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“Sounding Beckett” – The Intersection of Music and Drama, featuring the Cygnus Ensemble

A two-day event focused on music inspired by the playwright, Samuel Beckett. Featuring a concert by New York’s Cygnus Ensemble, instrumental master classes, a lecture and panel discussion with Patricia Boyette, UW-Madison professor of theatre & drama, and a reading/workshop of student composers’ pieces.

More information to come.

We thank the Vilas Trust, the Anonymous Fund, and our many donors for supporting these concerts and other activities at the School of Music.

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Concert with Guest Artist: Kristina Bachrach & Daniel Fung – The Recovered Voices Initiative

A concert based on the Recovered Voices Initiative.  Kristina Bachrach has been part of this initiative, started by James Conlon and Los Angeles Opera, which focuses on musical works and musicians that were either suppressed or killed by the Nazi regime in World War II.

This concert may be held outside the School of Music halls. Please check back in fall for location.

Read about the Recovered Voices Initiative.

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Lecture with Guest Artist: Kristina Bachrach & Daniel Fung – The Recovered Voices Initiative

A lecture/master class based on the Recovered Voices Initiative.  Kristina Bachrach has been part of this initiative, started by James Conlon and Los Angeles Opera, which focuses on musical works and musicians that were either suppressed or killed by the Nazi regime in World War II.


Read about the Recovered Voices Initiative.

We thank the Vilas Trust, the Anonymous Fund, and our many donors for supporting these concerts and other activities at the School of Music.

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Guest Artist: Marina Lomazov, piano

Part 1 of events associated with UW-Madison’s Keyboard Day (Saturday, February 17). Click here for Keyboard Day details.

Praised by critics as “a diva of the piano” (The Salt Lake City Tribune), “a mesmerizing risk-taker” (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland), and “simply spectacular” (Chicago International Music Foundation) Ukrainian-American pianist Marina Lomazov has established herself as one of the most passionate and charismatic performers on the concert scene today. Following prizes in the Cleveland International Piano Competition, William Kapell International Piano Competition, Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Marina has performed throughout North America, South America, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Bulgaria, South Africa, Ukraine, Russia, Japan and in nearly all of the fifty states in the U.S.


She has debuted in New York (Weill-Carnegie Hall); Boston (Symphony Hall); Chicago (Dame Myra Hess Concert Series); Los Angeles (Museum of Art); Shanghai (City Theater); and Kiev (Kiev International Music Festival).  She has performed as soloist with the Boston Pops, Rochester Philharmonic, Eastman Philharmonia, Chernigov Philharmonic (Ukraine), KUG Orchester Graz (Austria), Bollington Festival Orchestra (England), Piccolo Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Brevard Festival Orchestra and South Carolina Philharmonic, to name a few. New York Times chief music critic Anthony Tommasini described her recent New York performance as “dazzling” and Talk Magazine Shanghai describes her performances as “a dramatic blend of boldness and wit.”

Marina is Ira McKissick Koger Professor of Piano at the University of South Carolina where she is founder and artistic director of the Southeastern Piano Festival.  She is a national panelist for the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts, the organization that nominates Presidential Scholars in the Arts. She also received the 2016 South Carolina Arts Commission Fellowship in Music.

In August, 2018, Marina will become professor of piano at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and visiting artist at the University of South Carolina.

Marina Lomazov is a Steinway Artist.

Marina Lomazov website.


We thank the Vilas Trust, the Anonymous Fund, and our many donors for supporting these concerts and other activities at the School of Music.

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Guest Recital: Blaise Magniere, violin

Violinist Blaise Magniere from the Avalon Quartet, in residence at the Northern Illinois University, will perform Bach’s solo sonatas No. 1 and 3 and partita No. 1.


Master class: Feb. 12. 9 AM, Morphy Hall.

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Guest artists: Anna Hersey, soprano & Alan Johnson, piano

Guest artists Anna Hersey (UW-Oshkosh) and Alan Johnson (University of Miami) will present a recital of songs by Grieg and Sibelius.



About the Performers


Hailed by critics as a “force of nature,” soprano Anna Hersey enjoys performing a wide range of vocal repertoire. A native of Minnesota, Hersey has performed throughout the United States and Europe, appearing with Palm Beach Opera, Florida Chamber Orchestra, Hispanic-American Lyric Theater, Skylark Opera, The Minnesota Opera, and Theatre de la Jeune Lune (at Berkeley Repertory Theater), among others. She gave her first performance at the MacPhail Honors Recital in 1992 at age eleven.

Past roles include Dew Fairy/Sandman (Hansel and Gretel), Contessa in Theatre de la Jeune Lune’s Mozart/Beaumarchais adaptation Figaro at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (nominated for Best Ensemble by the Bay Area Critics Circle), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Mag (Richard Wargo’s Ballymore), Despina (Cosí fan tutte), Concepción (L’heure Espagnole), La Princesse (L’Enfant et les sortileges), Frasquita (Carmen), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Fiona (Brigadoon), and Joanna (Godspell).

