Wednesday, November 28, 2018
News and Events from the Mead Witter School of Music
University of Wisconsin-Madison
455 North Park Street, Madison Wisconsin 53706
Coming next week!
Choral Union – The Kodály Te Deum and The Duruflé Requiem – Ticketed
TWO DATES: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 8 PM, and Sunday, December 9, 7:30 PM.
Beverly Taylor, conductor. Buy tickets here.
The Zoltan Kodaly Te Deum is a song of praise to God that ends with the words “Let me never be confounded.” Written in 1937, the work is about 20 minutes long and is wonderful for its many moods and styles in a short amount of time.The music begins heroically, grows quiet, turns slow and majestic, then darkly moody as the soloists sing long lines over chanted lines in the chorus. This middle section draws on Hungarian folktunes for its unusual scales. From this quiet, the music grows faster and stronger and breaks into a joyous fugue. Not to end there, the mood changes to quiet, with the chorus and soprano soloist singing unaccompanied by anyone except string basses and a few wind instruments.
The Duruflé Requiem by the French organist and composer Maurice Duruflé bears many things in common with the Fauré Requiem, in that the style is often flowing, chant-like (it is based on Gregorian chant), and with the warmth of late French Romanticism. Unlike the Fauré Duruflé orchestrated the work for full orchestra with wind instruments replacing the organ in the original (performed several years ago by my colleague Bruce Gladstone in Luther Memorial Church.) This colorful full version is performed for the first time at the UW-Madison, and will feature baritone soloist Michael Johnson and mezzo soloist Chloe Flesch. – Beverly Taylor.
All eyes on Mike: Mike Leckrone’s final Camp Randall game as marching band conductor
Former drummer Meg Jones, a longtime reporter for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, was a fitting choice to write this farewell story about Mike. “Before Leckrone there was no Fifth Quarter, no chicken dance, no “Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey” repurposed with the team’s fight song as “Space Badgers.” No one sticking around after football games. No one shouting, ‘ When you say Wis-con-sin … you’ve said it all!’ In a way, the man has single-handedly changed football Saturdays in Madison.”
Photograph credits: UW Communications.
Did you know…. that members of the UW Marching Band are expected on the field at 7:00 AM, no matter what the weather?
From the Wisconsin State Journal: “Since his first day — Sept. 1, 1969 — six chancellors and two acting chancellors have come and gone. He’s on his ninth football coach and directed halftime shows for 50 of Camp Randall’s 101 years.” Read more in The final march: Mike Leckrone’s 50 years directing at UW-Madison football games nears end
Mike on Channel 3 News
“It’s something I love doing and I don’t want to necessarily leave it, but I think it’s probably time,” Leckrone said. “I think that 50 year benchmark, that helped me to get going.” Watch TV interview here.
Bassoonist Midori Samson wins inaugural Wind Ensemble competition
Concert Sunday, February 17, 2:00 PM, Mills Hall
Bassoonist Midori Samson, winner of the first Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition, will perform the Concerto for Bassoon by Frigyes Hidas with the UW-Madison Wind Ensemble in February as the winner of the first Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition. Midori studies with Professsor Marc Vallon and is a Collins Fellow, performs locally with Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and Beloit-Janesville Symphony, and holds degrees from The Juilliard School and the University of Texas at Austin. Read more here.
Oboist Zachary Pulse joins interdisciplinary artist Stuart Flack for December 8 performance, capping a semester-long class
Graduate oboist Zach Pulse will be one of many performers in the capstone event of Stuart Flack’s residency, titled “Data Vaudevilles: Bits and Bytes.” Flack is a playwright, producer, social entrepreneur, and policy researcher who explores incorporating complex data into live performance. Pulse studies with oboist Andreas Oeste.
Performance: Saturday, December 8, 2:00 PM, H.F. DeLuca Forum at the Discovery Building (330 N. Orchard Street, Madison) .
“I decided to take this class to explore more interdisciplinary connections outside of my own field – especially while studying at an incredible research institution like UW-Madison. I was also drawn to Stuart Flack’s work specifically, as a creative producer, and performer of information sets. Outside of music, I have always been drawn to geography, maps, and how the concept of place defines the work we do, so I spent this semester exploring ways to turn geographic data into performance.
“My work, This Land is Your Land, examines land usage in the United States. This complex, multi-layered set of information can be difficult to wrap one’s mind around, so I am curating a soundscape as an alternative way to process these numbers. This acoustic environment will be crafted both from pre-recorded media and live performance via the cell phone speakers of everyone present in the room (participation willing!). I have also collaborated with several of my colleagues in this class on their projects, and will take part in performances about segregation in Chicago, the U.S./Mexican border, and garbage distribution in China, among others. If any of these topics appeal to you, or if you’re curious to experience 665 cows moo-ing in surround sound, I highly recommend this one-of-a-kind concert experience!”
Pianist and partner win Ohio International Piano Duet and Duo Competition, artist division
Eric Tran, a pianist in the studio of Professor Christopher Taylor, along with his piano partner Nathan Cheung, have won another piano duet competition, the Ohio International Piano Duet and Duo Competition. Their duo, Happy Dog Duo, has performed four-hands and two-piano repertoire together since they were in middle school. They won both first prize and the Abild American Music Award at the 2017 Ellis Duo-Piano Competition, hosted by the National Federation of Music Clubs. Recently, Happy Dog Duo was awarded first prize in the inaugural MTNA-Stecher and Horowitz Two Piano Competition 2018. Read more.
More end of semester highlights at the School of Music
Please click links to learn more and buy tickets. Check site for student recitals.
Guest Artist Master Class: Melinda Wagner, composer – Free
Friday, November 30, 11:45 AM, Morphy Hall.
UW-Madison/Metropolitan School District Jazz Fest Concert with guest trombonist Dave Stamps – Free
Saturday, December 1, 6:00 PM, Music Hall.
All-University Strings – Free
Two non-major orchestras.
Saturday, December 1, 4:00 PM, Mills Hall.
Guest Artists: Nicholas Photinos, cello and Cipher Duo (voice and violin) – Free
Sunday, December 2, 8:00 PM, Morphy Hall.
Two Winter Concerts at Luther Memorial Church – Good will offering appreciated
An annual holiday affair with six UW-Madison choirs. conducted by graduate conductors and Professor Beverly Taylor.
Sunday, December 2, 2:00 and 4:00 PM. 1021 University Avenue.
Faculty Recital: Timothy Hagen, flute and Martha Fischer, piano – Free
Saturday, December 8, 3:00 PM, Mills Hall.
The School of Music offers a smorgasbord of performances each year; we invite you to visit our website and click on our events calendar. We also publish a season brochure that is mailed every August. To receive the brochure, please send your postal address to the School of Music.
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