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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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September 2017

39th Annual Karp Family Concert-CANCELED

September 4 @ 7:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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With Suzanne Beia, violin; Katrin Talbot, viola; Parry Karp, cello; Frances Karp, piano; and Christopher Karp, piano.   This concert is canceled due to injury.

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Faculty Recital: Paul Rowe, voice; Martha Fischer, piano

September 15 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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A program of German art songs, in partnership with the German Department.

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Faculty Recital: Jeanette Thompson, soprano

September 22 @ 7:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Jeanette Thompson, soprano, in recital with guests Thomas Kasdorf, piano; Parry Karp, cello; Paul Rowe, baritone. Performing works of Brahms, Mahler, Poulenc, Porter, Gershwin, Massenet and a host of spirituals.

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Faculty Recital: Christopher Taylor, piano

September 23 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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$5 - $15

A solo recital of classical piano music. Hailed by critics as “frighteningly talented” (The New York Times) and “a great pianist” (The Los Angeles Times), Christopher Taylor has distinguished himself throughout his career as an innovative musician with a diverse array of talents and interests. On the program: Corigliano’s Fantasia on an Ostinato Beethoven’s Symphony #7 (arr. Liszt) Schubert’s Moments Musicaux Rachmaninoff’s Moments Musicaux Tickets: $15 adults, $5 non-School of Music students and children. Ticket information here.  

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Pro Arte Quartet

September 24 @ 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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Guest Recital: Greg Milliren, flute

September 27 @ 7:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Greg Milliren,  associate principal flute of the Minnesota Orchestra, will perform in recital with adjunct flute professor Timothy Hagen.

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DMA Recital: Garrett Mendelow, percussion

September 29 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Garrett Mendelow is a 3rd year DMA dissertator and Paul Collins Distinguished Fellowship recipient studying with Anthony Di Sanza. This recital entitled, "A New World," showcases percussion instruments from various parts of the world in a new/contemporary musical context. I Ching by Per Norgard Okho by Iannis Xenakis Attraction by Emmanuel Sejourne arr. Mendelow (USA Premiere) Three Movements for Conga Soloist and Percussion Trio by Jonathan Ovalle   Garrett Mendelow, percussion Dave Alcorn, percussion James McKenzie, percussion Brian Grimm, cello/pipa…

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Brass Fest IV with the Beaumont Brass, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, and college & high school brass musicians

September 30 - October 1
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One event on October 1, 2017 at 12:00am

Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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The 4th year of UW-Madison’s Brass Fest will include three days of concerts, clinics, master-classes, and vendor exhibits to entertain and educate brass musicians and fans of all ages. With guest quintet, the Beaumont Brass from Michigan State University, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, top college performers and area high school players. Saturday concert @ 8:00 PM: Wisconsin Brass Quintet & Beaumont Brass Quintet.  Free. Sunday concert @ 2:30 PM: College & high school students perform with Wisconsin Brass Quintet &…

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October 2017

Wind Ensemble

October 4 @ 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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Guest artist: Violist Nobuku Imai with the Pro Arte Quartet

October 5 @ 12:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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With her exceptional talent, musical integrity, and charisma, Nobuko Imai is considered to be one of the most outstanding violists of our time. She will perform Brahms’ G Major Quintet with the Pro Arte Quartet.

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Faculty Recital: Paul Rowe, voice; Martha Fischer, piano

October 6 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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UW Symphony Orchestra

October 7 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Chad Hutchinson, conductor.

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Faculty Recital: Mark Hetzler, solo trombone

October 13 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Solitude - A Solo Performance Created by Mark Hetzler Featuring a world premiere by Mark Hetzler, and compositions by J.S. Bach, Luciano Berio, Iannis Xenakis, John Stevens and Matthew Burtner. This solo concert will explore the concept of isolation, solitude and internal dialogue. Featuring landmark works by contemporary composers and classic excerpts from J.S. Bach's unaccompanied cello music, this performance will also include an original spoken word element.

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University Bands

October 15 @ 1:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Choral Collage

October 15 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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David Kim & Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”

October 17 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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$5 - $15

"From Prodigy to Professional - A Life in Music” Talk & Concert with David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and string musicians from the Mead Witter School of Music. Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim has a story to tell about his experiences and struggles to reach the pinnacle of his career. Interspersed with performances of some of Mr. Kim's favorite works, this is a humorous, sometimes jarring, and often poignant story not to be missed. Kim will then lead…

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Concert Band

October 18 @ 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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Faculty Recital: Aaron Hill, oboe

October 22 @ 3:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Transcriptions of music originally written for violin.

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Pro Arte Quartet

October 28 @ 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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November 2017

UW Wind Ensemble

November 1 @ 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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Faculty Recital: Anthony DiSanza, percussion

November 3 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Presenting works by Danish composer Per Nörgård and American composer Elliot Cole.

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UW Symphony Orchestra

November 4 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Chad Hutchinson, conductor.

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Wingra Wind Quintet

November 5 @ 3:00 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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UW Concert Choir

November 10 @ 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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Faculty Recital: Parry Karp, cello

November 11 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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With Frances Karp, piano.

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Combined Choirs Concert

November 12 @ 3:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Women’s Chorus, University Chorus & Masters Singers.

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Wisconsin Brass Quintet

November 15 @ 7:30 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. http://www.wisconsinbrassquintet.com

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Madrigal Singers

November 17 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Presenting Israelsbrünnlein, Part II. Bruce Gladstone, conductor.

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Low Brass Ensemble

November 18 @ 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Chorale

November 18 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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December 2017

“Breaking Ground” with Marc Vallon and friends

December 1 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Presenting unusual and interesting music from the 16th to the 21st centuries.

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All-University Strings

December 2 @ 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Concert Band

December 3 @ 1:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Scott Teeple, conductor.

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University Bands

December 3 @ 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Western Percussion Ensemble

December 5 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Anthony DiSanza, director.

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World Percussion Ensemble

December 9 @ 12:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Choral Union & Symphony Orchestra

December 9 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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$8 - $15

Presenting Mozart’s Great C Minor Mass and Brahms’ Schicksalslied. Beverly Taylor, conductor. Saturday concert @ 8:00 PM Sunday concert @ 7:00 PM Ticketed: $15 adults/$8 all students. Ticket information here.

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Choral Union & Symphony Orchestra

December 10 @ 7:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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$8 - $15

Presenting Mozart’s Great C Minor Mass and Brahms’ Schicksalslied. Beverly Taylor, conductor. Saturday concert @ 8:00 PM Sunday concert @ 7:00 PM Ticketed: $15 adults/$8 all students. Ticket information here.

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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. Please check back in fall for more information. 

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Faculty Recital: Marc Vallon, bassoon

January 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Schubertiade 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

Songs, vocal ensembles, piano music and chamber music associated with Franz Schubert’s friends and colleagues. An annual tradition. A reception at the University Club will follow the performance. $15 adults/$5 non-SOM students. Ticket information here.

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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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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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Learn about Marina Lomazov.

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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 15, 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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Free - $10

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  

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April 2018

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, part 1 (4 pm) & part 2 (7 pm). Beverly Taylor, conductor.

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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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Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, part 1 (4 pm) & part 2 (7 pm). Beverly Taylor, conductor.

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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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Chad Hutchinson, conductor.

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