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Madison Music update: Despite heat, TONIGHT’S Concert on the Square ABBA tribute will be performed as scheduled at 7 p.m.

July 20, 2011
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By Jacob Stockinger

In June, I promised I would provide updates about the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s Concerts on the Square when I could.

Here is the latest word in a WCO press release:

MADISON, Wis. (July 20, 2011)

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will perform tonight’s Concerts on the Square featuring ABBA tribute band Arrival as scheduled at 7 p.m.

“We decided to announce our weather call early due to the high volume of calls we’ve been receiving” said Doug Gerhart, executive director.  He continues “Because there is an excessive heat warning, we ask the public to use their best judgment when deciding to attend the concert.”

Those with chronic health conditions and the elderly are especially susceptible to the high temperatures and should stay home. Young children are also vulnerable, so parents should understand the risks if bringing their families.  If there are any doubts about whether or not you can withstand the heat, it is better to stay home.

Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing and drink plenty of water. Sit in the shade whenever possible and limit alcohol consumption.

Emergency Management officials said that anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency and people should call 911. Symptoms such as dizziness, muscle weakness and nausea are signs that a person is suffering a heat-related illness.



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Classical Music: Green Lake Festival of Music concludes this weekend with three concerts. Opera in the Park gets another thumbs up.

July 20, 2011
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AN ADDITION: Here is a link to yet another review — the fourth so far — of the Madison Opera‘s Opera in the Park:

By Jacob Stockinger

This weekend will see the final events of this summer’s Green Lake Festival of Music, with concerts on Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Sunday night.

For full information, including directions and tickets, here is a link to the festival website:

Here is the schedule of events:

FRIDAY: The Vocal Ensemble Calmus (below top), Friday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert conversation at 6:45 p.m.)  in the Thrasher Opera House (below bottom), where a post-concert reception will also be held.

In 2002 the Calmus Ensemble was chosen to participate in the national Konzerte Junger Künstler (concerts of selected prize-winning young German musicians). At the 4th International Robert Schumann Choral Competition, they took the first place, just as they did in the finale of the national a cappella competition, Jugend Kulturell (Cultural Youth), the International Contest for Vocal Ensembles in Tampere, Finland and the 37th Tolosa Choral Contest in Tolosa, Spain.

For more information, here is a link:

SATURDAY: On Saturday at noon, organist Nathan Laube  (below) will give a free concert at the 
First Congregational Church in Oshkosh.

For more information, visit:

SUNDAY: On Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Rodman Center for the Arts at Ripon College (below bottom) there will be a choral concert, under the direction of conductor Stephen Alltop (below top) as a finale entitled “A World of Songs, A World of Glory.”

The richness of music from Africa to Ireland and Russia to Latin America will be celebrated, featuring the Festival Choir, soloists Tameron Conseur, Chris Albanese, Ace Gangoso, Amanda Koopman, and Josefien Stoppelenburg, under the direction of conductor Stephen Alltop.  Works include Scarlatti’s “Te Deum Laudamus, “Wana Baraka” a Kenyan folk song, “Water Night” by Whitacre, and “Fill Me to the Parting Glass,” an Irish folk song.

A post-concert reception is at Rodman Center for the Arts.

If you go to any of these events, or you went to other Green Lake Festival concerts, what did you think?

The Ear wants to hear.

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