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Classical music: The amateur Middleton Community Orchestra opens its new season this Wednesday night with local flutist Iva Urgcic as soloist in a program of Reinecke, Glazunov and Haydn | October 8, 2018

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By Jacob Stockinger

The mostly amateur, highly acclaimed and very popular Middleton Community Orchestra (below) will open its new season this Wednesday night, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m.

As usual, the concert will take place in the comfortable Middleton Performing Arts Center (below) that is adjacent to Middleton High School at 210 Bristol Street. Parking is plentiful and free.

Tickets are $15 general admission, but students and children are admitted free. The box office opens at 6:30 p.m. and the auditorium opens at 7 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased at Willy St. Coop West. Student tickets are available only at the door.

The season includes the “Autumn” section from “The Seasons: by the Russian composer Alexander Glazunov; the Symphony No. 100 by Franz Joseph Haydn; and the rarely heard Flute Concerto in D Major, Op. 283, by Carl Reinecke (1824-1910). (You can hear James Galway playing the first movement of the Reinecke Concerto in the YouTube video at the bottom.)

Here is the Wikipedia entry for Reinecke (below, in a photograph from 1890): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Reinecke

The conductor of this concert is Steve Kurr (below), the MCO’s resident conductor:

The flute soloist is the distinguished and very busy Iva Urgcic (below), who this past year also co-founded the award-winning LunART Festival, a series of new music from all-women composers with all-women performers and poets; and who took over this year as director of the Rural Musicians Forum in Spring Green. She did her graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music where she was a winner in the annual concerto competition.

Also as usual, there will be am informal meet-and-greet reception after the concert.

For more information about how to join or support the Middleton Community Orchestra or to see the concerts and programs for the rest of the 2018-19 season, go to: http://middletoncommunityorchestra.org

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5 Comments »

  1. I assume the concert is at 7:30?

    Comment by Bill Lane — October 8, 2018 @ 8:14 am

    • Thank you for replying.
      Yes, the concert is at 7:30 p.m.
      I apologize for not stating that
      but it has now been added to the blog post.
      Best wishes,
      The Ear

      Comment by welltemperedear — October 8, 2018 @ 8:18 am

  2. I gather the concert starting time is 7:30 then?

    Thanks.

    Peter Bradley

    On Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 12:01 AM The Well-Tempered Ear wrote:

    > welltemperedear posted: “IF YOU LIKE A CERTAIN BLOG POST, PLEASE FORWARD A > LINK TO IT OR SHARE IT (not just “Like” it) ON FACEBOOK. Performers can use > the extra exposure to draw potential audience members to an event. By Jacob > Stockinger The mostly amateur, highly acclaimed” >

    Comment by Peter Bradley — October 8, 2018 @ 5:08 am

    • Thank you for replying.
      Yes, the concert is at 7:30 p.m.
      I apologize for not stating that
      but it has now been added to the blog post.
      Best wishes,
      The Ear

      Comment by welltemperedear — October 8, 2018 @ 8:17 am

  3. The Middleton Community Orchestra under Maestro Kerr programs very well. This program, for instance, features an underplayed Russian, Glazunov, and the underplayed and virtually unknown (today) Dane-German, Reinecke.

    From the Wikipedia article on him: “After a stay in Leipzig, where he studied under Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann and Franz Liszt, Reinecke… .” Amazing. And his students numbered: “Edvard Grieg, Basil Harwood, Charles Villiers Stanford, Christian Sinding, Leoš Janáček, Constanta Erbiceanu, Isaac Albéniz, August Max Fiedler, Walter Niemann, Johan Svendsen, Richard Franck, Felix Weingartner, Max Bruch, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, Ernest Hutcheson, Felix Fox, August Winding and many others. ”

    Amazing again.

    Kerr and his forces once again show that innovative programming doesn’t mean you have to scrape the barrel or lose money and fans. Just the opposite, in fact. And he almost always manages to feature local talent. Well done!

    Comment by fflambeau — October 8, 2018 @ 4:03 am


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