News and Events from the Mead Witter School of Music
University of Wisconsin-Madison
October 10, 2017
“From Prodigy to Professional – A Life in Music” Talk & Concert with David Kim
From oboist to organist, whether one performs pop or Prokofiev, every musician has a story of an intricate and sometimes unsettling pathway to a professional career.
Violinist David Kim, who will visit the School of Music on October 16 and 17, is no different. Since 1999, Kim has been the concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
On October 17 at 7: 30 PM in Mills Hall, Kim will offer a talk, “From Prodigy to Professionalism – A Life in Music.” He’ll describe his experiences and struggles to reach the pinnacle of his career. interspersed with performances of some of Mr. Kim’s favorite works. It will be a humorous, sometimes jarring, and often poignant story not to be missed.
Kim’s talk will be followed by a concert with UW-Madison strings and pianist Thomas Kasdorf. The program will include Sonatensatz by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897); Banjo and Fiddle by William Kroll (1901-1980); Meditation from Thais by Jules Massenet (1842-1912); and The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741).
“I’ve always shared anecdotes about my crazy upbringing,” Kim wrote in an email. “From the beginning, my story seemed to resonate, especially with parents. After all, who doesn’t have a story of an overzealous parent from some stage of life! Now I share my story numerous times each season and have been urged by many to write a book – a la the widely-read book, ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom.’ But that will probably never happen as I prefer speaking during my concerts and love seeing the audience react in person.”
Join us for our “Conversation & Concert” with David Kim, our strings players and pianist Thomas Kasdorf. Only $15 adults, $5 students, except Mead Witter music majors, who receive free admission. Buy tickets here.They will also be sold at the door, starting at 6:30 PM.
Additional Events: Violin Master Class: Monday, October 16, 7 PM, Morphy Hall Strings Orchestral Excerpts Master Class: Tuesday, October 17, 11 AM, Morphy Hall
Both classes are free and open to the public.
A group of five flutists who studied under Robert Cole performed in August at the 45th Annual National Flute Association Convention held in Minneapolis. Peggy Vagts (MM ’78), Kathy (Cook) Moss (MM ’82, DMA ’91), Cathy (Collinge) Herrera (MM ’84), Leslie Goldman Maaser (MM’85) and Wendy Mehne (DMA ’92) played as part of the annual Flutopia Initiative-NFA “Play It Forward” charitable concert.
Educator John Kuehn just can’t retire
John Kuehn earned both his bachelor’s of music education in 1964 and master’s of music in 1972 at UW, studying with Glenn Bowen. He has taught instrumental music at every level from kindergarten through master’s degrees and loves it all. John retired in 2014, but was wooed back onto the stage.
This month, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet embarks on a Big Ten Tour! If you live in Illinois, Michigan, or Indiana, you’ll have an opportunity to see the WBQ in concerts and master classes, starting Oct. 17. Additionally, at selected locations, trombonist Mark Hetzler will offer lectures & demos on electroacoustic music, and hornist Daniel Grabois will present horn technique master classes. They’ll return for a final concert in Madison on Nov. 15.
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 newsletter editor..
News and Events from the Mead Witter School of Music University of Wisconsin-Madison November 9, 2016
Celebration time at Lake & University!
Music is never in short supply at a school of music, and that was happily obvious on October 28 for the groundbreaking of the new Hamel Music Center. Featuring a jazz combo, a sweet-voiced choir and a brass quintet, topped off by our favorite tunes from the UW Marching Band, the ground for a new concert hall was finally broken on October 28, 2016.
Under a yawning tent with over 200 guests in attendance, speakers included Chancellor Rebecca Blank, Mead Witter School of Music director Susan C. Cook, Mead Witter Board of Advisors co-chairs Pamela O. Hamel and Robert Graebner, John Karl Scholz, dean of the College of Letter and Sciences, and Megan Mitchell, a double major in the School of Music.
Click here to see a full gallery of groundbreaking ceremony images on our website.
Want to join our euphonious (mellifluous, dulcet, coloratura, take your pick) team?
