The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: It will be a busy week with many FREE concerts of many different kinds of music at the University of Wisconsin School of Music. Plus, the Miro Quartet of Austin, Texas, will perform Haydn, Schubert and Philip Glass on Friday night. | February 17, 2014

By Jacob Stockinger

The next two weeks will be especially busy ones at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music.

All save one of the concerts will be FREE, and they include orchestral music, percussion, strings, winds and even lectures linking science and music.

The one major non-free exception is a notable MUST-HEAR: The acclaimed Miro Quartet (below) as presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater, will perform on Friday night at 8 p.m. in Mills Hall. The Miro Quartet is in residence at the University of Texas-Austin. (You can hear it playing Beethoven in a YouTube video at the bottom.)

miro quartet informal

The program of Classical and contemporary masterpieces of features the “Lark” Quartet, Op. 64, No. 5, by Franz Joseph Haydn; Franz Schubert’s well-known and the String Quartet No. 14 “Death and the Maiden”; and Philip Glass’ Quartet No. 5 (1991).

Tickets are $25 for the general public; $21 for UW faculty and staff and for Memorial Union members; and $10 for UW students.

Here is a link to more information that includes tickets, sound samples and critical reviews:

http://www.uniontheater.wisc.edu/Season13-14/Miro-String-Quartet.html

miro quartet playing

TUESDAY

At 7:30 p.m.in Mills Hall, the accomplished UW Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of director James Smith, the Overture to “La scale di seta”  (The Silk Ladder) by Gioacchino Rossini;
 the Chamber Symphony by Franz Schreker; the
 “Classical” Symphony by Sergei Prokofiev; and the
 “Winter’s Tale” by Lars-Erik Larsson.

UW Chamber Orchestra entire

WEDNESDAY

At 7:30 p.m. in Mills Hall, guest artist Todd Reynolds (below) will give a FREE recital. Reynolds is the violinist of choice for such well known individual and ensemble performers as composers as Steve Reich and Meredith Monk and the group Bang on a Can. He violinist, composer, educator and technologist is known as one of the founding fathers of the hybrid-musician movement.

Todd Reynolds will be performing compositions of his own from his critically acclaimed 2011 CD “Outerborough,” including music by Michael Gordon, David Little, Michael Lowenstern and Ingram Marshall, and a couple of pieces written and improvised  especially for the evening, right there, from the stage and in real time.

Todd Reynolds

THURSDAY

At 7:30 p.m. in Mills Hall, the UW Western Percussion Ensemble (below) will perform a concert that features the monumental work “Strange and Sacred Noise” by the contemporary American composer John Luther Adams (below), whose work was also featured recently by Clocks in Motion. Directors of the Western Percussion Ensemble are Tom Ross and Anthony Di Sanza.

Western Percussion Ensemble

FRIDAY

At 7 p.m. in the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (below), at 330 North Orchard Street, across from the Union South, the ongoing SoundWaves program, curated by UW hornist Daniel Grabois, program will explore the science and art of wood. Here is a summary that, unfortunately, offers no information about the music and specific topics and speakers:

Wood You Could You? The Science and Music of Wood

“SoundWaves combines scientific lectures about the world with live classical music performances. Each event revolves around a theme, exploring it first from many scientific angles and then through the lens of music. The program concludes with a live performance of music related to the evening’s theme.

“The science lectures are delivered using language that the curious layman can understand, with a minimum of jargon and formulas. The music lectures, while demanding careful listening, are likewise designed for the layman and not the specialist.

“Every SoundWaves event brings UW-Madison scientists from several departments together with UW-Madison School of Music faculty performers to explore a topic that is relevant to our world and our lives. SoundWaves is free and open to the public. This series generally is held in the evening at the Town Center of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.’

8 p.m. in Mills Hall: The Miro Quartet. (See above.)

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SATURDAY

At 7:30 p.m. in Mills Hall, the UW Wind Ensemble (below) will give concert under director Scott Teeple that features the Wisconsin premiere of a work by composer Roger Zare

Works on the program include “Smetana Fanfare,” by Karol Husa; “Mar Tranquillitatis (Sea of Tranquility),” by Roger Zare (Wisconsin premiere); and “Ecstatic Waters for Wind Ensemble and Electronics,” by Steven Bryant.

UW School of Music

SUNDAY

At 2 p.m. in Mills Hall, the UW Concert Band will perform under Mike Leckrone (below). Sorry, no details about the program are available yet.

leckrone

Then at at 3:30 p.m. in Morphy Recital Hall, the Hunt Quartet will perform a FREE concert. The program includes Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Sunrise” Quartet, Op. 76, No. 4, and Bela Bartok’s String Quartet No. 1.

The Hunt Quartet (below, in a photo by Katrin Talbot) is comprised of outstanding graduate students from the School of Music, and is sponsored by the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

This year’s members (from the left) include Ju Dee Ang, Elspeth Stalter-Clouse, Paran Amirinazari and Lindsey Crabb.

hunt quartet 2013-14

 

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6 Comments »

  1. I don’t know how I missed the Todd Reynolds concert! This is why I follow you. Thanks so much for the heads up and what a fantastic week of music!

    Comment by clarkenciel — February 17, 2014 @ 6:03 pm

  2. More information about the SoundWaves event at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery is now available at: http://discovery.wisc.edu/SoundWaves

    Comment by Chris Najdowski — February 17, 2014 @ 10:49 am

  3. I would call the Schreker the must-see of the week, far and above the Miro Quartet. Of course I’m playing, so I have a bias, but all the same. It is an extraordinary work of surpassing beauty, and you may never get a chance to hear it again (whereas the Pro Arte have done Lark and Death and the Maiden within the last year).

    Comment by Mikko Utevsky — February 17, 2014 @ 9:21 am

  4. Do we call this an embarrassment of riches?

    Comment by Mike and Jean — February 17, 2014 @ 9:02 am

  5. It’s even busier than you say it is, Ear. Friday will also see the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra perform with guest cellist Joshua Roman in the Capitol Theater at Overture Hall . The evening includes:

    GIANNINI | Concerto Grosso
    HAYDN | Cello Concerto in D
    MOZART | Symphony No. 41 ‘Jupiter’

    Comment by Mike and Jean — February 17, 2014 @ 8:12 am

    • Hi Mike and Jean,
      Thanks for reading and replying.
      The Ear knows about that concert too on Friday.
      Today’s post was just about concerts related to the UW-Madison.
      There will be another post about the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra with its terrific program. Also one about Classical Revolution Madison performing and jamming at the Brocach Pub on the Capitol Square on Thursday night at 7 p.m.
      The classical music scene here just keeps getting bigger and busier.
      I know it is wonderful to have choices, but sometimes it also feels difficult and painful — like having to choose between the Miro Quartet and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, both of which have great programs.
      The audiences for one or maybe both will probably suffer because of the competition.
      That is too bad, but that also seems to be the direction in which the local scene continues to be heading.
      We will see.
      Jake

      Comment by welltemperedear — February 17, 2014 @ 8:26 am


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