The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Oakwood Chamber Players to open another season of rarities and gems this Saturday night and Sunday afternoon

September 19, 2011
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By Jacob Stockinger

For many years, the Oakwood Chamber Players have offered Madison audiences outstanding performances of some of the most interesting and rarely heard works in the chamber music repertoire.

The very accomplished Oakwood members (below in a photo by Bill Arthur), who also perform with many other highly thought of local groups, are : (rear left to right) pianist Vincent Fuh, Leyla Sanyer, Marilyn Chohaney, Amanda King Szczys; (front left to right) Maggie Darby Townsend, Anne Aley, Nancy Mackenzie, Christopher Dozoryst.

For one, the combinations of instruments are often unexpected or unusual, and hard to find in regular presenters.

For another, the works and composers are often overlooked or even neglected. So it particularly welcome when the Oakwood ensemble resurrects or even give local premieres of them.

This year is no different, as you can see when you look at the coming season of five concerts – with two performances each – starting this coming Saturday night 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. The overall theme of the season is “Poem” — as in lyrical and miniature tone poems.

Like last year, the group will once again perform in two different and contrasting venues. On Saturday nights, the group is keeping its traditional home base in the comfortable auditorium at the Oakwood Village West, on Madison’s far west side at 6201 Mineral Point Road. Then on Sunday afternoons, the players perform in the natural surrounding of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum’s Visitors Center (below).

For information about ticket prices, both season subscriptions and individual tickets, and for other information about programs, artists, recordings and more, visit the group’s beautifully designed and eye-pleasing website:

Here is a run-down of the season:

Concert No. 1: “Serenade”

Sept. 24, 2011 – Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium at 7 p.m.; Sept. 25, 2011; Arboretum Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

Max Reger (1873-1916): Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 77a, for flute, violin and viola

Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857): Trio Pathétique for clarinet, bassoon and piano

Simon Mayr (1763-1845): Bagatelle No. 2 for flute, clarinet and bassoon

Malcolm Arnold (1920-2006): Trio, Op. 6, for flute, viola and bassoon

Jean Francaix (1912-1997): Trio for clarinet, viola and piano (see bottom)

Concert No. 2: “Christmas Lights”

Annual Christmas Lights concerts – with a new shuffle format this year, includes audience participation; Nov. 25, 2011-  Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium and stage (below) 2:30 and 7 p.m.

Concert No. 3: “Prose poem”

Feb. 11, 2012: Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium at 7 p.m.; Feb. 12, 2012 at Arboretum Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op. 47

Faure: Piano Quartet No. 1 in c minor

Concert No. 4: — “Aubade”

March 3, 2012 at Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium at 7 p.m.; March 4, 2012 at Arboretum Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

Herzogenberg: Quintet for oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon and piano

Gwyneth Walker: Threesome for flute, oboe and clarinet

De Wailly: Aubade for flute, oboe and clarinet

Concert No. 5: “Song”

April 21, 2012 at Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium at 7 p.m.; April 22, 2012 at Arboretum Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

Carter Pann: “Summer Songs” for clarinet, violin, cello and piano

Franz Schreker: “Der Wind” for clarinet, horn, violin, cello and piano

Dvorak: “Cypresses” for string quartet

Beethoven: Trio for flute, bassoon and piano, WoO (works without opus) 37

Beethoven: Duo for violin and viola

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