Naming opportunities are still available for spaces in the new building! For $4 million, we offer a chance to name the lobby, and for $2.5 million, a chance to name the rehearsal space. Donors who would like to have their names prominently displayed on our wall of honor have opportunities at $50,000 or more. For more information, please contact Jon Sorenson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 608.515.3052. Or, contact Rebekah Sherman at email@example.com or 608.572.2077.
Students from Sun Prairie get prepped for music conference by Scott Teeple, director of concert bands at UW-Madison
On October 27, a group of young band musicians from Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School visited the School of Music with their conductor, Joseph Mesner, to receive tips for their performance at the Wisconsin School Music Association state conference at Monona Terrace on October 28. “They came to campus to work with me, as I was guest conducting a piece on their program,” says Teeple. “I recruited some UW students to “sit-in” for the rehearsal. The UW Wind Ensemble students played along with the young musicians, who were in 8th and 9th grade, demonstrated skills and gave feedback to the students during their rehearsals.” Click images to enlarge.
Peeking out from behind a piano.
UW-Madison trumpeter Kris Gilmore offers tips.
UW-Madison tubist Kenton Cooksey offers guidance.
Bassoonist Ranveer Vasder coached the students.
Scott Teeple, director of concert bands, rehearsing with students.
A young trumpeter.
A Zen moment?
Band practice is fun!
Teeple and a rapt group of students.
This week at the School of Music:
Student Recital Highlight: Kyle Johnson, piano
Tomorrow, Thursday Nov 10, at 6:30 PM in Morphy Hall, pianist Kyle Johnson holds a doctoral lecture-recital titled“The Music of Birds: Messiaen’s Musical Ecology.” He writes: “Olivier Messiaen’s Catalogue d’Oiseaux (Catalog of Birds) is a multi-movement work for piano that features hundreds of notated birdsongs and depictions of French landmarks. Although dissonant at times, it is an ecologically-based work that is always imaginative and thought-provoking. Among topics to-be discussed during the lecture portion of the presentation are: the dualism of science and art in the 20th century, extra-musical representation throughout music history, and an interpretation of the movements ‘Chough of the Alps,’ ‘Song of the Lark,’ and ‘The Curlew.’ ”
Falstaff this week!
Don’t miss your chance to see UW-Madison’s novel setting of Falstaff, a “wild, comic romp about a has-been silent movie actor, out of work with the advent of the ‘talkies,’ holding onto his former glory and living beyond his means at the Chateau Marmont.” Directed by David Ronis, conducted by James Smith. At 6 PM on Friday, there will also be a pre-concert discussion with university colleagues Joshua Calhoun, Assistant Professor of English; Cabell Gathman, Lecturer, Dept. of Gender and Women’s Studies; Steffen Silvis, Dramaturg and Doctoral Candidate in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies; and David Ronis, Karen K. Bishop Director of University Opera. Susan Cook, Pamela O. Hamel/Music Board of Advisors Director of the Mead Witter School of Music, will moderate.
Falstaff will be presented in Italian with English supertitles for three performances, November 11 at 7:30 pm, November 13 at 3:00 pm, and November 15 at 7:30 pm in Music Hall.
Trombonist Mark Hetzler grateful for faculty awards that allow him to realize his artistic goals
Concert Saturday, Nov. 12, 8 PM, Mills Hall
A CD of experimental contemporary chamber music, a second CD of romantic music for trombone and piano, and an upcoming CD of arrangements and original works for trombone ensemble: all the result of UW-Madison arts grants and awards that allowed trombone professor Mark Hetzler to experiment far beyond what would otherwise be possible.
To that pile, add one more CD of experimental and contemporary music, released in 2016.
His most recent recording, Dig., involves considerable new technology, innovative recording techniques and commissions of new music from living composers, all thanks to UW-Madison grants. “The University is a fantastic means of research support,” says Hetzler. “My teaching and research go hand in hand, and to be able to bring my artistic ideas to life is a huge part of why I love working on this campus.”
