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Classical music: The 16th annual all-day Wisconsin Flute Festival will be held this Saturday and will present a FREE public concert on Saturday afternoon

April 3, 2019
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By Jacob Stockinger

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The 16th annual Wisconsin Flute Festival will be held on this coming Saturday, April 6, at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Wisconsin Flute Festival brings together flutists and music lovers of all ages from Wisconsin, the greater Midwest, and across the country, for an engaging and educational day celebrating everything flute.

The festival includes: workshops; lectures; performances; junior, youth, and collegiate artist competitions; master classes and an extensive exhibit hall.

This year’s festival will feature guest artist Bonita Boyd (below in a photo by Kate Lemmon), an internationally renowned performer and Professor of Flute at the Eastman School of Music. (You can hear a sample of her teaching in the YouTube video at the bottom.)

The festival will begin at 8 a.m. at the Pyle Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will culminate in a FREE 90-minute public concert beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Music Hall, at the bottom of Bascom Hill and a short walk from the Pyle Center.

The free evening concert will be performed by featured guest artist Bonita Boyd with Madison guitarist Christopher Allen (below).

Workshop topics will include yoga for flutists, orchestral audition preparation, recording techniques, a repair clinic, piccolo techniques, and more.

Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in an interactive session with low flutes including; alto flutes, bass flutes, and a contrabass flute, and take part in two flute choir reading sessions.

Performances during the day will feature an eclectic mix of music performed by professional and student flutists.

Festival attendees will hear music by composers from around the globe and from a variety of periods. Compositions by living composers will feature prominently in many of the recitals at the festival. Solo flute, flute and piano, flute quartet, and flute with mixed ensemble can be heard.

For flutists shopping for an instrument, music or accessories, companies from across the U.S. will be on-site in the Festival’s exhibit hall. Technicians will be also available to evaluate instruments and conduct minor repairs. Confirmed exhibitors include Burkart Flutes and Piccolos, Flute Specialists, Inc., Flute World, the Geoghegan Company, Heid Music and Verne Q. Powell Flutes.

Tickets range from $30 to $40 for festival participants. Tickets for non-flutist family members of participants (parents, siblings, etc.) are available for at a special rate of $7. Registration is now open and information is available online at Tickets can also be purchased at the festival.

The evening concert, beginning at 5:30 p.m., will be held in Music Hall at the UW-Madison and is FREE and open to the public.

The program will include Mountain Songs by Robert Beaser, Histoire du Tango by Astor Piazzolla, Canyon Echoes by Katherine Hoover, Entr’acte by Jacques Ibert and Pièce en form de Habenera by Maurice Ravel.

The 2019 Flute Festival – which is a program of the Madison Flute Club — is sponsored by Heid Music. Major funding is provided by Verne Q. Powell Flutes, American Printing, Eric and Tobi Breisach, Distillery Marketing and Design, and Karl Sandelin – in memory of Joyce Sandelin.

Additional funding is provided by Audio for the Arts, Breisach Cordell PLLC, Dr. Danielle and Jeffrey Breisach, Madison Classical Guitar Society, Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, and Jessica and Jim Yehle.


The Madison Flute Club was founded in 2002 and currently presents over 20 concerts each year to an audience of more than 1,500 community members. The club involves, on average, 35 active adult members and over 30 youth from the surrounding area.

To advance and achieve its mission, the Madison Flute Club has undertaken several large projects and partnered with numerous organizations and events in Dane County. These projects include the commissioning and world premiere of a work for flute choir for Design MMoCA, successfully fundraising for a contrabass flute — the first such instrument in Wisconsin — and performing at the National Flute Association Convention.

Madison Flute Club ensembles and members have been featured on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The Midday with Norman Gilliland, on WORT 89.9 FM in Madison and in the publication The Flutist Quarterly.

For more information about the Madison Flute Club, go to:

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Classical music: Local and national stars — plus the audience — will shine at the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s three Christmas concerts this weekend.

