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Classical music: Black Marigold will mix beer and wind music, starting this Sunday afternoon on the “Sunday Live From the Chazen” concert and live webcast

September 2, 2016
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By Jacob Stockinger

Beer-inspired classical music may seem a stretch at first.

But then you haven’t heard the Madison-based wind quintet Black Marigold.

And there is a historical precedent or two, including the “Coffee Cantata” by Johann Sebastian Bach and Classical Revolution Madison, which performs classic music in unusual venues such as cafes, coffee houses and bars.

In any case, Black Marigold (below) performed some of Beer Music in brew pubs and a church at the end of August.

Black Marigold new 2016

Now the ensemble will begin its September concerts this Sunday afternoon at the Chazen Museum of Art on the UW-Madison campus.

The concert, which used to be carried live by Wisconsin Public Radio but was discontinued, is FREE at 12:30 p.m. in Brittingham Gallery No. 3 (below).

It will also be streamed live at this site:


Here are more details about the dates, venues and programs:

Music on Tap: 2016 Summer Concert Series

Upcoming Black Marigold Concerts:

All performances offer FREE admission, with free will donations accepted.

As many Madisonians geared up for this past week’s Great Taste of the Midwest, the region’s largest craft beer festival, Black Marigold logged time in the rehearsal hall instead of the beer hall, fermenting new music for the group’s end-of-summer concert series.

All September programs will feature selections from Beer Music, an epic collection of short pieces inspired by 18 local craft beers, composed by Brian DuFord for Black Marigold.

Learn more about this unique commissioning collaboration in this recent feature in The Capital Times.

Here are details of individual programs:

Summer Concert Series

Sunday, September 4, 12:30 p.m., Sunday Afternoon Live at the Chazen (live stream link)

Thursday, September 15, 7 p.m., Stoughton Public Library

  •         Quintet in D Major, Op. 91 No. 3 by Anton Reicha
  •         Partita for Wind Quintet by Irving Fine
  •         Beer Music (selections) by Brian DuFord (below top)

Pub Concerts: relax and enjoy a pint with your performance!

Saturday, September 10, 3 pm, The Malt House (below  bottom)

  •         Beer Music selections
  •         Additional wind quintet selections

Brian DuFord

Beer Music was made possible by a grant from Dane Arts and individual donations from many friends.

Malt House party drinking

For more information, visit:

To contact the group, use this email address:

Classical music: The populist group Classical Revolution Madison will perform chamber music and songs by Brahms, Shostakovich, Haydn, Schumann and Walter Piston, and then hold an open-mic classical jam session on this Thursday night at the Brocach Pub on the Capitol Square. Plus, the concert next Tuesday night by the Rhapsodie Quartet has been CANCELLED.

February 19, 2014
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ALERT: The concert of chamber music by Mozart, Verdi and Puccini  next Tuesday night, Feb. 25, by the Rhapsodie Quartet (below, in a photo by Greg Anderson) of the Madison Symphony Orchestra has been CANCELLED.

Rhapsodie Quartet MSO Greg Anderson

By Jacob Stockinger

Word reaches The Ear with an intriguing and appealing tavern concert with some outstanding music by the laudable local chapter of a national populist movement that brings classical music to non-traditional audiences in non-traditional venues such as bar, cafes and coffee houses. Many of the members and performers come from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music:

Classical Revolution Madison logo

“Classical Revolution Madison will be back with a jam-packed show of classical and contemporary favorites at Brocach Irish Pub (below) on the Capitol Square, 7 West Main Street) on Thursday, February 20th at 7 p.m. 

brocach inn

From 7-8 p.m., members of CRM (below) will present a dynamic program featuring works by Brahms, Shostakovich, Haydn, and more! (See below for more information on the pieces and performers)

Classical Revolution Madison

Then, from 8-9 p.m., we will open up the floor for anyone who wants to sight read or jam, so come with your fiddle or the sheet music of your favorite chamber work if you would like to join in on some casual music making!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes,

Zou Zou Robidoux and Emily O’Leary

Here is the program for the Brocach appearance:

Clarinet Quintet by Johannes Brahms

I. Allegro

Kai-Ju Ho, clarinet (below)

Thalia Coombs and Nathan Giglierano, violins

Mara Rogers, viola

Zou Zou Robidoux, cello

Kai-Ju Ho

String Quartet Op. 76, No. 3 by Joseph Haydn (below, and you can hear the beautiful namesake first movement played by the acclaimed Takacs Quartet, in a YouTube video at the bottom.)

