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Classical music news: UW faculty concerts to be free to public again for 2010-11 season. Here is a calendar of concerts

June 18, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

Here is some very good news for classical music fans in Madison:

For the second year in a row, the Faculty Concert Series will be free and open to the public without tickets.

You might recall that the faculty series – the heart of the 300-plus concerts presented each season at University of Wisconsin School of Music — went free last season when the recession took its toll and the cost of printing tickets and other production costs cut into the money that was raised for scholarships.

So the School of Music’s director John W. Schaffer decided to allow free attendance – which see likes a perfect fit with the Wisconsin Idea.

And the result was a good amount of donations plus higher donations.

Hard to beat that success.

I have yet to receive final attendance for financial figures for last season, but apparently it worked well enough that the School of Music will do it again for the 2010-11 season.

So here is the Faculty Concert Series for the season. A lot of programs are still not available, and the schedule is subject to change. But there sure is a lot of terrific music by terrific performers in store.

All concerts are in Mills Hall (below), unless otherwise noted.

Admission is free and open to the public with no tickets required for 2010-11 season.

Here is a schedule you can print out or mark in your datebook:

Monday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m.: 34th Karp Family “Labor Day” Opening Concert, to include the world premiere of Three Paths for Cello & Piano by Joel Hoffman

Saturday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m.: John Aley, trumpet, and Martha Fischer, piano

Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m.: Suzanne Beia, violin; Karl Lavine, violoncello; and Karen Boe, piano

Saturday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m.: Pro Arte String Quartet (below in a photo by Katrin Talbot)

Sunday, September 26 at 2 p.m.: Les Thimmig, woodwinds, and Matan Rubinstein, piano, in a program of jazz

Friday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m.: Christopher Taylor, piano (below)

Saturday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m.: John Chappell Stowe, harpsichord

Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m.: Pro Arte String Quartet

Saturday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.: Wisconsin Brass Quintet (below) with Martha Fischer, piano

Friday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m.: Parry Karp, cello

Saturday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. (Morphy Hall) Tyrone Greive, violin, with Ellen Burmeister, piano

Monday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. (Morphy Hall): Marc Vallon, bassoon; Dawn Lawler, flute; and Karen Beth Atz, harp

Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.: Mark Hetzler (below), trombone, with pianists Martha Fischer and Jessica Johnson, and Todd Hammes, drums and percussion in Blues, Ballads, Bop & Beyond

Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. (Morphy Hall): Wingra Woodwind Quintet (below)

Thursday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m.: Felicia Moye (below), violin, with Martha Fischer, piano

Friday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. (Morphy Hall): Marc Fink, oboe, and Friends

Saturday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m.: Paul Rowe (below), baritone with Martha Fischer, piano

Saturday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.: Pro Arte String Quartet

Sunday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.: The Thimmig-Johnson Duo. Les Thimmig, clarinets and saxophone, and Jessica Johnson, piano

Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m.: Parry Karp, cello

Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m.: Wisconsin Brass Quintet

Friday, April 1 at 8 p.m. (Morphy Hall): Wingra Woodwind Quintet

Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m.: Mark Hetzler, trombone; Martha Fischer and Vincent Fuh, piano; Nick Moran, bass; and Anthony Di Sanza and Todd Hammes, percussion, in the world premiere of Entelechy by David Vayo

Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.: Pro Arte String Quartet with Samuel Rhodes, viola. Viola quintets in D major and E-flat major by Mozart

Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.: Anthony Di Sanza, percussion

Brochures are being printed as you read this and will be available soon.

You can also visit the School of Music’s “Events Calendar ” page at its home website:

What do you think of the free admission policy?

Will you make a contribution to the School of Music’s scholarship fund  in lieu of paying admission?

The Ear wants to hear.

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