The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music datebook: Professional-student musician encounters should make it a memorable week as will women composers and performers, even amid the 13th annual Wisconsin Film Festival. Listen to the NHK Symphony in Stravinsky.

March 30, 2011
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By Jacob Stockinger

There is a lot of music to be heard this week in Madison, though you might think otherwise, given that the 13th annual Wisconsin Film Festival will also be taking place.

Interestingly, for classical music fans there are “Pianomania” and “Mozart’s Sister.” (For venues, times, tickets and summaries, visit:

But if there is a theme to the coming week, it is that professional musicians – musicologists and performers, both instrumentalists and singers — will meet with students.

Such encounters should benefit both – as well as the public, who is invited to them free of charge.


At 1:15 p.m. in Old Music Hall, UW alumna and singer Abbie Furmansky (BM 1988, below) will meet with undergraduate and graduate singers for an informal discussion of careers, management, opportunities in Europe and more.

At 3:15 p.m. in Room 6541 of the Mosse Humanities Building, the Guest Artist Series (GAS) will host Daniel Sutton in a Composer Seminar.

At 7:30 p.m. in Mills Hall, violinist Diana Seitz (below) and pianist Brendan Kinsella will perform on the guest artist Series.

The appealing program includes Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 (“Kreutzer”) by Beethoven; Sonata by Poulenc; the “Palpiti” Variations by Paganini; and the Scherzo in C minor by Brahms.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Seitz, a native of Azerbaijan, studied under Olga Kaverzneva at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory and received master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Oklahoma, where she studied with Felicia Moye, who is now at the UW-Madison. She was the assistant concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and first violinist of the Crouse String Quartet. Currently, she is assistant professor of violin at the University of Texas-Pan American.

Kinsella received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, where he studied with Frank Weinstock. He received the D.M.A. degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City as a student of Robert Weirich. He has appeared widely as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist with orchestra, including performances at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and his 2010 solo debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. He is assistant professor of piano and collaborative piano at the University of Texas-Pan American.


At 1 p.m. in Morphy Hall, violinist Diana Seitz will hold a violin free public master class.

At 4:30 p.m., in Morphy Hall, Guest Artist Series (GAS) singer Abbie Furmansky, will hold a free public master class.


At 4 p.m in Room 1641 of the Mosse Humanities Building, as part of the Colloquium Series, UW alumna Julia Chybowski (below) will speak.

Chybowski earned her Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her current research, for which she has been awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Summer Fellowship, addresses race and gender in 19th-century transatlantic music reception.

Chybowski will discuss the life, career and reception of Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield (below), the first African American vocalist to earn wide acclaim in the United States and abroad.

At 7 p.m. in the St. Joseph Chapel, 1000 Edgewood College Drive, at Edgewood College, the Campus-Community Band will perform “Fantasies of the British Isles.”

The program features music with a British theme including works by G.F. Handel, Gustav Holst, Percy Grainger, and many others.  The Edgewood College Campus-Community Band is directed by Matthew Schlomer.

The concert is free and open to the public.

At 8 p.m. in Morphy Hall, the Wingra Woodwind Quintet (below) will perform on the Faculty Concert Series.

The program includes five works: Scherzo, Op. 45 by Eugene Bozza; Summer Music, Op. 31 by Samuel Barber; Wind Quintet, Op. 26 by Arnold Schoenberg; Suite by Bela Bartok; and Wind Quintet by Endre Szervansky. This semester, clarinetist Ching-Chieh Hsu performs with the Wingra Quintet during Linda Bartley’s sabbatical.

Admission is free and open to the public. (Also see “Live From the Chazen” on Sunday.)


At 7:30 p.m. in the Madison Masonic Center, 301 Wisconsin Avenue, the Wisconsin Chamber Choir (below) and an orchestra will perform Franz Joseph Haydn‘s oratorio “The Creation.”

It will be preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a free lecture given by John W. Barker (below), a retired UW history professor who writes music criticism for Isthmus and also for this blog.

Tickets are  $22 in advance; $25 at the door. (For students, $12 and $15, respectively.)

Tickets are now available from Brown Paper Tickets or at Orange Tree Imports on 1721 Monroe Street in Madison, Wisconsin.

