The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: Here is next season’s line-up for the Guest Artist series of free concerts at the University of Wisconsin School of Music | June 21, 2010

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.

Posted in Classical music


  1. […] in a concert by the group Nay Palm Bones at the School of Music in the […]

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  2. Completely surprised and excited to see the Jack Quartet on this list. They made waves in NYC recently with a Xenakis program, hopefully they’re bringing some variation of that to Madison!

    Comment by Brian H — June 21, 2010 @ 12:50 pm

    • Hi Brian,
      It does seem a great choice.
      I don’t what the program will be. But my guess is that others at the UW also know about the New York concert.
      Plus a contemporary composer or late modern composer seems to fit in with a college-level and graduate school of music audience.
      At least one can hope so.
      When I hear more, I’ll pass it on.

      Comment by welltemperedear — June 21, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

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