ALERT: This week’s FREE Friday Noon Musicale at the First Unitarian Society of Madison features Danielle Breisach and Taya König-Tarasevich playing music for baroque and modern flutes. They will play works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, Jacques-Martin Hottetere and Yuko Uebayashi. The concert runs from 12:15 to 1 p.m.
By Jacob Stockinger
“Con Vivo! … music with life,” (below) continues its 15th season with a chamber music concert entitled “Capital Europeans” on this Sunday afternoon, Feb. 12, at 2:30 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1609 University Ave. across from Camp Randall Stadium.
Tickets can be purchased at the door. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students.
The winter concert, called, “Capital Europeans,” features pieces from three distinct European composers, each with his own style.
Representing Paris, the program includes selections from the Organ Preludes by French composer Darius Milhaud.
Audience members are invited to join the musicians after the concert for a free reception to discuss the concert.
Adds Con Vivo’s artistic director Robert Taylor: “With this concert, we are performing a Sunday matinee with three unique composers, each with his own musical language. Our Madison audience will be able to hear our musicians up close and personal playing music of extreme delight and depth.”
Con Vivo is a professional chamber music ensemble comprised of Madison area musicians assembled from the ranks of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and various other performing groups familiar to Madison audiences.
For more information about Con Vivo and its upcoming concerts, go to: http://www.convivomusicwithlife.org
ALERT: This week’s FREE Friday Musicale at the First Unitarian Society of Madison, 900 University Bay Drive, will run 12:15 to 1 p.m. and feature classical guitarist Steve Waugh (below) playing music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Jorma Kaukonen, Francisco Tarrega, Rodgers and Hart, and more. This concert is in the Landmark Auditorium.
By Jacob Stockinger
Albert Pinsonneault (below), who founded and directs the Madison Choral Project, writes:
I am so proud to share with you some amazing news:
The Madison Choral Project is the newest official 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit in the state of Wisconsin!
We couldn’t have done it without you! All future donations to us are tax-exempt — as are past donations, retroactive to August of 2013.
Help us celebrate!
We are hosting our second annual Gala Event and Fundraiser on Sunday, November 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Hotel RED on the corner of Monroe and Regent streets near the UW-Madison Badger’s Camp Randall Stadium.
There will be live music from MCP musicians from 3 to 4 p.m.; a silent auction with many unique items from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; light appetizers served and a cash bar; and many amazing people to meet!
If you have an item that you would like to donate to our silent auction, contact us by replying to this message!
With all our thanks,
The Madison Choral Project
THE NEW SEASON
And here is the coming three-concert season of the MCP:
The Madison Choral Project (MCP) has announced its third season, which features internationally renowned choral conductor Dale Warland (below), and notable local artists Martha Fischer, Bruce Bengtson, Noah Ovshinsky and the Madison Youth Choirs.
CONCERT 1: “O Day Full of Grace,” MCP’s second annual holiday concert, opens the season on Saturday, December 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the First Congregational Church of Christ in Madison, 1609 University Ave. It will feature an evening of traditional holiday music, secular music, narrated texts and audience singing all surrounding the theme of a transformative time, place or experience.
MCP is again partnering with Noah Ovshinsky (below), Assistant News Editor at Wisconsin Public Radio, who will narrate readings interposed amongst the musical selections.
CONCERT 2: The stunning and sublime Requiem by French composer Gabriel Faure (below top) will headline the choir’s second concert, which will also feature the striking “Te Deum” of contemporary Scottish composer James MacMillan (below bottom) on Saturday, February 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. (You can hear the opening of James Macmillan’s “Te Deum” in a YouTube video at the bottom.)
MCP is partnering with organist Bruce Bengtson, Director of Music at Luther Memorial Church in Madison, on both the Faure and MacMillan.
February is also the culmination of a period of educational exchange between MCP and the Madison Youth Choirs, and this concert will include a performance by the Ragazzi (below, in a photo by Dan Sinclair) and Cantabile ensembles of the Madison Youth Choirs, both alone and in a combined work with the MCP singers.
CONCERT 3: The season will close on Friday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Christ under the direction of renowned guest conductor Dale Warland, and collaborating pianist Martha Fischer (below left, with her husband pianist Bill Lutes), Professor of Piano and head of the graduate collaborative piano program at the University of Wisconsin.
This concert marks Warland’s first return to conduct in Madison in 20 years.
Dale Warland is considered one of the most influential American choral musicians of all time, and is one of only two choral conductors to be inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.
