The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Best bets in Madison for March 3-9 center on chamber music for brass, winds and strings.

March 3, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

This week falls in between big events, and features smaller concerts, most of them involving chamber music.

This Friday, March 5, from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m., the First Unitarian Society’s free Noon Musicale will feature soprano Julie Cross and pianist Dan Broner, the Society’s music director, in a program of songs by Monteverdi, Wolf, Duparc, Ravel and Rossini.

Admission and coffee are free at the First Unitarian Society Meeting House, 900 University Bay Drive. For information, call (608) 233-9774

On Friday night at 8 p.m. in Mills Hall, the UW Faculty Concert Series features cellist Parry Karp (below) and pianist Eli Kalman.

The appealing program includes “Suite No. 1 in G major” for solo cello by J. S. Bach; “Sonata in D minor” for violin and piano, Op. 121 by Robert Schumann, transcribed for cello by Friedrich Gruetzmacher and Parry Karp; and “Sonata in F major” for cello and piano, Op. 99 by Johannes Brahms.  (This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Schumann.)

Admission is free.

On Saturday, March 6, at 8 p.m. in Mills Hall the UW Faculty Concert Series features the Wisconsin Brass Quintet (below), with the Mad City Brass Quintet, a graduate ensemble at the UW School of Music.

The program includes two canzonas for double brass quintet by Giovanni Gabrieli; the premiere performances of “Recollections Revisited for Double Brass Quintet” and “Civil War Relics,” both by Madison’s Douglas Hill, hornist with the WBQ; “Symphony for Brass Quintet” by Victor Ewald, performed by MCBQ alone; and “Triangles for Low Brass Trio” by UW composer John Stevens, who is also tubist with WBQ, performed by Hill, Stevens and trombonist Mark Hetzler.

Admission is free.

Another well-known UW faculty group, the Wingra Woodwind Quintet (below) will be featured on “Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen” from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Brittingham Gallery III at the Chazen Museum of Art.

This program will feature Franz Danzi’s Wind Quintet in B-Flat Major, Darius Milhaud’s “La Cheminee du Roi Rene,” Anatoly Liadov’s “Eight Russian Folk Songs” and August Klughardt’s Wind Quintet in C.

The Wingra Woodwind Quintet is ensemble-in-residence at the UW-Madison School of Music. Since its formation in 1965, the quintet has established a tradition of artistic and teaching excellence. The ensemble has been featured in conference performances like that of the National Association of Music in Miami, the Music Teachers National Association in Kansas City and the International Double Reed Society in Minneapolis.

Players include Linda Bartley on clarinet, Marc Fink on oboe, Linda Kimball on horn, Dawn Lawler on flute and Marc Vallon on bassoon.

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 station WERN, 88.7 FM, in the Madison area.

Other stations include: 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.

On Monday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Morphy Hall, the UW’s Guest Artist Series presents flutist Molly Barth (below).

Her program includes works by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Frederic Rzewski, J. S. Bach, John Fonville, Claude Debussy and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Barth was a founding member of the new music sextet “eighth blackbird” and is currently assistant professor of flute at the University of Oregon.

Admission is free.

The recital by violinist Suzanne Beia, scheduled for Tuesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m., HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS.

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