The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: Pianist Jeremy Denk to perform Ives and Bach in Madison, and also to hold a master classes, a Chopin lecture and a blogging panel with The Ear

April 18, 2011

By Jacob Stockinger

This will be a big week for piano fans in the Madison area.

News-making pianist Jeremy Denk (below), who recently substituted for Maurizio Pollini and who won raves for recent concerts in Carnegie Hall, will be in town for two days.

Here is a link to his website:

On Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wisconsin Union Theater, Denk will play J.S. Bach’s entire “Goldberg” Variations and Charles Ives’ mammoth Sonata No. 1.

Tickets are $20, $30 and $34 with $14 for young people 6-18. UW students are admitted for $10.

Need more convincing? Here are two recent reviews:

For concert information, visit:

On Wednesday, Denk will also participate in several additional events, all free and open to the public. They include:

Noon to 2 p.m.: A Master Class with Jeremy Denk in the Wisconsin Union Theater. Traditional individual master class sessions will be held with five students from the Madison Area Piano Teachers Association.

From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Morphy Hall in the UW Mosse Humanities Building, Jeremy Denk will give a guest lecture on “Not Just Anything: Pedaling and Meaning with Chopin.”

Then from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., there will be a panel discussion about blogging on classical music with Jeremy Denk and Jacob Stockinger (aka The Ear) Wednesday. It is at the Memorial Union, Check “Today in the Union” for the exact location.

Denk, who is one of the nation’s most compelling concert pianists, writes the acclaimed blog “Think Denk,” which chronicles the life of a traveling concert musician. To sample it, visit:

Jacob Stockinger, former arts editor for The Capital Times, writes the blog “The Well-Tempered Ear,” documenting the classical music scene in and around Madison. To sample it, visit:

The residency and concert are sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Theater Committee and supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Other sponsors include the AV Club, the Barbara and Frank Manley, ETC, the Porter and Lou Butts Theater Fund, WORT, 89.9 FM, and Wisconsin Public Radio.

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