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Classical music: On Saturday night, the UW Wind Ensemble will mark a first by performing a FREE concert that will also be live-streamed

April 6, 2018

By Jacob Stockinger

Something important — even pioneering or groundbreaking — will take place this on Saturday night at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music.

At 7:30 p.m. in Mills Hall, the UW Wind Ensemble (below) will give a FREE concert that will also be a LIVE-STREAMED – a first for the UW-Madison.

Live-streaming of concerts by students, faculty members and guest artists is something that many music schools are now doing on a regular basis.

They include big schools like the Yale School of Music and smaller institutions like the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wis.

Streaming allows alumni and other listeners all over the world to hear the concert in real time. It can be prestigious form of outreach and a terrific tool for fundraising and recruiting students. Imagine the worldwide audience for, say, the Pro Arte Quartet, which has toured to South America, Europe and Asia.

The Ear has heard several reasons why live-streaming is not yet standard practice at the UW-Madison. Those reasons include the lack of specialized staff, too little equipment, too little money, and difficulty or expense in obtaining the rights from performers and composers or publishing companies.

This time, the live streaming is being done on a paid basis by a local School of Music alumnus who has the expertise and experience. Sources at the school say that more concerts are likely to be live-streamed next season.

The program on Saturday night features the “French Suite” of Francis Poulenc; “Circuits” by Cindy McTee (below top); and the Symphony in Three Movements by the retired UW tuba professor and composer John Stevens (below bottom). You can hear the opening of the work by John Stevens, which was recorded for Naxos Records, in the YouTube video at the bottom.

The performance will be done under the batons of director Scott Teeple (below top) and two graduate student assistants: O’Shae Best (below middle) and Cole Hairston (below bottom).

For the link for streaming and more information, go to:

Classical music: The Well-Tempered Ear turns 3 years old today. Let me know what you of the blog and what you think of upcoming changes.

August 20, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

Today, Aug, 20, 2012 marks the third anniversary of The Well-Tempered Ear.

In that time, the blog has surpassed more than 500,00o hits with more than 1,100 postings, more than 500 subscribers and more than 3,000 comments. I think that qualifies as a success, don’t you?

Here is a link to the very first post, back on Aug. 20, 2009, to explain some of the background.

You can use the search engine on the home page or web site to find all sorts of topics by performer, composer, title, subject or writer’s name. I am anxious to hear what you think of the blog and any suggestions you have about how to make it better.

BUT: I also have some news to announce.

Because of the time that writing the daily blog takes up, I will be cutting back on it. I remember reading somewhere that the average life of a blog is 2 or 3 days because it involves much more work than the writer initially imagined.

An I have found frrm my own experience of researching and writing, finding words and photos, that that is indeed true.

So for various reasons, I will be cutting back.

That will mean fewer posts and not daily posts,

That will mean shorter posts.

That will mean more guest writers.

That will mean more aggregating – the Internet term for finding and linking to other important stories or blog postings.

I do not expect or want to close the blog down completely. But various projects and circumstances dictate that some kind fo accommodation be made to reality.

I hope that you – faithful readers who have made the blog such an unexpected success – will continue to follow it.

I would like to know your favorite blogs over the past three years.

And I am open to suggestion for future blog posts, which you can leave in the COMMENT section.

Thank you, all, for your help and loyalty. Happy Birthday to all of us!

For the moment,

The Ear

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