The Wisconsin Union Theater announces the 99th annual Concert Series. For almost 100 years this series, the longest running in the Midwest, has included the world’s best musical artists of the day as well as its emerging stars. From Jascha Heifetz and Marian Anderson to Yo Yo Ma and Dawn Upshaw. From Paul Robeson and Yehudi Menuhin to Sergei Rachmaninoff and Hilary Hahn. That tradition continues in the upcoming season.
The 2018-2-19 Concert Series includes:
Cantus, Nov. 11, 2018, 7:30 pm
A premier male vocal ensemble out of Minneapolis, Cantus is very active in touring and outreach. Their program is Alone Together, an introspective narrative on the struggles of humans and communities to find meaningful connection in our increasingly digital world. The program’s centerpiece is a four-movement work composed for Cantus by Libby Larsen which will premiere in fall 2018. Also included are works by Beethoven and Bernstein, Jennifer Higdon’s A Quiet Moment, David Lang’s modern exploration of yearning in his Manifesto, a ravishing Steven Sametz setting of Walt Whitman’s We Two, and a breathtaking arrangement of The Beatles' She’s Leaving Home.
Lise de la Salle and Christian-Pierre La Marca, Dec. 8, 2018, 7:30 pm
French pianist Lise de la Salle and French cellist Christian-Pierre La Marca will offer an interesting program of Paris & Moscow, gathering pieces by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Rimsky Korsakov to portray the two cities.
Imani Winds, Feb. 1, 2019, 7:30 pm
Grammy-nominated woodwind quintet Imani Winds’ repertoire seeks to meaningfully bridge American, European, African and Latin American traditions. From Mendelssohn to Astor Piazzolla to Wayne Shorter and Stravinsky, Imani Winds successfully blends the traditional and modern genres into one intriguing and refreshing take on classical music. The ensemble has five releases on E1 Music, including their 2006 Grammy Award nominated recording entitled The Classical Underground. They have also recorded for Naxos and Blue Note and released "The Rite of Spring" on Warner Classics which was on iTunes Best of 2013 list.
Cuarteto Casals, Mar. 1, 2019, 7:30 pm
Barcelona based Cuarteto Casals is the quartet in residence at the Royal Palace in Madrid, serving as Spain’s cultural ambassadors. Named after the great Catalan cellist Pau Casals, the string quartet is dedicated to performing the great masterpieces from the 17th century to the present day. They perform programs including works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Haydn, Bartok, Purcell and Debussy.
Apollo's Fire, Mar. 30, 2019
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons rediscovered with Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos
Apollo’s Fire and Jeannette Sorrell present Vivaldi’s beloved concertos as the revolutionary acts of musical storytelling they were meant to be – bringing Vivaldi’s pictorial descriptions to life. If you thought you knew the Four Seasons, be prepared for surprises! From the bird calls and storms to a barking dog, flies and wasps, drunken peasants, an exhilarating fox hunt with “gunshots,” and more… the story that Vivaldi intended with these pieces is made clear as each concerto is preceded by a quick and polished “tour” of the sound effects to come. The virtuoso musicians of Apollo’s Fire take turns stepping into the spotlight as a different soloist leads each concerto.
The program also features dueling cellists René Schiffer and Mimé Brinkmann in Vivaldi’s stormy Concerto for Two Cellos. Hear why Jeannette Sorrell calls Vivaldi the “rock n’ roll composer of the 18th century!”
The series is available at the lowest price of the season, only $160, until April 30, 2018. Orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis so those who would like specific seats are encouraged to send their subscriptions in ASAP. Subscriptions forms are available online as well as in-person at Campus Arts Ticketing in the Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St. Call the box office, 265-ARTS (2787) with questions.
The series is presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Performing Arts Committee.