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Jan 29, 2014
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Two Events Too Good to Miss This Weekend (OK, Make It Three!)

Two Events Too Good to Miss This Weekend (OK, Make It Three!)


Even if my schedule was clear, I still can’t figure out how to catch all three very intriguing events in Madison this weekend…hopefully this preview will add a few more folks to each audience of these deserving performers.

Saturday night offers an opportunity to get up close and personal with our beloved 102-year-old string quartet, the Pro Arte Quartet. Presented by the Kat Trio, the PAQ will perform at the Memorial United Church of Christ at 5705 Lacy Rd. in Fitchburg. The 7 p.m. concert will be preceded by a Q&A session at 6:30, allowing the chance to get to know these special players and some insights into quartet playing (you could even ask them about their next world premiere from a Belgian composer on March 1). Vladislav and Victoria Gorbich, co-founders of the Kat Trio, wanted to present the PAQ in a more informal setting. Saturday’s concert will present works by Vivaldi, Haydn, Milhaud, Dvorak and Piazzolla. There is a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Also on Saturday, at 8 p.m. in Morphy Hall at the UW School of Music (and repeated Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Richland Center), flutist Stephanie Jutt (co-founder of the event that really marks the beginning of Madison’s summer, the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society) will be in recital. Her 2010 sabbatical to Argentina sparked a passion in her for music of that country as well as for Brazilian and Spanish music. Along with some familiar names (Piazzolla and Villa-Lobos), Jutt will play music by Guridi, Guastavino and Brotons. The Saturday event is free; $15 fee for Sunday.

If you’ve ever heard the Madison Symphony Chorus, especially at the MSO’s Christmas concerts, and they left you wanting more, now’s your chance. Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Promenade Hall of the Overture Center, director Beverly Taylor will lead the group in “A Slice of Americana.” Spanning Colonial times to the present, the repertoire promises to be both warm and wonderful, with selections by Randall Thompson and Lukas Foss and some folk songs and spirituals mixed in. Tickets are $15. OK, now you figure out where to go!

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Years before I contributed my first classical review to the Los Angeles Times in 1988, I started a class in music appreciation for adults that had one aim: to put a few cracks in the “ivory tower elitism” I found pervasive in the classical music world since my boyhood days. Whether as a critic, program annotator or band director, that goal has never changed. After all, Mozart and Beethoven and the gang wrote their music for people like you—not critics or professors!

After growing up in the suburbs of New York City, and spending twenty years in and around Los Angeles, the last twelve years here leave me more amazed than ever at the musical riches of Madison. I’m a cheerleader at heart, because I always think more people would become classical fans if they’d give it a chance—but I’m also quick to tell you when you’re not getting your money’s worth. Classically Speaking brings you as much news and as many reviews as possible, and I hope you’ll join me for a fabulous musical journey.

–  Greg Hettmansberger
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