Upcoming concerts at the School of Music
DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS: FACULTY AND ALUMNI IN CONCERT
CLOCKS IN MOTION--Friday, December 13
Clocks in Motion, the School of Music's resident percussion ensemble, concludes its fall season this Friday, December 13 with two world premieres at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. On the program: the Percussion Duo, a brand-new work composed by UW SOM alumnus Tom Lang, written for piano and one percussionist playing a stacked keyboard setup of marimba with vibraphone. The second premiere will be Allhallows, a major work in three movements for five performers composed by John Jeffrey Gibbens.
Says Sean Kleve, one of the founders of Clocks in Motion: "One of the most fascinating things about the piece is the instrumentation because it involves many instruments that our group has built by hand. Our newest instrument, the Galvitone, is made up of 3 ½ octaves of galvanized pipe cut and tuned in quarter-tones resulting in a unique 24-tone scale. This instrument, paired with Clocks in Motion’s Quarimba, a 24-tone marimba, creates a wacky sonic landscape!"
Clocks in Motion
The final piece will be Iannis Xenakis’s surround sound percussion sextet, Persephassa (1969), involving a huge battery of drums, cymbals, gongs, tam-tams, sirens, and simantras set up in stations surrounding the audience.
Where: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 North Orchard St., Madison.
When: 7:30 pm.
Tickets: $15/$10 students with identification. Learn more here.
ISTHMUS BRASS HOLIDAY BENEFIT FOR PORCHLIGHT-Tuesday, Dec. 17
The Isthmus Brass, another exciting ensemble from the School of Music, formed in 2009 under the direction of renowned tuba professor John Stevens. The group, comprised of a who's who from the UW brass faculty and alumni, includes professors of trumpet and trombone John Aley and Mark Hetzler, plus Dave Cooper (DMA), trumpet, Jon Schipper (BM), trumpet, Ricardo Ameida (BM), horn, Dylan Chmura-Moore (DMA), trombone, Mike Forbes (MM), tuba, Keith Lienert (In process for DMA), percussion, as well as Doug Lindsey (trumpet), Mike Dugan and Mark Hoelscher (trombone).
Next Tuesday, Dec. 17, the group will perform a benefit of holiday tunes for Porchlight, a charity for the homeless, at the First United Methodist Church, 203 West Wisconsin Ave., at 7:30 pm. The concert is free but donations to support the Porchlight mission are appreciated.
The Isthmus Brass, with conductor John Stevens (left).