Performances

Performances
Performers: to inquire about being on the Music on Madison series, click here
 

 

       

Saturday
March 4

7:30 PM                              

 

Music on Madison Presents



Farewell to Storyville:
Commemorating the Cradle of Early Jazz

Evan Christopher, Clarinet

Reginald R. Robinson, Piano 


New Orleans-based clarinet crusader Evan Christopher returns to Chicagoland to team up with ragtime authority and MacArthur Fellow Reginald R. Robinson. Together, they will commemorate the centenary of the closing of Storyville, the fabled district where pioneers of traditional New Orleans music transformed the popular ragtime of the day. 

This duo of extraordinary musicians has devoted their talents to preserving the traditions of classical ragtime and traditional jazz while taking these vintage American styles into contemporary directions.

 

 

The MO's intimate Madison Room provides the ideal acoustically-rich setting to take in these two practitioners of America's rich musical legacy.

Seating is very limited. We recommend purchasing advance tickets.

Tickets:  

$30 Adults

$20 for Non-MO students (age 8 and up) with valid Student ID

$10 for Current MO students

 

Tickets are available in advance via Brown Paper Tickets. Should seating be available that evening, cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted at the door.

 

       

 

 

Info: Phone 847-866-6260 or email

  
 

About the performers:
 

Evan Christopher, Clarinet

Anchored in the musical vocabulary created by early Creole clarinetists such as Sidney Bechet and Barney Bigard, Evan Christopher has created a highly personal brand of "contemporary early-jazz" that strives to extend the legacy of the New Orleans clarinet style. Charismatic and versatile, Christopher was drawn to the Crescent City from his native California in 1994 by the city's rich cultural landscape for which he advocates. His intimate approach that exhibits a deep respect for the New Orleans tradition has prompted critics to describe it as “a triumph, joining the present seamlessly to a glorious past.” 

Evan's Website 

 

Reginald R. Robinson, Piano

Robinson was raised by working class parents in Chicago. Captivated by the infectious rhythms of Scott Joplin as a teen, the self-taught pianist has evolved into a formidable composer, educator and advocate for classic ragtime. Several recordings for Chicago’s renowned Delmark label preceded Reginald’s naming as a 2004 MacArthur Fellow – often called the Genius Grant -  which bolstered his resolve to not only preserve the genre but advance it into the 21st century.

A gifted pianist, he evokes the range of passion and liveliness contained within the classic ragtime compositions of the early 1900s. He has explored in detail the great works of Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake, and other classical ragtime composers and has composed dozens of harmonically daring, structurally complex works. In addition to his composition and performance, Robinson has studied the history of ragtime music thoroughly; he discovered and recorded a previously unknown Joplin fragment found in the archives of Fisk University. Critics have praised his composing style as work with "dizzying technical requirements" that "bristles with a spirit of invention."

Reginald's website

 
     

 

Friday, March 17
7:30 PM



Music on Madison Presents

far afield - the music of michael pisaro

Album release concert & celebration


Isaac Stevenson
Electronics, percussion, piano, and electric guitar  




 

Selections from the album will be performed in a
long-form concert setting, and refreshments
will be served.

The album will be available for purchase in digital
and physical forms.                               

Program:
July mountain (21')
Fields have ears 1 (20')
Fields have ears 6 (56')

               

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

Saturday, March 18
7:30 PM



Music on Madison Presents

Bach Festival Concert:
Vocal & Instrumental Music
of JS Bach and Vivaldi


Victoria Holland, soprano
Caroline Pittman, flute
Veronica Nettles, cello
Rick Ferguson, piano



Musical Offering faculty artists Victoria Holland, soprano; Caroline Pittman, flute; Veronica Nettles, cello; and Rick Ferguson, piano, present an evening of vocal and instrumental music as part of our annual Bach Festival.

Program includes Bach's Sonata for Flute and Keyboard in E-Flat Major, Solo Cello Suite in D Minor, "Ich folge dir gleichfalls" for soprano, flute and continuo from the St. John Passion and the G Minor Gamba Suite.

Also on the program will be Vivaldi's cantata "All'ombra di sospetto". 

Tickets:

$15 Adults
$10 for Non-MO students (age 8 and up) with valid Student ID
Free Admission for MO students

Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted at the door.
 

Tickets will be available in advance via Brown Paper Tickets or that evening at the door.

 

Tickets:

$15 Adults
$10 for Non-MO students (age 8 and up) with valid Student ID
Free Admission for MO students

Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted at the door.
 

Tickets will be available in advance via Brown Paper Tickets or that evening at the door.

 

Info:

Phone 847-866-6260 or email

  Info:

Phone 847-866-6260 or email

 

Thursday, March 30, 7:30 PM

Paris-based Sebastien Innocenti
Bandoneonist/Accordeonist
With String Quartet

Coming Up in April:
 

Saturday, April 29, 7:30 PM
Onslow Sonatas for Viola and Piano
Dr. Juliet White-Smith, viola; and Rick Ferguson, piano