The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: Madison’s downtown Grace Episcopal Church announces its free Saturday noontime concerts for Spring 2012

February 28, 2012
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By Jacob Stockinger

“Grace Presents,” the outreach concert series of Grace Episcopal Church (below) offers classical and folk concerts Saturdays at noon.

The performances are all free and casual, taking place in Grace’s beautiful, historic nave.  All concerts are at Grace Church, 116 West Washington Avenue, on the Capitol Square in downtown Madison.

So far, specific works and programs have not been announced. But stay tuned for details.

Even from the outline, however, the concert look like a good place to grab a bite and have a respite downtown, especially on busy Farmers Market Saturdays.

Here is the line-up:

March 3, 2012. Noon-1 p.m. Rachel Holmes (below), soprano, presents a lively and enchanting program of Mozart arias.

March 24, 2012. Noon-1 p.m. Members of UW-Platteville‘s Rountree Ensemble (below) offer spring serenades for flute, clarinet, and piano.

April 28, 2012. Noon-1 p.m. The Mifflin String Quartet (below) perform a dynamic and exotic program of Beethoven and Dohnanyi.

May 12, 2012. Noon-1 p.m. In a return engagement, Navan, the visionary quartet of traditional Celtic singers, offers everything from shimmering Irish lullabies to spine-chilling Breton laments, performing exclusively in the native tongues of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and the Isle of Man.

Grace Presents is sponsored by a grant from the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission with additional funds from the Overture Foundation and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation and through generous donations from music lovers.

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