Improvisations on a Theme
August 21 - September 1, 2013
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Wednesday, August 21, 8:30 P.M.
Thursday, August 22, 5:00 P.M. – SOLD OUT
Thursday, August 22, 8:30 P.M. – Balcony Sold Out
We open the 2013 season with jazz! This summer we survey composer Harry Warren, including both well-known hits (“I Only Have Eyes for You,” “At Last,” “Lulu’s Back In Town”), while also – as always – offering some choice little-known treasures like “I Want to be a Dancing Man,” “You’re Gettin’ to be a Habit,” and “This Heart of Mine.” Five members of Boston-based VocalJazz join the Token Creek House Band in this evocative program.
Saturday, August 24, 8:00 P.M.
Sunday, August 25, 4:00 P.M.
Guest composer-violinist Andrew Waggoner brings to the festival music of his own, as well as music by important composers of his generation, including Anna Weesner, performed by his ensemble, Open End. John Harbison’s Violin Sonata No. 2 will receive its world premiere. As always, music of Bach keeps our compass sharp.
Tuesday, August 27, 8:00 P.M.
Wednesday, August 28, 8:00 P.M.
In last summer’s Listen to the Land program we dramatized our debt to our rural environment as we explored intersections between art and nature; including an unexpected encounter with Shakespeare’s Titania on the banks of Token Creek. This summer we again invite the Bard in a program that includes the premiere of Invention on a Theme of Shakespeare (solo cello and small ensemble), scenes from the plays accompanied by new incidental music, and songs and arias on texts by Shakespeare set by composers from Haydn and Schubert to the present.
Saturday, August 31, 8:00 P.M.
Sunday, September 1, 4:00 P.M.
A program with two of our favorite recent visitors together with Madison colleagues brings rare old things: Purcell’s Sonata on a Ground for Two Violins, Mozart’s unfinished Sonata in C (K. 403) completed by John Harbison, Mozart sonata movements completed by scholar/pianist Robert Levin (in preview performances, with the editor’s permission), Mozart’s infrequently heard and bizarrely scored Horn Quintet (for two violas, one violin, and cello), and some other rarities conclude our festival season.
All programs subject to change.
All concerts take place at:
The Festival Barn | 4037 Highway 19 |DeForest, WI
one half mile east of Highway 51 on Highway 19
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Doors open 30 minutes before program begins.