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Alumnus musicologist J. Griffith Rollefson publishes book on European hip hop

During his graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, alumnus J. Griffith Rollefson embarked on several international research trips while writing his dissertation, “European Hip Hop and the Politics of Postcoloniality.” Throughout Europe, he frequented hip hop shows, clubs, record shops, and open mic nights to observe and interview the people who consider this artform […]

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University Opera Presents A KURT WEILL CABARET – Oct. 27, 29 & 31

September 27, 2017 Contact: Katherine Esposito 263-5615 David Ronis University Opera turns to music and theater of the mid-20th century with A KURT WEILL CABARET  This fall, University Opera takes a short break from strictly operatic offerings as it turns to the music of Kurt Weill (1900-1950).  A KURT WEILL CABARET, a pastiche of 21 […]

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The Carillon returns!

The Carillon returns! May 26, 2017 For more information: kesposito@wisc.edu We are happy to report that the UW-Madison Memorial Carillon concerts will resume on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at 3 pm, with Sunday afternoon concerts on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at least through the end of the summer (August). Lyle Anderson, […]

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University Opera presents Benjamin Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw”

January 31, 2017 Contacts: David Ronis ronis@wisc.edu Katherine Esposito kesposito@wisc.edu   Fresh from winning two major awards in the 2015-16 National Opera Association Competition, University Opera will present Benjamin Britten’s gothic ghost story, The Turn of the Screw, to round out its season.  In this, Britten’s last chamber opera, based on the Henry James novella […]

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UW-Madison Musicians to present “Thank You” concert to Mead Witter Foundation

January 26, 2017 CONTACT: Beth Larson, beth.larson@wisc.edu Katherine Esposito kesposito@wisc.edu UW-Madison Musicians to present “Thank You” concert to Mead Witter Foundation The University of Wisconsin Mead Witter School of Music will bring two quintet ensembles to the Performing Arts Center in Wisconsin Rapids for a free concert on Thursday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m.  The […]

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Two More Awards for University Opera

University Opera scores again with national recognition Awards for two shows in 2015-2016 UW-Madison’s University Opera is on a roll. Both shows from last year, Transformations and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, have won awards in the National Opera Association’s (NOA) Opera Production Competition for 2015-2016. It is the second year in a row that […]

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2017 Annual Schubertiade to feature acclaimed soprano Emily Birsan

ALSO IN JANUARY: Violinist Soh-Hyun Altino and pianist Christopher Taylor team up for an afternoon of exquisite sonatas from Fauré and Corigliano. Sunday, January 22, 4 PM. Learn more here. Join pianists Martha Fischer, Bill Lutes, and friends on the stage and seats of Mills Hall for January’s “Schubertiade,” an intimate homage to the music, […]

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2016-2017 Concerto Competition Winners Announced – Concert Feb. 12

Two violinists, one pianist, one trumpeter, and one vocalist will solo with UW Symphony Orchestra with conductor James Smith. In addition, the music of composition student Nathan Froebe will be performed. The concert is in Mills Hall at 7:30 PM.  There will be a free public reception immediately following at the University Club, 803 State […]

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Laura Schwendinger’s Opera “Artemisia” Slated for New York Premiere

New opera sheds light on Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the Baroque’s most respected female painters By Michael Muckian Artemisia, the recently completed opera by the University of Wisconsin’s Laura Elise Schwendinger, has been scheduled for its world premiere performance January 7 in New York City as part of Trinity Church Wall Street’s 2016-2017 performance season. […]

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Wisconsin Day of Percussion–January 21, 2017

Wisconsin Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society Presents “Wisconsin Day of Percussion” January 21, 2017 at the Mead Witter School of Music Hosted by Anthony Di Sanza, professor of percussion, and the UW-Madison Percussion Studio On January 21, 2017 the Wisconsin chapter of the Percussive Arts Society will present the all-day Wisconsin Day of Percussion […]

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University Opera presents Verdi’s Falstaff, re-envisioned in Hollywood, 1930

As part of the worldwide commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, University Opera will present Verdi’s final masterpiece, Falstaff.  Based on material from The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV, and Henry V, Falstaff is a wild, comic romp.  In the UW-Madison production, updated to Hollywood in 1930, Falstaff is a has-been silent […]

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Christopher Taylor to Debut New Piano

From the Mead Witter School of Music University of Wisconsin-Madison September 13, 2016 In a marriage of the Baroque and the modern, celebrated UW-Madison pianist Christopher Taylor will debut his much-anticipated new electronic double-keyboard piano this October 28, performing J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.” The “Variations” is an 80-minute work once dubbed a “Rubik’s Cube of […]

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Third UW-Madison Brass Fest to feature renowned Stockholm Chamber Brass – Sept. 30/Oct. 1

BRASS, BRASS AND MORE BRASS – With No. 3, UW-Madison cements a tradition as a Brass Hub of the Midwest On September 30 and October 1, 2016, the newly renamed Mead Witter School of Music will welcome the internationally acclaimed Stockholm Chamber Brass to campus for a third annual Brass Fest. The quintet’s tour of […]

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David Ronis Appointed as University Opera’s Permanent Director

The UW-Madison School of Music is pleased to announce that David Ronis, interim University Opera director since 2014, has been selected as the program’s permanent director following a nationally competitive search. “We are delighted to have hired someone with such wide-ranging experience and expertise, as well as a proven commitment to music education in the […]

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University Opera Presents “Transformations”: Fairy Tales with a Twist!

February 12, 2016 This spring, University Opera will present Transformations, Conrad Susa’s daring 1973 chamber opera with texts by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne Sexton. Transformations will be directed by Interim Director of Opera, David Ronis, and conducted by Kyle Knox, who recently conducted Madison Opera’s production of Little Women. This new production will be performed […]