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Classical music: Recitals of Scandinavian art songs and of tuba music are on tap at the UW this Sunday afternoon and Monday night | September 26, 2019

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By Jacob Stockinger

In the next few days, two noteworthy and free recitals, open to the public, are on tap at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music.

On this Sunday afternoon Sept. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Morphy Hall, mezzo-soprano Jessie Wright Martin and pianist John O’Brien (both below) – who have performed together at Carnegie Hall – will give a FREE recital of Nordic art songs. (It includes the Grieg song performed by Anne Sofie von Otter in the YouTube video at the bottom.)

Wright (below) will sing in Norwegian, Danish and Swedish.

This week, the two performed the same recital at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s School of Music. Wright spoke to the student newspaper The Daily Tar Heel.

“It started because I have Norwegian heritage and was interested in Norwegian music,” said Martin, a professor of music at Wingate University. “I thought it would be interesting to expand to Swedish and Danish music.”

Composers on the program are Edvard Grieg, Peter Heisse and Gunnar de Frumeri.

For more information about the performers and the program, go to:

On Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in Morphy Hall, guest artist Beth Weise (below) will give a FREE tuba recital.

Unfortunately, no program is listed.

For more information about the concert and about Weise, a distinguished and very accomplished musician who did her undergraduate work at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin, go to:

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  1. Hello –
    We appreciate your help publicizing this classical music event.
    Duo Klavitarre’s Madison performance includes works by Frederic Chopin, Ignacy Paderewski, Astor Piazzolla, Karol Szymanowski, Luigi Boccherini, Grazyna Bacewicz, Gerard Schwertberger, Stanislaw Moniuszko, Roland Dyens.
    October is Polish American Heritage Month.
    Thank you.
    Rose Meinholz, Newsletter Editor
    Polish Heritage Club – Madison

    October 11 Friday 8 pm to 11:30 pm at Cafe CODA

    Oct 11, 8:00pm – 11:30pm at Cafe CODA

    These two strong Polish musical personalities compliment each other extremely well and offer instrumental virtuosity coupled with spontaneity and excellent ensemble playing. The unusual combination of piano and guitar along with a well-selected repertoire is the basis for their exciting and diverse Program.

    Their repertoire includes works by Frederic Chopin, Ignacy Paderewski, Astor Piazzolla, Karol Szymanowski, Luigi Boccherini, Grazyna Bacewicz, Gerard Schwertberger, Stanislaw Moniuszko, Roland Dyens. The two musicians offer the concert going public a new musical dimension.

    Their performances are polished and their interpretations are lively, brilliant and beautiful in sound.

    Klavitarre has given recitals in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, South Korea, Spain, Venezuela, and the USA.

    Maciej Ziemski and Jolanta Ziemska were the creators and artistic directors of the International Guitar Festivals in Grotniki and Jarosław Poland and are now the organizers of the International Guitar Festival in Bremen, Germany, along with being the directors and founders of the private music school “ConTakte”, which is also located in Bremen.

    As a Duo, Maciej Ziemski (guitar) and Jolanta Ziemska (Piano) have been performing together for fifteen years with both Artists graduating with honors from the Music Academy in Łódź, Poland. Jolanta studied with Prof. Tadeusz Chmielewski and Joanna Kaczmarska, whereas Maciej was a student of Professor Jerzy Nalepka. While studying their perspective instruments, they discovered their passion for playing as a duo as well as for each other. For more info, please see:

    Co-sponsored by Polish Heritage Club and Mad-PolKA Productions. Also thank-you to an annonymus sponsor and Polish Heritage Club of Madison for generous donations to make that show possible. BTW October is a Polish Heritage month in USA so this concert is part of celebration for local Polish community! please join us for the celebration!

    Admission $15… See Less


    Comment by Rosie Meinholz Larry Hochman — September 26, 2019 @ 5:30 pm

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