The Well-Tempered Ear

Farley’s Pianos offers concerts tonight and Saturday; ‘Ear’ passes 1,500 hits | September 25, 2009

By Jacob Stockinger

You just  know that Madison is serious about classical music when even a piano dealer offers a memorable concert series.

Such is the case this weekend at Farley’s House of Pianos, located at 6522 Seybold Road, on Madison’s far west side, off South Gammon Road and not too far from West Towne.

Tonight (Friday, Sept. 25) at 7 p.m., soprano Crystal Buck (below right) and pianist Greg Punswick will perform a salon concert called “Ain’t It a Pretty Night.” The program features vocal music by Handel, Donizetti, Massenet, Bizet, Schubert, Strauss, Barab and Floyd. crystalbuck_web_100x150

Moreover, the concert is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Now that is a full-service place of business.

What a way to open the fall music season, no?

Then on Saturday night, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m., cellist Amit Peled and pianist Eli Kalman (who did graduate work at the UW-Madison and is quite well known to – and respected by — Madison audiences and fellow musicians) will perform an all-Russian program of Prokofiev’s Sonata in C Major, Op. 119; Shostakovich’s Sonata in D Minor, Op. 40; and Rachmaninoff’s Sonata in G Minor, op. 19. (The duo is pictured at right.) That’s one big helping of Slavic soul.peled-and-kalman_web

Tickets are $25, $20 for student and seniors.

For information and tickets, call 608 271-2626.

Here’s a link to Farley’s where you can read reviews, see upcoming events and sign up for e-mail updates about concerts , piano sales and other events:

IN OTHER NEWS: Thank you, viewers and readers. The Well-Tempered Ear passed 1,500 hits about 6:30 Wednesday night. That’s a full week ahead of the goal to get 1,500 by the end of September. (The Ear was launched Aug. 20 and it took until Sept. 7 – Labor Day, appropriately – to surpass 500 hits.)

So it seems to be catching on at an increasing rate.

So let’s shoot for 3,500 hits by the end of October.

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