The Well-Tempered Ear

Music education: Today is Mozart’s 257th birthday – a good time to plan on attending next Sunday’s two benefits and performances for local student music groups: Music con Brio from Madison and the Middleton High School Choral Boosters Country breakfast.

January 27, 2013
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By Jacob Stockinger

Today is the birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  (below) who lived 1756-1791. I will celebrate it by listening to my favorite Mozart piece, the Piano Concerto No. 22 (out of 27) in E-flat Major, K. 482 (on an EMI CD with pianist Jonathan Biss and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (an excerpt from  the CD that also features the popular Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major “Elvira Madigan,” K. 467, is at bottom on a YouTube video). Of course Mozart wrote so much sublime music., my favorite changes from year to year, or even sooner. What piece by Mozart do you like best and would celebrate his birthday with? Undecided? You might get an idea from the all-Mozart birthday programming on Wisconsin Public Radio today from 10 a.m. to noon during the new “Sunday Brunch” program with the excellent and discerning host Anders Yocom.

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Not all the music that students make is classical. But without any music education there would be precious little classical music heard form young students.

So get out your datebooks and check books.

Today’s post – appropriate for the birthday of classical music most amazing child prodigy — is devoted to suggesting that serious supporters should consider supporting the two following groups. I will let them speak for themselves, since they asked for space on the blog. Both groups  sound extremely worthy of support because of their contributions to local music education and to the community at a time when many public schools are cutting back on the arts::


My name is Carol Carlson, and I am co-founder and co-director of Music con Brio, Inc.

We are a local nonprofit organization housed at Emerson Elementary School, where we provide low-cost music lessons and equipment to Madison students.

Musc con Brio

For 2012-13, Music con Brio received funding from Dane Arts and the Madison Community Foundation to present our first Community Concert Series, a set of three concerts at three different Madison locations featuring our students performing in collaboration with three different groups of Madison musicians.

The second concert in the series will take place on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. in the Lobby of the Madison Museum of contemporary Art (below) in the Overture Center, and will feature our students performing with funk band The Big Payback. 

The concert is FREE and open to the public.

We would greatly appreciate any publicity that you might be able to give the concert.

Also check out our website ( and Facebook page (

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The 19th Annual Country Breakfast will be held Sunday, February 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Middleton High School Student Center at 2100 Bristol Street in Middleton.

The highlight of the breakfast will be individual and group performances from students participating in the Middleton High School Concert Choir (below), Cantus, Cardinal Choir, Chamber Singers, Broadway Bound and the Middletones throughout the entire day.  Check out the schedule at to find out when your favorite Middleton High School singer is performing. 

Middleton HS Mixed Concert Choir

Come enjoy the broad variety of music along with all you can eat pancakes plus ham, eggs, oranges and beverages.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (10 and under), and will be available at the door on the day of the event.

Don’t miss the silent auction featuring sports memorabilia, handcrafted items, jewelry, restaurant packages, event tickets and much, much more.

This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Middleton High School choral program.  The funds generated are used to provide guest conductors and clinicians, solo and ensemble accompanists, music and supplies, field trips and scholarship assistance to students throughout the year.  

Sponsors who have signed up so far this year include:  Pohlkamp & Associates and Tom & Mary Beth Haunty (Print Sponsors);  Sofra/Villa Dolce, Huntington Learning Center, Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub, Willy Street Co-op, Modern TV & Electronics Service, Inga & Woody Hagge, State Bank of Cross Plains, Baird Foundation and James Lord, DDS (Event Sponsors);  and the Ashley, Boyle, Couser/Middleton, Murphy and Pohlkamp families (Family sponsors).

Questions can be directed to Event Coordinator Amy Sandy at (608) 831-0116

Your support is most appreciated!

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