By Jacob Stockinger
It’s kind of a slow week after a brisk start to the post-Winter Intermission.
But think of it as a way to catch your breath for what is coming next weekend, when Saturday is one of the Great Train Wrecks of the season.
The weekly free Noon Musicale, from 12:15 to 1 p.m., at the First Unitarian Society’s Meeting House, 900 University Bay Drive, will offer Scott Ellington, oboe, and Ted Reinke, piano. The program includes music by Paul Hindemith and Eric Ewazen.
For information, call (608) 233-9774.
Later, at 8:00 p.m. in BOTH Morphy and Eastman halls, the UW Faculty Concert Series presents Marc Fink on the English horn (below top). Fink (below bottom) will perform friends including Ina Selvelieva, piano; Eugene Purdue, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; Karl Lavine, cello; and John Chappell Stowe, organ.
The program includes “Solo de Tristan” by Richard Wagner; “Concertino for English horn and orchestra” (with piano reduction) by Gaetano Donizetti; “English horn sonata” by Alec Wilder; “Quartet for English horn, violin, viola and cello” by Jean Françaix; “Partita for English horn and organ” by Jan Koetsier; and “Variations on ‘Amazing Grace’” by Calvin Hampton. The program begins in Morphy Hall and following intermission moves to Eastman Hall to utilize the UW School of Music’s 3-manual Austin pipe organ.
The concert is free and open to the public.
The 17th Annual Middleton High School Country Breakfast will be held Sunday, January 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Middleton High School Student Center at 2100 Bristol Street.
Under the direction of Tom Mielke, the highlight of the breakfast will be individual student and group performances from the Concert Choir, Cantus, Cardinal Choir, Broadway Bound and Chamber Singers throughout the entire day.
You can enjoy all- you-can-eat pancakes plus ham, eggs, fresh oranges and beverages. Tickets can be purchased for adults for $8 and children (under 10) for $4, and will be available at the door.
Don’t miss the silent auction featuring sports memorabilia, handcrafted items, jewelry, restaurant packages, event tickets and much, much more!
This is the Choral Music Program’s annual fundraising event sponsored by the MHS Choral Boosters and many local businesses and friends including Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub, Tom & MaryBeth Haunty, Tom & Patty Milliken, SVA Certified Public Accountants, The Stark Collection Agency, James Lord, D.D.S., Middleton Pizza Hut, Villa Dolce Italian Pizzeria & Ristorante/Sofra Family Bistro, State Bank of Cross Plains, Uniek, Inc., Willy Street Co-op, The Printing Place, Inc. and Barriques.
For information, visit: http://mhschoralboosters.org/country_breakfast
From 1 to 3 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in the Overture Center, the Madison Opera’s general director Allan Naplan (below) will offer a behind-the-scenes, multimedia introduction to upcoming production of Kurt Weill’s “The Threepenny Opera” at Opera Up Close: The Threepenny Preview. Admission is $20, free with student ID.
At 4 p.m. in Mills hall, the Independent String Teachers of Madison Benefit Concert will take place with Felicia Moye (below), UW violinist, and Emilio Colón, violoncello. Students will share the stage with world-renowned artists Moye and Colón in a benefit concert.
The concert will showcase Moye and Colón performing with the IST Benefit Orchestra. The IST orchestra is comprised of Madison area string teachers and their advanced students. The program will include Vivaldi’s Concerto in B-flat major for Violin and Cello RV 547, Piazolla’s “La Muerte del Angel,” the Andante Cantabile from Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet in D, Op.11 and Praeludium and Allegro by Fritz Kreisler.
In addition to the IST orchestra, area string students of many ages and a variety of levels will perform a mosaic of pieces that showcase their individual instruments, offering works of Lully, Telemann, Rieding, Suzuki and Vivaldi. Chamber works of Dvorak, Borodin and Smetana, will be performed by Brioso Quartet, Quartetto Scalmo and the Aeon String Quartet.
IST is a non-profit organization, formed in 2002 with the purpose of creating educational opportunities for Madison area string students. IST is unique in its mission to offer a forum for independent string teachers in Madison to interact with one another and continue professional development. All concert proceeds will support these endeavors.
The concert is free and open to the public. Donations of $20 per family in support of local string education are encouraged and may be made at the door.