The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: The fifth annual Madison Summer Choir sets its May 16 auditions, weekly rehearsals (starting May 20) and the June 29 concert of Brahms, Thomas Tallis, Vaughan Williams, Virgil Thomson and Gounod.

May 9, 2013
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By Jacob Stockinger

The Madison Summer Choir (below) — which is directed by the same talented and busy Ben Luedcke who was featured in the post about the UW Men’s Choir yesterday — begins rehearsing on Monday, May 20, and singers who are not affiliated by audition with another community choir are invited to audition for the Madison Summer Choir on next Thursday, May 16, a week from today in the evening.

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The Madison Summer Choir is an approximately 80-voice, auditioned choir performing a cappella, piano-accompanied and choral-orchestral works. When the UW-Madison School of Music eliminated UW Summer Choir from its budget in 2008, Ben Luedcke (below) picked up the baton to ensure this student and community singing opportunity and tradition was not lost.  Madison musician and UW-Madison graduate Luedcke also directs the Lake Edge United Church of Christ in Madison, The Crossing and the Choral Arts Society Chorale as well as the Madison Summer Choir.

It are now supported by singers, the larger Madison community, and UW-Madison School of Music. Membership is $50 for community members, $35 for students. This is its fifth year.

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Auditions and choir membership are open to students and community members (see How to Join). It rehearses Mondays and Tuesdays, 5:15-7:15 pm, May 20 (Wednesday  29 instead of Memorial Day) through the end of June in the UW Humanities Building (choir room, No. 1351).

The program will take place on Saturday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Mills Hall.  Tickets to the concert are $8 for the public, $5 for students. The program includes music by Johannes Brahms, Thomas Tallis, Virgil Thomson, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Charles Gounod‘s “Solemn Mass for St. Cecilia.”

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