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Mills Concert Hall

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455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States

Mills Hall is named for Charles H. Mills. From 1914 until his death in 1937, Charles Mills was a professor of music and the director of the School of Music at the University of Wisconsin. One of his most noted accomplishments there was “the Wisconsin plan” which provided for the acceptance of music courses for entrance credit by the University of Wisconsin on an equal basis with recognized academic subjects. The high standards Mills set as a basis for granting this increase in entrance credits for music were credited with greatly increasing the quality of public school music education, and the “Wisconsin plan” served as an example for other states to follow.

Mills also elevated the level of music study at the University of Wisconsin. When he came to Wisconsin, the School of Music offered only a two-year course leading to a certificate. During his tenure here, it became a four-year course leading to a Bachelor’s degree, and Master’s and Doctoral programs were introduced. One of Mills’s last public appearances was at the 1937 commencement exercises, where he escorted his first Ph.D. candidate, Robert A. Sromovsky. The program was shifted from a conservatory-type course to a broader educational program in which nearly half the credits earned by graduates were in subjects outside of music including English, History and languages. Mills believed that it was important for musicians to be well-rounded individuals.

Learn more here: http://music.library.wisc.edu/wma/papers/mills_ch/mills_ch.htm

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December 2017

DMA recital: Anna Siampani, piano

December 12 @ 8:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Anna Siampani is a second year DMA student in piano performance and pedagogy, studying with Prof. Jessica Johnson. Anna will present a solo piano recital featuring works of the early 20th century, blending the American Jazz and the French Impressionistic styles. Compositions include the famous Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin and the whole second set of Preludes by Claude Debussy.

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January 2018

Annual Double Reed Day with guest artist Nancy Ambrose King, oboe

January 20, 2018
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Guest artist recital, master classes for oboe and bassoon, and a collegial double reed choir concert. Open to double reeders of all ages. With Mead Witter faculty Marc Vallon, bassoon, and Aaron Hill, oboe. Guest oboist Nancy Ambrose King is professor of oboe and chair of the Winds & Percussion Department at the University of Michigan. She was previously associate professor and University Scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and served as the first female President of the International…

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Clarinet Day

January 21, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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A day of classes, workshops and recitals for clarinet students, performers and enthusiasts of all ages and levels. With Alicia Lee, assistant professor of clarinet, and featuring guest artist Gabriel Campos Zamora, principal clarinet of the Minnesota Orchestra. In addition, we offer a presentation and equipment trial session with Vandoren artist Melissa Koprowski, as well as performances by UW-Madison students and assistant professor of clarinet, Alicia Lee. 9:30am check-in 10am Clarinet Choir Reading 11:30am Masterclass with Gabriel Campos Zamora If…

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Schubertiade: “Year by Year” with Martha Fischer & Bill Lutes

January 28, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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$5 - $15

Franz Schubert, aged 16, by Leopold Kupelwieser - pencil drawing (anonymous reproduction), detail, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2294004 A Biographical Schubertiade Songs, Chamber Music, and Piano Duets 1811-1828. This year's Schubertiade will present at least one work from each year of Schubert's all-too-brief but brilliant career. Beginning with one of his earliest piano duets, written when he was 14 years old, and ending with songs from his final year, this 5th Annual Schubertiade at the Mead-Witter School of Music will take place on…

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February 2018

“Chorfest”

February 1, 2018
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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"Chorfest" is a daylong educational and performance workshop for high school choruses from around the state. With the Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, and conductors Beverly Taylor and Bruce Gladstone. Final concert, 5 PM, Mills Hall.

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Pro Arte Quartet

February 3, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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David Perry and Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Parry Karp, cello.

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Faculty Recital: Daniel Grabois, horn

February 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Daniel Grabois is associate professor of horn at UW-Madison. This recital will be a collaboration with Professor Christopher Taylor on piano and Assistant Professor Soh-Hyun Altino on violin. Program to come.

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Guest Artist: Marina Lomazov, piano

February 16, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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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,…

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Concert Band

February 18, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Mike Leckrone, conductor.

