The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: University of Wisconsin-Madison and Edgewood College student orchestras go head-to-head this Sunday afternoon. | September 29, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

In yet another sign of the growing conflicts and competition that inevitably occur when with a city the size of Madison has a classical music scene that keeps growing, two of the major academic institutions in Madison — the University of Wisconsin and Edgewood College — go head-to-head this Sunday afternoon.

(And that doesn’t even include Wisconsin Public Radio’s live concert broadcast of “Sunday Afternoon Live From the Chazen,” which runs from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and this week features pianist Michael Mizrahi, below, in a program of an early Beethoven sonata, Chopin’s last Mazurka and rarely heard works by newer composers such a Burke, Greenstein, Dancigers and Burke.)

The Ear bets there are many individuals, groups and families especially who would like to support both schools, both music departments. But, alas, that seems impossible.

On Sunday at 2 p.m. in Mills Hall, the UW Symphony Orchestra (below top, with the UW Choral Union) under conductor James Smith (below bottom in a photo by Jeff Miller) will perform a FREE concert. The unusual program includes “Un Sourire pour Orchestra” (A Smile for Orchestra) by Olivier Messiaen, “Sieben fruhe Lieder” (Seven Early Songs) by Alan Berg and Hector Berlioz‘s famous “Symphonie fantastique,” Op. 14.

At 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at Edgewood College, the: Edgewood Chamber Orchestra Concert will perform a concert under conductor Blake Walter (below, in a photo by John Maniaci)  in the Saint Joseph Chapel, 1000 Edgewood College Drive.

Admission is $5; free with Edgewood College ID.

Included on the program is the Overture to “Il Viaggio a Reims” by Rossini, Granville Bantock’s “Old English Suite” and Haydn’s Symphony 99 in E-flat major.

This concert is presented as part of the Year of the Arts at Edgewood College, a celebration of music, theatre and art for 2012-2013. Supporters of our Year of the Arts programming include the Kohler Foundation, BMO Harris Bank, the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board, Dane Arts with additional funds from the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation, Native Capital Investment, and the Ahrens-Washburn Community Fellows Program.

1 Comment »

  1. I wonder if there is any sort of back-and-forth date-checking between our local institutions? This could help a myriad of problems. Probably not realistic to expect…
    I know that the UW does not really consider itself a community music resource. They have higher cultural aspirations than playing for the masses of locals. Edgewood probably does consider itself as such.
    There is simply too much classical music for any worthy academic program to draw more audience than the people immediately associated with the performers, especially here in the Midwest, with a local population this size and demographic. Live at the Chazen has its core audience, to be sure.
    Jazz music, and even rock of various genres are all experiencing the same thing: a shrinking live audience, a profliferation of venues, which open and close, and free in-home, online access to Music at the touch of a few buttons, coupled with an explosion of performers eager to play something for somebody, anywhere, at any time…
    If more is not done to get selective, get fuller live attendance, and cultivate, rather than scatterseed, the Madison music scene, in all its high, medium and low aspects, the whole thing is gonna linger in Attendance Limbo, and the Church says that limbo doesn’t exist anymore. Where does that leave Music in Madison? Nowhere, man…

    Comment by Michael BB — September 29, 2012 @ 8:33 am

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