The Well-Tempered Ear

First Unitarian Society’s free Friday Noon Musicales start again this Friday, Oct. 2

October 1, 2009
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By Jacob Stockinger

It’s a wonderful musical parenthesis in the day, a welcome aesthetic lift to keep you going.

So it’s an event that deserves a higher profile and more attendance.

For over 30 years, the First Unitarian Society has offered to the Madison community free Friday Noon Musicales from 12:15 to 1 p.m. that feature some of the region’s finest musicians.FUS1

The series returns this fall on Friday, October 2, at 12:15 p.m. in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Meeting House of First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive.  David Cooper (below), davidcooperl well-known jazz and classical trumpeter (the Madison Symphony Orchestra)  and professor at UW-Platteville will be featured with UW-Madison graduate Vincent Fuh (below right) on piano. fuh

The concerts will take place in the original Landmark Auditorium or sanctuary–not in the new concert hall.

Cooper will be playing the Wisconsin premieres of three works for trumpet: “Litany of Breath” by David Sampson, “Concerto for Trumpet” by Lauren Bernofsky and “Burden of Destiny” by James Stephenson.  He will also play Sonata No. 1 “The Tempest” for solo trumpet by David Gillingham.

For more information, contact the FUS  at 608 233-9774.

Here is the rest of the schedule for October:

October 9:  UW-Stevens Point Faculty Recital featuring tenor Dennis Willhoit and pianist Michael Keller in Robert Schumann’s song cycle “Dichterliebe” (A Poet’s Loves).

October 16: Soprano Crystal Buck Riese.

October 23: “Broadway in Love — Decade by Decade” with Tamara Brognano, Amber Nicole Dilger, Gay Thomas and Linda Warren.

October 30: “Pirates and Villains: Special Halloween Concert for All Ages.”

The price is right, the music is good, sometimes great.

You are encouraged to bring lunch. And to eat it too–as long as you don’t make noise and distract other listeners or the performers.

Tables and chairs are provided.

Usually, coffee is also provided. And sometimes even snacks or desserts are provided. (Of course, you can bring a dessert to share too.)

If you have gone or do go to the Noon Musicales, tell us what you think and whether you recommend them.

Or how they could be improved and what would get you to go.

The Ear wants to hear.


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