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Classical music news: Madison Community Orchestra summer symphony read-throughs start Tuesday, July 6

July 2, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

Usually, I love — even adore — playing the piano. It has a huge and beautiful repertoire by almost all the great composers (OK, OK — opera composers like Verdi and Puccini stand out as exceptions). Plus, I often feel like I have an entire orchestra at my fingertips.

But there are times when I wish I played another instrument — and this is one of them.

That’s because if I played the violin, viola or cello, or the clarinet, oboe or bassoon, I could take part in ensemble playing.

The specific event that occasions this remark, this regret, is that the Madison Community Orchestra (below) is about to perform its usually summer sessions of orchestral read-throughs.

The poster for the sessions simply says, “All orchestral musicians all invited to attend.”

So start warming up and practicing.

Sessions are conducted by Blake Walter of Edgewood College.

The sessions run on three successive Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 040 at the downtown campus of Madison Area Technical College at 211 North Carroll Street.

It should provide great music and great fellowship.

And am I envious! They are going to read through three of my all-time favorite symphonies –- and among the all-time favorites of lots of listeners and players.

Here is the schedule:

July 6: Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (“Titan”) and von Suppe’s “Poet and Peasant” Overture

July 13: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Brahms’ “Academic Festival” Overture

July 20: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Chabrier’s “Espana” and Rossini’s Overture to “Semiramide”

WOW!!!!!!!!!! Mahler 1, Tchaikovsky 4 and Beethoven 7 — what a great summer interlude.

For more information about the summer season and the regular concerts (including in the state Capitol and, below, at MATC-Truax’s Mitby Theater) plus some pictures, visit:

I’m betting that if you are an ensemble instrumentalist, this opportunity will whet your appetite.

It sure does mine.

I wonder: Do they let listeners sit it?

Should something similar for pianists as accompanists and chamber music players be started?

If you go, let The Ear know what you thought of the experience.

Would you encourage others to go?

Do you agree that the community group should post one or two of its shorter, more polished concert performances on YouTube?

The Ear wants to hear.

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