The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Here is the lowdown on concerts — with vocal, flute and wind music as well as string quartets — this week and weekend at the University of Wisconsin School of Music. | October 24, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

It’s no secret that the University of Wisconsin School of Music is experiencing a few challenges, now that Rick Mumford, the former concert manager, has retired and been temporarily replaced by a student who is doing an outstanding job with limited experience and hours.

And The Ear also hears that various hiring freezes and state budget cuts are taking their toll.

As a result, I am often getting less information and later information – especially specific pieces on concert programs — to pass on as soon as I would like, as you probably are if you go the Events Calendar at

But everyone is doing the best they can.

So here is a catch-up post with updates for this coming end of the week and weekend:


From 6 to 7:45 p.m., there will be a School of Music Reception in the main Lobby of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (below) in the Overture Center.

Friends of the UW School of Music, participants in the Wisconsin Music Educators Association conference, State Honor Concert participants, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are invited to network and celebrate the success of this year’s conference and concerts. For more information, visit the School of Music Calendar page at

At 7:30 p.m. in Mills Hall, UW flutist Stephanie Jutt performs a FREE concert on the Faculty Concert Series. Jutt is also principal flutist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and is a co-founder and co-director of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society.

Jutt will be joined by UW pianist Christopher Taylor and cellist Trace Johnson.

The program features Sonata in A minor, D. 821, “Arpeggione” by Franz Schubert; “Pres-ent for flute and cello” by Efrain Amaya; “Nancye’s Song” by Paul Moravec; and Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 18 by Richard Strauss.

Also on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. in Morphy Recital Hall, two UW alumni — soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine (below, in a photo by Peter Konerko) and pianist Scott Gendel — will perform a FREE recital.

Guarrine will perform with pianist and harpsichordist Scott Gendel to present “Il primo ardor” from “Ariodante” by George Frideric Handel; “Ich bin vergnügt in meinem Leiden” from Cantata BWV 58, by Bach; “Gott versorget alles Leben” from Cantata BWV 187; “Su le Sponde del Tebro” by Alessandro Scarlatti; as well as selections from Bellini, Donaudy, Donizetti, Wolf and more.


At 8 p.m. in Mills Hall, the FREE Wind Ensemble Collage will be performed under director Scott Teeple (below). Sorry, no details yet about the program.


At 8 p.m. in Mills Hall, the UW Pro Arte String Quartet (below, in a photo by Rick Langer) will perform a FREE and MUST-HEAR concert.

The program features “Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K. 546″ by Mozart; String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2″ by Haydn; and the famous String Quartet in D Minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden'” by Schubert (at bottom).

SUNDAY, Oct. 28

The free concert at 7:30 p.m. in Mills Hall; by the UW Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (below), under the direction of UW composer Laura Schwendinger, has been CANCELLED.


  1. Look for your W.T.Ear daily!
    How can I be in touch with the editor re; Qs?

    Len Sullivan

    Comment by hi2lenLen Sullivan — October 24, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    • Hi Len,
      I am not sure what you mean or want, though I appreciate the endorsement.
      I am the writer AND the editor of the blog.
      So you are in touch.
      Hope that helps.

      Comment by welltemperedear — October 24, 2012 @ 9:39 am

      • Are programs recorded and avalable to the public?


        Comment by hi2lenLen Sullivan — October 24, 2012 @ 10:01 am

      • Hi Len,
        Major programs an recitals — usually Faculty DSeries and guest artists but not students — are recorded and are available on the Events Calendar at, usually within 24 hours but not live. The ones that can be streamed have a star or asterisk next them.
        Hope that helps.

        Comment by welltemperedear — October 24, 2012 @ 10:08 am

  2. I cringed when I read the part of today’s column about the Pro Arte Quartet performing at Mills Auditorium Saturday night. That would be the same Saturday that Camp Randall will host 80,000 screaming football fans for homecoming and State Street will host 45,000 screaming Halloween revelers, all scheduled to converge about the same time.

    If you’re going I suggest starting out early – maybe Friday morning – if you want to find parking and get to the show on time.

    Comment by Michael Muckian — October 24, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    • Hi Mike,
      You are right to cringe and, judging from another comment, you are not the only one to do so.
      My only advice, besides persistence, planning and being early, is in my response to another reader who also commented on the paring dilemma.
      Take a look, everyone, and add your own advice.

      Comment by welltemperedear — October 24, 2012 @ 8:27 am

  3. Hi Jake –

    This may be a bit beyond your range, but I was curious if you had any tips for parking for the Saturday Pro Arte concert. There is a home football game and Freakfest on State Street, so I was wondering if you or anyone else had any suggestions on how to park downtown.

    Keep up the great work.

    Comment by Tim Drexler — October 24, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    • Hi Tim,
      Thanks for the warning and reminder.
      Saturday night will indeed be a perfect storm for concert-goers and parkers. But it could be worse. At leats kick-off tie is 2:30 p.m. — NOT 7 p.m. as it was for the first Pro Arte concert. That may help free up Grainger Hall’s expensive spaces near the Humanities Building.
      Otherwise, the best I can figure is:
      A) Use public transportation.
      B) Go early, maybe eat dinner before the concert.
      C) Try a city or county ramp, either on Frances Street or further up toward the Capitol Square and then walk.
      Do readers have any other suggestions?
      Thanks for your kind words and encouragement.

      Comment by welltemperedear — October 24, 2012 @ 8:20 am

      • Hi Jake –

        Thanks for the advice, I will give that a try. The only thing I would add is that State Street and many nearby streets will be closed for Freakfest, so parking near the Capitol or Overture could end up being a longer walk than normal.
        It looks like a great program, though, so I hope I can make it.

        Comment by Tim Drexler — October 24, 2012 @ 8:45 am

      • My advice is to ride a bike. That’s what I’ll be doing.- Steve

        Comment by Steve Rankin — October 24, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

      • Hi Steve–
        That is GREAT solution.
        Maybe others will also do that.

        Comment by welltemperedear — October 24, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

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