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Faculty Recital: Jessica Johnson, piano

Jessica Johnson serves on the piano faculty at the UW-Madison as professor of piano and piano pedagogy. In 2006, she received UW-Madison’s prestigious Emil Steiger Distinguished Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. Johnson has been on the faculties of Augustana College (Illinois), Sterling College, and the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts.

This concert will feature works by women composers from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.

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

Cellist Parry Karp is artist-in residence and professor of chamber music and cello at UW-Madison, where he is director of the string chamber music program. He has been cellist of the Pro Arte Quartet for the past 41 years, the longest tenure of any member in the quartet’s over 100 year history. Mr. Karp has played concerti throughout the United States and gave the first performance in Romania of Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo with the National Radio Orchestra in Bucharest in 2002. He is active as a performer of new music and has performed in the premieres of dozens of works, many of which were written for him, including concerti, sonatas and chamber music. As a solo recording artist, he has recorded the solo cello works of Ernest Bloch, and works of Frank Bridge, Rebecca Clarke, Ernest Chausson, Edward Collins, Georges Enesco, John Ireland, Alberic Magnard, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Miklos Rosza, and Richard Strauss.

Pianist Eli Kalman has performed extensively in Romania, Israel, Germany, Hungary, Japan, the United States and Canada. He was the recipient of the Paul Collins Wisconsin distinguished graduate fellowship for excellence at UW-Madison.  Prior to his teaching appointment at UW-Oshkosh in 2006, he held educator positions on the piano faculty at the Center of Arts, Mizra in Israel and at the Lyceum of Arts, Baia Mare in Romania. As a performer, his lifelong passion for chamber music has been featured at the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C., on “San Francisco Performances” and “Tuesday Evening Concert Series” in Virginia, on the Emmanuel Music-Schumann Chamber Series in Boston, the Connoisseur Series at Wichita State University, the Myra Hess Series in Chicago, and many more.  He was an artist-in-residence at the Chamber Music Festival at Banff, Canada, and a guest artist for five years at the Token Creek Festival directed by celebrated American composer John Harbison.


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Irving Shain Woodwind-Piano Duo Competition Winners’ Recital

A competition and recital sponsored by former UW-Madison Chancellor Irving Shain.

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UW Jazz Orchestra & the Billy Childs Quartet

Jazz pianist Billy Childs, the 2018 Grammy Award winner for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, will join the UW Jazz Orchestra on stage for an exciting opening act prior to his appearance with the Billy Childs Quartet.

Mr. Childs is one of the most prolific and acclaimed artists working in music today. He credits Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea as some of his early influences, as well as classical composers such as Paul Hindemith, Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinsky for sparking his love of composition. The result of such a broad range of influences is Childs’ own “neoclassical” style that crosses musical boundaries. He has collaborated with other acclaimed artists including Yo-Yo Ma, The Kronos Quartet, Wynton Marsalis, Sting, and Chris Botti.
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Christopher Taylor, solo classical piano


From 24 Preludes, op. 53 (1988) – Nikolai Kapustin
19. E-flat Major, Vivace
20. c minor, Lento a piacere
21. B-flat Major, Comodo
22. g minor, Animato
23. F Major, Moderato
24. d minor, Presto

Symphony no. 8 in F Major, op. 93 – Ludwig van Beethoven, transcribed by Franz Liszt

Fantasy in C Major, D. 760 (“Der Wanderer”) – Franz Schubert

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. He is known for a passionate advocacy of music written in the past 100 years — Messiaen, Ligeti, and Bolcom figure prominently in his performances — but his repertoire spans four centuries and includes the complete Beethoven sonatas, the Liszt Transcendental Etudes, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and a multitude of other familiar masterworks. Whatever the genre or era of the composition, Mr. Taylor brings to it an active imagination and intellect coupled with heartfelt intensity and grace.

This is a ticketed event. $17 adults, $7 all age students/children. Free to music majors, faculty and staff. To avoid long lines, we suggest arriving 30 minutes early or buying tickets ahead of time, either in person or online. Please see link below.

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Doctoral Recital: Thalia Coombs, violin and Thomas Kasdorf, piano

Violinist Thalia Coombs (DMA, student of David Perry) and pianist Thomas Kasdorf (DMA, student of Martha Fischer) perform piano trios by Tchaikovsky and Haydn with alumna cellist Samantha Sinai.

The Tchaikovsky Piano Trio is a massive, rarely-played masterwork described by the composer as “music of a symphonic character.” Nearly an hour in length, the piece is Tchaikovsky’s only chamber work for piano and strings, written in memory of his friend and mentor Nikolai Rubinstein. Haydn’s Piano Trio in G major, Hob. XV/25, nicknamed the “Gypsy Rondo” for its boisterous finale, is his most popular essay in the genre, and a true delight.


Haydn: Piano Trio in G major, Hob. XV/25  “Gypsy Rondo” (1795)

Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 (1882)