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Classical music Best Bets for the coming week (Sept. 16-22)

September 16, 2009
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By Jacob Stockinger

Here are my picks for the upcoming week:

Tonight, Sept. 16: The Wisconsin Union Theater kicks of its sixth annual World Music Festival TIBET through this Sunday with a free concert today at 4 p.m. Although it isn’t classical music, I have found from attending some of these events or ones like them (I  heard African and Portuguese singers last year) that classical fans have much to learn from seeing and hearing the rhythmic, harmonic and melodic  links to other kinds of music (including that of Tibet, see the monks above) around the world and also get ideas to bring to interpreting and listening to Western classical music.

For full schedule of some two dozen events (most are free) and ticket information, visit

Also: Don’t forget the great orchestral music on TV tonight. On Wisconsin Public Television (Channel 21 in Madison) there are two classical music shows of interest: At 8 p.m., “Live From Lincoln Center” will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the  famous arts venue in New York City and will also offer the TV debut of Alan Gilbert, the new young maestro of the New York Philharmonic, which opens its first season with him. His guests artist is superstar soprano Renee Fleming, who sing orchestral songs “Poemes pour Mi” of the 20th century composer Olivier Messiaen. The Philharmonic will also perform the world premiere of a piece by Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg and Hector Berlioz’ “Symphonie Fantastique.” Then at 10 p.m. comes the Vienna Philharmonic’s Summer Concert, under conductor-piano soloist Daniel Barenboim. Both programs make for good live listening — or for recording to be listened to later.

Thursday, Sept. 17: At 7:30 p.m. in Mills Hall. The UW Faculty Concert Series offers Mark Hetzler, trombone (right),

Hetzler Anthony Di Sanza, percussion and Jessica Johnson, piano. The program features the three performers in all duo and trio configurations. Selections include “Inner Rebellion” by Steven Rush (b. 1958); “Climb” by David Vayo (b. 1957); “Concert Variations” by Jan Baach (b. 1937). Admission is free and open to the public.

Friday, Sept. 18: At 7:30 p.m. in Overture Hall, the Fourth Annual Organ Festival in Overture Hall. “Fanfares & Flourishes” will feature music for organ and trumpets. Performers include Madison trumpeters John Aley and Andrew Balio as well as Madison Symphony organist Samuel Hutchison (left). Hutchison Tickets are $15 at the Overture Center box office (608 251-4848) or at

Also: A free concert at 8 p.m. in Morphy Hall on UW campus (Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park St). UW composers John Stevens (right top) JohnStevens and Douglas Hill (below right) will be featured in a program by horn player Gail Williams of Northwestern University’s School of Music and pianist Kathryn Goodson, who teaches collaborative piano for voice, winds and percussion at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance. The program features the world premiere of “Sonata for Horn and DougHill Piano” by Stevens and “A Set of Songs and Dances” for horn, clarinet, bass and percussion by Hill.

Saturday, Sept. 19: Free Community Hymn Sing with organist Bruce Bengston at 11 a.m. in Overture Hall.

Sunday, Sept. 20: Free master class for young trumpeters from 2 to 4 p.m. in Overture Hall. REGISTER BY TODAY. CALL 257-3734.

Also: The Metropolitan Opera’s production of bel canto masterpiece, known for its famous mad scene, Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” will be broadcast on WHA-TV Channel 21 at 9:30 p.m.

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