The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music datebook: Cellist Lynn Harrell, conductor Ward Stare, “The Met Live in HD” and University of Wisconsin choral groups are among the highlights of Homecoming Week.

October 12, 2011
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By Jacob Stockinger

After the hectic schedule last week, when every evening and almost afternoon saw concerts on tap, this week looks a bit lighter.

But it will still take a lot of effort to make all the events, including the season opening of the popular “Met Live in HD: series on Saturday.

The biggest local event is the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s second concert of the season. It finds cellist Lynn Harrell (below top) returning to perform Lalo’s Cello Concerto under acclaimed guest conductor Ward Stare (below bottom), whose home post is as conductor of the St. Louis Symphony and who is making his Madison debut. The rest of the program features Rossini’s Overture to “The Barber of Seville” and Sibelius’ dramatically Romantic and popular  Symphony No. 2 in D Major (at the end).

Performances are in Overture Hall on Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday night at 8 p.m.; and Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $16.50 to $78.50 with $10 student rush available with student ID. (You can purchase up to two tickets for best seats available with each ID.)

For more information about tickets and program notes, visit:


Today at 1 p.m. in Mills Hall, violinist Katie Wolfe (below) gives a free public master class.

Tonight at 6:30 in Morphy Hall, Katie Wolfe, violin, and Adrienne Kim, piano perform on the Guest Artist Series.

The program has three works: Sonata No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 12, No. 3 by Beethoven; Sonata No. 2 by Bartok; and Sonata No. 1, Op. 75 by Saint-Saens.

Katie Wolfe is associate professor of violin at the University of Iowa School of Music and a founding member of the Matisse Piano Trio and the Wolfe/Nez Duo (with pianist Ketty Nez). Adrienne Kim is an instructor at the Syracuse University Setnor School of Music and a faculty member at the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont.


Friday at 8 p.m. in Mills Hall, the UW Wind Ensemble Collage concert takes place. The one-hour, non-stop arts showcase performance features musicians and dancers in a wide variety of ensembles. UW-Madison alumni returning for homecoming are especially welcome. Free admission.


At 11:55 a.m. at the Point and Eastgate cinemas in Madison, another season, the sixth with 11 live productions, of the Metropolitan Opera’s popular series “Live in HD” kicks off with a new 4-1/2 hours live production of Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” with superstar soprano Anna Netrebko (below top) in the title role and a new set (below bottom, in a designer’s model).

Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for seniors and $18 for children:

For more ticket information, visit:

For more information about the “Met Live in HD” season, visit:

For notes and a synopsis you can print out, visit:

At 4 p.m. in Mills Hall, the UW Choral Collage features six of the School of Music’s seven choirs, which will perform portions of their fall repertoire on this program.  The conductors are Beverly Taylor (below top) and Bruce Gladstone (below bottom,in a photo by Katrin Talbot) and graduate assistant conductors Sarah Riskind, Brian Gurley and Russell Adrian. Free admission.


From 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Brittingham Gallery 3, “Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen” welcomes the Virtualosity Duo – Christa Garvey (below) and Karen Atria, oboe and bassoon – with pianist Nicholas Phillips. Garvey and Phillips teach at UW-Eau Claire.

Though 500 miles apart, Garvey and Atria rehearse together regularly via the Internet.

The Virtualosity Duo will perform around the US this fall playing music from the 18th century to contemporary music – some standards, some newly commissioned arrangements.

The program includes classics by Mozart, Poulenc and Fiala, as well as newer works by Madeline Dring and Daniel Welcher.

Members of the Chazen Museum of Art or Wisconsin Public Radio can call ahead and reserve seats for “Sunday Afternoon Live” performances. Seating is limited. All reservations must be made Monday through Friday before the concert and claimed by 12:20 p.m. on the day of the performance. For more information or to learn how to become a museum member, contact the Chazen Museum at (608) 263-2246.

A reception follows the performance, with refreshments generously donated by Fresh Madison Market, Coffee Bytes and Steep & Brew. A free docent-led tour in the Chazen galleries begins every Sunday at 2 p.m.

At 2 p.m. in Mills Hall, the UW Concert Band, conducted by Scott Teeple (below) will perform “Procession of the Nobles” by Rimsky-Korsakov; “Pageant” by Persichetti; “Allerseelen” by Strauss/Davis; and works by William Schuman, Copland and Shostakovich/Reynolds.  Free admission.

At 2:30 p.m. in the St. Joseph Chapel, 1000 Edgewood Drive, Edgewood College Presents its Fall Choral Concert. No admission. The program features the Edgewood College Chamber Singers, conducted by Albert Pinsonneault, and the Edgewood College Women’s Choir, conducted by Kathleen Otterson (below top), along with a special guest appearance by the Edgewood College Guitar Ensemble under the direction of Nathan Wysock (below bottom). The concert will include music by Aaron Copland, Matyas Seiber, Thomas Tallis, Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn, and Moses Hogan.

At 4 p.m. in Mills Hall, the UW University Bands, directed by Justin Stolarik, Matthew Mireles and Matthew Schlomer, will perform.  Free admission.


At 7 p.m. at Oakwood Village West, 6205 Mineral Point Rd. The free program includes a Beethoven Violin Sonata, a Mendelssohn Piano Trio and selected movements of Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” with pianist Yoo Ri Hong, clarinetist Nancy MacKenzie, violinist  Kangwon L. Kim, and cellist Andrea Keesattel with pianist  Ankie Foell for the Messiaen.

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