II. Poco adagio; cantabile

Tony Oliva and Keisuke Yamamoto, violins

Marissa Reinholz, viola

Chris Peck, cello


Excerpts from “Duo” by the 20th-century American composer Walter Piston (below)

Mara Rogers, viola

Tori Rogers, cello

Walter Piston

Excerpts from “Dichterliebe” (A Poet’s Loves) by Robert Schumann (below)

Tom Leighton, tenor

Emily O’Leary, piano

Schumann photo1850

String Quartet No. 3 by Dmitri Shostakovich

III. Allegro non troppo

Thalia Coombs and Teddy Wiggins, violins

Mikko Utevsky, viola (below)

Rachel Bottner, cello

MAYCO Mikko Utevsky by Steve Rankin

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Classical music: Classical Revolution Madison announces three local performances for April starting this coming Sunday and Monday. Plus, the winners of Wisconsin Public Radio’s Neale-Silva Young Artists Competition perform this weekend on “Sunday Afternoon Live From the Chazen.”

April 4, 2013

ALERT: This year’s winners of Wisconsin Public Radio‘s annual Neale-Silva Young Artists’ Competition are: cellist Alison Rowe playing Benjamin Britten’s Solo Suite No. 2; tuba player Trevor Litsey in Rolf Wilhelm’s Concertino for Tuba and Concert Band; pianist Garrick Olsen in Earl Wild’s Etude No. 4 based on George Gershwin’s song “Embraceable You” and the second and third movement of Bela Bartok’s Piano Sonata; flutist Samuel Golter in Thea Musgrave’s “Narcissus”; saxophonist Joseph Connor and marimba player Gregory Riss in the duos “Tesseract” by David Werfelmann and “Strange Dreams” by Nathan Daughtrey. The Winners’ Recital is FREE and open to the public, and will be broadcast live this Sunday, April 7, at 12:30-2 p.m. from Brittingham Gallery 3 of the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison on WPR’s News & Classical Network stations (WERN 88.7 FM in the Madison area).


By Jacob Stockinger

Some of the most vigorous and vital music-making in the Madison area is taking place through such grass-roots or populist organizations as Classical Revolution Madison and  NEW MUSE (New Music Everywhere).

And there are others, some of them housed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Wisconsin Union Theater and the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) among others, including programs to bring classical music to retirement centers, nursing homes, hospitals, prisons and schools.

Classical Revolution Madison logo

Most of the organizations specialize in taking classical music to non-traditional venues and non-traditional audiences, including bars and coffeehouses.

Two of the appearances by members of Classical Revolution Madison are coming up on this coming Sunday morning and this Monday night.

Mid-month brings another.

Here is a schedule with some appealing photos by cellist Tori Rogers. Unfortunately, I have no details yet about specific performers or specific pieces to be played. But if past programs are any clue, some wonderful listening awaits anyone who goes.

Sunday, April 7 — 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Fair Trade CoffeeHouse

418  State St, Madison 53703

UPDATE: The program includes excerpts from the Divertimento in E flat, K. 563 by W.A. Mozart will be performed by Nathaniel Wolkstein, violin; Michah Behr, viola; and Mark Bridges, cello. Also on the program are excerpts from the Serenade, Op; 10. by Erno Dohnanyi with Teddy Wiggins, violin; Ben Seeger, viola; and Zou Zou Robidoux, cello; Solo pieces, to be announced, will be performed by guitarist Christopher Allen and saxophonist Erika Anderson. 

Classical Revolution Madison at Fair Trade Coffeehouse CR Tori Rogers

Monday, April 8 — 7:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Town Center

330 N. Orchard St, Madison 53715

Join CRM for a program of both solo and collaborative piano works on The Wisconsin Union Theater’s piano at the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery (below).  If you’re interested in playing, please contact us. (For sense of the beautiful architecture and interiors as well as the performance space and its resonant acoustics, listens to the YouTube video at bottom.)

