The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Oakwood Chamber Players embarks on its “round-the-world” tour this season on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

September 18, 2013
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By Jacob Stockinger

Season after season, the Madison-based Oakwood Chamber Players (below) continues to fly under the radar and receive a much lower public profile than the ensemble deserves.

Oakwood Chamber Players 2012 2

One major reason these chamber musicians deserve more recognition is simply the quality of their playing. These are terrific musicians who mesh seamlessly.

But perhaps even more important than that, especially in a city with so many talented musicians, is that unusual repertoire they program.

This season is no exception except to the degree that it pushes the envelope even further.

The four concerts will take listeners around the globe and into the minds and hearts of some relatively unknown composers. But then The Oakwood Chamber Players have a knack for making the neglected seem unjustly neglected.

Oakwood Chamber Players 2012 1

You can decide for yourself this weekend when the Oakwood Chamber Players (below) lead off its 2013-2014 Concert Season with two concerts that feature works originating from the sun-infused countries that border the Mediterranean Sea.

The performances are Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Oakwood Center for Arts and Education (formerly the Auditorium), 6201 Mineral Point Road, and on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 1:30 p.m. in the University of Wisconsin-Madison‘s Arboretum Visitor Center (below).

UW Arboretum Visitor Center

The program this coming weekend will include: Enrique Fernandez Arbos (below, from Spain, in a 1894 photo), “Three Original Pieces for Piano Trio,” Op. 1, and the Classical era composer Vincent Gambaro (Italy), Wind Quartet in E flat Major, Op. 4 No. 1 (at the bottom in a YouTube video).

Enrique Arbos photo in 1894

This is the first concert in the Season Series titled “Origination:  Exploring Musical Regions of the World.”  Upcoming concerts, with unusual repertoire by neglected composers, include:

  • Celebration! – November 29 and December 1
  • Nordic – February 1 and 2, 2014
  • Russian Radius – March 22 and 23, 2014
  • Down Under – May 17 and 18, 2014

The Oakwood Chamber Players is a group of Madison-area professional musicians who have rehearsed and performed at Oakwood Village for 30 years.

Tickets are available at the door: $20 general admission, $15 seniors and $5 students. Call (608) 230-4316. Or visit www.oakwoodchamberplayers.com for more information about the complete season, other unusual programs and season subscriptions.

The Oakwood Chamber Players are a professional music ensemble proudly supported by Oakwood Lutheran Senior Ministries and the Oakwood Foundation, in collaboration with Friends of the Arboretum, Inc.


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