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John’s 80th Birthday

Thirtieth Anniversary Season

August 24 ‐ September 1, 2019

Madison Celebrates John Harbison

February 2019

On the occasion of his 80th birthday, Madison honors composer John Harbison & expresses gratitude for his contributions to the cultural life of our community, including the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, co-directed by John & Rose Mary Harbison for the last 30 years.

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February 1-28

Exhibit: John Harbison & His Music

Memorial Library, UW-Madison – Main Lobby
This exhibit celebrates Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur Fellow John Harbison’s amazing – and ongoing – musical career, with a focus on his Madison connection, including works composed and premiered here, his new book on Bach, and the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival which he co-directs with Rose Mary Harbison held at the end of each summer in the refurbished barn on family property just outside the city.

February 1-28

Broadcast Retrospective: The Music of John Harbison

Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) and WORT Community Radio offer broadcast retrospectives throughout the month of February, showcasing the breadth of Harbison’s work, from large symphonic to intimate chamber and vocal music, and jazz. This schedule will be updated frequently, as hosts determine their programming. Check back often for schedule details.
Wisconsin Public Radio:

February 1 • 7:30 pm

Imani Winds: Wind Quintet

Wisconsin Union Theater
Harbison’s Wind Quintet, a work of abundant imagination, is considered one of the modern masterpieces in the genre. One of his best known and most-often played works, Harbison here “unleashes the fullpower of the woodwind quintet.”

February 15 • 12:15 pm

Noon Musicale: Chamber Music of John Harbison

First Unitarian Society
Performances by Mead Witter School of Music Faculty & Friends, including a preview of the upcoming Viola Sonata that receives its world premiere on February 17. Harbison will read from his new book, What Do We Make of Bach?, and will autograph copies (books will be available for purchase).

Feb 15 • 7:30 pm / Feb 16 • 8:00 pm / Feb 17 • 2:30 pm

Madison Symphony Orchestra: The Most Often Used Chords

Overture Hall
Considered one of Harbison’s most engaging orchestral works, his sparkling The Most Often Used Chords was inspired by the “fundamentals of music” pages found on the covers of Italian music notebooks. An ingenious piece of spirited wit and generous humor, it is also a touching personal tribute to the raw materials of music. Enjoy a pre-concert conversation with the composer one hour before the concert begins.

February 17 • 9:00 & 11:00 am

Music for Sunday Worship

First Unitarian Society
Harbison conducts the Society Choir in his own choral settings of Emily Dickinson.

February 17 • 7:30 pm

World Premiere: Viola Sonata

Mills Hall, Mead Witter School of Music
Generously funded by a secret admirer in honor of Harbison’s 80th birthday, the Viola Sonata receives its world premiere performance by lead commissioner Sally Chisholm, viola and Timothy Lovelace, piano. The Pro Arte Quartet offers chamber works of Harbison and Haydn, one of the composers Harbison most admires.

February 18, 2019 • Time TBA

Mead Witter School of Music: Composer Residency

Mead Witter School of Music
Lecture & composition masterclass.

February 22 • 12:15 pm

Noon Musicale

First Unitarian Society
Mosaic Chamber Players – with guest artists John Harbison, piano and Rose Mary Harbison, violin – offer chamber works of Harbison, Mozart, and Schoenberg.

February 24 • 9:00 & 11:00 am

Music for Sunday Worship

First Unitarian Society
Music of Bach, performed by John & Rose Mary Harbison

Date TBA

Madison Choral Project: Harbison’s A Capella Vocal Music

First Unitarian Society
Harbison’s vocal music, a rarity in Madison, together with companion works of Bach and Schütz, and the world premiere of a new motet.

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