July 24, 2024 — 7:00 PM

On the Town

Mozart, Bach, Bernstein, and Bell hit the town for this concert of orchestral stars. Known by some as “Madison’s violinist,” WCO Concertmaster Suzanne Beia showcases masterful musicianship and poise with Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5. Interludes of Bach and Bernstein set the stage for a collaboration with Kanopy Dance company, performing two works: ConFluence: A Prelude set to a new work by local composer Michael M. Bell, and Summer in the City set to Bernstein’s classic musical, On the Town.

About Suzanne Beia

Suzanne Beia has been with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra since 1995. She is second violinist in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Pro Arte Quartet, and a chamber music coach for the Mead Witter School of Music. She also serves as Assistant Concertmaster of the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

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About Kanopy Dance Company

Kanopy Dance Company, a quintessential modern dance company, is a resident company of the Overture Center for the Arts. While the Kanopy Dance Company “informs” its works through its roots in the Martha Graham tradition, the company has developed its own brand, shaping an exciting new dimension and visual language to advance American Modern dance.

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About Composer Michael Bell

By day, Michael M. Bell is the Philip David Lowe Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But by night, he is a composer and performer. In 2010, he co-founded the award-winning quintet Graminy, whose four albums bring grassroots and classical music together in a style the group calls “class-grass.” Mike is also a prolific songwriter, focusing on social and environmental themes, often with a klezmer vibe. As part of Elm Duo, his duet with his daughter, Eleanor Mayerfeld, Mike previously co-composed two “folk ballets” for Kanopy Dance.

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BACH | Overture: Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C
| Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major
| Regeneration: A Pentalogy, Mvts IV & V
| Three Dance Episodes from On the Town

*program subject to change

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