In 2012, Hetzler received a H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship award of $50,000. Romney awards are funded by WARF to recognize the leadership of the late WARF Trustee President H. I. Romnes. In 2015, Hetzler received a Creative Arts Award of $30,000 from the UW-Madison Arts Institute, which honors extraordinary artistic projects and endeavors carried out by tenured members of the UW-Madison arts faculty.
This Saturday, Nov. 12 at 8:00 PM in Mills Hall, Hetzler will perform his yearly faculty recital with pianist Vincent Fuh, a School of Music alumnus who frequently collaborates with Hetzler. “The music is a retrospective of pieces that I have recorded over the past 14 years, and represents five different recordings,” Hetzler says. “I want to showcase music that I’ve recorded in the past as a way of connecting my students and the Madison public with what I do as a recording artist.”
Music from the following recordings from his Summit catalogue will be represented on this recital: American Voices (2002); Serious Songs, Sad Faces (2003); 20th Century Architects (2004); Three Views (2012); and Blues, Ballads and Beyond (2015). You can learn more about all of Mark’s accomplishments as a musician and as a teacher at his personal website: http://www.markhetzler.com/
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.
News and Events from the Mead Witter School of Music
University of Wisconsin-Madison
September 27, 2016
It will be a weekend of many firsts.
Here’s the “first first”:On October 28 from 4 to 5:30 PM, at the corner of Lake Street and University Avenue, the School of Music will officially break ground on the newHamel Music Center that will contain two performance halls, a rehearsal room, and state-of-the-art technology. Long considered a pressing need, the Hamel Center is being financed entirely by private funds from Pamela and George Hamel, the Mead Witter Foundation of Wisconsin Rapids, Paul Collins, and many other donors. We welcome continued support! To read about the Hamel Center and learn more, see this link.
“We’re excited about wonderful opportunities these new spaces will provides for all our students as well as the larger Madison and Wisconsin community,” says Susan C. Cook, director of the school of music. “It’s an exciting time for all of us and we’re grateful for the support of our generous donors .”
Live music and refreshments will be served. The entire community is welcome to join the festivities!
The second “first” will be a concert that evening (Friday, Oct. 28) by UW-Madison’s Christopher Taylor, introducing his groundbreaking new piano, the “Hyperpiano.” It will start in Mills Hall at 8 PM, and Taylor will be available afterwards for conversation with patrons. Read our news release about this piano; buy your tickets here.
Click here to see images of the “Hyperpiano” in development.
And for our third first, faculty bassoonist Marc Vallon has planned a special concert of groundbreaking new works of music from the 17th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Writes Prof. Vallon: “Composers of all periods have continually explored new musical territories, looked for new paths, and tried, through groundbreaking works, to launch new courses of musical expression. This program offers the public pieces that have, in their time, provided a starting point to new musical routes, just as the first stroke of a shovel is the birth of a new building and a new era.” The concert will include music by Michelangelo Rossi, Alexander Scriabin, Iannis Xenakis, John Cage, Helmut Lachenmann, and Morton Feldman.
The free concert is set for 7 PM on Saturday, October 29, in Mills Hall.
Just announced: Pianist Leon Fleisher to perform at Mills Hall with the Pro Arte Quartet
The Pro Arte Quartet was presented with an offer it could not refuse: Legendary pianist Leon Fleisher was available to perform with them this fall. Were they interested?
The answer was yes. On Thursday, October 6 at noon in Mills Hall, Fleisher will perform Brahms’ F minor Piano Quintet with the Pro Arte Quartet. The concert is free.
“You can’t see music as it passes through the air. You can’t grasp it and hold on to it. You can’t smell it. You can’t taste it. But it has a most powerful effect on most people. And that is a wondrous thing to contemplate.”
As a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007, pianist Leon Fleisher was recognized as a “consummate musician whose career is a testament to the life-affirming power of art.” Read his full biography.
Wondering what else is going on in the arts?
The Arts Institute’s fabulous website summarizes and promotes everything arts-related on the UW-Madison Campus. It offers a link to buy tickets and even offers a special ticketing deal called the “campus arts card.” We often don’t admit it, but there is more to see and hear than just music! There’s dance, theater, art, academic research and discussions, film… Check it out! http://arts.wisc.edu/
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.
