The New York Times gave this group a superb review, asserting that Punch Brothers “expand the frontier of an emerging style of what might be called American country-classical chamber music.”
Now playing venues in Los Angeles with celebrity-packed audiences, the Punch Brothers are gaining reputation for being the hippest bluegrass band around. The group was also recently announced as one of the acts performing at the popular Bonnaroo summer festival and was featured on a “Prairie Home Companion." Read about the band’s more classical side in Jacob Stockinger’s The Well-Tempered Ear. Listen to an interview by WORT’s Chris Powers with Madisonian Punch Brother Paul Kowert (look for Mud Acres, Friday, 2/26. The interview starts about two hours after the program’s start).
Bringing new sounds to bluegrass, the Punch Brothers is a band that should not be missed.
American pianist Jeffrey Siegel continues the 2009-2010 Keyboard Conversations® Series with "Chopin the Patriot" on Wednesday, March 16 at Mills Hall. Siegel chose to honor and explore Chopin’s Polish roots in this installment of his Keyboard Conversations®.
Don’t miss your chance to learn more about Polish traditions and Chopin’s beautiful music!
Clint Denn: Cruising Europe’s Great Rivers
Would you enjoy traversing the celebrated Rhine, Main and Danube rivers on a cruise through the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary? Come travel Europe’s rivers with Clint Denn’s Film: Cruising Europe's Great Rivers, on Monday & Tuesday, March 22-23, 2010 at 7:30 pm. Enjoy the waterways of Europe, which have historically been the byways of commerce, sources of riches controlling trade routes, and seats of power.
Andrea Breneman, Marketing Intern
Baaba Maal, a Riveting Musician
Baaba Maal is not your average pop superstar. He performs his irresistible Afropop with the mission to, in his words, “give advice, to warn people, and make them aware of what they might not have thought of themselves.” He has acted as an ambassador for many causes, and his songs deal with topics ranging from women's rights to the ubiquity of media. Being from Senegal, his music is informed by both West African musical traditions and pop music from America and elsewhere. He sings in many languages, but his powerful voice transcends all language barriers, and his music is immediate and intimate.
Don't miss your chance to see Baaba Maal at the Union Theater! His performances are moving, riveting, and just might change your life.
World Stage Series Coordinator
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel®
Siegel on Chopin’s legacy
In Siegel’s final installment of this year’s Keyboard Conversations® series, he gives new life to Chopin’s work and displays the timelessness of his music. Siegel examines the composer’s legacy, performing several of his notable works as well as of those who were inspired by him.
This Keyboard Conversation will discuss Chopin’s popularity and influence. The program includes works that both delight the ear and point to the future - etudes and nocturnes - as well as compositions of Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Scriabin, and Szymanowski.
If you have not had a chance to see Siegel’s work, don’t miss your last chance of the season!
Neale Silva Young Artists Competition Winners Recital
See Them When They’re Young! Wisconsin’s Best New Classical Musicians Perform in a Free Concert
What will the next generation of classical musicians look like? Find out on April 11th when the winners of the Neale-Silva Young Artists’ Competition present a special recital in the Wisconsin Union Theater. The concert will also be broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio. Thanks to a grant from the estate of the late University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Eduardo Neale-Silva, a select few classical musicians earn the chance to be heard in the theater and across the state. You won’t want to miss the wealth of fresh talent and dynamic energy offered in this free concert!
Theater Committee Director
Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Marc Bamuthi Joseph Brings His Mixtape Back to Madison
Box Office Manager
Rick Ray: The Soul of Morocco
Exotic and familiar: Rick Ray’s Morocco
Jessica Moore, Graphic Design Intern