The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music education: Sound Ensemble Wisconsin opens its inaugural season with a FREE concert on Saturday afternoon plus a sound installation at the Wisconsin Science Festival that runs today through Sunday at the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery.

September 27, 2012
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By Jacob Stockinger

Sound Ensemble Wisconsin (SEW) is opening its inaugural season with the FREE concert “The Common Thread.”

SEW is taking part in the Wisconsin Science Festival through a performance and interactive sound installation, examining our relationship to music and how musicians have tapped into the power of music in different ways over time.

The sound installation, designed by SEW director and violinist Mary Theodore (below top), will be on display in the Atrium at Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (below bottom) for the duration of the festival, from this Thursday through Sunday.

The performance will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. in the Atrium (below) at WID. Music includes Indian Raga; Bach’s Cello Suite No. 6; Steve Reich’s “Drumming, Part One”; and Gyorgy Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 2.

Performers (below) include Vanitha Suresh, Andy Johnson, Mary Theodore, Mary Perkinson, Chris Dozoryst, Mark Bridges, and percussion group Clocks in Motion. UW Professor of bassoon Marc Vallon will also give a brief talk about Ligeti.

This concert is free and open to the public; donations are encouraged.

SEW will be accepting fabric at all performances for their community quilt, sponsored by Stitcher’s Crossing and fabricated by volunteers, to be presented and auctioned at the last concert to benefit SEW’s future programming. All are welcome to bring 5-inch square to 1/4 yard, 100% cotton fabric they’d like to share.

SEW’s mission is to share great chamber music with more people through theme-based programming, collaboration, and education while encouraging participation in an authentic performance experience.

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