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Classical music: Here is Part 2 of 2 with a schedule of concerts for the SPRING Semester at the University of Wisconsin- Madison School of Music.

August 15, 2012
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By Jacob Stockinger

The brochures are almost printed and in the mail.

But you can still get out your calendars and datebooks.

The Ear has been given the schedule of concerts by faculty and guest artists at the University of Wisconsin School of Music.

Yesterday, I offered events for First or Fall Semester – September through December.

Today, I list concerts for the Second or Spring Semester – January through May.

Programs for concerts are not yet available. But you can always check the Events Calendar at www.music.wisc.edu/events

Also, because of building renovations, the Wisconsin Union Theater concerts will take place in Mills Hall.

School of Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison Performances for  2012-2013 in a Calendar of Events

Admission is FREE except where noted with an $

JANUARY

Mon 28: Dylan Chmura Moore, trombone (GAS). Morphy, 7:30 p.m.

FEBRUARY

Mon 4: Eli Kalman, piano (GAS); Bruce Atwell, horn. Morphy, 7:30 p.m.

Wed 6: Daniel Grabois, horn (below, FCS). Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Sat 9: The Knights chamber orchestra with Wu Man, pipa (below, WUT) $; Mills, 8 p.m.

Thu 14: Black Music Ensemble, Richard Davis, director. Morphy, 8:30 p.m.

Fri 15: UW Symphony Orchestra, James Smith, conductor. Student concerto competition winners. Mills, 8 p.m.

Sat 16: Pro Arte Quartet (below in a photo by Rick Langer, FCS). Mills, 8 p.m.

Sun 17: UW Chamber Orchestra, Kevin McMahon, conductor. Mills, 2 p.m.

Wed 20: Western Percussion Ensemble, Anthony Di Sanza, director. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Fri 22: Sole Nero (FCS). Mills, 8 p.m.

Sat 23: Wind Ensemble, Scott Teeple, conductor. Mills, 8 p.m.

Sun 24: Concert Band, Michael Leckrone, conductor. Mills, 2 p.m.

Mon 25: Pavel Morunov, oboe (GAS); Johanna Bourkova-Morunov, violin; Morphy, 7:30 p.m.

MARCH

Fri 1: Parry Karp, violoncello (below, FCS); Eli Kalman, piano. Mills, 8 p.m.

Sat 2: Wingra Woodwind Quintet (FCS). Morphy, 8 p.m.

Sun 3: The Thimmig-Johnson Duo (FCS); Les Thimmig, clarinets and saxophone; Jessica Johnson, piano. Mills, 2 p.m.

Sun 3: Woodwind-Piano Duo Competition Winners. Morphy, 3:30 p.m.

Sun 3: Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, composer Laura Schwendinger (below), director. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Wed 6: Gretzler (FCS); Daniel Grabois, horn; Mark Hetzler, trombone. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Thu 7: Périphére (GAS), Joseph Dangerfield, director. Morphy, 7:30 p.m.

Fri 8 and Sat 9: Disklavierfest (GAS); Jaroslaw Kapuscinski and Daniel Koppelman, disklavier. Programs, times and halls To Be Announced.

Sun 10: University Bands. Mills, 2 p.m.

Thu 14: Christopher Taylor, piano (below, FCS). Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Fri 15, Sun 17 and Tue 19: University Opera with UW Symphony Orchestra $; William Farlow, director; James Smith, conductor; “L’amico Fritz,” by Mascagni. Music Hall, 7:30 p.m. (Fri and Tue), 3 p.m. (Sun)

Fri 15: Wisconsin Brass Quintet (FCS). Mills, 8 p.m.

Tue 19: Concert Band, Michael Leckrone, conductor. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Wed 20: UW Chamber Orchestra, James Smith (below), conductor. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Thu 21: Symphony Strings, James Smith, conductor. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

APRIL

Fri 5: Emily Birsan, soprano (GAS); Jamie Van Eyck, mezzo-soprano; John Arnold, bass-baritone; Kirstin Ihde, piano. Mills, 8 p.m.

Sun 7: University of Iowa Center for New Music, David Gompper, director. Mills, 4 p.m.

Wed 10: Pro Arte Quartet (FCS), Nobuko Imai, viola. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Thu 11: Jeremy Denk, piano (below, WUT) $; Mills, 8 p.m.

Fri 12: Uri Vardi, violoncello (FCS). Mills, 8 p.m.

Sat 13: Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble, Matthew Mireles, director. Mills, 4 p.m.

