The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: The Freiburg Cathedral Girls Choir performs a free concert on Wednesday, Aug. 8, in Overture Hall in Madison. | August 3, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

This year the Madison Symphony Orchestra has again sponsored free one-hour Farmers Market organ concerts on the third Saturday of every month in Overture Hall, with the last one scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 18, at 11 a.m.

But there is one remaining event, and it has the hallmark of being an enjoyable and memorable event.

On Wednesday, August 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Overture Hall, the  Freiburg Cathedral Girls Choir (below to) from Madison’s sister city of Freiburg, Germany (below bottom is the Freiburg Cathedral) will make its local debut. It will perform a concert that is FREE and open to the public without reservation or ticket.

Last year, Freiburg welcomed hosted a Madison group during a three-day Sister City Festival. Now comes the reciprocal event. The choir has already performed in New York City (the famed St. Patrick’s Cathedral) and New York State as well as Washington D.C., and Chicago.

The program includes music by Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms, Arvo Part, Claude Debussy, Charles-Marie Widor, Henry Purcell, John Rutter and other less well-known or contemporary composers. The impressive Overture Concert Organ (below) will be played by Marjorie Frances Mayo.

The 42 young singers, ages 11-19, will stay with local families.

For more information about the Freiburg Cathedral Girls Choir (below) and its upcoming concert, including specific works on the program, visit:

For more information about other concerts involving the Overture Concert Organ, visit:

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