Sonora Strings and Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society double header Saturday June 11! FREE



Sonora Strings 10:15 am in the Rotunda
BDDS 11:00-11:45 am in the Playhouse

Sonora Strings, the advanced touring ensemble of Suzuki Strings of Madison will be performing in the Rotunda prior to the BDDS show, “How Did You Write That?” This interactive event will feature the musicians and music from our first week’s program. Guest composer Kevin Puts and musicians will lead the audience in activities that will help them understand how composers put a piece of music together.

Meet the musicians afterwards! This program is for children of all ages, accompanied by adults. The 320 seats in The Playhouse will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Thank you to CUNA Mutual Group, Tom Wolfe and Pat Powers, and Overture Center Foundation for helping us present this exciting look at chamber music.


Chamber Concert Series June 10-26, 2016
Stoughton Opera House
Hillside Theater at Taliesin
Playhouse at Overture
Student tickets for all shows are only $5.oo
Introduce your child/ren to the wonderful world of chamber music by attending the BDDS Free family concert and follow up by purchasing tickets and attending one of the 12 concerts. Exciting favorites like the Vivaldi Four Seasons, Bach Brandenburg no 4, Mendelssohn Octet are scheduled to be performed as well as two world premiere compositions by composer Kevin Puts.
For more information go to or call 608.255.9866


Watch and listen:
Piazzola, Mendelssohn, Vivaldi.

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100 Day Club Party Tuesday May 24

Here’s another chance to celebrate your violin practicing success!

TUESDAY MAY 24 at 4:30 pm

Vitense Golf: 5501 Schroeder Road.

Families should Email KATHY TAYLOR if they are coming:

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5/10 dress rehearsal and 5/15 concert and celebration

in Bradfield Hall
tune 4:45
rehearsal 5:00
ensemble meets in the choir room at 5:00 and then comes upstairs to join the rehearsal
pre twinkles start rehearsal and we practice from Twinkle on up to Sonora pieces
This is the reverse order of the actual concert.

Concert order on SUNDAY May 15
Reception and stage set up starts at 1:00
tuning is at 2:00
performance starts at 2:30
Pre Twinkle presentation
All school and alumni play in ending with Twinkles

Light refreshments and a live alumni string quartet!
Special free raffle giveaway -put your name in the glass bowl!

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End of semester SSM sign ups


Sign up for May 15 Anniversary concert reception help

needs: setup, cupcakes, cookies, fruit skewers, beverages, cleanup


Congratulations to all those on the 100 Day practice club journey!
Sign up on 5/3 and 5/10 for the party on Tuesday May 17.

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This year June 21 falls on a Tuesday!
We will be performing at 4:45 pm in front of Sentry Metcalfe’s at Hilldale Mall 726 N Midvale blvd. Rain or shine!
all levels welcome.


Mark your summer calendars for SSM night out at the Mallards.
tickets are only 10$ each and include a baseball cap.
Major League Dreams Showcase!
SSM students to perform Star Spangled Banner and O Canada!

All families/friends welcome. SSM has 100 seats reserved together in the grandstand.
please make your check out to SSM

Please sign up on the event specific poster boards
or let your private teacher know and she will add your name

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Saturday April 30 4 pm Sonora Strings and Janet Jensen and the All String University Symphony

JOIN SONORA STRINGS as they perform on the FAREWELL concert of conductor,artist teacher SSM board member and dear friend Janet Jensen!

Saturday April 30 4:00 pm Mills Hall Uw School of Music
free and family friendly

from a lovely UW School of Music article:

A farewell concert with conductor Janet Jensen, professor of string pedagogy and associate director of the School of Music, who retires this spring after 25 years on faculty at the school.

Orchestra, Too!

–Suite Modale Ernest Bloch
–Suite for Strings John Rutter
Mikko Utevsky, conductor
–Tango Nuevo Benedikt Brydern
–Concerto Grosso in A Minor, op. 3, no. 8 Antonio Vivaldi
With Sonora Strings, from Suzuki Strings of Madison

–Celtic Juggernaut Cristina Seaborn

Orchestra I

–Simple Song from MASS, arr. Robert Longfield Leonard Bernstein

–Holberg Suite, op. 40 Edvard Grieg

Elliot Stalter, conductor
John Povolny & Lili Kim, soloists

–Four Tango Postcards Benedikt Brydern
Brandi Pease, conductor

–Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, BWV 1048, G major J.S.Bach

–Källnaschottis Cristina Seaborn

A few words from Janet Jensen:

As always, this program is dedicated to our teachers and mentors – even as we, all of us, become teachers and mentors ourselves. But today I specifically remember and thank my music teachers, whose careers have made my career possible. My principal band and orchestra directors in Madison schools were Ralph James, John Rafoth, and Hiram Pearcy . My cherished flute teachers were Betty Bielefeld and Robert Cole. The conductor who most influenced my undergraduate playing was H. Robert Reynolds, David Nelson made sure I finished my masters degrees, and from the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra in 1968 to this very moment, Marvin Rabin’s legacy shapes nearly everything I teach and every thought I have about music.

