The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Baroque arias and Schubert songs will be performed by Madison Bach Musicians harpsichordist Trevor Stephenson; guest artist Tallis Scholars soprano Amy Haworth; and Chicago viola da gambist Anna Steinhoff.

October 3, 2012
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By Jacob Stockinger

The acclaimed local early music group Madison Bach Musicians will kick off its new season this Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium of the historic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed First Unitarian Society, below), 900 University Bay Drive.

The MBM-sponsored program features “Baroque Vocal Masterworks” with English soprano
 Amy Haworth (below top) of the famed Tallis Scholars; MBM founder and harpsichordist Trevor Stephenson; and viola da gambist
 Anna Steinhoff (below bottom) who lives in Chicago and performs with the Newberry Consort and other well-known early music, period-instrument groups.

The chamber music program featuring vocal gems from the Baroque 
era composed by Monteverdi, Caccini, Luzzaschi, Caldara, Cesti, Alessandro Scarlatti, Purcell, J. S. Bach and G.F Handel.

Advance tickets are: $20 general, $15 students/seniors (over 65). At the door: $25 general, $20 students & seniors (over 65), $10 children ages 6-12
. Advance-price discount tickets are on sale at: A Room of One’s Own, Farley’s House of Pianos, 
Willy St. Co-op (east and west), Orange Tree Imports and Ward Brodt.
 Tickets are also available at the door.

The Baroque Vocal Masterworks 
Concert is part of a CD-Release Tour that runs Oct. 5-17. Other performances include: Friday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the 
Christ Church Episcopal, 5655 N. Lake Drive, Whitefish Bay, Wis.;
 Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the
First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive in Madison, Wis.; Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in
 Sundin Hall at Hamline University, 1531 Hewitt Ave., St. Paul, Minn.
 (For advance tickets for Oct. 13 in St. Paul: call 651-523-2459, press 4); and Wednesday,
Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in
 Nichols Hall at Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Avenue, in Evanston, Ill.

Then on Wednesday evening, Oct.  10, at 7 p.m., soprano Amy Haworth (from the Tallis Scholars) and keyboardist Trevor Stephenson on the fortepiano will give an informal  “house concert”  of art songs by Franz Schubert (below, at the keyboard in a print by Moritz Schwind), that social amiable composer who often premiered his works at gatherings of friends called “Schubertiades.” That same week the two performers will be in the process of recording these 16 lieder for an upcoming CD.

The concert is at the home of Rose and Trevor Stephenson (below) 
at 5729 Forsythia Place on Madison’s far west side. Tickets are $35 with refreshments served. About 35 to 40 people can be accommodated. Reservations are required: email trevor@trevorstephenson.com or call 238-6092.

Says Stephenson (below), who is a master guide to and explainer of music: “We’re thrilled to have a chance to run the set for you and to discuss the pieces some as we go along. These are simply some of the most beautiful songs ever written, and I believe that the way in which the fortepiano’s vibrant immediacy and Amy’s outstanding pitch and diction combine will shed new light on these masterpieces. I hope so very much that you will be able to attend. The concert will be in our home music studio. Yummy treats and drinks will appear as well!! Please let us know if you can make it. It would be great to see you.”

For more background and information about both concerts, visit madisonbachmusicians.org or www.trevorstephenson.com, or call (608) 238-6092.


Classical music: University of Wisconsin music graduates start a concert series on Sunday to spotlight alumni talent.

September 13, 2012
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ALERT: PLEASE NOTE that the art song recital of Faure, Schubert and others scheduled for this Sunday, Sept. 16, at 4 p.m. in Morphy Recital Hall featuring baritone Paul Rowe (below in a photo by Katrin Talbot) has been CANCELLED. The School of Music apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.  The Ear has not yet received word about when or if the recital will be rescheduled. 

 By Jacob Stockinger

I have already written about the many chamber music concerts coming up this weekend, including two string quartets and the Oakwood Chamber Players, that are  competing for audiences.

Add another one.

On Sunday afternoon, there will be inaugurated a new series of concerts designed to show off the talent that comes to — and graduates from — the University of Wisconsin School of Music.

And that talent just seems to be getting bigger and better, more and more impressive.

This Sunday afternoon, the School of Music Alumni Association hosts its first annual fall concert. Performers have been chosen based on nominations from UW faculty and fellow alumni.

The FREE concert is at 1:30 p.m. in Mills Hall. A reception will follow the concert.

Here are the performers and the program:

Pianist Ilia Radoslavov (below, DMA, assistant professor at Truman State University in Missouri) will perform Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 (“Pathétique”) by Ludwig von Beethoven (1770-1827)

Flute player Morgann Davis (below, MM, teaches privately in Madison) will perform Sonata for Flute (Sonata Undine), Op. 167, by Carl Reinecke (1824-1910).

 

Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Sams (below, DMA, teaches privately in Madison and at Beloit College) will perform “Try Me, Good King,” based on the last words of five of Henry VIII’s wives, by Libby Larsen (b. 1950).

Percussionist Will Kemperman (below, MM, teaches in the Twin Cities area at the University of St. Thomas and Hamline University) will perform “Seven Brazilian Children’s Songs” for marimba, by Ney Rosauro (b. 1952).

 

Tuba player Mike Forbes (below, MM plus a DMA from the University of Maryland, teaches at UW-Platteville) will perform his own Capriccio.

 

Pianist Kirsten Ihde  (below, DMA, accompanying Jennifer Sams) will accompany several of the performers.

Here is a statement from Susannah Brooks (below), who sits on the board of directors of the School of Music Alumni Association.

“We’re holding this concert for a few different reasons. First, it’s simply a great way to raise the profile of SOMAA and recognize the excellence of the music program. Most of these performers are within 10 years or so of graduation with either a DMA or MM degree; all are private teachers or university professors. We’re excited to show the variety of music that comes out of the SoM.

“But we’re also excited to provide a somewhat unusual “collage” performance opportunity. Most concerts contain music from within a specific era, composer or instrumentation group. This program contains music spanning the globe and hundreds of years, including rarely heard pieces by living composers. It’ll be a fun experience for the audience, but it’ll also be a great networking opportunity for the performers themselves.

“We’re hoping that this concert, and those that we plan in the future, will help raise the profile of the School of Music Alumni Association (SOMAA) and spotlight the many alumni who make the Madison music scene so vital.”


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