We are pleased to present a mid-summer update from Susan C. Cook, Pamela O. Hamel/Music Board of Advisors Director of the Mead Witter School of Music
As many of you may remember, last summer the Mead Witter Foundation of Wisconsin Rapids made a gift to the School of Music that allowed us to move forward with simultaneous construction of both our recital hall and our new concert hall. No longer did we need to construct the building in two phases! So, our architects made revisions to accommodate the new timeframe, and we plan to break ground this fall.
As of July 1, the UW-Madison School of Music was no more.
We are now the Mead Witter School of Music. Our website — www.music.wisc.edu — already reflects this change.
The Mead Witter gift was combined with a previous major gift from Pamela O. and George Hamel, longtime friends of the University and School of Music.
In recognition of the Hamel’s gift, this new performance building will be named the Hamel Music Center. The large concert hall will also be designated the Mead Witter Foundation Concert Hall. It joins the Collins Recital Hall, named for longtime friend and contributor to the building project, Paul Collins and his wife, Carol.
The Mead Witter Foundation has touched the lives of Wisconsinites since 1894, when the company known as Consolidated Water Power Company first began. Current Mead Witter Foundation chairman George Mead II was the fourth-generation leader of the corporation that his great-grandfather J.D. Witter founded, and his grandfather George W. Mead I continued to lead to become a world renowned in coated papermaking. The company and foundation have had ties to the UW-Madison from the 1920s, when George Mead I was a university regent, and have supported scholarships, professorships and the Chazen Museum.
Pamela and George Hamel own Hamel Family Wines of Sonoma, California, and have strong ties to UW-Madison. Pamela is on the School of Music’s board of advisors, and George received his bachelor’s degree in communications arts at UW-Madison. Paul Collins also serves on the board of advisors and graduated from the Business School; his mother, Adele Stoppenbach Collins, received her degree from the School of Music. In 2001, Paul and Carol Collins endowed graduate fellowships and subsequently made a major gift to the new building project as well.
Ground-breaking for the Hamel Music Center is planned for this fall with an expected completion within 24 months, and a year’s celebration of events beginning in Fall 2018.
There will be a chance for you to play a naming role. In order to support our students who will make these new performance spaces come alive, we will provide opportunities to name a chair in one of our new performance spaces. You’ll hear more about that in the coming months.
On behalf of the Mead Witter School of Music, many thanks to all who support our students, programs and mission. We are most grateful.
—Susan C. Cook, Pamela O. Hamel/Music Board of Advisors Director of the Mead Witter School of Music
Gifts from alumni, friends, corporations, and community members help support the School’s goal and mission to provide a student-centered education that promotes the highest levels of professional development while challenging students to achieve their greatest potential.
Please consider making a gift payable to the UW Foundation:
UW Foundation , U.S. Bank Lockbox
P.O. Box 78807
Milwaukee, Wi 53278-0807
For help making a gift, or to discuss other giving opportunities, please contact Rebekah Sherman, Director of Development, University of Wisconsin Foundation
(A lot of) News and Events from the UW-Madison School of Music – December 4, 2015
Gift spurs re-naming of the music school
“Though none of our family studied music at the UW, a fondness for music unites us,” says George W. Mead II, chairman of the foundation. “Everyone needs music. It is an inspiration point for all areas of creativity and learning. This is a way to recognize the connection we’ve enjoyed with the UW and to project that connection into the future.”
The gift will provide major funding for the UW School of Music’s new performance building, sited at the corner of University Avenue and Lake Street and scheduled to begin construction in late 2016. In appreciation of the gift, UW-Madison will name its music school the Mead Witter School of Music, and the large concert hall within the performance building will be known as the Mead Witter Foundation Concert Hall.
The music performance center had its beginnings in 2007 when Pam & George Hamel of California pledged $15 million toward Phase I of the project, and in 2014, the UW announced it would name the new building the Hamel Music Center. Read full news release here.
