The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music datebook: Best Bets for May 19-25 include the season’s last Friday Musicale; a Mostly Mozart chamber music concert; and spring concerts by members of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras

May 19, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

It’s more of a quiet time now, time for student recitals and end-of-school year events.

Still there are a couple of major event one should know about.

If you want to celebrate Richard Wagner’s birthday on Saturday, you can listen to the rebroadcast of the Madison Opera’s production of “The Flying Dutchman” (below, in a production photo by James Gill) at noon on WERN 88.7 FM in the Madison area.


This Friday is the last FREE Noon Musicale of the season at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Ave. The concert takes place from 12:15 to 1 p.m.

Rachel Edie Warrick, soprano, and Steve Radtke, piano, will perform songs of Copland, Barber, Bernstein, Porter and Rodgers.

For information, call 608 233-9774.

Also on Friday, at 7:30 p.m. in the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1609 University Ave., “Con Vivo” will close out its eighth season with a Mostly Mozart concert of chamber music.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students.

The concert will feature music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his mentor Franz Joseph Haydn. The works by Mozart include three Church Sonatas for two violins, cello and organ along with duets for violin and viola, and the Andante for solo organ.  The Piano Trio No. 39 by Mozart’s lifelong friend Haydn will be performed. And the concert concludes with Mozart’s beautiful Clarinet Quintet for string quartet and clarinet.

Audience members are invited to join Con Vivo musicians after the concert for a free reception to discuss this chamber music literature.

“We have always strived to present chamber music in an enjoyable and enlightening manner,” says artistic director Robert Taylor. “With our spring concert we feel this tradition continues by bringing our audience works that are familiar and some that are perhaps new to our listeners.”

Con Vivo is a professional chamber music ensemble composed of Madison area musicians assembled from the ranks of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and various other performing groups familiar to Madison audiences.

Its members include:

Donald DeBruin (organ), who is currently Director of Music Ministries at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Madison.

Dan Lyons (piano), who holds piano performance degrees from DePaul University and a doctoral performance degree from UW-Madison. Lyons has performed in solo, chamber and concerto performances throughout the Midwest.  His teachers include Dmitry Paperno, Howard Karp and Mary Sauer. In addition to maintaining a private teaching studio, he serves on the faculty of the UW-Whitewater Summer Piano Clinic and continues to perform as a soloist and accompanist.  He lives in Madison.

Olga Pomolova (violin), who was born into a family of musicians in Abakan, Russia.She moved to Madison in 2002 and is now a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and has played with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Beloit-Janesville Symphony and the Dubuque Symphony.

Kathryn Taylor (violin), who is is the music librarian and a violinist with the Madison Symphony and is on the faculty of Suzuki Strings of Madison.

Robert Taylor (clarinet), who received his Master’s degree in music performance from Michigan State University and a Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Wyoming. He has performed with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Children’s Theater of Madison, the Madison Savoyards, and in ensembles and as a soloist for the First Unitarian Society’s “Music for a Summer Evening” series.

Maggie Darby Townsend (cello), who received her Bachelor Degree in Music from the University of Iowa in 2002 as a student of Charles Wendt. In 2004, she finished her Masters of Music with Uri Vardi at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She plays with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, teaching private lessons, and works at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the UW-Madison.

Janse Vincent (viola), who is is a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She also teaches with the Suzuki Strings of Madison and freelances in the area.


This Sunday the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras hold their spring concerts, also a season closer with more than 300 talented young musicians performing in Mills Hall on the UW-Madison campus, 455 North Park Street.

At 1:30 p.m., WYSO’s Harp Ensemble will start the concert, followed by string orchestra, Sinfonietta, performing popular favorites such as selections from “Les Miserables” and Scott Joplin’s “Bethena.” Concert Orchestra will also feature a program of audience favorites, including Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” Overture and Bizet’s Prelude to “Carmen.”

At 4 p.m., WYSO’s premiere performing group, Youth Orchestra, will place the spotlight on three talented young men who won the 2010 Concerto Competition. Accompanied by the Youth Orchestra, Ansel Norris, 17, will play Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto. Tony Oliva, 18, will play Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3. Greg Riss, 17, will play Keiko Abe’s Marimba Concerto “Prism Rhapsody.”

The Philharmonia Orchestra will play the final concert of the day at 7 p.m. and will also feature the talents of a Concerto Competition winner. Christopher Eom, 15, will perform the third movement of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in G Minor, accompanied by his fellow orchestra members. Conductor Tom Buchhauser will also lead the orchestra in performances of Grainger’s “Mock Morris” and Schubert’s “Rosamunde” Overture.

WYSO concerts are generally about an hour to an hour and a half in length, providing a great orchestral concert opportunity for families.

Tickets are available at the door, $8 for adults and $5 for children under 18 years of age.

WYSO was founded in 1966 and has served nearly 5,000 young musicians from more than 100 communities in southern Wisconsin.

And let’s hear some applause for the parents who support the young musicians and for the funders who sponsor young people learning classical music:

These concerts are supported by the Eugenie Mayer Bolz Family and the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission with additional funds from the Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation and the Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times. This project is also funded in part by additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board, the State of Wisconsin, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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