The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music datebook: Concerts pick up as the semester winds down. But the second Pro Arte Quartet Centennial concert and related events at the University of Wisconsin dominate the week.

November 16, 2011

By Jacob Stockinger

You can tell that the Thanksgiving break and then the Winter Break are just around the corner. That’s because a lot of University of Wisconsin groups are crowding the calendars and booking specific halls with multiple events on the same day. So a lot of excellent music is planned in the next week.

Still, the really big and noteworthy MUST-HEAR events are the lectures, workshops, rehearsals and world-premiere concerts that are the center of the second of the four centennial concerts by the UW’s Pro Arte String Quartet (below, in a photo by Rick Langer). Just take a look below and at:


At 4 p.m. in Room 1351 of the Mosse Humanities Building. American composer Paul Schoenfield (below) will give a public composition master class. Schoenfield’s “Three Rhapsodies for Piano Quintet” will be given its world premiere by the Pro Arte Quartet and pianist Brian Hsu on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m., during a FREE concert in Mills Hall. (Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 4 and Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 131 complete the program.) Schoenfield will talk about his music with composition students.

At 7:30 p.m. in Mills Hall, pianist Jeffrey Siegel (below) will give the season’s first Keyboard Conversation. The theme is “A Beethoven Bonanza.”  He will perform the “Pathetique” Sonata as well as Sonatas Op. 31, No. 3 and Op. 109.

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At 8:30 p.m. in Morphy Hall, the UW Guitar Ensemble will perform under director Javier Calderon (below, in a photo by Katrin Talbot). Free admission.


9 a.m. to noon in Mills Hall, Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park St. Open rehearsal with American composer Paul Schoenfield and pianist Brian Hsu by the Pro Arte Quartet (below) of its world premiere of a commissioned work (“Three Rhapsodies for Piano Quintet” by Paul Schoenfield) for its second centennial season concert on this Saturday night, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. in Mills Hall. Free.


The free Friday Noon Musicale from 12:15 to 1 p.m at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, will feature the Duo Ricercata (below) with Theresa Koening, bassoon and Kirstin Ihde, piano.

4-5:30 p.m. UW School of Music Colloquium in Room 2650 in the Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park St. Public lecture by Bill McGlaughlin (below), host of NPR’s “Exploring Music,” on “How Can Chamber Music Be a Conversation If Everyone Is Talking at the Same Time.” With questions and answers. Free.


At 7:30 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, the Wisconsin Chamber Choir (below) under Robert Gehrenbeck will perform a 9/11 tribute concert “War and Peace.” For information about the program, tickets and more, visit:

At 8 p.m. in Mills Hall, the Concert Choir and Chorale will perform under conductors Bruce Gladstone and Beverly Taylor (below).

Two of the UW School of Music’s seven choirs share this program. The Chorale, conducted by Bruce Gladstone, performs works by Sven Lekberg, Samuel Barber and Randall Thompson. The Concert Choir performs works by Healey Willan, Heinrich Schuetz, William Byrd, Charles Ives and Libby Larsen, as well as two works by its conductor, Beverly Taylor. The program concludes with both choirs, both conductors and pianists Russell Adrian and Shawn Werner performing “Circus Band” by Charles Ives.


3-5 p.m. in the Plenary Room of the Grainger Hall, 975 University Ave. Lecture on “The Artist As Distant Early Warning System” by Bill McGlaughlin, host of NPR’s “Exploring Music,” followed by a question-and-answer session. Free. (Paid pre-concert cocktails and dinner at the University Club are available by calling (608) 262-2201.)

At 4 p.m. in Mills Hall, the UW Women’s Chorus and University Chorus will perform.

Graduate assistant conductor Sarah Riskind leads the Women’s Chorus in folk songs from Japanese, American, Finnish, Canadian, Hungarian and African-American traditions. Graduate assistant conductor Russell Adrian leads the University Chorus in works by Pergolesi, Whitacre, Stadlmayr and Chatman, along with an arrangement of the spiritual “Wade in the Water.”

At 8 p.m. in Mills Hall in the Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park St. Second of the four concerts with the WORLD PREMIERES of commissioned works: The Pro Arte Quartet (below, in a photo by Rick Langer) and pianist Brian Hsu will perform Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 4 in D Major (1949), Beethoven’s Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131 (1826, considered by many to be his best quartet), and the world premiere of Paul Schoenfield’s “Three Rhapsodies for Piano Quintet” (2011).  (Pre-concert events, with introductions to Paul Schoenfield and NPR’s “Exploring Music” host Bill McGlaughlin along with questions from the audience, will take place 7-7:30 p.m. There will be a free post-concert dessert reception at the nearby University Club.) FREE ADMISSION.


From 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Brittingham Gallery III of the Chazen Museum of Art, 800 University Ave. “Sunday Live From the Chazen” will feature part of the Pro Arte Quartet’s Saturday night concert, including the second performance of Paul Schoenfield’s “Three Rhapsodies for Piano Quintet.” The event will be broadcast live over Wisconsin Public Radio (WERN 88.7 FM). Call 263-2246. Free.

At 2 p.m. in Mills Hall, the Wingra Woodwind Quintet (below) with Christopher Taylor, piano, will perform. Members of the quintet are Linda Kimball, horn, Marc Fink, oboe, Stephanie Jutt, flute, Marc Vallon, bassoon, Linda Bartley, clarinet. Free admission.

The program features Albert Roussel’s Divertissement, Op. 6, William Bolcom’s Five Fold Five, Leonard Bernstein‘s Five Anniversaries (transcribed by George Pope) and Francis Poulenc’s Sextet. The Roussel, Bolcom, and Poulenc are all works for piano and woodwind quintet. The Bernstein is for quintet alone.

At 5:30 p.m. in Mills Hall, the Winds of Wisconsin will perform under conductor Scott Teeple (below). Free admission.

At 7:30 p.m. in Mills Hall, the UW Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble will perform under director Matthew Mireles. Free admission.

The program includes “Liberty Fanfare” by John Williams; “Morgenmusik” by Paul Hindemith, arranged by UW composer John Stevens (below); the “Andante cantabile” movement from “Symphony No. 5” by Tchaikovsky, arranged by Mike Forbes; and several other works, concluding with “Tubamobile” by Thom Ritter George.


At 7:30 p.m. in Music Hall, (below), Opera Props will present Opera Workshop, an opera sampler. Free admission.

UW School of Music students majoring in voice and opera perform scenes from seven operas in this “sampler” program for opera novices and veterans alike. Operas include “Simon Boccanegra” by Verdi; “Cosi fan tutte” by Mozart; “Andrea Chenier” by Giordano; “L’Italiana in Algeri” by Rossini; “L’incoronazione di Poppea” by Monteverdi; “La fille du Regiment” by Donizetti; and “Der Rosenkavalier” by R. Strauss.

Opera Props, a community support organization for University Opera, sponsors a reception following the concert for musicians and audience.

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