The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: A gala concert of flute music and a concert of new music are on tap this weekend at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Music. Plus, the celebrated Iowa University Center for New Music will perform works by UW composer Laura Schwendinger and others in a FREE concert on Sunday afternoon.

April 5, 2013
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By Jacob Stockinger

The momentum toward drawing the current season to a close continues to build with more events at the UW School of Music this weekend, events besides the Madison Symphony Orchestra performances and the concert by UW cellist Uri Vardi, UW pianist Christopher Taylor, UW and Pro Arte Quartet violinist David Perry and three Paul Collins Fellows at the UW on Sunday night that was featured here yesterday, on Wednesday.

On Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. in Mills Hall, the Wisconsin Flute Festival Gala Concert will feature guest artist John Thorne (below), a professor of flute at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music.

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The program will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sonata in F Major, KV 13; Franz Doppler’s “Hungarian Pastoral Fantasy,” Op. 26; Gabriel Faure’s “Competition Piece” and “Apres un reve” (After a Dream) transcribed from the original for cello; and Georg Philipp Telemann’s Sonata in F minor. (Below is a photo of Faure.)

Public admission tickets are $5 at the door.


Here is some background, thanks to the UW School of Music:

John Thorne was previously associate principal flute of the Houston Symphony since 1992. He has also held the position of principal flute with the San Antonio Symphony and the Florida West Coast Symphony (now called the Sarasota Orchestra). He started his career as a member of the inaugural season of the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, who also is the music director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

For more info about the Flute Festival and Thorne (below), you can visit:

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Then on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. in Mills Hall, the guest artists are the University of Iowa’s Center for New Music Ensemble performing works by UW-Madison Professor Laura Schwendinger (below), Grisey, Tutschku and Van Herck. (The acclaimed Schwendinger will have her “Sinfonietta,” composed in 2013, premiered this April 12 in New York City by the New Juilliard Ensemble in Lincoln Center‘s Alice Tully Hall. And an excerpt from a recent all-Laura Schwendinger CD from Albany Record is in a YouTube video at the bottom.)

The concert is FREE and open to the public.


Here is more background, again thanks to the UW School of Music:

“The Center for New Music (below), a performance organization devoted to the late 20th and early 21st century repertoire, is the focus of contemporary composition and performance at the University of Iowa. The Center, like the internationally renowned Writers Workshop, embodies the institution’s commitment to the vital role of the creative arts at the frontiers of human experience.

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