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Classical music: The fourth annual Madison New Music Festival takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It features Wisconsin composers and several world premieres | August 7, 2019

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By Jacob Stockinger

The fourth season of the Madison New Music Festival (below, in a photo from 2017 by Max Schmidt) will take place this coming Friday, Aug. 9, through Sunday, Aug. 11.

The Madison New Music Festival is an annual, weekend-long celebration for the Madison community of classical works written by contemporary composers.

In four concerts – three with admission and one free — the festival will showcase Wisconsin-based composers and performers of new music, as well as world premiere performances by guest artists.

Tickets for each concert are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Subscriptions to all three concerts are available for $35. For more information, go to http://madisonnewmusic.org or to Facebook (@Madison New Music Festival) or Instagram (@madisonnewmusic).

Here is the line-up:

Concert 1: Music from Wisconsin – Friday, Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (227 State St.)

What: In anticipation of this fall’s Wisconsin Triennial and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, this concert spotlights all Wisconsin-born, -based, or -educated composers, curated by pianist Robert Fleitz (below, with a toy piano he often performs on), whom The New York Times called “mesmerizing.” Joined by young local musicians, Fleitz explores music created right here in their own backyard.

Concert 2: World Premieres – Saturday, Aug. 10, at 7:30 p.m.

Where: First Unitarian Society of Madison’s Atrium Auditorium (900 University Bay Drive)

What: Internationally acclaimed violist Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti and Wisconsin-born pianist Karl Larson (below top) will give the world premieres of new viola sonatas from three of the world’s leading composers: Andrew Norman, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Scott Wollschleger. In addition, local cellist James Waldo will kick off the evening with a premiere of a work for solo cello by University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Les Thimmig (below bottom).

Concert 3: SistaStrings – Sunday, Aug. 11, at 2:30 p.m.

Where: Robinia Courtyard (829 East Washington Avenue)

What: The concert features the Milwaukee-based sister duo SistaStrings (below, in a photo by Adam Ryan Morris). Violinist Chauntee Ross and cellist Monique LaDora Ross blend their training as accomplished classical instrumentalists with “R&B and a touch of gospel influence that culminates in a vibey, lush sound.” The sisters will play tracks from their new and acclaimed Extended Play recording in the cozy courtyard. (You can hear them in the YouTube video at the bottom.)

Partner concert: Madison New Music Ensemble (FREE concert) – Sunday, Aug. 11, at 5 p.m.

Where: Memorial Union Terrace (800 Langdon Street, below)

What: Join the newly formed Madison New Music Ensemble (below top), led by UW-Madison composer Joseph Koykkar (below bottom), at the Memorial Union Terrace as part of their Summer Serenade series. The group will perform works by Koykkar, Ian Clarke, Gabriela Lena Frank, Gareth Farr and Kirsten Volness.


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2 Comments »

  1. I forward a reply from Maestro John DeMain to myself. I have edited down the response:

    “You sir are out of line!

    Everyone knows I went to the same musical school as that guru of new music,Leonard Bernstein, and rode that creative composer/conductor’s tails to my current position. I was also Maestro at the Houston Opera before they released me and Opera Pacific before they went defunct. But that was 2008 and it was largely due to the financial downturn. I have also conducted my specialty, “Porgy and Bess”, before orchestras of 9 players (sometimes 10 or 11) in the East Coast (but not in Madison, of course). While it is true I never conducted it at the Met, nor in Chicago let alone London or pretty much anywhere else that counts outside of Poughskeepie, my 1976 recording with Houston won a Grammy. It’s true this has been eclipsed by many other great recordings but so what? I was one of the first.

    As for “world premieres” I am far more comfortable with the 19th and 20th century (early) repertoire as long as we play lots of Beethoven and Brahms. On that, I disagree with all my predecessors in Madison and to top it all off, they’re all dead and I’m still ticking.

    Hell, I’m old as dirt so I don’t have the time or inclination to learn new scores. Give me Carmina Burana any and every performance; Orff to me IS new music. Not only do I have his score copiously marked but the audience loves his kind of “new” music”: not so much the kind that good Madisonians have to pay money to actually get 3rd rate composers to write.

    Yours truly,
    John”

    Comment by fflambeau — August 7, 2019 @ 1:01 am

  2. Could someone please explain to Maestro John deMain the concept of a “world premiere”?

    Comment by fflambeau — August 7, 2019 @ 12:29 am


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