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Western Percussion Ensemble

February 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Wind Ensemble

February 21, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Scott Teeple, conductor.

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Symphony Strings

February 22, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Wisconsin Brass Quintet

February 24, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Alex Noppe and Matthew Onstad, trumpets; Mark Hetzler, trombone; Tom Curry, tuba; and Daniel Grabois, horn. With special guest Anthony DiSanza, percussion. http://www.wisconsinbrassquintet.com

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Faculty Duo Recital: Mark Hetzler, trombone, & Martha Fischer, piano

February 28, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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This concert will showcase music from their recent Summit Records CD release, Themes and Meditations, featuring the Sonata for Cello and Piano by Frank Bridge.

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March 2018

Faculty Recital: Parry Karp, cello and Eli Kalman, piano

March 2, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Wingra Wind Quintet

March 9, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Timothy Hagen, flute; Aaron Hill, oboe; Alicia Lee, clarinet; Joanna Schulz, horn; Marc Vallon, bassoon.

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University Bands

March 11, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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“Le Domaine Musical” with Marc Vallon and friends

March 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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20th century music and more.

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Guest Artists: Cortona Duo

March 16, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Performing Laura Schwendinger's Love Sonnets.

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Faculty Recital: Timothy Hagen, flute

March 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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New adjunct flute professor Timothy Hagen will be featured in his first faculty recital, with Aaron Hill, oboe, and Thomas Kasdorf, piano. Works by Gaetano Donizetti, W. F. Bach, Laura Schwendinger, Samuel Zyman, and Timothy Hagen will be performed.

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“Symphony Showcase” Concerto Winners Solo Recital & Reception

March 18, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Chad Hutchinson, conductor. Concerto winners announced in December. A reception will follow the concert. $10 adults, free to all students and children. Ticket information here.

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Concert Band

March 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Mike Leckrone, conductor.

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

March 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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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. http://www.cygnusensemble.com 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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April 2018

Faculty Concert: Alicia Lee, clarinet

April 5, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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 Alicia Lee, assistant professor of clarinet,  will present a diverse program of works for clarinet.

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Prof. James Doing Voice Studio Concert

April 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Teaching Favorites for the Voice Studio English, French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish selections performed by Voice Professor James Doing and his studio.

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Wind Ensemble

April 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Scott Teeple, conductor.

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Low Brass Ensemble

April 14, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Twisted Metal Horn Ensemble

April 17, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Daniel Grabois, director.

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Pro Arte Quartet

April 19, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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David Perry and Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Parry Karp, cello.

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Combined Choirs Concert

April 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Concert Choir

April 21, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Beverly Taylor, conductor.

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Choral Union & Chamber Orchestra – Part 1

April 22, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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$8 - $15

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion Beverly Taylor, conductor A sacred oratorio written by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1727 for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra, with libretto by Picander (Christian Friedrich Henrici). It sets chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew (in the German translation of Martin Luther) to music, with interspersed chorales and arias. It is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of classical sacred music. Credit: Wikipedia. Read more here. This concert will be divided…

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Choral Union & Chamber Orchestra – Part 2

April 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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$8 - $15

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion Beverly Taylor, conductor A sacred oratorio written by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1727 for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra, with libretto by Picander (Christian Friedrich Henrici). It sets chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew (in the German translation of Martin Luther) to music, with interspersed chorales and arias. It is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of classical sacred music. Credit: Wikipedia. Read more here. This concert will be divided…

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Symphony Orchestra

April 23, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Chad Hutchinson, conductor.

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Wind Ensemble

April 25, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Scott Teeple, conductor.

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Western Percussion Ensemble

April 27, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Madrigal Singers & Chorale

April 28, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Presenting “Free Wheeling: A Tribute to the Bicycle” with choirs and a jazz quintet. Bruce Gladstone, conductor.

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Concert Band

April 29, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Mike Leckrone, conductor.

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University Bands

April 29, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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All-University Strings

April 29, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Matt Chan, conductor.

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