Sat 13: Concert Choir, Beverly Taylor, conductor. Mills, 8 p.m.

Sun 14: Marc Fink (below), oboe & Friends (FCS). Mills, 2 p.m.

Sun 14: Trio Antigo (GAS). Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Tue 16: Brass Ensemble, Daniel Grabois and Mark Hetzler, directors. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Wed 17: Guitar Ensemble, Javier Calderón, director. Mills, 8:30 p.m.

Thu 18: Julie Fowlis, Scottish singer and multi-instrumentalist (WUT) $; Music Hall, 8 p.m.

Thu 18: Black Music Ensemble, Richard Davis, director. Morphy, 8:30 p.m.

Fri 19: Madrigal Singers, Bruce Gladstone, conductor. Mills, 8 p.m.

Sat 20: Perlman Piano Trio. Morphy, 3:30 p.m.

Sat 20: Madrigal Singers, Bruce Gladstone, conductor. Mills, 4 p.m.

Sat 20: Javanese Gamelan Ensemble, R. Anderson Sutton, director. Mills, 8 p.m.

Sun 21: Wind Ensemble, Scott Teeple, director. Mills, 2 p.m.

Sun 21: Beethoven Piano Competition Winners. Morphy, 3:30 p.m.

Sun 21: Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Laura Schwendinger, director. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Tue 23: Horn Choir, Daniel Grabois, director. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Wed 24: Opera Workshop. Music Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Fri 26: Chorale, Bruce Gladstone, conductor. Mills, 8 p.m.

Sat 27: All-University String Orchestra, Janet Jensen, conductor. Mills, 4 p.m.

Sat 27 and Sun 28: Choral Union with UW Chamber Orchestra $; Beverly Taylor, conductor (below, in a photo by Katrin Talbot); “The Passion according to Four Evangelists” by Robert Kyr. Mills, 8 p.m. (Sat), 7:30 p.m. (Sun)

Sun 28: University Bands. Mills, 2 p.m.

Mon 29: Masters Singers. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Tue 30: Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel (WUT) $; “Listen to the Dance: Waltzes, Marches, Polkas and Tangos!” Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Tue 30: Early Music Ensemble, John Chappell Stowe (below, in a photo by Katrin Talbot), director. Morphy, 8:30 p.m.

MAY

Wed 1: Western Percussion Ensemble, Anthony Di Sanza, director. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Thu 2: Jazz Orchestra, Johannes Wallmann, director. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Fri 3: UW Symphony Orchestra, James Smith, conductor. Mills, 8 p.m.

Sat 4: World Percussion Ensemble; Anthony Di Sanza, director. Music Hall, Noon

Sat 4: Women’s Chorus and University Chorus, Mills, 8 p.m.

Sun 5: Concert Band; Michael Leckrone, conductor (below). Mills, 2 p.m.

To request a season brochure, call (608) 263-1900.

Web calendar: music.wisc.edu/calendar

Concert Line, recorded weekly: (608) 263-9485

The Digest, e-mailed weekly:  Send request to music@music.wisc.edu

Additional Information

FCS=Faculty Concert Series

GAS=Guest Artist Series

WUT=Wisconsin Union Theater

SOMAA=School of Music Alumni Association

Mills & Morphy Halls are in Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park St.

Music Hall is on North Park St., at the foot of Bascom Hill (clock tower)

Unitarian Meeting House is at 900 University Bay Drive

Pyle Center is at 702 Langdon St.

Luther Memorial Church is at 1021 University Ave.

Tickets (for University Opera, Choral Union and Wisconsin Union Theater) at: Campus Arts Ticketing Office; (608) 265-ARTS;

uniontheater.wisc.edu

In person:  821 University Ave. (street level, east side of Vilas Hall)

By mail only:  800 Langdon St., Madison, WI  53706

Day-of-concert sales in concert hall lobby beginning one hour before program

The Wisconsin Brass Quintet is celebrating its 40th Anniversary Season: Founded in 1972, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet (below, with some former members) is ensemble-in-residence at the UW-Madison School of Music.  The WBQ’s commitment to commissioning and performing new music of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as its mastery of styles from every musical period, are evident in the group’s distinguished 40-year history of recitals, recordings and outreach events.

For 2012-13, the WBQ will give the premiere performances of works by two of its members:  Hodesanna, by John Stevens, composed in memory of Jeff Hodapp; and Gravikord, by Daniel Grabois.  In addition, it will perform two new pieces for brass quintet and wind ensemble by James Stephenson and Anthony Plog.