And so I’ve returned a bit to my past today: it started with the flute, and after many years of not playing, I promised myself that I would come back to it, or at least give it my best effort. So with less time to practice, less collagen in the embouchure, more arthritis in the hands, and a second pair of glasses, today I get to play some favorite music with some favorite people. Bloch’s Suite Modale, written late in his life, represents both a return to a simpler musical language and his admiration for one of the few professional women flutists in the 1950s, Elaine Schaffer. Bloch has a particularly important connection to UW-Madison, as my colleagues in the Pro Arte Quartet have recorded all of his string quartets.

Bernstein’s MASS was commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy for the opening of the Kennedy Center for the Arts and explores themes of anguish, loss of faith, hope, and yearning for wisdom. “A Simple Song” opens with these lyrics:

Sing God a simple song, lauda laude

Make it up as you go along, lauda laude

Sing like you like to sing, God loves all simple things.

For God is the simplest of all, For God is the simplest of all.

Two of the richest sources of classical string orchestra music are British and Scandinavian composers, and Rutter and Grieg gave us two of the best suites for strings. Rutter set folksongs much as a painter might capture landscape and light. Listen for color and even brush-like bow strokes in Rutter’s work, and lush romantic melodies in the Holberg Suite. The latter is more accurately titled “From Holberg’s Time: Suite in olden style,” as it exemplifies 19th century music that uses styles and forms from the 18th century.

I don’t know Benedikt Brydern, but I like him a lot. A violinist originally from Germany, he was selected out of 1000 applicants for Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival to perform in the festival orchestra under the baton of Leonard Bernstein in 1988. He returned to the festival in 1990 to be part in the TV series “Orchestra!” hosted by Sir Georg Solti and Dudley Moore. After graduation in 1992 he received a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship to continue his studies in the United States where he completed the Advanced Studies Program, “Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television,” at the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles. Besides being a classically trained concert violinist, he co-founded the “Hot Club Quartette” which pays tribute to the great music of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. As a past president of the Rotary Club of Hollywood and a board member of the Harmony Project, a non-profit organization providing free music lessons to more than 700 underprivileged children in the Los Angeles area, he connects with the community and shares his passion and love for music. I hope you like tango!

This is a 25th anniversary year both for me in the School of Music and for Suzuki Strings of Madison! Throughout that time I’ve admired and valued the work of Diana Popowycz and Maria-Rosa Germain, who founded and continue to teach SSM, with colleagues Janse Vincent, Kathryn Taylor, Heidi Kenney and Carol Lebovic. Since 1991 Suzuki Strings of Madison has provided children of all ages (3-18) quality, comprehensive musical instruction through the violin. Beyond the weekly private lesson, students receive weekly repertoire and technique classes alongside a full music reading and theory program. By fostering a positive environment and working relationship between teacher, child and parent, students learn the tools for success and-well being that last a lifetime. Initiated in 2001, Sonora Strings is a violin choir of students ages ten to sixteen which provides Suzuki Strings of Madison’s advanced students with adventurous performing opportunities and experiences performing in modern, romantic and popular musical styles. When we last got to perform with them, we played the 2nd and 3rd movements of this concerto grosso by Vivaldi; today, we play the 1st movement!

You’re invited!
Suzuki Strings of Madison 25th Anniversary Concert
Sunday, May 15 at 2:30 pm
Middleton Performing Arts Center

I’ve loved the Brandenburg Concerti (there are six in all) for a long time, so much that they were the topic of my masters thesis. However, it was an arrangement of the first movement of this 3rd concerto, arranged for young string players by Merle Isaac, that may have taught me the most about their inherent joy and energy. My then 7th graders were really not technically ‘ready’ to play this piece, but they were so motivated that they played way above themselves. Today we play Bach’s original version of that piece, scored for 3 violin parts, 3 viola parts, 3 cello parts, and bass.

Finally, we end both parts of the program with folk music arranged by Cristina Seaborn, who lives in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Celtic and Swedish – going again to the British/Scandinavian ‘well’, so to speak!

My commitment to and involvement with AUS will not end with retirement. I want everyone involved to be successful, and to that end I’ll help as much as is needed.

With deep gratitude, Janet Jensen.