A two-time Schubert Club Competition finalist, Dr. Hersey was also awarded second prize in the Thursday Musical Young Artist Competition and performed with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra as winner of their concerto competition. Additionally, she was a national semi-finalist in the Florida Grand Opera Competition, the Classical Singer Competition, and the NATS Artist Awards, receiving the Karl Trump Award from the NATS Foundation. She has performed in master classes with notable artists such as Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Jennifer Larmore, Marianne Hirsti, and Håkan Hagegård.

A noted expert on Scandinavian vocal literature and diction, Dr. Hersey was a Fulbright Scholar at the Kungliga Musikhögskolan (Royal College of Music) in Stockholm, where she collaborated with pianist Matti Hirvonen. Dr. Hersey also conducted research at Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium (Royal Danish Academy of Music) and Københavns Universitet (University of Copenhagen), thanks to a post-doctoral fellowship from the American Scandinavian Foundation. She has presented her research on Scandinavian repertoire and diction at the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the University of Copenhagen Center for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use, the International Congress of Voice Teachers, and the Yale Conference on Baltic and Scandinavian Studies. Dr. Hersey’s articles on Swedish and Danish diction and song repertoire were recently published in the Journal of SingingVOICEPrints, and The Opera Journal. Her translations and transcriptions have been published by Plangere and by Carnegie Hall. Her first book, Scandinavian Art Song: A Guide to Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish Diction and Repertoire was released by Rowman & Littlefield in September 2016.

Hersey performs recitals of Scandinavian music throughout the United States, with the goal of bringing this rarely-heard repertoire to a wider audience. Performances and master classes have been sponsored by Finlandia Foundation, American Scandinavian Foundation, and Sons of Norway.

An active pedagogue, Hersey completed the Vocal Pedagogy Certificate at the University of Minnesota under the tutelage of Professor Clifton Ware. She is an active member of professional organizations in her discipline, serving on the Credentialing/Specialization Committee for the Pan-American Vocology Association, and presenting regularly at regional, national, and international conferences. She is a recent alumna of the NATS Intern Program, and was awarded the 2015 Vocal Pedagogy Award from the NATS Foundation to support her attendance at Johan Sundberg’s voice science seminar at the Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (Royal College of Technology).

Hersey holds master’s degrees in performance and musicology from the University of Minnesota, and pursued advanced studies at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy with acclaimed soprano Raina Kabaivanska. She earned a doctorate from the University of Miami, where she was a Smathers Fellow. Hersey has taught at Iowa State University, Barry University, Broward College, the University of Miami, and Eastern New Mexico University. She is Assistant Professor of Voice at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She was recently named editor-in-chief of VoicePRINTS, the peer-reviewed journal of the New York Singing Teachers Association, and lecture-recitals editor for the College Music Symposium.


Pianist Alan Johnson has collaborated with singers holding national and international engagements in concert and opera since 1985.  As music director, conductor, pianist, vocal coach, and new opera advocate – he has prepared, performed, and premiered many of the most notable and progressive works in opera, music theater, and dance since 1986.  His work has garnered Bessie, Drama Desk, Jefferson, and Obie Awards, including an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Music Direction and a Joseph Jefferson Award for Outstanding Music Direction of The Sound of a Voice and Hotel of Dreams, two one-act operas premieres by Philip Glass and David Henry Hwang.

He has conducted performances at venues across the United States including the American Repertory Theater, American Music Theater Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, New York Shakespeare Festival, Opera Delaware, A Contemporary Theater – Seattle, Court Theater – University of Chicago, Jacobs Pillow, Joyce Theater, Long Wharf Theater, McCarter Theater, Spoleto Festival USA and Italy, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, and many others.

Since 2008, Alan has held the position of Music Director at the John Duffy Institute for New Opera at the Virginia Arts Festival.  Recent projects include a 2016 Rockefeller Residency in Bellagio, Italy, a 2016-17 University of Miami Provost Research Award, and recitals in New York, Alabama, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Iowa.  He holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Miami and a Master of Music in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying from the University of Illinois, having studied with legendary pianists Ivan Davis and John Wustman.  Alan was the 2012 recipient of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship at the University of Miami, where he is Professor of Music.


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Guest Artist: Spencer Martin, viola

Presenting “Gems Rediscovered.”

With pianist Nicholas Shaneyfelt.

The burnished, golden sonorities of the viola – the “forgotten stepsister” to the violin – are all too seldom heard in chamber compositions. Viola virtuoso supreme Spencer Martin seeks to redress this injustice with “Forgotten Gems,” a collection of lovely and beautifully crafted works for viola and piano from four little-known composers of the late-romantic era … works that definitely deserve to be restored to the sadly limited repertoire of chamber music for the viola. Composers include Paul Juon, Ernest Walker, Benjamin Dale, and Robert Fuchs.

The program features lush and varied sonatas by fairly obscure composers, including Russian-born Paul Juon – who has been called the “Russian Brahms.” On that subject, the often “abrasive” and hard-to-please Brahms held the music of Austrian notable Robert Fuchs in very high regard. There’s also striking music from Englishman Ernest Walker – plus a touching Romance by Benjamin Dale, another British composer.

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