Concerts include Faculty Concert Series:  Oct. 19 and March 15; Wind Ensemble (Scott Teeple, conductor):  Oct. 5 and Feb. 23.

Current members are John Aley, trumpet; Jessica Jensen, trumpet; Daniel Grabois, horn (below); Mark Hetzler, trombone; and John Stevens, tuba.

Guest Artist Series showcases Collins Fellows

The School of Music proudly presents the following exceptional musicians who were honored with Paul Collins Fellowships during their graduate studies.  See calendar for dates of their performances.

Edith Hines, violin – Doctor of Music Arts 2008; Elias Goldstein, viola – DMA 2011; Jamie-Rose Guarrine, soprano – DMA 2005; Michelle Malafronte, flute – Master of Music 2008; Dylan Chmura-Moore, trombone – DMA 2011; Eli Kalman, piano – DMA 2006; Kevin McMahon, conductor – DMA 2005; Pavel Morunov, oboe – DMA (in progress); Johanna Bourkova-Morunov, violin – MM 2006; Emily Birsan, soprano (below) – MM 2010; Jamie Van Eyck, mezzo soprano – DMA 2012; and John Arnold, bass-baritone – DMA (in progress).


Classical music: Here is Part 1 of a 2-part schedule of concerts for the new season at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music. Today is the FALL Semester; tomorrow is the SPRING Semester.

August 14, 2012
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By Jacob Stockinger

The season brochures are almost printed and in the mail.

But you can still get out your calendars and datebooks.

The Ear has been given the schedule of concerts by faculty and guest artists at the University of Wisconsin School of Music.

Today, I list events for First or Fall Semester – September through December.

Tomorrow, I will offer the concerts for the Second or Spring Semester

Programs for concerts are not yet available. But you can always check the Events Calendar at www.music.wisc.edu/events

Also, because of building renovations, the Wisconsin Union Theater concerts will take place in Mills Hall.

School of Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison Performances 2012-2013

Calendar of Events

Admission is FREE except where noted by a $

SEPTEMBER

Mon 3: 36th Karp Family (below) Opening Labor Day Concert (FCS) with Suzanne Beia, violin; Katrin Talbot, viola; Parry Karp, violoncello; Christopher Karp, piano; Ariana and Isabel Karp, narrators; Howard and Frances Karp, piano. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Sat 8: Mimmi Fulmer, soprano (FCS); Bruce Bengtson and Martha Fischer, piano; Mills, 8 p.m.

Sat 15: Pro Arte Quartet (below in a photo by Rick Langer, FCS), Mills, 8 p.m.

Sun 16: School of Music Alumni (SOMAA), Mills, 1:30 p.m.

Sun 16: Paul Rowe, baritone (FCS), Morphy, 4 p.m.

Thu 20: Black Music Ensemble, Richard Davis, director; Morphy, 8:30 p.m.

Sat 22: Areon Flutes (GAS); Morphy, 4 p.m.

Sat 22: Mark Hetzler, trombone (FCS); Vincent Fuh, piano; Nick Moran, bass; Todd Hammes, drums and percussion. Mills, 8 p.m.

Sun 23: Opera Props Showcase $; Unitarian Meeting House, 3:30 p.m.

Fri 28: Imani Winds, below in a photo by Eddie Collins, (WUT); $; Mills, 8 p.m.

Sat 29: Edith Hines, violin (GAS); John Chappell Stowe, harpsichord. Morphy, 8 p.m.

Sun 30: UW Symphony Orchestra, James Smith, conductor. Mills, 2 p.m.

OCTOBER

Tue 2: Wolfgang David, violin (GAS); David Gompper, piano. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Fri 5: Wind Ensemble, Scott Teeple, conductor. Mills, 8 p.m.

Sat 6: UW Chamber Orchestra (below), James Smith, conductor. Mills, 8 p.m.

Mon 8: “An Hawaiian Sound Salon”; Alan Akaka, Hawaiian lap steel guitar; Henry Sapoznik, host; Pyle Center, 5 p.m.

Sat 13: Choral Collage. Mills, 4 p.m.

Sun 14: Concert Band, Scott Teeple, conductor. Mills, 2 p.m.

Sun 14: University Bands, Mills, 4 p.m.

Mon 15: Elias Goldstein, viola (GAS); Thomas Kasdorf, piano. Morphy, 7:30 p.m.

Tue 16: Gerry Pagano, bass trombone (GAS); Morphy, 7:30 p.m.

