By Jacob Stockinger
Madison has such a wealth of classical music all year long. And so much of it is free to the public.
Last week, I posted the news that UW Faculty Concert Series, always a great series of performances, will be free for a second year.
And now comes news that the exceptional line-up of Guest Artists — some of whom are alumni and some of whom will appear with faculty members – – will, as usual, also be free.
So get out your datebooks and calendars. Here are the performers and dates, though programs are not yet available.
All concerts are in Mills Hall (below) unless otherwise noted:
Friday, Sept. 3 at 8 p.m.: Nay Palm Bones (below) — Mark Hetzler, Jeff Thomas and Jeff Peterson, tenor trombones; Harold Van Schaik, bass trombone
Sunday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m.: John Miller and Marc Vallon, bassoon, with UW Chamber Orchestra
Saturday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m.: Trio Antigo with Felicia Moye, violin; Stefan Kartman, violoncello; and Jeannie Yu, piano
Sunday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. (Morphy Hall): Adam Unsworth, horn
Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m.: Neeraj Mehta, percussion
Friday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. (Morphy Hall): Jeri-Mae Astolfi, piano
Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.: Jack Quartet (below) — Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violin; John Pickford Richards, viola; and Kevin McFarland, cello.
Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.: Gramercy Trio (below) — Sharan Leventhal, violin; Jonathan Miller, cello; Randall Hodgkinson, piano.
Friday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. (Morphy Hall): Ronald Leonard, cello, and Christopher Taylor, piano
Friday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m.: Steven Schick, percussion
Sunday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m.: Andrew Raciti, string bass (below), with the UW Chamber Orchestra
Monday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. (Morphy Hall): Cambini Quintet — Dawn Lawler, flute; Geoffrey Burgess, oboe; Owen Watkins, clarinet; Marc Vallon, bassoon; Todd Williams, horn
Sunday, April 3 at 4 p.m.: Abbie Furmansky, soprano (below), and Daniel Sutton, piano
The list of performers seems temptingly and satisfyingly eclectic to me, full of possibilities for listeners to stretch their taste and be experimental.
Do you attend the Guests Artists Series?
What do you think of the performers and programs?
Do have advice about choosing which ones to go to?
The Ear wants to hear.