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Classical music: The Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble performs a concert of music by Handel, Strozzi, Sammartini and rarely heard other composers this Friday night at 7:30

November 21, 2018
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By Jacob Stockinger

The Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble (below bottom) will perform a concert of baroque chamber music on this coming Friday night, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church (below top), 1833 Regent Street, on Madison’s near west side.

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

Members of the ensemble are: Eric Miller, viola da gamba; Sigrun Paust, recorder; Chelsie Propst, soprano; Charlie Rasmussen, baroque cello and viola da gamba; Consuelo Sañudo, mezzo-soprano; Monica Steger, traverso, harpsichord and recorder; Anton TenWolde, baroque cello; and Max Yount, harpsichord.

The program is:

Giulio Ruvo – Sonata for cello and basso continuo in A minor (heard in the YouTube video at the bottom played by cellist Charlie Rasmussen and harpsichordist Max Yount of the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble)

Andreas Lidl – Trio for flute, viola and cello

George Frideric Handel – Cantata “Dite, mie piante” (Say, My Plants)

Unico Wilhelm Count Van Wassenaer – Sonata No. 1 for recorder and basso continuo


Barbara Strozzi (below): “L’amante segreto” (The Secret Lover) from Opus II (1651)

Giuseppe Tommaso Giovanni Giordani – Duo No. 2 for two cellos, Op.18

Giuseppe Sammartini – Trio Sonata No.  5 for two flutes and basso continuo (1727)

Handel – “Tanti Strali” (Many Rays) HWV 197

Michel Corrette – Concert “Le Phénix”

For more information: (608) 238-5126, email:, or got to:

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: The Middleton Community Orchestra spotlights the young local violinist Alice Bartsch plus music of Saint-Saens, Verdi, Wagner and Benjamin Britten at its Winter Concert this Wednesday night.

February 25, 2013
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ALERT: Tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Morphy Recital Hall, the Guest Artist Series at the UW-Madison School of Music will present oboist Pavel Morunov (below, center front, in a photo of the troubled Honolulu Symphony players) and his violinist-wife Yana Bourkova-Morunov (below right) in a FREE concert of works by Giuseppe Sammartini, Robert Schumann, J.S. Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann.

Pavel Morunov

By Jacob Stockinger

The recently formed Middleton Community Orchestra, now only in its second season, has rapidly established itself as an enriching and enjoyable provider of classical music in an area that is saturated with classical music.

There is, first and foremost, the quality of the playing, from ensemble instrumentalists and young local soloists who are both professionals and amateurs, all under the baton of music director Steve Kurr (below).

Middleton Community Orchestra Steve Kurr conducting

You can check out reviews yourself you look up reviews by John W. Barker (below) on this website. Just go to the search engine and type in “John W. Barker” and “Middleton Community Orchestra.”


Then there are the other aspects, many of them social and educational, which I covered in a very positive review I did last spring. Here is a link to that blog post:

In any case, the Middleton Community Orchestra will present its Winter Concert on this coming Wednesday evening, February 27, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the comfortable Middleton Performing Arts Center (below), which is attached to Middleton High School.

Tickets are $10 general admission. Students are free. Tickets are available at the door, Willy St. Coop West or by calling (608) 212-8690.

Middleton PAC1

The concert once again spotlights a rising local “star” — one of the many laudable things about the orchestra — 20-year old violinist Alice Bartsch (below), in Saint-SaensViolin Concerto No. 3 in B minor. How refreshing to sample the talent around and amid us right here at home!

Alice Bartsch

Other works on the program are: Verdi’s Overture to  “Nabucco”; Wagner’s “Siegfried’s Funeral Music” from “Gotterdamerung” (2013 is the bicentennial of the birth of Wagner, below top), the final opera in the “Ring” cycle; Wagner’s “Elsa’s Procession” from the opera “Lohengrin”; and Benjamin Britten’s “Matinees Musicales” (2013 is the centennial of the birth of Britten, below bottom).

Richard Wagner

Benjamin Britten           

Alice Bartsch is a member of the first violin section in the Madison Symphony and studies with Felicia Moye (below), Professor of Violin at University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music.

Felicia Moye color

Wanna sample of what awaits? Try this YouTube video of the concerto by Saint-Saens:

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