Wednesday, April 3, 2019

John Beutel's Music Appreciation Schedule

John is an old friend of Cooksville, and for a number of years he has been organizing a series of musical events in Stoughton especially for seniors, but open to anyone without charge, although donations are welcome.  Venue is the Stoughton Opera House.  His note with details is below.

Dear musical friends,
It looks like spring is beginning to return to us.  So this spring we'll have a "Musical Vortex" I think I've pulled together a nice series of presentations-a few familiar faces and some new faces virtually from around the world. I was going to have 6 sessions, but a wonderful pianist with a great program wanted to perform so I added a session on April 1

The routine remains the same-3:00 pm on the listed Mondays for about an hour.  Anyone "who loves music, wants to learn more about it and hear great musicians" are welcome. Bring your music loving friends and pass the word. The schedule is on the Opera House online schedule and in the Senior Center Newsletter. The programs are free but donations are very, very welcome. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I look forward to seeing all of you.

The series is sponsored by The Stoughton Area Senior Center, The Stoughton Opera House, The Bryant Foundation and your generous donations.

April 1-Shun-Jung--Piano
Shun-Jung is a native of Taiwan and is currently working on her Doctorate in the Musical Arts at the UW-Madison.  She has a long list of venues in which she has performed.  Her wonderful program will include selections by Schubert, Borodin, Debussy, and Wagner/Liszt.
April 8-Middleton Jazz
This group has performed for us twice before and were very well received so I invited them to perform again this year.  Their informative and spirited performance will include music of the 1920's, 30's, and 40's(American Songbook) and will set your feet a'tappin'.
April 15-Stoughton High School Music Students
These outstanding young musicians from our High School will perform selections that they have presented at the District Solo/Ensemble Festival.  All musicians begin somewhere.  It is with great pleasure that we welcome these young musicians.
April 22-Aaron Yamei, Violin; Kyle Johnson, Piano
Kyle has completed his Doctorate in Music and has performed for us several times before. For this performance he will join  friend Aaron, a present a violin sonata by Poulenc and a violin piece by a 21st century composer.
April 29-UW-Madison Student Jazz Quartet
These students will present three phases of the great American Heritage of Jazz. They will perform Standard Classic Jazz  Selections, Contemporary Pieces, and some Original Compositions by the group.
May 6-Heywon-Ruh, Piano
native of Korea, Heywon is currently working on her Doctorate at the  Peabody School of Music in Baltimore(part of Johns Hopkins University). She recently returned from studying and concertizing in Europe. She is coming to Wisconsin to perform great piano music especially   for our series. (At Peabody she knows Stoughton native, Paul Johnson, double bass teacher and head of the String Department there)
May 13-The Ancora String Quartet
We welcome this professional quartet back to our series. The group is made up of String Faculty at UW-Whitewater, and players in the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.  They will perform great selections from the  wealth of music for the string quartet. Come join us for this thrilling Finale of our Spring Series


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