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Classical music Best Bets for Jan. 6-12: Free chamber music, the Met’s ‘Rosenkavalier’ and the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s young artists concerto competition are highlights

January 6, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

Gradually, the live classical music scene is heating up in the depths of its winter intermission.

But the real thaw won’t come until the UW-Madison starts its new semester on Jan. 20.

This week, three concerts or events stand out.

First, this Friday, the free Friday Noon Musicale at the First Unitarian Society will feature trios for Flute, Cello & Harp with Marilyn Chohaney, Carol Wessler and Linda Warren.

The free concert runs from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in the sanctuary of the First Unitarian Society Meeting House, 900 University Bay Drive. For more information, call (608) 233-9774. Coffee is provided.

Then on Sunday, Jan. 10, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Madison’s own Oakwood Chamber Players (below) will perform in person and over the radio on “Sunday Afternoon Live From the Chazen.”

The program will feature Beethoven’s Serenade in D for flute, violin and viola, Mozart’s Trio for clarinet, viola and piano in E-flat major and Theodor Blumer’s Sextet.

The players (above) include Anne Aley on horn, Marilyn Chohaney on flute, Christopher Dozoryst on viola, Vincent Fuh on piano, Nancy Mackenzie on clarinet, Leyla Sanyer on violin, Amanda King Szczys on bassoon and guest performer Jennifer Morgan on oboe.

Members of the Chazen Museum of Art or Wisconsin Public Radio can call ahead and reserve seats for Sunday Afternoon Live performances. Seating is limited. All reservations must be made Monday through Friday before the concert and claimed by 12:20 p.m. on the day of the performance.

For more information or to learn how to become a museum member, contact the Chazen Museum at 608 263-2246.

A reception follows the performance, with refreshments generously donated by Whole Foods, Coffee Bytes and Steep & Brew.

A free docent-led tour in the Chazen galleries begins every Sunday at 2 p.m.

Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen is a free, weekly chamber music series presented by the Chazen Museum of Art and Wisconsin Public Radio, with the cooperation of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music.

The series, hosted by music commentator Lori Skelton, is broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio stations WERN, 88.7 Madison; WHRM, 90.9 Wausau; WPNE, 89.3 Green Bay; WUEC, 89.7 Eau Claire; WVSS, 90.7 Menomonie; WHSA, 89.9 Brule; WGTD, 91.1 Kenosha; WLSU, 88.9 LaCrosse; and WHND, 89.7 Sister Bay. Generous support for the series is provided by individual donations to the Chazen Museum of Art and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Finally, wedged in between on Saturday is the Metropolitan Opera’s high-definition, live satellite broadcast of Richard Strauss “Der Rosenkavalier” with Renee Fleming, Susan Graham (below, in a photo by Sara Krulwich of The New York Times) and Christine Schafer.  

It might not seem local, but the conductor will be Edo de Waart, who lives in Middleton and who is the new director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted the Madison Symphony Orchestra a couple of seasons ago and earlier this season performed at the Wisconsin Union Theater with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in a program of masterpieces by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms.

The cost is $22. From personal experience, I can say it is an enjoyable experience. But you should either eat lunch early, or bring a snack and something to drink unless you like cinema fare.

The broadcast takes place at Point Cinemas on Madison’s far west side. It starts at noon and runs until about 5 p.m.

It’s a wonderful opera with some great performers, soaring music and lessons about love.

Here’s is a link to the HD series:

And here is a link to the synopsis and cast list:

And here is a review form The New York Times:

And if you can’t get to the screen broadcast, don’t forget that you can hear a live radio broadcast starting at noon on Saturday on Wisconsin Public Radio (WERN 88.7 FM) in the Madison area.

Finally, on Tuesday night at 6:45 in Overture Hall, the Madison Symphony Orchestra will hold its annual Final Forte live FREE concert for young soloists in concertos as part of the Bolz Young Artist Competition. The Madison Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by John DeMain.

This year’s contest participants, chosen after two preliminary rounds, are (below, from left to right, in photo by James Gill): marimba player Greg Riss, violinist Leah Latorraca, pianist Joel Weng and violinist Alice Huang. Ansel Norris has stepped aside to participate in a national event.

For reserved free tickets, call 608 257-3734 or email: Be sure to include your name and the number in your party.

All four contestants will receive scholarships and the top two finalists will perform at the MSO’s Spring Young People’s Concert.

If you don’t attend: Wisconsin Public Radio will broadcast the Final Forte live on Tuesday from 7 p.m. and then again on may 12 at 2 p.m. Wisconsin Public Television will broadcast “Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, and at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan 20.

For more information, here is a link:

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