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Announcing the World Premiere of John Harbison’s Viola Sonata

ANNOUNCING A WORLD PREMIERE: Composer John Harbison pens new composition for Pro Arte Quartet violist Sally Chisholm New strings scholarship also created Composer and music educator John Harbison, winner of both a MacArthur Fellowship “genius” grant and a Pulitzer Prize in composition, has created a new work for Sally Chisholm, violist with the University of […]


Wisconsin Brass Quintet Explores New Sounds and Styles

Wisconsin Brass Quintet tacks contemporary by adding percussionist Anthony DiSanza On October 25 and again March 14 at the Mead Witter School of Music, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, a resident ensemble now in its 45th year, will expand its sonic and stylistic range with the addition of percussionist Anthony DiSanza, professor at the School of […]

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50 Years of Jazz at UW-Madison

News release March 13, 2018 Contact: Katherine Esposito  608.263.5615   Celebrating a milestone with students, faculty and special guest, trumpeter Marquis Hill   This April, UW-Madison’s annual Jazz Week will celebrate the 50th anniversary season of the UW Jazz Orchestra, the first jazz ensemble at UW-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music. Jazz Week 2018 will […]

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University Opera to stage “La Bohème” at Memorial Union’s Shannon Hall

January 10, 2018 Contact: David Ronis ronis@wisc.edu Katherine Esposito  kesposito@wisc.edu Riveting theater, achingly beautiful music abound in upcoming University Opera production of La Bohème University Opera takes over the Wisconsin Union Theater for a three-day run of Puccini’s masterpiece On February 23, 24 and 25, University Opera, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Union Theater, will […]

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Announcing the winners of our 2017-2018 Concerto Competition

December 27, 2017   For the first time in 20 years, a bassoonist has won the Mead Witter School of Music’s concerto competition and will perform solo on stage on March 18, 2018 in our annual “Symphony Showcase” winners’ recital. Bassoonist Eleni Katz will play Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K. 191 with […]

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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 […]