Holiday Notes: Concert Tickets make great gifts! Scroll down to view a list of upcoming concerts, ranging from Fischer & Lutes in January (our third Schubertiade) to a week’s worth of jazz with LA-based saxophonist Bob Sheppard in April.
Student News: Meet Kyle Price, UW-Madison cellist with a grand idea for his boyhood summer home
It all started with an idea for summer fun, in the midst of a verdant paradise, at a family home he’d visited every year since he was a wee toddler. Now he was a 19-year-old cellist who wanted his college friends to hang out and play music at his grandma’s lake house. They could play string quartets practically in their sleep. Why not invite a few neighbors to hear them?
Raves for debut concert of new violin professor, Soh-Hyun Park Altino
“If a perfect debut concert exists, new UW-Madison faculty violinist Soh-Hyun Park Altino gave it last Friday night,” wrote local writer Jake Stockinger in his blog, The Well-Tempered Ear.
On Nov. 13, Altino teamed with faculty pianist Martha Fischer to present a concert of Bach, Brahms, Ives and Beach. It was on the same night as the Paris attacks, and Altino dedicated a movement of Bach to the residents of Paris. “Let’s start by saying that Park Altino is a complete violinist and has everything: pitch, tone, speed, depth and stage presence. But hers is the quiet and self-effacing kind of virtuosity. There were no show-off works by Paganini or Sarasate on the program,” Stockinger continued. “It must be also be said that Park Altino had the perfect partner in Martha Fischer, who heads the collaborative piano program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music.”
This weekend and next week: Upcoming concerts include the UW-Madison/Madison Schools Jazz Fest (Sat. Dec. 5); Winter Choral Concerts, UW Concert Band & University Bands, and UW Chamber Orchestra, (Sun. Dec 6); Western Percussion Ensemble (Mon Dec 7); UW Wind Ensemble featuring clarinetist Wes Warnhoff, (Fri. Dec. 11); World Percussion Ensemble & UW Choral Union with the UW Symphony; and the UW Horn Choir (Sat. Dec. 12). Meanwhile, the Wingra Wind Quintet performs on Thurs. Dec. 10. Check our calendar for details.
Alumni, Students & Faculty sing in Milwaukee Thanksgiving Concert
On Nov. 22, the Milwaukee ensemble Present Music held its annual Thanksgiving concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, featuring numerous singers from UW-Madison including Chelsie Propst (doctoral student, musicology; MM, voice); Christina Kay (MM, voice); Dan O’Day (DMA, voice), Lee Stovall (BM, music ed/voice) plus voice professor Paul Rowe and Cheryl Bensman-Rowe of the Madison Early Music Festival. “The solo voice of Chelsie Propst, a member of the PM vocal ensemble Hearing Voices, was the highlight of Robert Honstein’s O Lucidissima Apostolorum Turba, a reimagined setting of a 12th-century chant by Hildegard Von Bingen,” the reviewer wrote.
May we offer suggestions for holiday gifts: Tickets to concerts at the School of Music! Are you a fan of jazz, of Schubert, of classical piano, or perhaps of world music? Here’s our list of upcoming ticketed concerts. Remember: all students and children are free to these concerts!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, MILLS HALL. 8 PM. Choral Union and UW Symphony Orchestra. Presenting “Gloria” of Francis Poulenc and “Symphony of Psalms” by Igor Stravinsky. Tickets: $15 general public, $8 students and seniors.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, MILLS HALL. 8 PM. Our 3rd “Schubertiade,” with Prof. Martha Fischer & husband Bill Lutes on piano, alumna soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine, and friends & students. Tickets $15. Reception to follow.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, MILLS HALL, 7:30 PM. “Symphony Showcase,” a joyous annual concert featuring winners of our concerto competition, soloing with the UW Symphony Orchestra. Tickets $10. Reception to follow.
MONDAY, MARCH 14, 7:30 PM, MORPHY HALL: duoJalalbrings its mix of classical, Middle Eastern, jazz and Klezmer music to Madison. With Kathryn Lockwood on viola and Yousif Sheronick on percussion. Tickets $15.
