Wednesday, October 24, 2018
News and Events from the Mead Witter School of Music
University of Wisconsin-Madison
455 North Park Street, Madison Wisconsin 53706
Student Focus: Waupaca native Katie Anderson, master’s candidate, voice
Katie performed as Musetta in last spring’s production of Puccini’s La bohème, as the Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (spring 2017), and sang the national anthem at spring 2018 commencement at Camp Randall Stadium.
What drew you to this area of study? I’ve always loved singing. My parents were singers, and my grandmother loved opera. I explored opera and art song in college and found there was nothing I loved more than singing and being on stage.
What colleges did you previously attend, and what are your degrees? University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, bachelor’s degree in vocal performance, now finishing my master’s degree in vocal performance at UW-Madison.
What classes are you enrolled in? Are you taking lessons, and with whom? I am taking one last music history course before I graduate. During my time here, I have studied voice under Professor Mimmi Fulmer.
Give us a fun fact or two about yourself. I played the clarinet from 6th grade and continued into my undergrad. I also teach private voice in the Madison area.
Why did you choose UW-Madison? I felt welcomed to this campus, and I knew I had found a great teacher when I met Prof. Fulmer. I was given many performance opportunities, as well as a teaching assistantship and scholarship. Everything made sense to choose UW-Madison.
Do you have a particular goal this year? My goal this year is to keep finding opportunities to perform, and to prepare auditions for Young Artist Programs.
Livestream Concert Alert! UW-Madison Symphony and Concert Choir
Thursday, November 15, 7:30 PM: UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra with conductor Chad Hutchinson and graduate conductor Michael Dolan. On the program: Blue Cathedral by Jennifer Higdon and Symphony No. 5 in e minor by Tchaikovsky.
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 8:00 PM: UW Concert Choir, with conductor Beverly Taylor and graduate conductor Michael Johnson. On the program: Hymn to St. Cecilia (Benjamin Britten); The Lamentations of Jeremiah (Alberto Ginastera); and more.
Check back for livestreaming details. Watch earlier videos on our YouTube channel.
If you thought you had problems, try living in 1st century Rome
That’s the conclusion of Thomas Aláan, who shares the role of Nero in University Opera’s upcoming performance of The Coronation of Poppea, written by Claudio Monteverdi. The show is loosely based on the historical marriage of the brutal Roman emperor Nero to the manipulative Poppea, the banishment of his wife Ottavia, the forced suicide of Seneca, and the attempted murder of Nero by Poppea’s former lover, Ottone and his new partner in crime, Drusilla. Ouch.
Both Thomas and Benjamin Hopkins, his alter-Nero, wrote a few words about the opera and the painstaking work that goes into their roles. Says Thomas: “Learning the music is like the kitchen prep before you actually start cooking the meal. First, I pull out my cutting boards (I print the music) and I break out my cookbook (translate the text from Italian to English). Then, I cut up all the vegetables and other ingredients (I break down the music into its basic components — rhythms, notes, and language — and practice those individually and in combination). Finally, I try to familiarize myself with the cooking instructions so I can start cooking (I memorize all the music).” Read the full interview here.
Artemisia to receive five performances in 2019-2020
Faculty composer Laura Elise Schwendinger‘s opera Artemisia, about the life of the great baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi, will receive five performances this year, three in New York and two in San Francisco. The opera tackles Gentileschi’s struggles and triumphs as she battles inequality and reveals hidden stories.
The first of these performances will occur Nov. 3, 2018 at Symphony Space, Thalia Theater in New York City, by the Center for Contemporary Opera, with an all-star cast featuring Augusta Caso, mezzo soprano, as Artemisia Gentileschi.
Then in March, the award-winning Trinity Wall Street Novus will present a partly staged production of Artemisia. Trinity’s Time’s Arrow Festival, taking place this season from March 5-9, 2019, is conceived as a unique combination of Baroque and contemporary works united by a common theme. The performances by Trinity Wall Street were featured in the New York Times Fall Preview.
In June, the award-winning Left Coast Ensemble will present the fully staged chamber music version of Artemisia. They will focus on the art and milieu of Gentileschi as well as Depression era photographer Dorothea Lange, in two chamber operas with projected images that come to life.
More at https://www.lauraschwendinger.com/artemisia
Johannes Wallmann releases new quintet album, Day and Night
In November 2018, Mead Witter faculty pianist-composer Johannes Wallmann will release a new quintet album, Day and Night, on Shifting Paradigm Records. Grammy-award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch, saxophonist Dayna Stephens, bassist Matt Pavolka, and rising star drummer Colin Stranahan join Wallmann for a collection of original compositions and re-imagined jazz standards. The CD may be pre-ordered now.
With this quintet, Wallmann revisits musical connections established over more than two decades in the jazz world. Day and Night is Wallmann’s eighth album as a leader, but the first to focus as extensively on his interpretations of the standard jazz repertoire. Wallmann has previously recorded seven critically acclaimed albums as a leader, including The Johannes Wallmann Quartet (1997), Alphabeticity (2003), Minor Prophets (2007), The Coasts (2010) and Always Something (2015). His 2015 quintet album, The Town Musicians, was named an Editors’ Pick by DownBeat Magazine.
Veteran jazz pianist and UW alumnus Ben Sidran donates personal archives to Mills Music Library
Talk about a sweet sound. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries are excited to announce the recent acquisition of Ben Sidran’s extensive personal archives. The nearly 100 boxes of materials include everything from personal and professional correspondence, music manuscripts and drafts of song lyrics, master tapes, unedited radio interviews, and photographs and posters. Sidran is a 1967 UW-Madison alumnus and longtime city resident.
“We are delighted to welcome Ben Sidran’s collection into the UW-Madison Libraries,” said Jeanette Casey, director of Mills Music Library. “This a fabulous addition to the Wisconsin Music Archive. Ben’s materials also open an amazing door of potential when it comes to research and performance studies. His success and dedication to music bring entertainment and educational power.” –
Last but not least: The Mead Witter School of Music Board of Advisors met last week and received a tour of the Hamel Music Center. Front row, L-R: JoAnne Krause, Martha Casey, Jun Lee, Sandy Lee, Chun Lin, Pamela Hamel, and Diane Ballweg. Back row, L-R: Director Susan C. Cook, Kathy Harker, Linda Graebner, Bob Graebner, Peter Lundberg, and Assistant Director Benjamin Schultz-Burkel. Photograph by Michael R. Anderson.
Selected upcoming concerts:
UW Concert Band – Fall Concert
TONIGHT! October 24 @ 7:30 pm. Scott Teeple, Carrie Backman, Ross Wolf, and O’Shae Best, conductors.
ADDING A BEAT TO BRASS: Wisconsin Brass Quintet with Anthony DiSanza, professor of percussion
Thursday, October 25 @ 7:30 pm – $7 – $17. Click here to purchase tickets. Free to music majors, staff and faculty.
Guest Artist Residency and Recital: Clive Greensmith, cello
Friday, October 26, 3 – 6 PM: Cello and chamber music master class. Morphy Hall.
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2:30 – 4:30 PM: Presentation for strings: “The artistic use of vibrato,” Mills Hall.
Sunday, Oct. 28, 7:30 PM: Concert with Clive Greensmith and Christopher Taylor, piano; Uri Vardi, cello; and the UW-Madison Cello Choir.
Pro Arte Quartet
Saturday, October 27 @ 8:00 pm.
UW Wind Ensemble
Sunday, October 28 @ 2:00 pm. Scott Teeple, Cole Hairston, and O’Shae Best, conductors.
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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