News and Events from the Mead Witter School of Music
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016
And, now, for a short strings interlude….
In October, violin professor Soh-Hyun Altino made her professional debut as a halftime performer during the UW-Nebraska game at Camp Randall Stadium. “I had never performed at a football game before; in fact, it was my very first football game,” says Altino. “When [assistant director of bands] Darin Olson asked about playing the theme from ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ I thought, ‘Why not,’ and that’s how it got started. Since we didn’t know if the weather was going to cooperate, I couldn’t firmly plan on playing for a while, but on the Thursday before the game, I practiced with the Marching Band outside and got very excited! I have a huge respect for the band members’ dedication and discipline and how they work so well together. It was a fantastic experience. And we won!!”
Early December Concert Highlights
Concerts to suit all tastes
UW/Madison Metropolitan School District Jazz Festival Final Concert Saturday, December 3, 6 PM, Music Hall. Free.
Featuring jazz ensembles from area high schools, the UW Jazz Orchestra, and guests from Gabriel Alegria’s Afro-Peruvian Sextet. Learn more here.
Pro Arte Quartet at the Chazen – Sunday, December 4, 12:30 PM.
Presenting works of Hugo Wolf, Shostakovich, and Dvorák. Learn more here.
The Hunt Quartet Annual Concert – Thursday, December 8, 7:30 PM, Beth Israel Center, 1406 Mound Street. Free.
The Quartet is the graduate string quartet for the Mead Witter School of Music. On the program: Prokofiev, Turina, Webern, and Haydn. Learn more here.
Choral Union Fall Concert Friday, December 9, 8 PM, Mills Hall.
Presenting Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Johannes Brahms’s Nänie, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Mass in C. Learn more here. Ticketed: $15 adults, $8 students. Buy tickets here.
Wingra Wind Quintet Fall Concert – Wednesday, December 14 7:30 PM, Mills Hall. Free. With Stephanie Jutt, flute; Amy McCann, clarinet; Joanna Schulz, horn; Marc Vallon, bassoon; and Aaron Hill, oboe. Presenting works by Pál Járdányi, Paul Hindemith, Jean Françaix, and Emile Bernard. Also featuring guest performers Iva Ugrčić, Emily Knaapen, Emily Borley, Dan Grabois, and Chia-Yu Hsu. Learn more here.
UW Horn Choir Annual Holiday Concert – Chazen Museum Lobby, Saturday, December 17, 1 PM. Music by Gabrieli, Mendelssohn, as well as music from film scores. Learn more here.
For more December concerts, see this link: http://www.music.wisc.edu/events/2016-12/
Bidding Farewell to Nancy Becknell
Horn teacher Nancy Becknell, longtime member of the Wisconsin Brass Quintet and the Wingra Woodwind Quintet, who also played principal and second horn with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and its predecessor, the Madison Civic Symphony, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 5.
“I was fortunate to be in the Wisconsin Brass Quintet with Nan for many years. Her perpetually sunny perspective, vibrant interest in innovative projects, concert programming, and connecting with a wide variety of audiences in outreach, made her contributions invaluable. Her preparation was impeccable and her research skills were prodigious. She will be missed tremendously.” – John Aley, UW-Madison professor of trumpet and principal trumpet, Madison Symphony.
A memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Bethany United Methodist Church, 3910 Mineral Point Road, Madison. Read more here.
Save the Date! Wisconsin Day of Percussion to be held at UW-Madison
Saturday, January 21 – All Day, Mills Hall
First time in Madison since 1999 – Myriad clinics, concerts and presentations to more than satisfy the percussionist in all of us
Headlining the day’s events will be Doug Waddell, who performs with the Chicago Lyric Opera and Grant Park Symphony, and Dave Stanoch, a percussionist with notable singers including George Clinton, Sheryl Crow, and Bonnie Raitt. Stanoch is an alumnus of UW-Madison.
Other concert performers will include the UW-Madison World and Western Percussion Ensembles; the Percussion Ensemble of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra; the College All Star Percussion Ensemble, college soloists and selected high school percussion ensembles.
In addition, a high school and middle school Percussion Ensemble Festival will be held in conjunction with the DOP. University faculty will coach the participating schools in 30 minute sessions, providing each school with a meaningful and rich educational experience.
Much more information is available at this website:http://www.music.wisc.edu/2016/11/10/wisconsin-day-of-percussion/
Christian Elser, William Wielgus, James Kryshak
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