Tue 16: Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel, below) (WUT) $; “Spellbinding Bach.” Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Fri 19: Wisconsin Brass Quintet (below, FCS). Mills, 8 p.m.

Sat 20: Linda Bartley, clarinet (FCS); Jessica Johnson, piano. Morphy, 8 p.m.

Thu 25: Stephanie Jutt, flute (FCS); Christopher Taylor, piano. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Thu 25: Jamie-Rose Guarrine, soprano (GAS); Scott Gendel, piano. Morphy, 7:30 p.m.

Fri 26: Wind Ensemble Collage. Mills, 8 p.m.

Sat 27: Pro Arte Quartet (FCS). Mills, 8 p.m.

Sun 28: Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (below), Laura Schwendinger, director. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

NOVEMBER

Thu 1: Wind Ensemble Chamber Winds. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Fri 2: Nathan Wysock, guitar (GAS). Morphy, 8 p.m.

Sat 3: Marc Vallon, bassoon (below, FCS). Morphy, 8 p.m.

VALLON

Sun 4: John Chappell Stowe, harpsichord (FCS). Morphy, 4 p.m.

Mon 5: Project Trio (GAS). Morphy, 7:30 p.m.

Thu 8: Black Music Ensemble, Richard Davis, director. Morphy, 8:30 p.m.

Fri 9, Sun 11 & Tue 13: University Opera with UW Chamber Orchestra and Madrigal Singers $; William Farlow, director; Andrew Sewell, guest conductor (below) from the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra; Bruce Gladstone, chorus master; “Medea,” by Cherubini. Music Hall, 7:30 p.m. (Fri & Tue), 3 p.m. (Sun).

Fri 9: Parry Karp, violoncello (FCS); Howard and Frances Karp, piano. Mills, 8 p.m.

Sat 10: UW Symphony Orchestra with Joshua Roman (below), violoncello (WUT) $; James Smith, conductor. Mills, 8 p.m.

Sun 11: Women’s Chorus and University Chorus. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Mon 12: David Hyunsu Kim, fortepiano (GAS). Morphy, 7:30 p.m.

Wed 14: Tyrone Greive, violin (FCS); Martha Fischer, piano. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Wed 14: Guitar Ensemble, Javier Calderón, director.  Morphy, 8:30 p.m.

Thu 15: Alasdair Fraser, Scottish fiddle (WUT) $; Natalie Haas, cello; Music Hall, 8 p.m.

Fri 16: Concert Choir, Beverly Taylor, conductor. Mills, 8 p.m.

Fri 16: Michelle Malafronte, flute (GAS); Vincent Fuh, piano. Morphy, 8 p.m.

Sat 17: Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble; Matthew Mireles, director. Mills, 4 p.m.

Sat 17: Chorale, Bruce Gladstone, conductor. Mills, 8 p.m.

Sat 17: Wingra Woodwind Quintet (FCS). Morphy, 8 p.m.

Tue 20: Trombone Choir, Mark Hetzler, director. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Wed 28: Jazz Orchestra, Johannes Wallmann, director. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Thu 29: Ninety Miles Project (WUT) $; Music Hall, 8 p.m.

Fri 30: Wind Ensemble, Scott Teeple, director. Mills, 8 p.m.

DECEMBER

Sat 1: All-University String Orchestra, Janet Jensen, conductor. Mills, 4 p.m.

Sun 2: Winter Choral Concerts. Luther Memorial Church, 2 and 4 p.m.

Sun 2: Concert Band, Scott Teeple, conductor. Mills, 2 p.m.

Sun 2: University Bands, Mills, 4 p.m.

Tue 4: Masters Singers. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Wed 5: Opera Workshop. Music Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Wed 5: Western Percussion Ensemble, Anthony Di Sanza, director. Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Fri 7 and Sun 9: Choral Union with UW Symphony Orchestra (below), $; Beverly Taylor, conductor; “A “German” Requiem by Johannes Brahms. Mills, 8 p.m. (Fri), 7:30 p.m. (Sun)

Sat 8: World Percussion Ensemble, Anthony Di Sanza, director. Music Hall, Noon

Sat 8: UW Chamber Orchestra, James Smith, conductor. Mills, 8 p.m.

To request a season brochure, call (608) 263-1900.

Web calendar: music.wisc.edu/calendar

Concert Line, recorded weekly: (608) 263-9485

The Digest, e-mailed weekly:  Send request to music@music.wisc.edu

Additional Information

FCS=Faculty Concert Series

GAS=Guest Artist Series

WUT=Wisconsin Union Theater

SOMAA=School of Music Alumni Association

Mills & Morphy Halls are in Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park St.

