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Classical music: Saturday brings percussion music, chamber music and choral music, much of it free | April 5, 2019

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By Jacob Stockinger

As you can tell from earlier posts this week, this weekend will be very busy with music.

But Saturday is especially, offering percussion music, chamber music and vocal music, much of it FREE.

PERCUSSION MUSIC

At 1:30 p.m. in Mills Hall, the Percussion Ensemble of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras will perform its 18th annual Percussion Extravaganza.

It features the world premiere of “Common Mind” by composer and WYSO alumnus Jon D. Nelson (below). For more a bout Nelson and his music, go to: http://jondnelson.com

More than 150 performers – instrumentalists, singers and dancers – will be featured.

Here is a link to details about the event, including ticket prices:

https://www.wysomusic.org/wyso-percussion-ensemble-to-present-the-2019-percussion-extravaganza/

CHAMBER MUSIC

At 3:30 p.m. in Morphy Hall, the Perlman Piano Trio plus two guest artists will give a FREE concert.

The program is the “Kakadu”Variations in G major, Op. 121a, by Ludwig van Beethoven; the Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49, by Felix Mendelssohn; and the Piano Quintet in F minor by Cesar Franck. (You can her the first movement of the Mendelssohn Trio performed in the YouTube vide at the bottom, by pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Itzhak Perlman and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.)

Members of the quintet, based on an annual student piano trio supported by Kato Perlman (below), are: Kangwoo Jin, piano; Mercedes Cullen, violin; Micah Cheng, cello; Maynie Bradley, violin; and Luke Valmadrid, viola.

A reception will follow the concert.

CHORAL MUSIC

At 8 p.m. in Mills Hall, the UW-Madison Concert Choir (below top) will perform a FREE concert under conductor Beverly Taylor (below bottom), who is the director of choral activities at the university.

AN UPDATE: Conductor Beverly Taylor has sent the following update about the program:

“I’m happy to update our Saturday, April 6, free concert at 8 p.m. in Mills Hall:

“The Concert Choir is singing a program called “Half a Bach and other good things.”

“We’re singing just half of the B Minor Mass: the Kyrie and Gloria (12 movements), which were what Bach originally wrote and sent off for his job interview!

We have a small orchestra and a mixture of student and professional soloists: Julia Rottmayer, Matthew Chastain, Wesley Dunnagan, Miranda Kettlewell, Kathleen Otterson, Elisheva Pront and Madeleine Trewin.

The remaining third of the concert is an eclectic mix of modern composers (Petr Eben’s “De circuitu eternal,” Gerald Finzi’s “My Spirit Sang All Day”), Renaissance music (Orlando Gibbons’ “O Clap your Hands”), spirituals and gospel.


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3 Comments »

  1. I’m happy to update our Saturday April 6 8 PM free concert

    Concert Choir is singing “Half a Bach and other good things”

    We’re singing just half the B Minor: the Kyrie and Gloria (12 movements) which were what Bach original wrote and sent for his job interview!
    We have a small orchestra and a mixture of student and pro soloists: Julia Rottmayer, Matthew Chastain, Wesley Dunnagan, MIranda Kettlewell, Kathleen Otterson, Elisheva Pront and Madeleine Trewin.

    The remaining third of the concert is an eclectic mix of modern (Petr Eben’s De circuitu eterno, Finzi My spirit sang all day) Renaissance (Gibbons O Clap your Hands), spirituals and gospel.

    Professor Beverly Taylor
    Director of Choral Activities
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    btaylor1@wisc.edu

    Comment by Beverly Taylor — April 5, 2019 @ 12:16 pm

    • Thanks, Professor Taylor. But why wait until the last minute to announce the program? Surely you knew most of it beforehand?

      Comment by fflambeau — April 5, 2019 @ 9:24 pm

  2. I agree with your past comments about it being desirable for concert postings to actually list the music being played.

    Prof. Taylor has obviously been rehearing choral works so why not make them available to the public in advance?

    Comment by fflambeau — April 5, 2019 @ 3:14 am


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