The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: “Sunday Afternoon Live From the Chazen” starts its new season and fourth decade this Sunday, 9/11, at 12:30 p.m. on Wisconsin Public Radio

September 7, 2011

By Jacob Stockinger

One of Madison’s – indeed of Wisconsin’s – finest cultural treasures is the weekly Sunday afternoon broadcast of live chamber music from Gallery 3 of the Chazen Museum of Art (formerly the Elvehjem) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It runs from September though mid-May, with time off for major holidays and the summer.

The program, now in its fourth decade, features FREE performances and a live broadcast from 12:30 to 2 p.m. every Sunday on Wisconsin Public Radio. (Tune into to WERN 88.7 FM in the Madison area.)

The series is a wonderful event for all concerned.

Those who attend get a chance to see the art on show, both touring and from the permanent collection, at the Chazen – its new wing and expansion will open on the weekend of Oct. 22-23 – even while listening to fine chamber music performed by local and regional performers.

Listeners also hear various art experts and historians as well Chazen director Russell Panczenko talking about the art during intermission. (Those talks and interviews are also available as podcasts at www.chazen/wisc/edu. Plus, there are donated cookies, coffee and tea after the performances, so you socialize with the performers and other audience members (below).

The performers also get to reach the largest audience they are likely to ever get – probably in the hundreds of thousands statewide.

Friends of the Chazen and of WPR can also arrange to have reserved seats.

For more information about that and about a schedule of performers – unfortunately, I have no news about specific programs yet but I will post them as they come in  – visit these links:

Here is the schedule of dates and performers for the first semester:

September 2011

11 Jacob Roseman, flute; Molly Roseman, piano (below)
18 Eugene Alcalay, piano
25 Duo Ricercata

October 2011

2 Stephanie Jutt, flute and Eli Kalman, piano
9 Pro Arte Quartet with Eugene Alacaly, piano
16 Krista Garvey, oboe; Karen Atria, bassoon; Nicholas Phillips, piano
23 Pro Arte Quartet: Grand Opening Weekend
30 Wisconsin Brass Quintet

November 2011

6 Lawrence Chamber Players
13 Madison Bach Musicians
20 Pro Arte Quartet
27 Nicholas Philips, piano

December 2011

4 Paul Kosower, cello
11 Wingra Woodwind Quintet
18 Arcos Trio

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