The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: FREE concert by Madison Community Orchestra is Sunday at 3 p.m. at MATC | March 27, 2010

By Jacob Stockinger

A reminder: It’s spring break. Because of staffing for the blog, your comments may take a bit longer to get posted. But don’t despair — they will get there.

On Sunday, March 28, at 3 p.m. in the Mitby Theater of Madison Area Technical College-Truax, 3550 Anderson St., the Madison Community Orchestra (below) – an ensemble of devoted amateurs — will perform a FREE one-hour concert under the baton of it director Blake Walter of Edgewood College.

The program includes Nicolai’s “Merry Wives of Windsor” Overture;
Tchaikovsky’s “Marche Slav”; Saint-Saens’ “Bacchanale” from his opera “Samson and Delilah”; and 
Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance, Op 46, No. 8.

In addition UW graduate student and soprano Emily Birsan (below) will perform 
Puccini’s “O mio Babbino caro,” 
Mozart’s “Ach, Ich fuhls”  from “The Magic Flute” and Gounod’s “Ah, je veux vivre” from “Romeo and Juliet.”

Here is some other info:

Directions and parking:

The concert takes place in the outstanding Mitby Theater at Madison College. A map and directions to the campus can be found at:

Patrons can be dropped off next to the Mitby Theater entrance on Wright Street. State disabled parking is available at the Mitby entrance, and ample free parking is available across Wright Street from the theater.

Wheelchair accessibility

The Mitby Theater has accommodations for up to 10 patrons who wish to remain in their wheelchairs during the performance. Additional seating is accessible by wheelchair for patrons who prefer to transfer from a wheelchair to a theater seat. Please note that the Mitby Theater is not able to provide wheelchairs. If a member of your party prefers to remain in a wheelchair during the performance, please mention this when you make your reservation.

Related websites

For more information about the Madison Community Orchestra (shown below, rehearsing), visit the website:

For more information about our soloist, Emily Birsan, visit:

If you go to the concert, let us know what you thought.

How did the amateurs do?

Everyone’s a critic.

And The Ear wants to hear.

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