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“When you play in front of a live audience you get energy back from the audience. The performance carries so much more meaning when you can tell that you’re affecting people.”
The air was filled with excitement and music as the UW–Madison Varsity Band gathered for the first large group practices since the COVID-19 lockdown began.
As part of the Hamel Music Center’s opening year celebrations, UW–Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music is welcoming the Brooklyn-based collective, whose dynamic and collaborative work seeks to “transform the orchestral experience.”
The final touches of construction were being put in place during a preview tour of the Hamel Music Center Sept. 16. The Mead Witter School of Music is looking for volunteers Sept. 19 and 20, to sit quietly in the audience and hear professional acousticians perform the final tuning.
With opening celebrations of the center planned for the weekend of October 25-27, 2019, many more audiences will experience its state-of-the-art acoustics and inspired setting.
In recognition of his contributions to music in Madison, particularly toward reinvigorating the local jazz scene, the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium's Jazz Junction Benefit Concert on June 1 will this year honor Schaffer upon his retirement.
“Corey Pompey is the clear choice,” said Susan Cook, director of the School of Music. “He has a deep musicianship along with an enthusiasm and energy on the podium that was infectious; he really connected with the students.”
University of Wisconsin–Madison band director Mike Leckrone capped his 50-year career with his 45th annual Varsity Band Spring Concert on April 13 at the Kohl Center.
Nearly 400 junior high school students are participating in the UW–Madison Summer Music Clinic, a week-long band, choir and orchestra camp.
The Madison ensemble Sound Out Loud, which includes four UW–Madison doctoral music students, has won a nationwide award for its performances of contemporary classical music.
The facility will handle a wide range of performances — from intimate recitals, to ensembles, to groups of 100 or more musicians and singers. And what look like wagon-wheel windows are actually not windows at all.
UW–Madison graduate student Colin Rohm is being remembered by his campus colleagues as a scholar of uncommon talent and wide-ranging passions who nurtured the intellectual curiosity of thousands of his fellow students as a gifted advisor.
Early recipients of UW2020 funding, from the School of Music to the School of Medicine and Public Health and beyond, have assembled interdisciplinary teams to address their research questions and have attracted outside funding with initial support from the program.
Alicia Lee is an associate professor of clarinet.
Leckrone served as “band mom” to thousands of marching band students with care, dedication and support.