Concert Series

The Festival Concert Series includes four individual concerts featuring MEMF guest ensembles, a Participant Concert showcasing consorts that have been coached throughout the week by MEMF faculty and the culminating All-Festival Concert presented by participants, faculty and guest artists. Evening concerts are preceded by a 6:30 pm lecture. All concerts and lectures take place in or near the UW-Madison Mosse Humanities Building (455 N. Park Street, Madison, WI).

Performances for the 2017 Festival

Piffaro, The Renaissance Band: Saturday, July 8, 2017, 7:30 pm

Xavier Díaz-Latorre: Sunday, July 9, 2017, 7:30 pm

Daphna Mor & Kane Mathis Duo: Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 7:30 pm

MEMF Participant Concert: Friday, July 14, 2017, 1:00 pm

Sonnambula: Friday, July 14, 2017, 7:30 pm

Advanced Loud Band and Early Opera Workshop Concert: Saturday, July 15, 2017, 2:00 pm

All-Festival Concert: Saturday, July 15, 2017, 7:30 pm


Ticket information

Concert tickets will be available for purchase in spring 2017.

Note: All MEMF Concert Series concerts and lectures are free for participants in the MEMF Workshop.

Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

Saturday, July 8, 2017, 7:30 pm, Mills Concert Hall at UW Mead Witter School of Music (455 N. Park Street)

Cervantes' Don Quixote, regarded as the first truly modern novel, explored an emerging sense that humans have a central role to play in the universe. This iconic work provides the narrative arc of Piffaro's program, The Musical World of Don Quixote, which offers a musical parallel, taking listeners into the sound world of the Spanish golden age. Piffaro recreates the "soundtrack" to one of the best stories ever written with the help of a star-studded roster of special guests: Nell Snaidas, soprano; Glen Velez, percussion; Charles Weaver, guitar; Erik Schmalz, sackbut and the men of The Rose Ensemble.

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Xavier Díaz-Latorre

Sunday, July 9, 2017, 7:30 pm, Mills Concert Hall at UW Mead Witter School of Music (455 N. Park Street)

Xavier Díaz-Latorre, from Barcelona, performs Fantasías & Danzas del Siglo de Oro, a solo recital featuring music of the vihuela and the five course guitar by composers Narváez, Mudarra, Sanz and Murcia.

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Daphna Mor & Kane Mathis Duo

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 7:30 pm, Mills Concert Hall at UW Mead Witter School of Music (455 N. Park Street)

Daphna Mor (recorders, ney, voice) and Kane Mathis (oud) with guest musicians Shane Shanahan (percussion) and Eylem Basaldi (violin) perform Hamsa, a program featuring music from the geographic regions of Andalucia, North Africa, the Ottoman Empire and the Sephardic Diaspora. Based on the monophonic music of modes referred to as the Makam, the audience will be drawn to distinct beauty and great similarities of music from the courts, liturgical forms, dance airs and folk music.

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MEMF Participant Concert

Friday, July 14, 2017, 1:00 pm, Mills Concert Hall at UW Mead Witter School of Music (455 N. Park Street)

Festival workshop participants perform in ensembles that have been coached by faculty artists throughout the week of the Festival. There is no pre-concert lecture. Admission is free.

Sonnambula

Friday, July 14, 2017, 7:30 pm, Mills Concert Hall at UW Mead Witter School of Music (455 N. Park Street)

Vocal and instrumental music flourished in Spain at the dawn of the Renaissance period. Under Habsburg rule in the sixteenth century, Spain reached the pinnacle of its influence and power, and both King Charles V and King Philip II had long reigns that would give rise to a flowering of native Spanish culture. The music composed during this time - and the musicians hired to play it - was of an exceptionally high quality and would help elevate Spain out of anonymity and into what we now call the Siglo de Oro, or Spanish Golden Age. The program Splendors of the Spanish Renaissance will feature intimate Canciones (popular tunes with poetic texts), joyful Villancicos (songs with rustic themes) and virtuosic instrumental pieces drawn from over 450 works in the Cancionero Musical de Palacio, a manuscript at the Royal Palace of Madrid which exemplifies Golden Age Spanish music at its best.

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Advanced Loud Band and Early Opera & Continuo Workshop Concert

Saturday, July 15, 2017, 2:00 pm, Music Hall at UW-Madison (925 Bascom Mall)

Participants from the Advanced Loud Band Intensive and the Early Opera & Continuo Workshop perform a program of works by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Francisco Guerrero, and several cancioneros plus scenes from La púrpura de la rosa by Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco. Admission is free. There is no pre-concert lecture.

Orchestra Performance All-Festival Concert

Saturday, July 15, 2017, 7:30 pm, Mills Concert Hall at UW Mead Witter School of Music (455 N. Park Street)

Join us for our final performance featuring participants, faculty, and guest artists in a program created for MEMF by Grant Herreid and Bob Wiemken. Iberian Tapestry: Music and Conquest from the Spanish Golden Age includes sacred and secular compositions by Vicotira, Guerrero, Flecha, Vasquez, music from the Moors of the Reconquista, Sephardic music for the heritage of the Jews, and from the New World.