The UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of alumnus guest conductor Mikko Rankin Utevsky, performs music of Schubert, Grieg, and Pulitzer laureate Caroline Shaw. Each piece is a reflection on the music of bygone times.
Grieg: Holberg Suite
Caroline Shaw: Entr’acte
Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D. 485
Franz Schubert’s youthful Fifth Symphony, written when the composer was just 19, is a graceful, lyric masterpiece overflowing with the influence of Mozart (whom Schubert adored). Edvard Grieg’s Suite “From Holberg’s Time” commemorates the bicentennial of the great Norwegian playwright Ludvig Holberg, with dance movements in what the composer imagined to be Baroque style. Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw’s “Entr’acte” was written for the Brentano String Quartet, inspired by their performance of a Haydn minuet and trio (from Op. 77 No. 2) and “riffing on” that form. The composer transcribed the work for string orchestra in 2014 for the ensemble A Far Cry. Click to hear a performance of the original version.
Madison native Mikko Rankin Utevsky is the founding music director of the Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra, a summer festival ensemble for gifted high school and college musicians, which he has directed since 2011. He is assistant conductor of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, where he performs as associate principal viola, and artistic director of the Choral Arts Society Chorale of Madison.
Since 2013, Utevsky has been music director of The Studio Orchestra, a Madison-area community ensemble that performs at nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Dane County. As a guest conductor, he has worked with student ensembles at Madison East High School, Eagle School, and the UW-Madison All-University String Orchestra. During the day, he works as the Music Engagement and Outreach coordinator at the UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music.
A graduate of the UW-Madison School of Music, he performed in numerous ensembles (including as co-principal viola in the Symphony, Chamber, and Opera orchestras) and in multiple roles with the University Opera. Utevsky also maintains a private teaching studio, is active as a musicologist and a program annotator, and sings with the Madison Symphony Chorus. He has studied conducting with Kenneth Kiesler and James Smith.