The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Madison Area Youth Orchestra (MAYCO) performs Beethoven, Schubert and Ravel, plus the world premiere of a work by Nathan Levy this Saturday night at 7 p.m. in Music Hall.

August 17, 2012
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ALERT and REMINDER: A new chamber group in the area, the Black Marigold wind quintet (below) performs the first of two free concerts this summer on this Sunday, Aug. 19, at 2:30 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Ave. For more  information about the performers and the program, go to:

By Jacob Stockinger

Even as the new concert season approaches, it is nothing short of amazing to The Ear to realize how much fine classical music Madison gets to hear during the summer.

The upcoming Token Creek Chamber Music Festival ( will wrap it up. But so will a concert this Saturday night by the Madison Youth Area Chamber Orchestra (MAYCO) – shown below — which is now in its second year.

Madisonian Mikko Utevsky (below), who plays viola in the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO), is also the founder and director-conductor of MAYCO, which has already performed its first summer concert this year and will perform another on this Saturday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. in Music Hall, at the foot of Bascom Hill on the UW-Madison campus.

The “Celebration of Youth” program includes Beethoven´s “Coriolanus” Overture, Schubert’s Fifth Symphony and Ravel’s “Mother Goose” Suite and the world premiere of “Verberations” by composer Nathan Levy.

Admission is $5, free for students.

Also a reminder: Conductor-violist Mikko Utevsky (below), who graduated from East High School this June and will enter the UW-Madison School of Music this fall, blogged for The Well-Tempered Ear about the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra tour in July to Budapest, Vienna and Prague. He proved himself a talented writer as well as a musician.

Here is a link to John W. Barker’s positive review of MAYCO’s first concert this summer:

In case you missed them the first time, or want to enjoy them again, here are links to all of Utevsky’s enjoyable and informative blog posts from the WYSO European tour:

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