The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: Breakfast fundraiser on Sunday will benefit choral programs at Middleton High School. Madison Opera’s “Galileo” is almost sold-out. Prize-winning UW violist Elias Goldstein returns to “Sunday Live From the Chazen.”

January 25, 2012
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ALERTS: The Madison Opera‘s production of Philip Glass‘ “Galileo” has sold out three of the four performances this week. The only remaining seats available are for the performance on THURSDAY night at 8 p.m. in the Overture Center‘s Playhouse. Call (608) 238-8085. ALSO: This week’s “Sunday Afternoon Live From the Chazen” will feature prize-winning violist Elias Goldstein in a program of Mozart, Martinu and Spohr from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Brittingham Gallery Number III at the Chazen Museum of Art. It will be broadcasts live by Wisconsin Public Radio. Goldstein, a former student of UW Professor Sally Chisholm, won second prize at the Primrose International Viola Competition in 2011 and took second prize at the Bashmet International Viola Competition. He was also a top prize winner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 2010.

By Jacob Stockinger

It’s hard times and they are only getting harder for music education programs in the public schools.

That’s why I am posting this invitation to a local fundraiser this Sunday:

“The 18th Annual Country Breakfast will be held Sunday, January 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Middleton High School Student Center at 2100 Bristol Street in Middleton.

“The highlight of the breakfast will be individual and group performances (below) from students participating in the MHS Concert Choir, Cantus, Cardinal Choir and Chamber Singers throughout the entire day.

“Check out the schedule at to find out when your favorite MHS singer is performing!  All the proceeds go toward increasing musical opportunities for students participating in all four groups.

“Come enjoy all you can eat pancakes plus ham, eggs, fresh oranges and beverages.  Tickets are $9 for adults and $4 for children (10 and under), and will be available at the door.

“A silent auction will feature sports memorabilia, handcrafted items, jewelry, restaurant packages, event tickets and much, much more.

“This is the Choral Music Program’s annual fundraising event sponsored by the MHS Choral Boosters and many local businesses and friends including Tom and MaryBeth  Haunty, Huntington Learning Services,  James Lord, D.D.S., Mays Law Office, L.L.C, Pohlkamp & Associates, Sprechers Restaurant & Pub, SVA Certified Public Accountants, State Bank of Cross Plains,  Willy Street Co-op, Barriques and The Printing Place, Inc.       

“Questions can be directed to or Karen Stodola at 836-1105.

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