ALERT: In Sunday, there are two concerts worth noting and attending at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music. On Sunday at 2 p.m. in Mills Hall, the UW Chamber Orchestra will perform a FREE concert under guest conductor and UW alumnus Kevin McMahon (below). McMahon is the music director of the Sheboygan and Wheaton (Illinois) Symphony Orchestras and was a Collins Fellow while studying at the UW. His program includes Vaughan Williams Overture to “The Wasps”; UW soprano Mimmi Fulmer in Joseph Cantaloube’s popular “Songs of the Auvergne“; and Mozart’s dramatic Symphony No. 40 G minor. Then at 5 p.m. in Mills Hall, the Winds of Wisconsin of Wisconsin perform a FREE concert (the program includes: “Lux Arumque” by Eric Whitacre; “La Fiesta Mexicana” by H. Owen Reed; and “Fanfare for the Third Planet” by Richard Saucedo ) under director Scott Teeple.
By Jacob Stockinger
One of the most inventive and interesting chamber music groups in the area is the recently formed Sound Ensemble Wisconsin (below). It uses fine performers at different venues and offers different thematic programs, always with some unusual angle or logic in mind, and always with top quality performances.
This Saturday is a prime example.
At 7:30 p.m. Saturday night in the new, crisply designed Atrium auditorium (below) of the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Sound Ensemble Wisconsin will present “American Patchwork” as its next concert, honoring the art of musical sampling of American genres.
Tickets are $15 general admission and can be purchased in advance on SEW‘s website or by cash or check at the door.
SEW will perform the classic and popular piano trio “Cafe Music” by American composer and University of Michigan-Ann Arbor teacher Paul Schoenfield, who was in Madison last spring when the Pro Arte String Quartet gave the world premiere of his “Three Rhapsodies for Piano Quintet” with pianist Christopher Taylor that the quartet had commissioned for its centennial celebration. In the often performed piano trio work (in a YouTube video at the bottom), the composer pays tribute to ragtime and Broadway, among other styles. Also on the program are Morton Gould‘s “Rag-Blues-Rag” for piano as well as several Gershwin songs.
The stage will then be turned over to SEW’s special guest turntablist, DJ Moppy (below, aka Christopher Thomopoulos), who will be joining them from Chicago to represent the craft of sampling, using Gershwin among other samples on his turntables.
If you want to sample the sampler, DJ Moppy demonstrates turntablism in a short video which can be found on the “Events” page of SEW’s website: http://sewmusic.org/events/.
Musicians for the concert include Vince Fuh, Mary Theodore, Maggie Townsend, Rachel Eve Holmes, and Chris Thomopoulos (DJ Moppy).
In keeping with the concert’s theme, SEW will be accepting fabric at the performance for their community quilt, sponsored by Stitcher’s Crossing and fabricated by volunteers, to be presented and auctioned at the last concert to benefit SEW’s future programming. All are welcome to bring 5″ square to 1/4 yard, 100% cotton fabric they’d like to share.
This event is sponsored in part by WORT 89.9 FM.
According to SEW’s founder and director, violinist Mary Theodore (below), SEW’s mission is to share great chamber music with more people through theme-based programming, collaboration, and education while encouraging participation in an authentic performance experience.
Theodore wanted to remind readers of the following: ”As many are aware, ticket proceeds do not begin to cover the cost of expenses necessary to present concerts and sustain an organization. SEW is actively seeking contributions to fund this event. If you’re interested in hearing more about this SEW and their upcoming project, please visit http://www.power2give.org/danearts/Project/Detail?projectId=1482, where 50 cents to every contributed dollar is matched.”
SEW has received excellent reviews: “SEW will certainly bring a new dimension to Madison’s cultural scene,” said John W. Barker on The Well-Tempered Ear about the group’s inaugural concert last season. “The performances were all splendid … and the command of technique and the precision of ensemble throughout was of the highest artistic standards.”
For more information, visit the group’s website: www.sewmusic.org