The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: Memorial service for James Crow is this Sunday at 3 p.m. at Capitol Lakes. Here are more obituaries emphasizing his family, his science and his music plus Mozart’s music to mourn him.

January 10, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

As I promised last week, I am posting information about the memorial service for the renowned University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of genetics James F. Crow (below), who died last Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 95 and who also played such a vital role in Madison’s classical music scene.

The first link is to a complete and official obituary, with much more information about his family and survivors than I had. It appeared on Sunday in The Wisconsin State Journal and announced that his memorial service is Sunday at 3 p.m. at Capitol Lakes Retirement Center, 333 West Main Street, off the Capitol Square in downtown Madison:

The other obituary, from the University of Wisconsin news service, also touches on his music but discusses more of the scientific excellence and academic heritage of this man who wore his intelligence so lightly (he was working in his office on new research only two weeks or so before his death) and who treated others, including students, so kindly and warmly:

Finally, in memory of Jim, a devoted violist and chamber music fan, here is music that fits him for its elegance and charm, depth and empathy: the slow movement from Mozart‘s Viola Quintet in G minor, played by the Amadeus String Quartet with violist Cecil Aronowitz in 1966:

Classical music news: Calling all oboists and bassoonists. The University of Wisconsin School of Music will host Double Reed Day next Saturday, Jan. 14.

January 10, 2012
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By Jacob Stockinger

If you love the distinctive, mellow and lyrical sounds of the oboe, the bassoon, the oboe d’amore and the English horn the way I do, this announcement is sure to interest you.

Each year, the University of Wisconsin School of Music to launches the new year when oboists and bassoonists from miles around gather to enjoy an afternoon and evening devoted to the practice and performance of their instruments.

This year’s “Double Reed Day” takes place on Saturday, January 14, slightly more than a week before the beginning of the spring semester at UW-Madison.

Under the leadership of Marc Fink, professor of oboe, and Marc Vallon, associate professor of bassoon (both are below, Fink on the left and Vallon on the right, in a photo by Jim Gill), Double Reed Day welcomes students of all levels to hear and play music, learn about technique and make new friends.

This year, distinguished guest artist Richard Killmer (below) of the Eastman School of Music will join Fink and Vallon performing on the opening recital and teaching master classes.  Throughout the day, pre-college students can sit at adjacent music stands with undergraduates and graduates, and have the opportunity to learn about life at the School of Music in an informal setting.

Here is a link to Killmer’s biography and career:

Midwest Musical Imports, a corporate partner, will be on hand with instruments and related merchandise.

Following a dinner break for pizza, the day concludes with a FREE and PUBLIC festival concert for all participants in Mills Concert Hall.

The complete schedule and registration details can be found on a flyer available from the School of Music’s home page at and at

The registration fee is $20 including dinner, and can be paid in advance or at the door beginning at 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Humanities Building, 455 N. Park St.

For further information, contact Marc Vallon at or (608) 263-1915.

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