APRIL 26-29, MILLS & MORPHY HALLS: UW Jazz Festival with Bob Sheppard, LA-based multi-woodwind performer, recording artist, and jazz musician. Adult Tickets: $15 single show/$25 both Thursday and Friday shows.
We thank you so much for all your support and enthusiasm in 2014 and look forward to 2015 — a year that will include a major groundbreaking for a new music hall! We hope you are just as excited as we, and that you will join us this spring for one of our many inspiring concerts.
NEW MUSIC BUILDING NAMED AFTER PAM AND GEORGE HAMEL
In early December, UW-Madison announced that the new music performance center at the corner of Lake Street and University Avenue will be named in honor of Pamela Hamel and her husband, UW-Madison alumnus George Hamel (BA’80, Communication Arts). Pamela is a member of the School’s Board of Visitors. Read the full story here.
We thank the Hamels for their generosity! If you would like to join them with a gift of your own, you may do so at this website.
MEET JOHN WUNDERLIN: BACK IN SCHOOL AT 50
At the School of Music’s “Horn Choir” concert at the Chazen Museum of Art last month, one could easily discern John Wunderlin from the swarm of horn players on the stage.
He was the only one with gray hair.
Last fall, business owner Wunderlin, 50, returned for a master’s degree in horn, studying with Daniel Grabois, assistant professor of horn. We asked John to tell us what inspired him to study music after all these years. Read the interview here.
CONCERTO COMPETITION WINNERS IN CONCERT WITH UW SYMPHONY: FEB. 8
Five talented students are winners of our annual Concerto Competition and will perform with the UW Symphony Orchestra in our “Symphony Showcase” concert, Sunday, Feb. 8, in Mills Hall. The concert will begin at 7 pm and will conclude with a free reception. We hope you will join us for what is always a joyous and unique event! Tickets for adults are $10.00 and will be available at the door or in advance at the Union Theater Box Office. Students are free. Ticket info here.
Our winners and the works they will perform are:
Jason Kutz, piano, a master’s candidate studying with collaborative pianist Martha Fischer. Kutz, who also performs and composes jazz music, is a native of Kiel, Wisconsin, and studied recording technology and piano at UW-Oshkosh. He will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43.
Ivana Ugrcic, flute, a doctoral student and Collins Fellow studying with flutist Stephanie Jutt. A native of Serbia, Ugrcic has performed as a soloist and chamber musician all over Europe, and received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from University of Belgrade School of Music. She will perform Francois Borne’s Fantasie Brillante (on Themes from Bizet’s Carmen).
Keisuke Yamamoto, violin, an undergraduate student of Pro Arte violinist David Perry, earning a double degree in music performance and microbiology. Keisuke, born in Japan but raised in Madison, received a tuition remission scholarship through UW-Madison’s Summer Music Clinic, and also won honors in Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Bolz Competition, among others. He will perform Ernest Chausson’s Poème Op. 25.
Anna Whiteway, an undergraduate voice student, studying with Elizabeth Hagedorn, visiting professor of voice. Whiteway is a recipient of a Stamps Family Charitable Foundation scholarship as well as the Harker Scholarship for opera. Whiteway, who was praised in 2013 for her singing in University Opera’s production of Ariodante, will star in the Magic Flute this spring. For this night’s performance, she will sing Charles Gounod’s Je veux vivre (Juliette’s Aria).
Our composition winner this year is graduate student Adam Betz, a Two Rivers native who wrote a work titled Obscuration. Betz received his undergraduate degree from UW-Oshkosh, where he was named Outstanding Senior Composer. He also holds a master’s degree from Butler University in Indianapolis.
CATCH CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR IN HIS ONLY SOLO MADISON APPEARANCE- JAN. 23
Pianist Christopher Taylor will take the Mills stage on Friday, January 23, 8 pm, in his only solo Madison appearance this year. He will perform Johannes Brahms’ Sonata no. 3 in f minor, op. 5; William Bolcom’s Twelve Etudes; and Beethoven’s Symphony #6 as arranged by Franz Liszt. Tickets for adults are $10.00 and will be available at the door or in advance at the Union Theater Box Office. Students are free. Ticket info here.
