you go the Events Calendar at www.music.wisc.edu.
But everyone is doing the best they can.
So here is a catch-up post with updates for this coming end of the week and weekend:
THURSDAY, OCT. 25
Friends of the UW School of Music, participants in the Wisconsin Music Educators Association conference, State Honor Concert participants, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are invited to network and celebrate the success of this year’s conference and concerts. For more information, visit the School of Music Calendar page at music.wisc.edu/calendar.
At 7:30 p.m. in Mills Hall, UW flutist Stephanie Jutt performs a FREE concert on the Faculty Concert Series. Jutt is also principal flutist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and is a co-founder and co-director of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society.
Jutt will be joined by UW pianist Christopher Taylor and cellist Trace Johnson.
The program features Sonata in A minor, D. 821, “Arpeggione” by Franz Schubert; “Pres-ent for flute and cello” by Efrain Amaya; “Nancye’s Song” by Paul Moravec; and Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 18 by Richard Strauss.
Also on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. in Morphy Recital Hall, two UW alumni — soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine (below, in a photo by Peter Konerko) and pianist Scott Gendel — will perform a FREE recital.
Guarrine will perform with pianist and harpsichordist Scott Gendel to present “Il primo ardor” from “Ariodante” by George Frideric Handel; “Ich bin vergnügt in meinem Leiden” from Cantata BWV 58, by Bach; “Gott versorget alles Leben” from Cantata BWV 187; “Su le Sponde del Tebro” by Alessandro Scarlatti; as well as selections from Bellini, Donaudy, Donizetti, Wolf and more.
FRIDAY, OCT. 26
At 8 p.m. in Mills Hall, the FREE Wind Ensemble Collage will be performed under director Scott Teeple (below). Sorry, no details yet about the program.
SATURDAY, OCT. 27
At 8 p.m. in Mills Hall, the UW Pro Arte String Quartet (below, in a photo by Rick Langer) will perform a FREE and MUST-HEAR concert.
The program features “Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K. 546″ by Mozart; String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2″ by Haydn; and the famous String Quartet in D Minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden'” by Schubert (at bottom).
SUNDAY, Oct. 28
The free concert at 7:30 p.m. in Mills Hall; by the UW Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (below), under the direction of UW composer Laura Schwendinger, has been CANCELLED.