The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: The Madison Early Music Festival announces the theme and dates for next summer | July 29, 2016

By Jacob Stockinger

The final figures from this summer’s 17th annual Madison Early Music Festival – which celebrated William Shakespeare and the reign of Queen Elizabeth I — are not in yet.

But from what The Ear saw and heard, it sure looked like a successful one.

So what can we expect next summer?

The 18th annual Madison Early Music Festival will take place July 8-15, 2017 and have the theme “The Musical World of Don Quixote.” That would suggest Spanish and Iberian music of the 17th century Golden Age during the time when Miguel de Cervantes (below) wrote and published what is generally considered the first modern novel.

Miguel de Cervantes

From what The Ear has learned so far, the group Piffaro (below top) has been booked to return and the always impressive All-Festival Concert will be assembled and directed by MEMF veteran faculty member and performer Bob Wiemken (below bottom), who is a member of the Renaissance band Piffaro.

piffaro indoors

Bob Wiemken

According to MEMF officals, more information will become available at the end of September.

Here is a link to the MEMF website:

MEMF logo


  1. 1) Youtube link allowing you to watch free the All Festival Concert (1hr. 23 min):

    2) Youtube link for The Baltimore Consort Concert (1 hr. 28 min):

    Comment by fflambeau — July 29, 2016 @ 3:05 am

  2. From the July 2016 newsletter of MEMF:

    “We were pleased to welcome 111 registrants and over 2,100 people in attendance during the concert series. Thank you, all, for a successful MEMF 2016!”

    The same page has links where you can watch, online:

    1) the 2016 Madison Early Music Festival All-Festival Concert in its entirety, which took place on Saturday, July 16 at 7:30pm in Mills Hall at the UW-Madison School of Music.

    2) The Food of Love: Songs, Dances, and Fancies for Shakespeare, performed by The Baltimore Consort concert on Tuesday, July 12.


    Comment by fflambeau — July 29, 2016 @ 2:59 am

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