The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: The amateur Middleton Community Orchestra opens its sixth season this Thursday night with an all-American program of music by Bernstein, Sondheim and Gershwin. | October 11, 2016

By Jacob Stockinger

The Ear has received the following announcement from the mostly amateur Middleton Community Orchestra:

Dear friends,

The Middleton Community Orchestra (below top) is excited to open its sixth season and present its Fall Concert on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Middleton Performing Arts Center (below bottom), which is located at 2100 Bristol Street and is attached to Middleton High School.

Middleton Community Orchestra press photo1

Middleton PAC1

The program includes: Overture to “Candide” by Leonard Bernstein, who conducts his own work in the YouTube video at the bottom; and songs by Stephen Sondheim and George Gershwin, with mezzo-soprano Jessica Kasinski (below top) and baritone Gavin Waid (below middle). Both singers study at the UW-Madison.

Also featured is the Concerto in F by George Gershwin with piano soloist Thomas Kasdorf (below bottom). Kasdorf, a native of Middleton who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, frequently performs with the MCO .

Jessica Kasinski


thomas kasdorf 2:jpg

Tickets are $10.  All students are admitted free of charge.

Tickets are available at the door on the night of the concert, and in advance at the Willy St. Coop West. The box office opens at 7 p.m.

There will be an informal meet-and-greet reception after the concert.

Middleton Community Orchestra reception

For more information about how to support or join the MCO, go to or call (608) 212-8690.

We hope to see you there!

Co-founders Mindy Taranto and Larry Bevic

1 Comment »

  1. A nice program, the kind that audiences will love but critics will pounce on because there is “no serious” music in it: no Haydn, no Brahms etc.

    It’s also a corrective to so many performances that omit terrific American composers or only schedule the likes of Aaron Copland and maybe Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings or something by Charles Ives.

    In addition to Bernstein, and Gershwin (the ultimate crossover composer), there are many others that deserve public performance: Philip Glass, Alan Hovhaness, John Adams, Howard Hanson, Amy Beach (especially neglected since she also has the “onus” of being female); Irving Berlin; Marc Blitzstein; John Cage; John Corigliano; Duke Ellington (wrote crossover pieces); Lukas Foss; Jerry Goldsmith (yes, musical scores have their place in the symphony hall); John Williams (ditto); Morton Gould; Daron Hagen; Lou Harrison; Bernard Hermann; Jennifer Higdon; Jerome Kern; Eric Korngold (although born abroad spent most of his life in America); Morton Lauridsen; Cole Porter; Andre Previn; Laura Schwendinger; William Grant Still; Bright Sheng (born in China but has lived in the USA for a long time); Randall Thompson; Benny Goodman; Artie Shaw (wrote a great concerto for the clarinet, better than Goodman’s) etc.

    There are hundreds more.

    Comment by foodloversofchiangmai — October 11, 2016 @ 10:03 pm

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