December 3, 2013
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By Jacob Stockinger

As it does every holiday season, the Madison Symphony Orchestra (below, in a photo by Greg Anderson) has placed a lot of gifts under its Christmas tree — its musical offerings, so to speak, borrowing from the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Some will be expected old favorites, some will will be welcome surprises — and they will all get unwrapped this weekend.

John DeMain and MSO from the stage Greg Anderson

National vocalists and Madison community chorus members – as well as the audience – will all get a chance to shine when Conductor John DeMain (below, in his Santa hat in a photo by Bob Rashid) and the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) kick off the holiday season with the much-loved tradition of the Madison Symphony Christmas concerts this weekend.

DeMain Santa Bob Rashid

The concerts are in Overture Hall on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2:30 p.m. in Overture Hall.

Tickets are $16.50 to $82.50 each, available at and through the Overture Center Box Office at 201 State Street or call the Box Office at (608) 258-4141.

Student rush tickets can be purchased in person on the day of the concerts at the Overture Box Office at 201 State Street. Full-time students must show a valid student ID and can receive up to two $12 or $15 tickets. More information is at:  On advance ticket purchases, students can receive 20% savings on seats in select areas of the hall.

Seniors age 62 and up receive 20% savings on advance and day-of-concert ticket purchases in select areas of the hall.

Discounted seats are subject to availability, and discounts may not be combined.

The concerts will celebrate the holidays with a banquet of “main courses” – music by Felix Mendelssohn, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and George Frideric Handel.

But like any good feast, lighter fare will as be served – from holiday favorites to rocking Gospel selections – topped off with the audience adding its voice to carols at the end. Concert highlights include:

Soloists Melody Moore (soprano. below top) and Nathan Stark (bass, below bottom in a photo by Paul Sirouchman), who are accomplished national operatic singers, and principal cellist Karl Lavine. Moore recently sang the role of Tosca in the Madison Opera production of the same name.

Melody Moore NoCredit

Nathan Stark  CR Paul Sirouchman

Madison Symphony Chorus (below in a photo by Greg Anderson), directed by Beverly Taylor, with its 125 members, who come from all walks of life to combine their artistic talent;

MSO Chorus CR Greg Anderson

Madison Youth Choirs (below), directed by Michael Ross, which combines young voices for a memorable experience;

madison youth choirs

Mt.  Zion Gospel Choir (below), directed by Leotha Stanley, which uses jazz, blues and gospel harmonies to “raise the roof” in creating captivating music;

Mt. Zion Gospel Choir

And as a finale, audience members will join in the singing of carols.                                                    

The Madison Symphony Orchestra is marking its 88th concert season in 2013-2014 by celebrating John DeMain’s 20th anniversary as music director. The Symphony engages audiences of all ages and backgrounds in live classical music through a full season of concerts with established and emerging soloists of international renown, an organ series that includes free concerts, and widely respected education and community engagement programs.

In addition, Club 201 has a reservation deadline of tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 4, for the Christmas concert on Friday night. Club 201 is a premier cultural outing for young professionals in Madison and is meant to meet people with similar interests in a friendly and fun environment.  Our next event is on Friday, Dec. 6 and the evening starts with a concert that has become a yearly Madison tradition, “A Madison Symphony Christmas” at 7:30pm in Overture Hall.  This is followed by a post-concert party at Fresco with Triple MMM radio’s Jonathan Suttin, members of the orchestra, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and holiday drink specials.  Only $30 covers the concert and party and the deadline for reservations is Wednesday, Dec. 4.  Tickets can be purchased or by calling (608) 258-4141.

Club 201

For more information, visit: You can also listen to Maestro John DeMain discuss the concert in an interview, at the bottom posted in a YouTube video, that he did for the local TV station and NBC affiliate, WMTV Channel 15

Major funding for this holiday concert is provided by American Printing Company, Nedrebo’s Formalwear, John W. Thompson and Jane A. Bartell, BMO Private Bank, Hooper Foundation/General Heating & Air Conditioning in celebration of Hooper Corporation’s 100th Anniversary, Maurice and Arlene Reese, and an Anonymous Friend with additional funds from Colony Brands, Inc., Hans and Mary Lang Sollinger, and the Wisconsin Arts Board.

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