The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: New season of Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Sunday Afternoon Live From the Chazen” begins this Sunday

September 10, 2010

By Jacob Stockinger

First, a reminder: This Saturday night at 8 p.m. in Mills Hall, UW trumpeter John Aley (below, in a photo by Katrin Talbot) and UW pianist Martha Fischer will perform on the Faculty Concert Series. The program features “Concerto in D” by Giuseppe Tartini, for which Aley will play a piccolo trumpet; the Wisconsin premiere of “Sonata for trumpet and piano” by John Stevens (trumpet and flugelhorn); “Rose Variations” by Robert Russell Bennett (cornet); and “framed” for trumpet and piano by Cecilia McDowall. Admission is free and open tot he public.

Now on the Big News:

This Sunday Wisconsin Public Radio and the UW’s Chazen Museum of Art begin the new season of “SUNDAY AFTERNOON LIVE FROM THE CHAZEN.” It is the 31st season if I am not mistaken.

Many do not appreciate the success of the program or series.

For one, by sheer numbers it is the biggest audience (usually in the hundreds of thousands) of any classical music presenter.

And it offers you the chance to see great visual or fine art, both in the permanent collection and in touring shows, even as you hear great classical music.

And it’s all for free.

It’s broadcast live on Sundays on Wisconsin Public Radio (WERN 88.7 FM in the Madison area) from 12:30 p.m. in Brittingham Gallery III at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Chazen Museum of Art, 800 University Ave. A post-concert reception for the performers and audience with coffee, tea and cookies follows, as does a gallery tour.

There is no admission fee, but donations are appreciated.

Seating is limited. Members of the Chazen Museum or Wisconsin Public Radio may reserve seats during the week before the concert by calling 263-2246 before 5 p.m. Friday or completing the form on-line at:

I do have some questions: Why is there no concert with the Fine Arts String Quartet (below) from the UW-Milwaukee? I think this is the second year in a row the world-famous group hasn’t appeared at the Chazen, where it used to play more than once a season as a regular guest. And it made sense on state radio network.

Oh well, maybe on the To Be Announced date or next season. The Fine Arts is worth having as often as they can be booked.

Programs aren’t in yet. But they are often very interesting and mix unknown or obscure works with tried-and-true classics or masterpieces.

2010 is a Chopin and Schumann years (200th birthdays), so I would expect to hear a lot of them. 2011 is a Liszt year.

Here is a schedule to print out or refer to for the season:


Sept. 12: Mimmi Fulmer, soprano (below), and pianist Bruce Bengston in Nordic songs from Finland, Norway and Sweden

Sept. 19: Eugene Alcalay, piano

Sept. 26: Pro Arte Quartet (below)

Oct. 3: Kosower Trio

Oct. 10: Ensemble Nouveau – Mike Forbes-based brass

Oct. 17: Jeff Crowell and Friends, percussion

Oct. 24: Wisconsin Brass Quintet (below)

Oct. 31: Pro Arte Quartet

Nov. 7: Tim Schorr, piano (Schumann?)

Nov. 14: Parry Karp, cello

Nov. 21: Wen-Lei Gu and Anthony Padilla (Schumann)

Nov. 28: Susan Bender, soprano, with Michael Keller, piano

Dec. 5: Pro Arte Quartet

Dec. 12: Erin Eldridge, violin

No concert for Dec. 19 and 26, Holiday Break


Jan. 2: Elias Goldstein, viola

Jan. 9: Solon Pierce, piano

Jan. 16: Benjamin Whitcomb, cello with Vincent deVries, piano

Jan. 23: Prometheus Trio

Jan. 30: Oakwood Chamber Players (below)

Feb. 6: Lawrence Chamber Players

Feb. 13: Pro Arte Quartet

Feb. 20: UW Green Bay – Sarah Meredith

Feb. 27: UW Whitewater Faculty – Robin Fellows, flute

March 6: Rountree Ensemble

March 13: Varshavski-Shapria Piano Duet

March 20: TBA

March 27: Acacia Chamber Orchestra

April 3: Wingra Woodwind Quintet (below)

April 10: Mary Ellen Haupert, piano, Artaria String Quartet

April 17: Neale-Silva Young Artists Concert

No concert April 24, Easter

May 1: Lawrence Chamber Players

May 8: Pro Arte Quartet

Do you go to or listen to “Sunday Live From the Chazen”?

What do you think of the experience and the quality of the performers?

The Ear wants to hear.

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