The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: Let’s go to the bar, have a drink and hear some classical music. Classical Revolution Madison announces its spring season of performances.

February 13, 2012
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By Jacob Stockinger

Classical Revolution Madison, a branch of the San Francisco-based national movement that presents classical chamber music,  and especially contemporary classical music, outside the concert hall, is offering a diverse spring schedule of performances around the city of Madison.

The dates and locations are as follows:

This Thursday, February 16, 2012, 8-10:30 p.m., at the Brink Lounge (701 E. Washington Ave.). Admission is $5 students/$10 general.

Gabriel Prokofiev (below) grandson of composer Sergei Prokofiev, and his group Non-Classical present an electronic and acoustic set.

Sunday, March 11, 2012, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Fair Trade Coffeehouse (below, 418 State St.). Admission is FREE. “Classical Coffee” will feature the music of Brahms as well as Latin American and Spanish composers as a prelude to the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s afternoon concert.

Sunday, April 15, 2012, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Fair Trade Coffeehouse (418 State St.). Admision is FREE for Classical Coffee; spring into a morning brunch, lunch, and java jam.

Monday, April 23, 2012, 7-10 p.m. at Brocach’s Irish Pub (7 W. Main St. on the Capitol Square). Admission is FREE. Classical meets Celtic in a lively jam session. Learn some reels and kick up your heels with a Guinness in hand!

Friday, May 4, 2012, 7-9 p.m., Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (227 State St., in the Overture Center), FREE performance for Gallery Night and a magical evening of music and art in a luminous space.

Founded in 2010 by University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music graduate students Andrea Kleesattel (below) and Laura Weiner, Classical Revolution Madison is a collective of musicians that brings classical music to bars, cafes and restaurants, inviting everyone to share the excitement and intimacy of chamber music (at bottom). Performances feature programmed chamber works as well as informal reading sessions open to the public.

For more information about this group, visit:

To speak with co-directors Andrea Kleesattel and Laura Weiner, e-mail:

For more information and background stories about moving classical music out of the concert hall – like the famed Le Poisson Rouge night club in New York City — here are links to three stories:

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