For more information, visit:

At 8 p.m. in Mills Hall, the Faculty Concert Series features UW trombonist Mark Hetzler (below) with UW pianist Martha Fischer and Vincent Fuh, piano and synthesizer; Nick Moran, bass; Todd Hammes, drums and percussion; and UW percussionists Anthony Di Sanza and Joseph Murfin.

The eclectic program incorporates elements of classical, jazz, Latin, funk, rock and more. “Entelechy” by David Vayo (world premiere); “New England Scenes” by James Stephenson (Wisconsin premiere); “Minuano (Six Eight)” by Pat Metheny/Lyle Mayes; “Mas Alla” by Metheny; and “First Circle” by Metheny/Mayes.

Admission is free and open to the public.


On "Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen," the Wingra Woodwind Quintet (see above) will perform from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The concert will be broadcast live by Wisconsin Public Radio.

The program includes Eugene Bozza’s Scherzo, Op. 45; Samuel Barber’s “Summer Music,” Op. 31; Arnold Schoenberg’s  Wind Quintet, Op. 26.

The quintet has been ensemble-in-residence at the UW-Madison since it was founded in 1965. Members include oboist Marc Fink, hornist Linda Kimball, flutist Stephanie Jutt, bassoonist Marc Vallon and  clarinetist Ching-Chie Hsu.

Members of the Chazen Museum of Art or Wisconsin Public Radio can call ahead and reserve seats for Sunday Afternoon Live performances. Seating is limited. All reservations must be made Monday through Friday before the concert and claimed by 12:20 p.m. on the day of the performance. For more information or to learn how to become a museum member, contact the Chazen Museum at (608) 263-2246.

A reception follows the performance, with refreshments generously donated by Fresh Madison Market, Coffee Bytes and Steep & Brew. A free docent-led tour in the Chazen galleries begins every Sunday at 2 p.m.

At 3 p.m., the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, will give the Madison premiere of  “Missa Gaia: Mass for the Earth” for Soprano Solo, Chorus and Chamber Ensemble by Libby Larsen (below).

Artists include Heather Thorpe, soprano, the Society Choir and guests under conductor and FUS music director Dan Broner.

A donation is requested.

For information, call (608) 233-9774 or visit:

At 4 p.m. in Mills Hall, soprano Abbie Furmansky and pianist Daniel Sutton will perform for the School of Music’s Guest Artist Series.

The program is “Seven Early Songs” by Alban Berg; five songs by Richard Strauss, including “Allerseelen” (“All Souls’ Day”) and “Zueignung” (“Dedication”); “Five Songs on Texts by Attilio Bertolucci” by Sutton; and “Seven Spanish Folksongs” by Manuel de Falla.

Admission is free and open to the public.

During their five-day residency, Furmansky will meet with student singers for an informal discussion of careers.

The wife-and-husband duo are based in Europe where they have forged their careers—hers as a performer with opera companies and orchestras, his as composer and pianist.

The recital is one of the school’s featured events for UW-Madison’s Year of the Arts, which has assembled a myriad of performances, exhibitions, films, lectures and other forums for artistic expression across campus this year.  Admission to the recital is free.

Furmansky studied with Mimmi Fulmer at UW-Madison and received the Bachelor of Music degree in 1988.

She came to prominence in Europe as an ensemble member at Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she quickly established herself in the lyric soprano repertoire.  She has appeared with New York City Opera, Canadian Opera, Los Angeles Opera and the opera companies of Munich and Frankfurt, among others, and with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra.  Leading conductors with whom she has worked include Edo de Waart (currently music director of the Milwaukee Symphony), Kent Nagano, John Nelson and Christopher Hogwood.

Sutton is a composer of works for many idioms, including symphonic, chamber and solo instrumental and vocal.  In July 2005, his quartet for four trombones, “Communion, part 1” received its world premiere in Germany by members of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.  His “New American Overture (July 4th at Gettysburg)” was premiered by the Magdeburg Symphony Orchestra under the baton of American conductor Carol Crawford in April 2000.  As a pianist, Sutton performs his own compositions for solo piano as well as works of the standard repertoire.

The duo’s residency is supported by the Vilas Trust and the Year of the Arts.


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