The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: The tempo of the concert season picks up at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music this weekend with guest eclectic flutists and the UW Symphony Orchestra performing Bernstein’s “Candide” Overture, Richard Strauss’ “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks” and Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony. | September 29, 2011

By Jacob Stockinger

Each academic year, some 300-plus events take place at the University of Wisconsin School of Music. Most are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

The events include the Faculty Concert Series (always a great bet), the Guest Artist Series, (also an excellent bet), master classes, lectures and of course many, many student performances including operas, choral works, chamber music, symphonic repertoire and solo works.

Officially, the UW season started on Labor Day with the 35th annual Karp Family Concert. Then, over this past week, came acclaimed guest fortepianist Malcolm Bilson.

But it takes time for the students to rehearse and learn music to perform. So it is this first weekend in October that sees a real uptick in the tempo – an accelerando, if you will – in the UW concert season.

On Saturday night, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in Morphy Hall, Flutronix will play a FREE concert that is open to the public.

Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull (below) are Flutronix, a critically acclaimed pair of fresh and eclectic flutists who are paving the way from their classical roots to the future of music.

Performing the works of notable pioneers of new music alongside their own creations, Flutronix displays an innovative combination of flute and mixed media elements. Their original compositions, described by NewMusicBox as “equally indebted to and comfortable in several musical lineages,” navigate daring forms of popular, experimental, and contemporary classical music while implementing electronics and digital effects.

The duo pays tribute to groundbreaking work by exposing audiences to composers who have contributed to new bodies of literature that expand the language of the flute. This concert is sponsored by Arts Enterprise Student Association.

For more information about the performers, visit:

Then on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. in Mills Hall, the UW Symphony Orchestra will perform a FREE public concert. It will be conducted by UW director of orchestras James Smith (below) and graduate assistant conductor David Grandis.

The program offers three popular masterpieces: “Overture to ‘Candide’” by Leonard Bernstein; “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks” by Richard Strauss; and “Symphony No. 9” (“From the New World”) by Antonin Dvorak.

The price is right, the music is great and the afternoon performance time is perfect to make this an event not only for adults but especially for parents who want to introduce their children to classical music. And trust The Ear — the UW Symphony Orchestra, like the UW Chamber Orchestra, is outstanding. Pass the word. They deserve a full house.

For more information about events at the UW-Madison School of Music, visit: http:/// and click on “Events Calendar.”

Posted in Classical music


  1. the formating of the emails this week is off as it comes in too wide on the screen.

    Comment by Lynn Gilchrist — September 29, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    • Hi Lynn,
      When you say “e-mail” do you mean the regular on-line posting? Or the comments? Or both?
      I’ll see what I can do.
      But I have had no other complaints, and I am not doing anything different.
      Maybe you make sure you haven’t inadvertently altered your own screen formatting.
      Thanks for letting me know.

      Comment by welltemperedear — September 29, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

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