UPDATE: The program includes two movements from the Piano Trio, Op. 70, No. 1 (“Ghost”) by Ludwig van Beethoven withLydia Balge, violin; Emma Downing, cello; and Allison Jerza, piano. Also on the program is the Piano Sonata No. 2, Op; 14, by Sergei Prokofiev with pianist Evan Englestad .


Saturday, April 18 — 8 p.m.- 10 p.m. (NOT 7-9 p.m., as stated previously)

Brocach Irish Pub

7 West Main St, Madison 53703

UPDATE: Program to be announced.

Classical Revolution Madison at Brocach cr Tori Rogers

Here, also from Tori Rogers, are some videos:

YouTube video from Fair Trade:

YouTube videos from Brocach:

If you have heard Classical Revolution Madison in the past or in these performances let the rest of us know what you think.

Everyone’s a critic.

Plus The Ear wants to hear.

Classical music education: The Madison Symphony Orchestra’s “Final Forte” – the final round of the Bolz Young Artists Competition –- will be broadcast LIVE on Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio this Thursday night. The public can attend the live performance in the Capitol Theater of the Overture Center for FREE. Plus, the music tonight by Classical Revolution Madison at Brocach Irish Pub has been CANCELLED.

March 11, 2013
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ALERT: The performance tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. by Classical Revolution Madison at Brocach Irish Pub (below) at 7 West Man Street, on the Capitol Square in Madison HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

brocach inn

By Jacob Stockinger

It’s time again for one of Madison’s annual and much anticipated Rites of Spring: “The Final Forte.”

That is the final round where four young classical musicians compete as soloists live and on stage with the Madison Symphony Orchestra (below top) under music director and conductor John DeMain (below bottom, in a photo by James Gill) in the Capitol Theater, although in previous years it was held in Overture Hall, of the Overture Center in downtown Madison near the Capitol Square.

I have heard and watched The Final Forte  quite a few times and the music-making is always wonderful, and the display of talent is always impressive. I don’t envy the judges and their task. It is a terrific event to promote classical music, both the making of it and the hearing of it in live performance. Young performing artists always need more public platforms and exposure. And music education always needs more help.

mso from above

John DeMain HeadShot color by James Gill

Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) will once again offer statewide live broadcasts of Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14. The broadcast — part of WPT’s new Young Performers Initiative — also will be live simulcast at on the Web.

The Final Forte features (below, from left, in a photo by James Gill) pianist Christopher Eom; harpist Chloe Tula; violinist C. Andrew Dunlap; and oboist Lauren McNeel. The four will vie for honors in the 2013 Bolz Young Artist Competition.

For more information, including biographies of the four performers and dates for repeat broadcasts, visit:


Each finalist will perform a movement from a concerto while judges determine who will win scholarships and the opportunity to perform as soloists with the MSO at the Spring Young People’s Concert.

Here is the complete program: W.A. Mozart – “The Impresario” Overture, K. 486; Franz Josef Haydn’s Oboe Concerto in C Major, first movement with Lauren McNeel, Oboe; Reinhold Gliere’s Harp Concerto in E flat Major, Op. 74, first movement, with Chloe Tula, harp; Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19, first movement, with C. Andrew Dunlap, violin; Camille Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22, first movement, with Christopher Eom, piano; Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird” Suite (1945) sections 9) Infernal Dance, 10) Berceuse and 11) Finale.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the free live performance in the Capitol Theater (below) at the Overture Center in Madison; phone (608) 257-3734 to reserve a seat. Audience members must be seated by 6:45 p.m.

Capitol Theater

“Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte” is a partnership of Wisconsin Public Television, Wisconsin Public Radio and the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

Major funding for “Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte” is provided by Diane Endres Ballweg; Stanley and Shirley Inhorn; Julie and Larry Midtbo; Fred and Mary Mohs; and Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation, with additional gifts from A. Paul Jones Charitable Trust, Baird Foundation, The Boldt Company, Mildred and Marv Conney, Sentry Insurance Foundation, W. Jerome Frautschi, and Friends of Wisconsin Public Television.

WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and the University of Wisconsin–Extension. Statewide outlets include WHA-TV, Madison; WPNE-TV, Green Bay; WHRM-TV, Wausau; WLEF-TV, Park Falls; WHLA-TV, La Crosse; and WHWC-TV, Menomonie-Eau Claire.

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