Last November, Taylor performed Bach’s Goldberg Variations at New York’s Metropolitan Museum on their historic double-keyboard Bösendorfer piano designed by Emáuel Moór. In Madison, Taylor not only performs and tours with the world’s only Steinway double-keyboard piano (owned by UW, and also designed by Moór) but holds a patent on a third double-keyboard piano, this one with electronic components.
The Wall Street Journal published a story about Taylor and the Met Museum’s unique piano. Read it here.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: A SECOND “SCHUBERTIADE” WITH FISCHER & LUTES- JAN. 30
A Schubertiade is an intimate “house concert” featuring the songs (known as “lieder”) and chamber music of Franz Schubert. In the 19th century, Schubertiades became a popular form of informal entertainment among his friends and aficionados of his music, frequently with drink and food, and often with Schubert himself at the center. Nowadays, Schubertiades are often much larger multi-day affairs held in swank European locations.
Our Schubertiade, the brainchild of UW-Madison collaborative pianist Martha Fischer, will be presented on the Mills Hall stage festooned with chairs, rugs, and lamps. Join us! Friday, January 30, 8 pm, Mills Hall. Tickets for adults are $10.00 and will be available at the door or in advance at the Union Theater Box Office. Students are free. Ticket info here.
Performers will include Fischer; her husband, pianist Bill Lutes; her brother, cellist Norman Fischer of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music; singers Jennifer D’Agostino, Cheryl Bensman Rowe, Daniel O’Dea, Joshua Sanders, Michael Roemer and Paul Rowe; and violinist Leslie Shank. The program will include songs set to the poems of Friedrich Schiller, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Johann Mayrhofer, and will be capped by two Polonaises for piano duet, played by Fischer and Lutes.
GRADUATE COMPOSITION STUDENT WINS FIRST PRIZE IN COMPETITION
Congratulations to Sin Young Park, whose composition “Three Preludes for Piano” was recently selected as the winner of the 2015 Delta Omicron Triennial Composition Competition. Read more here.
GRADUATE FLUTIST ADVANCES TO FINAL ROUND OF ASTRAL ARTISTS COMPETITION
2014 concerto competition winner Mi Li Chang has advanced to the final round of the national Astral Artists Competition and will play in the final round on January 8 in Philadelphia. The mission of Astral Artists, which was founded in 1992, is to “discover the most promising classical musicians residing in the United States, assist their early professional career development, and present their world-class artistry to the community through concerts and engagement programs.” Congratulations and best wishes, Mi Li!
FACULTY TROMBONIST WINS $30,000 CREATIVE ARTS AWARD
And congratulations to Mark Hetzler, 2015 winner of the $30,000 UW-Madison Arts Institute Creative Arts Award, which recognizes and honors extraordinary artistic projects and endeavors of the highest quality carried out by tenured members of the UW-Madison arts faculty in the areas of Art, Communication Arts, Creative Writing, Dance, Environment, Textile and Design, Music Composition and Performance, and Theater and Drama.
DID YOU KNOW…that our new website has a page devoted just to PARKING?
We created a page just to make it a bit easier to visit the SOM. In a nutshell: Weekday parking is not free, but evening and weekend parking sometimes IS free and not that far away. It’s complicated, however, so your best bet is to click here and read!
(Editor’s note: For over six or seven years, the editor routinely visited the School of Music by car, attending concerts and WYSO rehearsals. She always paid for parking, but recently did some digging and learned that UW-Madison actually offers free parking at nights and on weekends. After realizing this, she sighed deeply at the thought of how much money she could have saved had she known…. but now she offers the same information to all our loyal readers as a reward for reading to the end of this newsletter post.)
LAST BUT NOT LEAST…
This fall, our alumni percussion ensemble Clocks in Motion put its own spin on a famous holiday tune while demonstrating the [somewhat variable] dance skills of its members. Thanks for the laugh, Clocks!
At long last, the School of Music is moving forward with its plans to build a new performance center, a $22 million building composed of a 325-seat recital hall, a large rehearsal room, and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment. The plans will be presented to the city of Madison’s Urban Design Commission on October 1. We thank our generous donors, as yet unnamed, who are funding the entire project.