Music Hall is on North Park St., at the foot of Bascom Hill (clock tower)

Unitarian Meeting House is at 900 University Bay Drive

Pyle Center is at 702 Langdon St.

Luther Memorial Church is at 1021 University Ave.

Tickets (for University Opera, Choral Union and Wisconsin Union Theater) at: Campus Arts Ticketing Office; (608) 265-ARTS;

uniontheater.wisc.edu

In person:  821 University Ave. (street level, east side of Vilas Hall)

By mail only:  800 Langdon St., Madison, WI  53706

Day-of-concert sales in concert hall lobby beginning one hour before program

This is also the Wisconsin Brass Quintet 40th Anniversary Season: Founded in 1972, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet (below, with some former members) is an ensemble-in-residence at the UW-Madison School of Music.  The WBQ’s commitment to commissioning and performing new music of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as its mastery of styles from every musical period, are evident in the group’s distinguished 40-year history of recitals, recordings and outreach events.

For 2012-13, the WBQ will give the premiere performances of works by two of its members:  Hodesanna, by John Stevens, composed in memory of Jeff Hodapp; and Gravikord, by Daniel Grabois.  In addition, it will perform two new pieces for brass quintet and wind ensemble by James Stephenson and Anthony Plog.

Concerts include: Faculty Concert Series:  Oct. 19 and March 15

Wind Ensemble (Scott Teeple, conductor):  Oct. 5 and Feb. 23

Current members include John Aley, trumpet; Jessica Jensen, trumpet; Daniel Grabois, horn; Mark Hetzler, trombone; and John Stevens, tuba.

Guest Artist Series showcases Collins Fellows

The School of Music proudly presents the following exceptional musicians who were honored with Paul Collins Fellowships during their graduate studies.  See calendar for dates of their performances.

Edith Hines, violin – Doctor of Music Arts 2008; Elias Goldstein, viola – DMA 2011; Jamie-Rose Guarrine, soprano – DMA 2005; Michelle Malafronte, flute – Master of Music 2008; Dylan Chmura-Moore, trombone – DMA 2011; Eli Kalman, piano – DMA 2006; Kevin McMahon, conductor – DMA 2005; Pavel Morunov, oboe – DMA (in progress); Johanna Bourkova-Morunov, violin – MM 2006; Emily Birsan, soprano  – MM 2010; Jamie Van Eyck, mezzo soprano (below)– DMA 2012; and John Arnold, bass-baritone – DMA (in progress).


Classical music: Let us now praise the young soloists and young composer who will be spotlighted at the University of Wisconsin School of Music’s annual FREE concerto competition concert this Friday night.

February 9, 2012
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By Jacob Stockinger

There is something heroic and stirring about a concerto that pits a single soloist against a big orchestra. So student instruments dream of the day and wait a long time for the big chance to perform a concerto.

Concertos are an exciting music genre to play and to hear, as you hear this Friday at 8 p.m. in Mills Hall when the annual FREE UW concerto competition winners will perform with the UW Symphony Orchestra (below, with the UW Choral Union) under James Smith and David Grandis.

I say that as someone who played the piano in a concerto competition when I was 16 (Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15) and lost to a 12- or 13-year-old who played Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488, very beautifully.

When friends find that out, they often said “I’m sorry you lost.”

But they shouldn’t be.

Concerto competitions do much more than declare winners.

In my case, the contest showed me exactly what needed to know: I didn’t have either the talent or temperament for a performing career. And it was better to have learned it sooner rather than later, after I had invested a lot of hard work, time and money in unrealistic fantasies of success.

But these young people at the University of Wisconsin School of Music have been tested in public performance before and I think their credentials speak well for them. The only thing I don’t like is that they perform movements, not entire concertos. But if that weren’t the case, the concert would last much longer.

I also like that singing is included. (That wasn’t the case in my day, as I recall.) And I like that less familiar instruments (like the marimba) get a chance to compete with the piano, strings, winds and brass. Finally, I like the young talent for composition is presented to the public.

It all reflects well on the teachers and teaching. In fact, the students at the UW School of Music just seem to get better and better as the years go by. I haven’t al these winners, but I have heard the piano in an absolutely first-rate and riveting performance of Beethoven’s final sonata, Op. 111 in C minor. So I assume the standards for winning were very high indeed.

Here is the UW press release with complete details

You don’t have to wait until after the concerts to applaud such persistence, hard work and talent.

