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Classical music news: Classical Revolution Madison opens its new season on 9/11 and announces fall dates through 2011

September 9, 2011

By Jacob Stockinger

Call it counter-cultural or alternative.

But whatever you call it, listen seriously and pay attention to it. It may just be the wave of the future in the struggling world of classical music, which is trying desperately to attract new and younger audiences.

Classical Revolution Madison — a branch of the San Francisco-based national movement to present classical music outside of the concert hall and engage new audiences — will be offering a diverse fall schedule of free performances around Madison.

The season starts this Sunday, on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Co-founder and director cellist Andrea Kleesattel (below), who  is a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin School of Music, sent The Ear this “mission statement”:

“Classical Revolution Madison (below) is a collective of musicians that takes classical music beyond the marble pillars of the concert hall.  By playing in clubs, cafes, bars, and restaurants, we invite all audiences to experience the excitement and intimacy of chamber music.”

For more information, including performers, dates, background and photos and videos, and reviews, visit:

The dates and locations are as follows:

September 11, 2011 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Fair Trade Coffeehouse (418 State St.): Classical Coffee; a morning brunch, lunch, and java jive.  The program includes Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major, first movement, played by Andrea Kleesattel in an arrangement that she did for the accompaniment for cello trio; the first movement of Beethoven’s “Harp” String Quartet; Samuel Barber‘s “Adagio for Strings” (in its original form from his Op. 11 String Quartet, performed in recognition of  Sept. 11) played by Alice Bartsch and Alex Norris, violins, Marissa Reinholz, viola and Chrisopher Peck, cello; and the first movement of Ives’ String Quartet No. 1 as a response to the Barber Adagio, played by Kleesattel, cello, Lauren Basney and Eleanor Bartsch, violins and Daniel Jacobs, viola. After the formal program the players will fill out the remaining time with chamber music readings and that is an open floor, so who knows … 

September 22, 2011 | 12 p.m. | Grace Episcopal Church (117 W. Washington Ave. on the Capitol Square, below its interior): Music at the Mid-Day; a casual, short lunchtime performance.

October 8, 2011 | 11:30 am | Grace Episcopal Church (117 W. Washington Ave., below exterior): The Kendalwood String Quartet in concert.

October 22, 2011 | 7 – 9 p.m. | Washington Hotel Coffee Room (402 W. Lake St.): Chamber music in a cozy lakeside setting serving coffee and wine.

October 29, 2011 | 11:30 am | Grace Episcopal Church (117 W. Washington Ave): The Veldor Woodwind Quintet in Concert.

November 20, 2011 | 4 – 6 p.m. | Washington Hotel Coffee Room (402 W. Lake St., below): Chamber music in a cozy lakeside setting serving coffee and wine.

December 5, 2011 | 7 – 10 p.m. | Brocach Irish Pub (7 W. Main St., below): A classical jam session to warm things up as winter sets in.

Founded in 2010 by UW-Madison School of Music graduate students Andrea Kleesattel and Laura Weiner, Classical Revolution Madison is comprised of a rotating roster of local musicians eager to share their music in local cafes, bars, and public spaces, a spirit reflected in the upcoming season. All performances will seek to highlight the intimate nature of chamber music and will feature a rehearsed program as well as informal music reading sessions open to audience members.

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