UNIVERSITY OPERA STAGES BENJAMIN BRITTEN COMEDY, “ALBERT HERRING”
On October 24, 26, and 28, University Opera will present its first operatic production of the season, Albert Herring, composed in 1947 by Benjamin Britten. The libretto is based on Guy de Maupassant’s novella Le Rosier de Madame Husson, and was written by Eric Crozier. It will mark the first opera staged under the direction of David Ronis, visiting director of opera at UW-Madison.
MOSER FUND PROVIDES FREE STUDENT TICKETS TO PROFESSIONAL OPERAS- GET ‘EM WHILE THEY LAST!
Former University Opera Director Karlos Moser and his wife, Melinda, once again offer free opera tickets to Madison and Milwaukee opera and (new this year) the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The two created the fund in 2006 with $10,000 they raised by selling tickets to a concert. The fund has since grown to $30,000, enough to allow them to offer even more free tickets. Click here to see which shows are available.
The fund’s inception came from Melinda’s long-lasting love of opera since her school days, and Karlos’s memory from his college days at Princeton University, where he also benefited from a similar fund. “Between 1946 and 1950 I heard, at the old Met on Broadway, such memorable performances as Helen Traubel and Lauritz Melchoir in Tristan, Zinka Milanov in Trovatore, Ljuba Welitsch in Salome, Dorothy Kirsten in Louise, and Ezio Pinza in Boris Gudonov,” Moser says.
“These have had an indelible impact on my musical consciousness and have informed my approach to the glories of opera, and led me to wish to pass on the opportunity. In the past eight years, not only singers and drama students have asked for and received tickets, but also violinists, bassoonists, flutists, conductors. What influence this will make no one knows for sure. But it will probably make a difference.” To request tickets, email Karlos Moser.
BRASS FEST STARTS OCTOBER 8!
The School’s first all-brass music festival in decades begins in little more than a week, showcasing our own brass faculty and students as well as visiting guest artists Øystein Baadsvik, tubist extraordinaire
from Norway; the Western Brass Quintet from Michigan (including SOM alumna Lin Foulk on horn); hornist Jessica Valeri, also an alumna, now performing with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra; and brass composer Anthony Plog. Events will include a Q&A forum with Baadsvik and an all-school colloquium with Plog; master classes on brass instruments plus coachings on quintet playing and auditioning; and four concerts. Watch for lots of Norwegian flags at our gala “Brass Alchemy” concert and reception, where you can meet and greet all the performers as well as concert bands professor Scott Teeple, the evening’s conductor, and trumpet professor John Aley, the festival’s organizer. All events free for students!
UW SYMPHONY PARTNERS WITH WISCONSIN ACADEMY OF ARTS, SCIENCES & LETTERS IN PASSENGER PIGEON PROJECT
On November 2, the UW Symphony Orchestra will present a little-known work for orchestra, The Columbiad, that was written in 1850 in honor of the then-prolific passenger pigeon. The pigeon, which was famous for blackening Wisconsin skies during its migrations, became extinct 100 years ago. The concert is part of a weekend of commemorative activities about the passenger pigeon: lectures, a screening of a new documentary film (see trailer below), and a staged reading of a play. Partners include the UW-Madison Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters.
The November 2nd concert will include a short presentation by Stanley Temple, Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Senior Fellow, Aldo Leopold Foundation.
To learn more about the passenger pigeon and issues of extinction, click here.
LAURA SCHWENDINGER RECEIVES KOUSSEVITSKY COMMISSION FROM LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Faculty composer Laura Schwendinger has learned she is a recipient of a $12,500 chamber music commission from the Serge Koussevitsky Music Foundation at the Library of Congress and the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston. The commission is for a 15-minute work scored for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano.
Meanwhile, Schwendinger’s recent CD, “High Wire Acts: Chamber Music by Laura Elise Schwendinger” recently received a glowing review from the New York Times. “Musical short stories of somnambulant fragility and purpose,” writes reviewer Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim. Click to read more.