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34th Annual Beethoven Piano Competition Winners’ Recital

This event is sponsored by former UW-Madison chancellor Irving Shain, who died on March 6, 2018 at the age of 92. Mr. Shain was a champion of the piano, and founded both the Shain Piano/Woodwind Duo Competition (concert March 4) and the Beethoven Piano Competition.

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Faculty Recital: Compositions of Les Thimmig – Solo and Duo

Presenting a ten-year retrospective of the compositions of Les Thimmig. Featuring Mr. Thimmig, basset horn, bass and E-flat clarinets; Alicia Lee, B-flat clarinet; and Jessica Johnson, piano.

Les Thimmig is a professor of composition and jazz saxophone at UW-Madison.  His numerous appearances as soloist include those with Parnassus, New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, Dayton Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Orquesta Nacional de Venezuela, and New York Philharmonic. Mr. Thimmig’s jazz career has included performances with the orchestras of Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, Oliver Nelson, and Duke Ellington. His compositions have been performed in North and South America, Europe, and Africa.

The program for this event includes Thimmig’s Ballads and Dances, Yolanda Variations, and Grey of the Dawn II.

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Brass Fest V

One ticket good for both days!


Friday, September 28, 8:00 PM, Mills Hall: Concert with UW-Madison Brass Alumni

Saturday, September 29, 8:00 PM, Mills Hall: Faculty, Students and Brass Alumni Concert

Join us for two days of pure brass splendor, held annually since 2014! Featuring four brass alumni for two days of master classes and concerts with UW-Madison brass faculty and college/high school students. Amy Schendel, associate professor of trumpet at the University of Iowa; Adam Unsworth, professor of horn at the University of Michigan; Patrick Pfister, principal trombone of the Omaha Symphony; and Kent Eshelman, associate professor of tuba and euphonium at Baylor University.

Master class times will be posted in early September; check back then!

Ticketed concerts, one ticket covers both days. $22 adults, $7 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.

We thank the Vilas Trust, the Anonymous Fund, and our many donors for supporting these concerts.

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Guest Artist Recital: Violist Elias Goldstein and pianist Angela Draghicescu

Violist Elias Goldstein and pianist Angela Draghicescu will perform works from their upcoming CD, including a transcription of the Enescu Third Sonata, which will be released in Fall 2018.

Elias Goldstein (DMA 2011) is assistant professor of viola at Louisiana State University and much sought internationally for recitals and master classes. Dr. Goldstein was awarded second prize at the Primrose International viola competition in 2011 and recently made his Russian debut with the Moscow Soloists and the New Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under Alexander Slatkovsky. He took second prize at the Bashmet International viola competition, and was also a top prizewinner at the Lionel Tertis International viola competition in 2010.

Angela Draghicescu is visiting professor of music at the University of Southern Alabama. Hailed by the New York Times as “elegant and spectacular,” Dr. Drăghicescu has established an international reputation as a collaborative pianist, chamber musician and teacher. Recent engagements have included performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Seattle Symphony’s Benaroya Hall, The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Rudolfinium in Prague, George Enescu Philharmonic in Bucharest, and Harpa in Iceland.




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Faculty Recital: Soh-Hyun Altino, violin

This concert will feature works for violin and piano by women composers, including Beach, Chaminade, Clarke, and L. Boulanger.

Altino is associate professor of violin at UW-Madison.

Violinist Soh-Hyun Park Altino’s concert engagements have taken her to Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Korea, Venezuela, and throughout the United States. She has appeared as a soloist with the Memphis Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Peabody Concert Orchestra, Masterworks Festival Orchestra, Sinfonica de Campinas in Campos do Jordão, Festival Virtuosi Orquestra in Recife, and Suwon Philharmonic in Seoul, among others. Ms. Park Altino has also collaborated with renowned artists such as Monique Duphil, Oleh Krysa, Suren Bagratuni, Daniel Shapiro, and Jasper de Waal and has performed in the Memphis Chamber Music Society concert series.

Pianist Jeannie Yu has performed as a soloist with the Flint Symphony, Portland Symphony, Marina del Rey-Westchester Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Des Moines Brandenburg Symphony, the Xiamen Symphony Orchestra in China, Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Festival City Symphony Orchestra. She was awarded first prize in the Frinna Awerbuch piano competition in New York, the Flint Symphony International Concerto Competition, the Portland Symphony international concerto competition, and the Kingsville piano competition in Texas.