2012–2013 Performing Arts Preview
Behind-the-scenes interviews and full schedules introduce the robust new arts season
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The Wisconsin Union Theater welcomes Imani Winds in September.
Edgewood College Music
Edgewood faculty and students flaunt their fine-tuned musical capacity in an aggressive season showcasing choral singers, a jazz ensemble and orchestral works, to name a few high notes.
Faculty members, too, have the opportunity to present their own works in a Faculty Recital Series featuring Douglas Jurs on piano, percussionist and composer Todd Hammes and mezzo-soprano Kathleen Otterson.
In a season rich in all types of music, faculty and students wil present collaborative and unique works, showing just how much mutual learning goes on in the music department at Edgewood.
John Cage 100th Birthday Celebration September 8
Edgewood Chamber Orchestra September 30
Chamber Singers October 14
Concert Band October 21
Faculty Recital Series: Douglas Jurs, piano November 2
Jazz Ensemble November 4
Edgewood Chamber Orchestra November 11
Faculty Recital Series: Todd Hammes, percussionist and composer November 17
Choral Concert November 18
Christmas Concerts December 7 - 8
Edgewood Chamber Orchestra February 24
Concert Band March 22
Chamber Singers Tour Concert March 24
Jazz Ensemble April 7
Student Honors and Faculty Collaboration Concert April 14
Faculty Recital Series: Kathleen Otterson, mezzo-soprano April 21
Edgewood Chamber Orchestra April 28
Instrumental Concert May 3
Choral Concert May 5
Madison Bach Musicians
Speaking to modern audiences through well-trodden paths is a common theme in many organizations' seasons, but classical modernity is nothing new for Madison Bach Musicians. Dedicated to presenting Bach’s works along with those of other period composers, MBM offers a unique opportunity to hear the classics in their traditional forms.
And by traditional forms, MBM is serious. Artistic director Trevor Stephenson has constructed multiple period instruments with partners, which will be showcased along with fantastic singers this season. Amy Haworth, a guest soprano from the United Kingdom, sings with an energy not to miss in the first concert of the season, and the remaining shows highlight Bach works and reworks alongside symphonies by Mozart and Haydn.
Guest Artist Soprano Amy Haworht with Trevor Stephenson, harpsichord and Anna Steinhoff, viola da gamba October 6
Baroque Holiday Concerts December 14–15
Symphonies of Mozart & Haydn April 20–21
Two company premieres, one classic opera, and the twelfth annual Opera in the Park comprise the new season at Madison Opera, tempting opera connoisseurs and newcomers alike to attend each performance. But that isn’t why general director Kathryn Smith calls this the “Season of Temptation.”
“Every opera involves characters making choices, and when they succumb to temptation, it alters the course of the opera and their own fates,” Smith says.
The premieres of Verdi’s A Masked Ball and Handel’s Acis and Galatea showcase diverse features of the opera that have Smith excited for different reasons.
A Masked Ball, one of Smith’s favorite Italian works, is an intensely dramatic production involving murder, “quasi-adultery,” a fortune-teller and multiple vows of vengeance. All of this, in Smith’s opinion, is set to some of Verdi’s most exciting music and performed by an extremely talented cast.
Acis and Galatea, on the other hand, is a “charming” new production for Madison Opera dealing with themes of love and jealousy among mortals and demigods. Adding to the charm is the venue itself, Overture Center's Playhouse, which seats just under 350 in a uniquely intimate setting that fosters an up close and personal dynamic between the audience and cast.
As with the spring show, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Acis and Galatea features a post-opera Q&A session.
In its twelfth summer, Opera in the Park shifts the setting from intimate to grandiose. If there is one show not to miss, this is it, and certainly not just for the free admission. This attraction is by far Madison Opera’s most highly attended event every year.
“It is uniquely wonderful. There is nothing like the sight of fourteen thousand members of our community enjoying opera under the summer stars,” Smith says.
A Masked Ball October 28
Acis and Galatea January 18–20
Don Giovanni April 26–28
Opera in the Park July 13
Madison Symphony Orchestra
Under the conduction of music director John Demain, the Madison Symphony Orchestra promises a vivid season of multinational works. From works by Russian composers like Profokiev and Stravinsky (in Russia Resounds), to Hungarians, Germans and more in between, the MSO is testing its bases and performing professional symphonies classical and experimental.
The Three ‘Bs’ features opulent overtures with breathtaking violin, while Twice as Nice presents “intensely rhythmic gypsy tunes” from Hungary alongside “Poulenc,” a humorous concerto by native Madison twins Christina and Michelle Naughton.
Russia Resounds! September 21–23
The Three 'Bs' October 12–14
Twice as Nice Novermber 2–4
A Madison Symphony Christmas November 30–December 2
Discovery! January 18–20
Turning Points February 8–10
Champagne & Vodka March 8–10
A Feast for the Ears April 5–7
UW School of Music
Students and faculty at the UW School of Music are hard at work, seemingly at all hours of every day. This season features dozens of musicians performing almost daily, with practically no instrument left untouched and collaborations galore.
The renowned Pro Arte Quartet will play four dates, one with guest artist Nobuko Imai on viola, which would make them a quintet for a stint. There is more than music, too, with Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations, during which audiences can learn as they listen.
The calendar may seem daunting, but it certainly won’t break the bank as the majority of performances are free and open to the public.
