The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Back from Carnegie Hall, the Madison-based chamber music group Con Vivo concludes its 11th season this Friday night with a concert of J.S. Bach, Corelli, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Gliere, and asks four student musicians from WYSO to join it. Plus, vocal music by Verdi, Copland, Mozart and Puccini can be heard for FREE on Friday at noon. | May 15, 2013

ALERT: The FREE Friday Noon Musicale, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. this Friday at the historic Frank Lloyd Wright First Unitarian Society Meeting House, 900 University Bay Drive, will feature soprano Rachel Eve Holmes (below top) and pianist Thomas Kasdorf (below bottom) performing songs and arias by Verdi, Copland, Mozart, Puccini and others.

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By Jacob Stockinger

Back from its Carnegie Hall debut last winter, Con Vivo or “music with life” will conclude its 11th season of chamber music with a concert entitled “Homecoming” this Friday, May 17, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1609 University Ave., across from Camp Randall.

Con Vivo is a professional chamber music ensemble comprised of Madison area musicians assembled from the ranks of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and various other performing groups familiar to Madison audiences.

Members of Con Vivo (below in a photo by Katrin Talbot) include organist Donald DeBruin; pianist Dan Lyons; violinists Olga Pomolova and Kathryn Taylor; violist   Janse Vincent; cellist Maggie Darby Townsend; and clarinetist Robert Taylor.

Con Vivo by Katrin Talbot

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students.

The performance will feature chamber music by Mozart, Corelli, Bach, Tchaikovsky and Gliere.

The magnificent organ will be featured with none other than Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in b minor, BWV 544.

The famous “Kegelstatt” Trio by Mozart (at bottom in a YouTube video), and works for strings by two Russian composers, Tchaikovsky, and Gliere will also be performed.

As part of their student outreach, Con Vivo has invited some outstanding musicians from Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) to join them in performing Corelli’s Concerto Grosso No. 3 in C Minor.

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Audience members are invited to join Con Vivo musicians after the concert for a free reception to discuss this chamber music literature and to hear about their Carnegie Hall debut (below, photo courtesy of Con Vivo)  this past December.

Here is a link to the blog post The Ear did about that appearance:

https://welltempered.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/classical-music-madison-chamber-music-group-con-vivo-explains-what-it-means-to-play-in-carnegie-hall-later-this-week-and-how-they-got-there/

About this Friday night’s concert, the ensemble’s Artistic Director Robert Taylor, said: “This concert promises to be enjoyable in many ways. We share a responsibility to tomorrow’s musicians to expose them to great chamber music both as performers and listeners. To that end we are excited to have four members of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra join us for this concert.

“We continue the tradition of bringing to our audience works that are familiar and some that are new. So come welcome us back from our Carnegie Hall debut!”

Con Vivo at Carnegie Hall


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