He founded the pioneering choral ensemble, the Dale Warland Singers, in 1972. The group was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance in 2003, and their 29 commercial CDs remain standard issue for choral conductors and educators around the country.
Tickets for the 2014-2015 season are available online at www.themcp.org, and at the door before each concert. Discounted student tickets are available with a valid student ID.
By Jacob Stockinger
It started last night, Friday night, with doctoral students, MFA‘s and professional degree students including doctors, lawyers, business people and veterinarians who had their ceremony indoors at the Kohl Center.
Today, Saturday, May 17, 2014, is devoted to the largest number of graduates -– the undergraduates as well as master’s students.
The Ear wants to honor all UW students who are graduating, but especially the students — both undergraduate and graduate — at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music who have brought him so many hours of pleasure and memorable listening.
But what to choose to play?
Believe me, I have thought long and hard about it.
And for the life of me, I still do not think there exists anything better than the old stand-by: The “Pomp and Circumstance’ March No. 1, originally written by Sir Edward Elgar (below) for the coronation of a King of England. (You can hear it in a YouTube video at the bottom.)
Of course, there are other fine marches by Elgar in the same set.
But none surpasses the really famous one, the omnipresent one at this time of year, THE Pomp and Circumstance March that captures the vitality and rush, yet also the dignity and hope of the event — and yes, all the bittersweet sadness of leaving behind close friends and mentors.
If you know of a better musical offering for graduation or commence, please leave a reply or comment with a YouTube link is possible and certainly the composer’s name and work’s title.
In the meantime, here it is again. You have no doubt heard it before probably many times. But no matter that it is a cliché or that is banal. It never fails to give me both goosebumps and tears, and it always makes me wish that I too were among those students processing through commencement.
Are you ready?
Graduates: Please line up, adjust your robe and mortar board, and smile.
Maestro, a downbeat please!
Best wishes and congratulations to all.
By Jacob Stockinger
It’s that time again.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison ends its spring semester with classes this week, finals next week, and graduation ceremonies on May 19 and 20.
Then comes the unofficial start of summer – when many avid community singers find themselves without an outlet.
For the fourth year, the Madison Summer Choir (below, performing last year) will take place, although the venue of its public concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, will change from Mills Hall on the UW campus to the First Congregational United Church of Christ, across from Camp Randall Stadium. (NOTE: Contrary to what was earlier stated here, the July 1 concert is NOT free, as it has been for the past three years. Admission will be $8, $5 for seniors and students, and is designed to cover the cost of renting the church.)
It is a fine group that in past summers has brought memorable performances of classic and contemporary music, including major works like Saint-Saens’ “Requiem” and Morton Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna.” It pulls a lot together very quickly and very well.
This year, the program “Honors the Blessed Virgin Mary” by featuring Baroque music and period instruments. That makes it a fine run-up or introduction to the Madison Early Music Festival, which follows it in July.
Here are details from the founder and director of the 80-voice Madison Summer Choir, UW alumnus Ben Luedcke (below), the talented and energetic man who is also the director of the Lake Edge United Church of Christ among other posts he holds:
Here are notes to the fascinating and eclectic program: “Madison Summer Choir presents a concert honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary with a plethora of devotional Marian texts set by inventive titans of their time, including Benjamin Britten, Franz Liszt, Edvard Grieg, William Byrd and Tomás Luis de Victoria.
“It will culminate with choral/instrumental mid-sized works by Claudio Monteverdi (below), Michael Praetorius, Domenico Scarlatti and Giovanni Gabrieli, and will feature Baroque period string instruments that use gut strings instead of metal and a different kind of bow.”
The Madison Summer Choir runs 6 weeks: May 21 through the end of June (see ** below for additional information).
Rehearsals are Mondays and Tuesdays 5:15-7:15 p.m., 1351 Mosse Humanities Building on campus.
The Concert is on Sunday, July 1, at 7 p.m. in the First Congregational UCC (across from Camp Randall)
Members’ dues are: $30 for students; $45 for community members. Concert admission is $8, $5 for seniors and students.
**Wed., May 30, 5:15-7:15 p.m. (make-up for Memorial Day holiday)
**Wed., June 20, 5:15-7:15 p.m. (extra rehearsal)
**Thursday, June 28, 5:15-7:15 p.m. Dress Rehearsal at First Congregational United Church of Christ
Members of the UW-Madison or community auditioned ensembles do NOT need to audition; otherwise contact firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an audition time during the evening of Monday, May 14.
If you are interested, you should RSVP and include the choir that you currently sing with (if any) and your voice part to: email@example.com
For more information, go to: http://madisonsummerchoir.org/