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Morphy Recital Hall

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455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States

December 2018

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

December 10 @ 8:30 pm
Morphy Recital Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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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,…

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February 2019

Irving Shain Woodwind-Piano Duo Competition Winners’ Recital

February 16, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Morphy Recital Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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A competition and recital sponsored by former UW-Madison Chancellor Irving Shain.

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Faculty Recital: Marc Vallon, bassoon

February 16, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Morphy Recital Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Marc Vallon is professor of bassoon and bassoonist for the Wingra Wind Quintet in residence at the School of Music. A native of France, Mr. Vallon studied at the Paris Conservatory, where he earned two Premier Prix–for bassoon studies with Maurice Allard and for chamber music with Maurice Bourgue, Myron Bloom, and Christian Lard. During his conservatory studies, played in various Paris orchestras, performing under many renowned conductors, including Sergiu Celibidache, Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Karl Boehm, and Lorin Maazel.

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Jazz Composers Group & Contemporary Jazz Ensemble

February 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Morphy Recital Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Les Thimmig, Jonathan Greenstein, directors.

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Master class: Rhea Olivaccé, soprano

February 22, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Morphy Recital Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Soprano Rhea Olivaccé is known for her “vibrant color” and “vivacious abandon.” In Spring 2018, Ms. Olivaccé reprised the role of Bess in Opera Western Reserve’s production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess where she exhibited “an especially lovely middle to high range with velvety hues” (Cleveland Classical). Her operatic repertoire includes Mimi and Musetta from Puccini’s La Bohème, Contessa from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Tatyana from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Oneginand Suzel in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz. Ms. Olivaccé’s work as a…

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Recital: Rhea Olivaccé, soprano

February 23, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Morphy Recital Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Soprano Rhea Olivaccé is known for her “vibrant color” and “vivacious abandon”. In Spring 2018, Ms. Olivaccé reprised the role of Bess in Opera Western Reserve’s production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess where she exhibited “an especially lovely middle to high range with velvety hues” (Cleveland Classical). Her operatic repertoire includes Mimi and Musetta from Puccini’s La Bohème, Contessa from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Tatyana from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Oneginand Suzel in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz. Ms. Olivaccé’s work as a…

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March 2019

Jazz Standards Ensemble & Blue Note Ensemble

March 5, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Morphy Recital Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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John Schaffer, director.

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The Journey of African-American Song with John Wesley Wright

March 9, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Morphy Recital Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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For this special event,  John Wesley Wright will present a recital of a variety of African-American music including examples of calls and chants, children’s game songs, spirituals and ring shouts, hymns and gospels, civil rights era songs, and contemporary songs. During his three-day residency, he will also present a master class and workshop.   We thank the Vilas Trust, the Anonymous Fund, and our many donors for supporting these concerts and other activities at the School of Music.

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Percussion Dept. Recital

March 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Morphy Recital Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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UW-Madison has multiple active percussion chamber ensembles that rehearse and perform regularly. The Western Percussion Ensemble is a chamber group dedicated to the performance of significant and interesting works for the Western percussion ensemble. Repertoire from diverse trends in 20th and 21st century chamber composition is explored with an emphasis on new compositions for percussion. Guest artists regularly perform with the ensemble, and guest composers are often featured. The World Percussion Ensemble is dedicated to the performance of significant percussive styles…

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Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Composers Group

March 13, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Morphy Recital Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Nick Moran, Les Thimmig, directors.

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April 2019

Perlman Piano Quintet

April 6, 2019 @ 3:30 pm
Morphy Recital Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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A student ensemble supported by Kato Perlman. Kangwoo Jin, piano; Mercedes Cullen, violin; Micah Cheng, violoncello; Maynie Bradley, violin; Luke Valmadrid, viola. A reception will follow the concert.

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34th Annual Beethoven Piano Competition Winners’ Recital

April 14, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Morphy Recital Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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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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Contemporary Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Standards Ensemble

April 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Morphy Recital Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Jonathan Greenstein, John Schaffer, directors.

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The Hunt Quartet

April 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Morphy Recital Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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The Hunt Quartet is comprised of outstanding graduate music students at UW-Madison. For 2018-2019, members will be Chang-En Lu, violin; Ava Shadmani, violin; Fabio Saggin, viola; and Alex Chambers-Ozasky, cello. The Hunt Quartet is funded through a partnership between the UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music with major funding provided by Drs. David and Kato Perlman and the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

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Blue Note Ensemble & Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble

April 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Morphy Recital Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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John Schaffer and Nick Moran, directors.

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