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Classical music: The Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble performs music by J.S. Bach, Handel, Purcell, Telemann and others this Sunday afternoon at 3. In Sunday night Con Vivo performs music by Prokofiev, Mozart, Bruch, Gershwin and others at the Stoughton Opera House.

February 6, 2015
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REMINDER: The Con Vivo! (music with life) chamber music ensemble (below) invites the public to its debut performance at the Stoughton Opera House on this coming Sunday night. The concert has been rescheduled to this Sunday evening due to the snowstorm last weekend.

Here are the details: Sunday, February 8, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Stoughton Opera House
381 E. Main St. Stoughton, WI
(608) 877-4400
Tickets are $20, $10 for an obstructed view and are available at

Here is the program:
Sergei Prokofiev: “Overture on Hebrew Themes” for Piano, string quartet and clarinet, Op.34
Max Bruch: “Romance” for Viola and Piano op. 85
Jay Ungar: “Ashokan Farewell” for violin and piano
John Williams – “Air and Simple Gifts” for violin, cello, clarinet and piano (It was performed by violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, clarinetist Anthony McGill and piano Gabriela Montero and others at President Barack Obama’s first inauguration.)
George Gershwin – Preludes for solo piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet, KV 581

Here is a link to the original post about the concert:

Con Vivo core musicians

By Jacob Stockinger

The Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble will give a concert of baroque chamber music on this coming Sunday afternoon, February 8, at 3 p.m.

Madison Baroque Ensemble

The concert will take place in the historic Gates of Heaven synagogue located in downtown Madison, in James Madison Park at 300 East Gorham Street.

Gates of Heaven

Tickets are at the door only: $20, $10 for students.

For more information, call 238-5126 or, or you can visit

Participating members in the concert – the veteran ensemble uses period instruments and historically informed performance practices — are:

Mimmi Fulmer – soprano

Brett Lipshutz – traverso

Eric Miller – viola da gamba, baroque cello

Consuelo Sañudo – mezzo-soprano

Monica Steger – traverso, harpsichord

Anton TenWolde – baroque cello

Max Yount – harpsichord

Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble composite

Here is the program:

Gabriel Bataille – “Sortez soupirs”

Henry Purcell – “Sweeter than roses”

Gabriel Bataille – “Que douce est la violence”

Georg Philipp Telemann – “Die Landlust”

Louis de Caix d’Hervelois – sonata for traverso and continuo


Benoît Guillemant – Sonata in D Major, Op. 2 Nr. 6 for two traversos

Johann Sebastian Bach – “Betörte Welt”

Giuseppe Sammartini – Sonata 3 for violoncello and continuo

George Frideric Handel – “Tanti Strali”



Classical music news: Let’s go to the bar, have a drink and hear some classical music. Classical Revolution Madison announces its spring season of performances.

February 13, 2012
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By Jacob Stockinger

Classical Revolution Madison, a branch of the San Francisco-based national movement that presents classical chamber music,  and especially contemporary classical music, outside the concert hall, is offering a diverse spring schedule of performances around the city of Madison.

The dates and locations are as follows:

This Thursday, February 16, 2012, 8-10:30 p.m., at the Brink Lounge (701 E. Washington Ave.). Admission is $5 students/$10 general.

Gabriel Prokofiev (below) grandson of composer Sergei Prokofiev, and his group Non-Classical present an electronic and acoustic set.

Sunday, March 11, 2012, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Fair Trade Coffeehouse (below, 418 State St.). Admission is FREE. “Classical Coffee” will feature the music of Brahms as well as Latin American and Spanish composers as a prelude to the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s afternoon concert.

Sunday, April 15, 2012, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Fair Trade Coffeehouse (418 State St.). Admision is FREE for Classical Coffee; spring into a morning brunch, lunch, and java jam.

Monday, April 23, 2012, 7-10 p.m. at Brocach’s Irish Pub (7 W. Main St. on the Capitol Square). Admission is FREE. Classical meets Celtic in a lively jam session. Learn some reels and kick up your heels with a Guinness in hand!

Friday, May 4, 2012, 7-9 p.m., Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (227 State St., in the Overture Center), FREE performance for Gallery Night and a magical evening of music and art in a luminous space.

Founded in 2010 by University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music graduate students Andrea Kleesattel (below) and Laura Weiner, Classical Revolution Madison is a collective of musicians that brings classical music to bars, cafes and restaurants, inviting everyone to share the excitement and intimacy of chamber music (at bottom). Performances feature programmed chamber works as well as informal reading sessions open to the public.

For more information about this group, visit:

To speak with co-directors Andrea Kleesattel and Laura Weiner, e-mail:

For more information and background stories about moving classical music out of the concert hall – like the famed Le Poisson Rouge night club in New York City — here are links to three stories:

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