The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Here is a follow-up story from the Middleton Times-Tribune newspaper about The Ear’s “Musician of the Year” for 2014 –- the Middleton Community Orchestra. | January 21, 2015

By Jacob Stockinger

Well, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is back in session.

That means that many people who were gone – students, staff and faculty – are back in town.

While gone, they may have missed The Ear’s annual choice of “Musician of the Year.”

It appeared on New Year’s Eve.

This year’s honor went to the Middleton Community Orchestra (below) and to amateur music-makers.

Middleton Community Orchestra Margaret Barker

Here is a link to that post:

https://welltempered.wordpress.com/2014/12/31/classical-music-the-ear-names-the-middleton-community-orchestra-and-adult-amateur-music-makers-as-musicians-of-the-year-for-2014/

But then the award-winning reporter, editor and columnist Matt Geiger from the Middleton newspaper the Middleton Times-Tribune picked up on the blog’s story and did his own terrific story about the honor that included an interview with The Ear. (Check it out if you want to learn more about The Ear and his blog.)

fMatt Geiger oif Middleton

It first appeared only in print, but is now available online:

http://middletontimes.com/articles/2015/01/14/middleton-community-orchestra-named-musicians-year

This is not the first time this blog has sparked some coverage of the arts scene by the local media. But it is one of the best times.

You can follow the link and learn about both this blog and the MCO.

And in the year-end post you will find links to other stories and posts from the past about the Middleton Community Orchestra. You can use the search engine on the blog’s home page.

Middleton Community Orchestra Steve Kurr conducting

Middleton Community Orchestra reception

Here is one special review I did:

https://welltempered.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/classical-music-review-let-us-now-praise-amateur-music-makers-and-restoring-sociability-to-art-here-are-9-reasons-why-i-liked-and-you-should-attend-the-middleton-community-orchestra/

Finally, here is a link to the Middleton Community Orchestra’s home page. You can learn how to play in it, how to support it and what concerts are coming up this spring:

www.middlecommunityorchestra.org

 

 

 

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2 Comments »

  1. Jacob, I enjoyed your post about the Middleton Community Orchestra. I was a founding member playing trombone but I eventually resigned when I was asked to take part in doing things I knew the composers didn’t want. For example, there were more than 3 trombonists which meant I was doubling a part. Most serious composers don’t want parts doubled unless they stipulate that; e.g., Wagner occasionally doubles parts, especially brass and if I’d been getting paid, I would have doubled without reservation, but Middleton’s orchestra members pay membership fees. So I withdrew. I still attend some of their concerts if I’m not working but I don’t want to be part of an orchestra that does creative things composers don’t require.

    Larry Retzack

    Comment by buppanasu — January 21, 2015 @ 12:45 am


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