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Classical best bets: Weekend concerts at UW offer unusual repertoire

September 9, 2009
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Two faculty concerts at the University of Wisconsin School of Music this weekend will offer some unusual repertoire – including a sonata by the rarely performed Czech baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka (below)Zelenkaand a piece by the 20th century conductor Antal Dorati (below), best known for leading the Detroit Symphony in its heyday and for his complete cycle of Haydn symphonies with the Philharmonica Hungarica, the first commercially available complete cycle of Haydn’s 104 symphonies done by a group that fled Soviet-ccupied Hungary. There will also be lesser known works by Mozart and other composers.Dorati

Admission to the Faculty Concert Series this season is free and open to the public.

UW oboist Marc Fink (right) and friends Fink.pegwill perform this Friday at 8 p.m in Morphy Hall (in the UW-Madison Mosse Humanities Building, 455 Park St.) The program includes Sonata No. 5 in F major for two oboes, bassoon and basso continuo by Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745); Five Pieces for Oboe by Antal Dorati (1906-1988); the Sonata for oboe and piano (2009) by Laurent Riou; and the Concerto for oboe and orchestra based on motives from Donizetti’s opera “La favorita” by Antonino Pasculli (1842-1924).

Fink – who brings a beautiful tone to a beautiful instrument — will assisted by pianist Vincent Fuh, oboist Laura Medisky, bassoonst Marc Vallon, cellist Martha Vallon and harpsichordist John Stowe.

Then on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Mills Hall, the versatile UW flutist Stephanie Jutt (right) Jutt performs with violinist Felicia Moye and pianist Christopher Taylor. The program includes J.S. Bach’s Trio Sonata No. 1 in C major; Bohuslav Martinu’s Sonata for flute, violin and piano; Astor Piazzolla’s “Oblivion” (arranged by Jose Bragato); and Mozart’s “Sinfonia concertante” in D major, K. 448.

For more information, go to where you get find out about concert and also STREAM recordings of recent concerts. (The Karp Family Concert – complete with a most annoying cell phone obbligato at the end of the slow movement of Mendelssohn’s Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 1 – should soon be available.

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