The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: University of Wisconsin music graduates start a concert series on Sunday to spotlight alumni talent.

September 13, 2012
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ALERT: PLEASE NOTE that the art song recital of Faure, Schubert and others scheduled for this Sunday, Sept. 16, at 4 p.m. in Morphy Recital Hall featuring baritone Paul Rowe (below in a photo by Katrin Talbot) has been CANCELLED. The School of Music apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.  The Ear has not yet received word about when or if the recital will be rescheduled. 

 By Jacob Stockinger

I have already written about the many chamber music concerts coming up this weekend, including two string quartets and the Oakwood Chamber Players, that are  competing for audiences.

Add another one.

On Sunday afternoon, there will be inaugurated a new series of concerts designed to show off the talent that comes to — and graduates from — the University of Wisconsin School of Music.

And that talent just seems to be getting bigger and better, more and more impressive.

This Sunday afternoon, the School of Music Alumni Association hosts its first annual fall concert. Performers have been chosen based on nominations from UW faculty and fellow alumni.

The FREE concert is at 1:30 p.m. in Mills Hall. A reception will follow the concert.

Here are the performers and the program:

Pianist Ilia Radoslavov (below, DMA, assistant professor at Truman State University in Missouri) will perform Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 (“Pathétique”) by Ludwig von Beethoven (1770-1827)

Flute player Morgann Davis (below, MM, teaches privately in Madison) will perform Sonata for Flute (Sonata Undine), Op. 167, by Carl Reinecke (1824-1910).


Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Sams (below, DMA, teaches privately in Madison and at Beloit College) will perform “Try Me, Good King,” based on the last words of five of Henry VIII’s wives, by Libby Larsen (b. 1950).

Percussionist Will Kemperman (below, MM, teaches in the Twin Cities area at the University of St. Thomas and Hamline University) will perform “Seven Brazilian Children’s Songs” for marimba, by Ney Rosauro (b. 1952).


Tuba player Mike Forbes (below, MM plus a DMA from the University of Maryland, teaches at UW-Platteville) will perform his own Capriccio.


Pianist Kirsten Ihde  (below, DMA, accompanying Jennifer Sams) will accompany several of the performers.

Here is a statement from Susannah Brooks (below), who sits on the board of directors of the School of Music Alumni Association.

“We’re holding this concert for a few different reasons. First, it’s simply a great way to raise the profile of SOMAA and recognize the excellence of the music program. Most of these performers are within 10 years or so of graduation with either a DMA or MM degree; all are private teachers or university professors. We’re excited to show the variety of music that comes out of the SoM.

“But we’re also excited to provide a somewhat unusual “collage” performance opportunity. Most concerts contain music from within a specific era, composer or instrumentation group. This program contains music spanning the globe and hundreds of years, including rarely heard pieces by living composers. It’ll be a fun experience for the audience, but it’ll also be a great networking opportunity for the performers themselves.

“We’re hoping that this concert, and those that we plan in the future, will help raise the profile of the School of Music Alumni Association (SOMAA) and spotlight the many alumni who make the Madison music scene so vital.”

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