UW SYMPHONY CONCERT FEATURES COMPETITION WINNERS

The UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of James Smith (below) will present its annual concerto and composition competition winners this Friday at 8 p.m. in Mills Hall.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Five students were selected as winners in this year’s competition. Four will perform as soloists with the orchestra: Alice Bartsch, violin; Michael Roemer, baritone; Jeongmin Lee, piano; and Brett Walter, percussion.  In the separate category for composition, Youn-Jae Ok won for “Mi-Ryen,” which will be premiered by the orchestra on this same program.

Alice Bartsch (below) is a sophomore pursuing the Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance and studies with Felicia Moye.  She hails from Bloomington, Minnesota, and Bartsch’s past teachers include Ellen Kim and Young-Nam Kim.  She currently holds scholarships from the School of Music and the School of Music Alumni Association.  In addition to being a full-time student, Bartsch is a member of the first violin section of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and teaches violin privately. In high school, she was a finalist in the Minnesota Youth Symphony concerto competition.  She has participated in both the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute and the Madeline Island Music Camp. Bartsch’s biggest aspiration is to perform in the pit orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera.  At this concert, she will perform all four movements of Max Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy.”

Michael Roemer (below) is currently pursuing the Master of Music degree in opera, studying with William Farlow and Julia Faulkner and holding a teaching assistantship in voice. He received the Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he studied with Brian Leeper  A native of Brodhead, Wisconsin, he received an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Wisconsin District in 2011.  In the same year, he performed with the Des Moines Metro Opera as an apprentice artist.  Last fall, he played the role of Marcello in University Opera’s production of “La Bohème” and next month, he will play the title role in the company’s production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” For the symphony program, Roemer will perform “Hai già vinta la causa . . . Vedrò mentre io sospiro” from “Le nozze de Figaro” by Mozart.  

Jeongmin Lee (below) is pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and pedagogy, studying with Todd Welbourne and Jessica Johnson.  Originally from Seoul, Korea, she received the Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University, where she studied with Nakho Paik and Haesun Paik. She earned an artist diploma in piano performance at Oberlin Conservatory studying with Haewon Song and the Master of Music degree in piano performance and pedagogy at Northwestern University studying with Alan Chow and Marcia Bosits.  Lee is the recipient of the Perlman Trio scholarship from the School of Music.  She previously taught piano at Yanbian University of Science and Technology and music at Yanbian International Academy in China. Lee will perform the first movement (Allegro moderato) of Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major,” Op. 58.

Brett Walter is pursuing the Master of Music degree in percussion performance, studying with Anthony Di Sanza.  Originally from Grafton, Wisconsin, he received the Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he studied with Cheryl Grosso. He previously studied with Tom Fischer. Walter was a member of the 2007 Colts Drum and Bugle Corps and won second place in the Green Bay Civic Symphony Concerto Competition  In addition, he is a freelance musician and an active sectional coach with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra. Walter will perform “Prism Rhapsody for Marimba and Orchestra” by Keiko Abe.

Youn-Jae Ok (below) is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition and has studied with Stephen Dembski and Laura Schwendinger.  His early schooling was in Korea and England and he completed the International Baccalaureate at the Chateau du Rosey in Switzerland.  Ok holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and the Master of Music degree from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of the Performing Arts. His teachers include Stacy Garrop, Daron Hagen, Joel Hoffman, Michael Fiday and Mara Helmuth.  Ok was the winner of the 2007-08 Roosevelt Wind Ensemble Competition for “Audacity” and was a regional winner of the 2008 SCI/ASCAP student composition competition for “Zest for Olive Salad.”  He is a repeat winner of the School of Music’s composition competition, having won in 2009 for “Vacillation.”  

Ok’s program notes begin, “The title of the piece, ‘Mi-Ryen,’ is an emotional state that describes a mixture of the following feelings: longing, nostalgia, lingering, regret and hovering. . . .  Mi-Ryen is perhaps a piece that describes an emotional state rather than expressing it, opening possibilities for audiences to link the described emotion to their current emotional state.  In other words, its intention is to evoke the listener’s emotions and not to impose emotion of my own.”

The new work will be performed under the direction of graduate assistant conductor David Grandis (below). Grandis will also open the concert with the Overture to Verdi’s “La forza del destino.”

A free public reception for musicians and audience will follow in Mills Hall lobby, sponsored by the School of Music Alumni Association. Mills Hall is located in the Mosse Humanities Building on the UW-Madison campus, at the corner of Park Street and University Avenue.


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