News and Events from the Mead Witter School of Music
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
For this issue, we’ve prepared a special e-blast of selected final concerts at the School of Music. Many more, including student recitals and small ensemble concerts, can be found on our events calendar.
We hope you will make time to attend at least one! (Click links to read musician biographies and learn about concert programs.)
The Perlman Trio holds its annual recital
Saturday, April 8, 3:30 PM, Morphy Hall. Free event.
The trio, comprised of Chan Mi Jean, piano; Adam Dorn, violin; and Micah Cheng, cello, is sponsored by longtime donor Kato Perlman. The ensemble is chosen carefully to blend personalities and styles, and each spring concert is a treat for audiences. This year’s trio will present works of Haydn, Dvorak, and Brahms. There will be a reception after the concert.
32nd Annual Beethoven Piano Competition winners recital
Sunday, April 9, 3:30 PM, Morphy Hall. Free event.
This long-running event is sponsored by former UW-Madison chancellor Irving Shain. The 2017 winners are Kangwoo Jin, Leah Kang, and Alberto Peña-Cortes. The program will include Beethoven’s Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 (“Waldstein”) (Kangwoo Jin); the Sonata in E Major, Op. 109 (Leah Kang); and the Sonata in A Major, Op. 101 (Alberto Peña-Cortes).
UW Symphony Orchestra Farewell Concert with Conductor James Smith
Sunday, April 9, 7:30 PM, Mills Hall. Free event.
Professor James Smith, conductor of the UW Symphony and University Opera, came to UW-Madison in 1984 to conduct the Wind and Symphonic Ensembles and assumed orchestral conducting duties following the departure of David Becker. He has also served as longtime conductor of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra and will retire from that post as well.
Smith was a professional clarinetist prior to becoming a conductor.
The Hunt Quartet presents a spring concert
Tuesday, April 11, 8:30 PM, Morphy Hall. Free event.
The Hunt Quartet is the graduate string quartet at the School of Music, co-sponsored by Kato Perlman and the Madison Symphony Orchestra. The Quartet is an integral part of the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s “Up Close and Musical” program, visiting area schools to teach students about fundamentals of music and the string quartet. This year’s members are Kyle Price, cello; Vinicius “Vinny” Sant’Ana, violin; Blakeley Menghini, viola; and Chang-En Lu, violin.
Stephanie Jutt: Final Faculty Recital
Thursday, April 13, 7:30 PM, Mills Hall. Free event.
Flutist Stephanie Jutt bids farewell after 27 years
While at UW-Madison, Professor Stephanie Jutt founded Bach Dancing & Dynamite, a summer chamber music festival; UW-Madison’s Arts Venture Challenge; and shepherded many flutists through undergraduate and graduate work. She plans to continue as principal flutist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and as artistic director of Bach Dancing & Dynamite.
Emery Stephens: African-American Songs and Spirituals
(Rescheduled from March 13)
Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 PM, Music Hall. Free event.
Emery Stephens, baritone, is assistant professor of voice at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Stephens will coach student singers and pianists in African-American songs and spirituals. Students will perform in a recital with Stephens and collaborative pianist professor Martha Fischer in a concert.
Pro Arte Quartet with guest artist Jazimina Macneil, mezzo-soprano
Wednesday, April 19, 7:30 PM, Mills Hall. Free event.
The Pro Arte’s final concert of the academic year will feature a rising star singer and a world premiere by composer John Harbison.
String Quartet in E Major, Op. 54 No. 3 (1788)
The Cross of Snow for Contralto and String Quartet (2016)
World Premiere of Version for Voice and String Quartet
String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 16 (1874)
Annual Varsity Band Concerts with Mike Leckrone
April 20, 21 and 22, Kohl Center, 601 Dayton Street. All shows 7 PM. $23. Buy tickets.
Help us welcome Mike Leckrone back from his recent surgery! Learn more here.
UW Wind Ensemble
Scott Teeple, conductor.
Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 PM, Mills Hall. Free event.
The Wind Ensemble offers a Wisconsin premiere of a work by Japanese composer Jun Nagao, and the Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble by Igor Stravinsky with Christopher Taylor on piano.
Guest bassist Linda Oh performs with Jazz Orchestra and UW High School Honors Jazz Band
Our annual spring Jazz Fest features talented high school jazz musicians, who rehearse with the UW Jazz Orchestra and a guest. This year, our guest is bassist Linda Oh from New York City, who is featured on the cover of April’s Jazz Times magazine. Oh has played with many top musicians; she’ll appear with Pat Metheny at Ravinia on June 14. The week’s events include two free concerts and a ticketed concert on Friday night.
UW Concert Choir with cellist Matt Haimovitz
Friday, April 28, 8 PM, Mills Hall.
$15 adults/$5 students. Buy tickets online; also sold at door.
Presenting “Après moi, le deluge” by composer Luna Pearl Woolf
and “for Paris,” a world premiere for solo viola and choir by UW-Madison composer Laura Schwendinger.
With the Concert Choir and Sally Chisholm, violist of the Pro Arte Quartet.
Beverly Taylor, conductor
“Ferociously talented” (New York Times) cellist Matt Haimovitz, known for his renditions of the Bach Cello Suites as well as Radiohead, will return to Madison on April 28 to perform a work that he premiered here 11 years ago with the UW Concert Choir, one of UW-Madison’s most advanced choirs.
Watch: Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O’Riley: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert, 2015
UW Choral Union & UW Symphony Orchestra
$15 adults/$8 students. Buy tickets online; also sold at door.
Beverly Taylor, conductor
Presenting Paul Hindemith’s When lilacs last in the door-yard bloom’d (text by Walt Whitman).
A rarely done work because of its difficulty, this is an outstanding setting of Walt Whitman’s poem written about the death of Abraham Lincoln, and the train that carried his body to Springfield, Illinois. The work was commissioned by Robert Shaw in memory of Franklin Roosevelt, whose funeral train carried his dead body from Georgia back to Washington. The work is in memory of “those we loved.”
Below: The New York Philharmonic performed this work in 1946.
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