The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: The Mosaic Chamber Players perform an all-Schubert concert on Saturday night. On Sunday afternoon, Opera Props presents singers in a benefit concert to support the opera program at the UW-Madison | September 13, 2018

ALERT: On this Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m., in the Madison Christian Community Church at 7118 Old Sauk Road on Madison’s far west side, Opera Props will present a benefit concert to raise money for the UW-Madison’s opera program and University Opera.

Student singers and piano accompanist Daniel Fung will perform arias and songs. But the spotlight will shine on University of Wisconsin-Madison alumna soprano Julia Rottmayer, who is a new faculty member at the UW-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music. (Sorry, no specific program is given and no names of composers and works are mentioned.)

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door with student tickets costing $10. Tickets include a reception with local Gail Ambrosius chocolate, fruit, cheese and wine. For more information, go to:

By Jacob Stockinger

Why is The Ear increasingly drawn to the music of Franz Schubert (below) over, say, the music of his contemporary and idol Ludwig van Beethoven? It seems to be more than its sheer beauty and lyricism.  It also seems to possess a certain warmth or human quality that he finds irresistible, poignant and restorative, especially if it is true, as the Buddha said, life is suffering.

In any case, The Ear is not alone.

The Madison-based Mosaic Chamber Players (below, in a photo by John W. Barker) will open their new and ambitious season this coming Saturday night with a concert of music by Franz Schubert.

The all-Schubert concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the  chapel of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1609 University Avenue, near Camp Randall Stadium — NOT at the First Unitarian Society of Madison, as was incorrectly stated earlier in this blog post.

The program includes two Sonatinas for Violin and Piano in D Major, D. 384, and A minor, D. 385; the famous “Arpeggione” Sonata, D. 821, performed on the cello with piano; and the lovely and songful Adagio or “Notturno” (Nocturne) for Piano Trio, D. 897, which you can hear with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and pianist Daniil Trifonov, in the YouTube video at the bottom.

Tickets cost $15 for adults; $10 for seniors; and $5 for students. Cash and checks only will be accepted; no credit cards.

Members of the Mosaic Chamber Players are: founder and pianist Jess Salek (below top); violinist Wes Luke (below second), who plays with the Ancora String Quartet and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra; violinist Laura Burns (below third), who also plays with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the MSO’s Rhapsodie String Quartet; and cellist Kyle Price (below bottom), who founded the Caroga Lake Music Festival in New York State and is pursuing his doctoral degree at the UW-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music with distinction and who was a member of the graduate student Hunt Quartet while he studied for his master’s.

A reception will follow the concert.

For more information about the Mosaic Chamber Players and about their new season, which includes some very varied composers but no specific titles of works, go to:

What do you find so appealing and so special about the music of Schubert?

What is your favorite Schubert work?

Leave your thoughts in the COMMENT section with a link, if possible, to a YouTube video performance.

The Ear wants to hear.

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  1. Fascinating that you are increasingly drawn to Schubert. He’s delightful.

    In my case, I have found the same thing with a different composer: Claude Debussy. I now think he was as revolutionary in music as Wagner (and likely more talented). And he wrote such a variety of music (far greater than I had assumed earlier).

    It would be a good column topic: Is there a composer that you find later in life increasingly attractive and drawn to?


    Comment by fflambeau — September 15, 2018 @ 9:22 pm

  2. Concert venue has changed for this Schubert concert:
    7:30pm at First Congregational church chapel at 1609 Univ. Ave.,
    Sent from my iPad


    Comment by Betty Risteen Hasselkus — September 13, 2018 @ 9:01 am

  3. Correction needed: Mosaic is playing in the renovated chapel space at First Congregational UCC this Saturday, not at First Unitarian (which is doing some remodeling maybe?). Thanks. And by the way, thanks for your wonderful blog! Melinda Certain

    Sent from my iPhone



    Comment by Melinda — September 13, 2018 @ 7:19 am

    • Hi Melinda
      Thank you for your reply.
      You are absolutely correct about the location.
      I apologize for the error, and fixed it in the post very early this morning.
      I will also run a correction tomorrow.
      And thank you for your kind words about the blog.
      Best wishes
      The Ear


      Comment by welltemperedear — September 13, 2018 @ 7:58 am

  4. Despite being a music major who taught for years in the US/Canada/Japan, I’d pretty much thought of Schubert as a vocal song composer. Then I got my first pro job subbing in the Palos Verde [CA} Peninsula Symphony playing his symphony No. 4 in A-flat[?]. It had some great second trombone parts so I had seriously underestimated him.


    Comment by buppanasu — September 13, 2018 @ 12:13 am

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