36th Karp Family Opening Concert September 3
Mimmi Fulmer, soprano September 8
Pro Arte Quartet September 15, October 27, February 16
SOMAA concert September 16
Paul Rowe, baritone September 16
Black Music Ensemble September 20, November 8, February 14, April 18
Areon Flutes September 22
Mark Hetzler, trombone September 22
Imani Winds September 28
Edith hines, violin and John Chappell Stowe, harpsichord September 29
Symphony Orchestra September 30, February 15
Wolfgang David, violin and David gompper, piano October 2
Wind Ensemble October 5, February 23, April 21
Chamber Orchestra October 6, December 8, February 17, March 20
An Hawaiian Sound Salon October 8
Choral Collage October 13
Concert Band October 14, December 2, February 24, March 19
University Bands October 14, December 2, March 10
Elias Goldstein, viola and Thomas Kasdorf, piano October 15
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel October 16, April 30
Gerry Pagano, bass trombone October 16
Wisconsin Brass Quintet October 19
Linda Bartley, clarinet October 20
Stephanie Jutt, flute October 25
Jamie-Rose Guarrine, soprano and Scott Gendel, piano October 25
Wind Ensemble Collage October 26
Contemporary Chamber Ensemble October 28
Wind Ensemble Chamber Winds November 1
Nathan Wysock, guitar November 2
Marc Vallon, bassoon November 3
John Chappell Stowe, harpsichord November 4
Project Trio November 5
Medea November 9, 11, 13
Parry Karp, violincello November 9
Symphony Orchestra with Joshua Roman, cello November 10
Winds of Wisconsin November 11, February 17
Women’s Chorus and University Chorus November 11
David Hyunsu Kim, fortepiano November 12
Tyrone Greive, violin November 14
Guitar Ensemble November 14, April 17
Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas November 15
Concert Choir November 16
Michelle Malafronte, flute and Vincent Fuh, piano November 16
Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble November 17
Chorale November 17, April 26
Wingra Woodwind Quintet November 17, March 2
Trombone Choir November 20
UW Jazz Orchestra November 28
Ninety Miles Project November 29
Wind Ensemble with Sun Prairie High School November 30
All University String Orchestra December 1
Winter Choral Concerts December 2
Masters Singers December 4, April 29
Opera Workshop December 5
Western Percussion Ensemble December 5, February 20
Choral Union with Symphony Orchestra December 7, 9
World Percussion Ensemble December 8
Dylan Chmura-Moore, trombone January 28
Eli Kalman, piano and Bruce Atwell, horn February 4
Daniel Grabois, horn February 6
Sole Nero February 22
Parry Karp, cello March 1
Woodwind-Piano Duo Competition Winners March 3
Gretzler March 6
Christopher Taylor, piano March 14, 17, 19
L’amico Fritz March 15
Wisconsin Brass Quintet March 15
Symphony Strings March 21
Emily Birsan, Jamie Van Eyck, John Arnold & Kristin Ihde April 5
Pro Arte Quartet with Nobuko Imai, viola April 10
Uri Vardi, cello April 12
Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble April 13
Concert Choir April 13
Mark Fink, oboe, and Friends April 14
Trio Antigo April 14
Brass Ensemble April 16
Varsity Band April 18—20
Madrigal Singers April 19—20
Javanese Gamelan Ensemble April 20
Beethoven Piano Competition Winners April 21
Contemporary Chamber Ensemble April 21
Horn Choir April 23
All University String Orchestra April 27
Choral Union with Chamber Orchestra April 27—28
University Bands April 28
Early Music Ensemble April 30
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra
There is no single word to encapsulate the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's upcoming season, but three might do the trick: astounding musical masterpieces. Returning with its Masterworks series, music director Andrew Sewell leads five showcases of Madison’s finest symphonies. One of these includes piano soloists The Five Browns harmonizing to perfection with fifty fingers across 440 keys.
In addition to the traditional Masterworks series, the WCO presents a Wisconsin Pops showcase of Disney tunes and Live and Let Die: A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney.
And check back in for the WCO's annual summer series Concerts on the Square, a Madison tradition on the Capitol Square.
Masterworks I - 50 Fingers October 5
Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies October 6
Middleton Holiday Pops November 24–25
Messiah December 7
Masterworks II - Towering Giants January 11
Masterworks III - Pastoral Gems February 22
Live & Let Die: A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney March 2
Masterworks IV - Viennese Virtuosi March 22
Masterworks V - Chansons d'Amour April 12
Wisconsin Union Theater
Despite ongoing renovations at the Wisconsin Union Theater at the Memorial Union, this season charges on with nearly twenty musical performances on the university’s numerous stages.
Kicking off the season in September is the annual Madison World Music Festival, which showcases artists from Sweden to Venezuela and practically everywhere in between. One event, Delhi 2 Dublin, features musical influences from India, Ireland and Canada, an eclectic testament to the international unifying language of music.
Following the global get-down, an array of musicians offer symphony orchestras, solo pianists, jazz trios, polkas and more.
But music isn’t all Wisconsin Union Theater has to offer. Visit its website to find films, plays and interactive talk-back concerts, many of them free of charge. Not bad for an organization missing its flagship theater.
Madison World Music Festival September 14–15
Imani Winds Septermber 28
The Fuller October 12
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Seigel: Spellbinding Bach October 16
Grupo Fantasma November 2
UW Symphony Orchestra with Joshua Roman, cello November 10
Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas November 15
Ninety Miles Project November 29
The Knights with Wu Man, pipa February 9
Vusi Mahlasela February 15
Karan Casey & John Doyle March 2
Gerald Clayton Trio April 6
Jeremy Denk, piano April 11
Oliver Mtukudzi April 12
Julie Fowlis April 18
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Listen to the Dance: Waltzes, Polkas and Tangos! April 30
Zoe Keating May 4
Isthmus Jazz Festival May 31
Joe Nistler is an editorial intern at Madison Magazine.