with the University of Michigan-Flint Chamber Singers
Flint, Michigan has become a symbol of how social and environmental justice (and injustice) are intertwined. We welcome the University of Michigan-Flint Chamber Singers, under Dr. Gabriela Hristova, to join with us in presenting recent music that gives voice to the tragedies of the past and present, the promise of social equality and inclusion, and hope for the future of both our society and our planet.
For our final concert of the 2017-18 season, our Artistic Director Sergei Pavlov and the Festival Choir will share the stage with guest conductor Nikoleta Popova who will lead us in a program of Slavic and Bulgarian music.
Dr. Popova is a renowned specialist in Eastern European and Bulgarian music and has offered seminars and masterclasses all over the world. Currently, she is Professor in Conducting at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias in Spain, where she is also music director of the conservatory orchestra and choirs. She has appeared as guest conductor in Austria, Italy, Spain, Poland, US, as well as her native Bulgaria.
Born in Dobrich, Bulgaria, Nikoleta Popova received her education as a conductor from the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria and from Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, where she studied with the legendary Austrian conductor Johannes Prinz. Among her teachers are also Eric Whitacre, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Alex Schillings, Klaas Stok, Marco Antonio Da Silva Ramos, and others.
A birthday party with three toasts: to music, to life, and to freedom!
The music of Orlando Di Lasso, Henry Purcell, Joseph Haydn along with choral jewels by Rossini and Verdi. And also: a US premiere of music by the Chicago-based composer John Milne along with the beautiful setting of “If Music Be the Food of Love” by one of the Festival Choir’s favorite composers, Jean Belmont.
Join us and find out what other presents we have prepared for you! Cheers!
The Messiah returns for its eighth year at Blackhawk Church on Madison's west side. We welcome the return of last year's outstanding vocal quartet who knock our socks off, and the combined Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Chorus and Festival Choir of Madison under directors Scott Foss and Sergei Pavlov. This seminal holiday tradition of Handel's masterpiece is a must for everyone.
Purchase tickets at wisconsinchamberorchestra.org.
The Festival Choir of Madison presents ‘Northern Lights,’ a concert of contemporary Norwegian and Baltic Choral music, inspired by the phenomena of Aurora Borealis. Our voices will be supported by leading Madison-based musicians in this magical journey through the mystical soundscapes of the North.
- Trond Kverno (Norway) – Ave Maris Stella
- Ola Gjeilo (Norway/US) – Northern Lights
- Eriks Esenvalds (Latvia) – Northern Lights
- Ola Gjeilo (Norway) – Dark Night of the Soul
- Lars Jansson (Sweden) – Salve Regina
- Peteris Vasks (Latvia) – Mother Sun
- Douglas Hill (Wisconsin, US) – “A different Drummer” Homage a Thoreau
Händel's masterpiece returns for its eighth year at Blackhawk Church on Madison's West side. We welcome the return of last year's outstanding vocal quartet Sarah Lawrence (soprano), Jamie Van Eyck, (mezzo-soprano), Calland Metts (tenor) and Peter Van de Graaff (bass), along with the combined WCO Chorus and Festival Choir of Madison under directors Scott Foss and Sergei Pavlov. Andrew Sewell conducts the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, choir and soloists in this seminal holiday tradition of Händel's "Messiah".
Experience the healing power of LIGHT & MUSIC in a project inspired by choral works of Arvo Pärt, John Tavener, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Hikaru Hayashi, Daniel Elder, Rene Clausen and James MacMillan