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Classical music: Here are short takes about some chamber music, orchestral music and choral music concerts for this week, starting TODAY | April 7, 2019

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By Jacob Stockinger

It is another very busy week in Madison for classical music. Here are some short takes about various concerts, starting today and running through the week.


Today — Sunday, April 7 — at 12:30 p.m., longtime chamber music partners UW-Madison cellist Parry Karp and UW-Oshkosh pianist Eli Kalman (below) will perform a FREE all-French recital at the Chazen Museum of Art in Brittingham Gallery 3. The concert  is part of the regular monthly series Sunday Afternoon Live at the Chazen.

The concert will also be STREAMED LIVE starting at 12:30 p.m.

For a streaming portal and details about the program, go to:


On Tuesday night, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Music Hall, at the foot of Bascom Hill, students in the UW-Madison Opera Workshop class perform a variety of scenes from opera and musical theater, staged and with piano accompaniment.

Sorry, but there are no details available about the composers, opera or scenes.


On Wednesday night, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Middleton Performing Arts Center that is attached to Middleton High School, 2100 Bristol Street, the largely amateur but critically acclaimed Middleton Community Orchestra (below) will perform.

The program, under guest conductor Kyle Knox, features the Symphony No. 2 in D Major by Ludwig van Beethoven and “The Wand of Youth” Suites by Sir Edward Elgar. (You can hear the opening of the Beethoven symphony in the YouTube video at the bottom.)

The box office opens at 6:30 p.m. and the auditorium opens at 7 p.m.

A meet-and-greet reception follows the concert.

Tickets are $15 for the general public. Admission is FREE to students.

For more information, including how to purchase tickets in advance and how to support the orchestra, go to:


On Friday, April 12, at 8 p.m. in Mills Hall, the UW Chorale will perform a FREE concert under conductor Bruce Gladstone.

Sorry, no details are available about the program.


On Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m. in Mills Hall, a FREE concert by UW-Madison Combined Choirs will be performed. The event features the Masters Singers, the University Chorus and the Women’s Chorus (below).

Sorry, there are no details available about the program.

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  1. I had two thoughts regarding this —

    1 I see this blog predominantly as providing information about what’s available in local Classical music events, and when. In that context, I think it’s counterproductive not to provide this information unless certain conditions are met — it’s just unnecessarily exclusive.

    2 It does strike me, though, that the lack of repertoire information seems to be confined to UW events, giving me the impression that the UW Music department doesn’t much WANT the Madison musical community to be much involved. And in that context, I will be interested to see whether this new Performing Arts venue adjacent to Chazen will attract more people and perhaps precipitate a change in attitude — for me, Mills Hall and Morphy Hall is like entering a catacombs, and I get the general impression that a lot of Madisonians feel the same way.


    Comment by Tim Adrianson — April 7, 2019 @ 4:36 pm

    • Good thoughts, Tim.

      Yes, it does seem, for whatever reason(s) that the greatest culprit in terms of people not giving out information about concerts, is the UW Music department itself (although in all fairness, some elements of that group, such as P. Karp and the Pro Arte Quartet) are very good at doing just that. To me, it is sloppiness in thought and action.

      I think they just have to be told firmly that: no program information, no post. Then, it will end.


      Comment by fflambeau — April 8, 2019 @ 1:49 am

  2. I know this has been discussed here before and there may be some opposition, but I feel if someone sends you a post and asks for a listing that you decline if they have no definite program.

    My feeling is that audiences deserve at least that. This is especially true since most of the concerts have been planned long in advance and entail preparation and rehearsals. Then there is zero allowance for not listing a program, or at least indicating which composers will be represented.

    Others may have different positions. Let’s hear from all.


    Comment by fflambeau — April 7, 2019 @ 12:05 am

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