April 30
4:00 pm
Event Categories:
Classical Music, Non-Majors, Special Event, Student Ensemble
Event Tags:
Non-majors, strings

Mills Concert Hall
455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States + Google Map

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April 24 : Hilary Hahn recital and Sonora Strings pre-show



Please remember that the concert starts at 7:30, but come earlier: the youthful Sonora Strings, Suzuki Strings of Madison, will be playing music by Handel, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Anderson and Mc Lean starting at 7pm inside Shannon Hall.

See you at the theater! tickets almost sold out!
SSM families get 10$ student ticket rate with an adult full rate

About Hilary:
Two-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn has delighted audiences around the world in the 20 years of her career. Starting lessons in the Suzuki program at just three-years-old, Hahn went on to enroll in the Curtis Institute of Music at age 10 and made her orchestra debut at age 12. She would soon complete university requirements at age 16 but would delay graduation to continue studies, eventually becoming a full-time touring musician and receiving a Bachelor’s Degree at age 19. Her career now boasts 15 albums, three DVDs, an Oscar-nominated movie soundtrack, a performance spot on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, cover features in various magazines like Vogue, Elle, Town & Country, and Marie Claire, and being named “America’s Best Young Classical Musician” by Time magazine in 2001. –
See more at:

Have a listen!
Largo from Bach Sonata in C major ( on the program)

Third Sigh by Garcia Abril

A lovely article by Jacob Stockinger:

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Calling all SSM amateur photographers!


Visual artist Lisa Frank would like
YOU: any age SSM student or parent, living in Dane County
and is an AMATEUR photographer
to SUBMIT up to FIVE photographs of the SEASONS
submit to

Read specifics below!

Visual Artist, Lisa A. Frank, will be creating photographic imagery for this year’s Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society concerts at the Overture Center for the Arts.

The program on June 25th will include Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” For this concert, a photographic collage of the four seasons will be projected on a large screen behind the musicians.

Have you taken pictures of your favorite time of year? Lisa invites amateur photographers of all ages to participate in this concert by sending up to 5 of your best shots depicting any aspect of any season.

Send your photographs to by April 15th. The images can be in jpeg, tiff or photoshop format. Up to 100 photos will be selected! If your photograph is included, you may be asked to resend a higher resolution image. All featured photographers will receive a video of the result.

GET YOUR TICKETS FOR BDDS 25th anniversary concerts too!!
students are only $5!

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SSM March Calendar/Spring Break



Pre-Twink- Book 3 tune 4:15, play 4:30
Book 4-Prelude tune 4:45, Play 5:00

March 29 SONORA MEETS at 5:00 DOWNSTAIRS choir room for rehearsal and not PlayIN

April 2/3 Solo recitals dress rehearsal starts as early as 3:00
students will be emailed their start times. Please meet in the church choir room.

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SSM Practice list for 25th Anniversary Concert!

Get ready for May 15 Spring Concert 25th anniversary


The May 15 Sunday concert and celebration info:
Middleton HS Performing Arts Center
Lobby post concert party set up 1:30
Tuning 2:00
Concert 2:30
Celebration immediately to follow with light refreshments

Shout out to all SSM alumni– please join us onstage for as many pieces as you wish to play along.

Please print the concert practice list below.


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Fiddle workshop and Barn Dance information

Rosin up ! Get your bandanas ready…..
It’s time for our Fiddle Workshop and Barn Dance
IN HOUSE 3/1 TUESDAY at group classes and

Tuesday March 1
All fiddle classes will be in the CPC Sancturary

Fiddle workshop with SHAUNCEY ALI
take as many classes as you have tunes learned

4:00 Pre-Twinks, Book 1, Book 2
Boil them Cabbage, Cripple Creek, Soldier’s Joy
4:45 Book 2, Book 3
Soldier’s Joy, Redwing, Liberty
5:30 Book 4, Prelude, Sonora* ( *will have normal rehearsal)
Liberty, Arkansas Traveler, *Cincinnati Hornpipe

Students should feel free to stay for extra classes if you know more of the fiddle tunes.




GOODMAN COMMUNITY CENTER 149 Waubesa ( map below )
tuning 3:00
dress code: jeans , sapphire blue SSM TSHIRT and bandana
SSM has red bandanas but you are free to wear your own
fiddle concert 3:30
BARN DANCE WITH CALLER AND LIVE BAND immediately following concert


following dance around 5:30 in the Merrill Lynch Room at the Goodman Community Center.
As you arrive for concert/dance -Drop off your food in the Service Kitchen. We have access to fridge keep things cold and ovens to reheat.

MAIN DISH for 8 please mark meat or vegetarian
SIDE DISH for 8 ex. Hummus/bread/veggies, cheese or fruit tray
BEVERAGE 2 gallons
Bring your own plates/cutlery or use disposable provided by SSM


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