A Festive Celebration of the German Renaissance
14th annual festival will feature a full week of concerts, expert lectures, special events, and a chance to perform with peers and faculty artists
The University of Wisconsin–Madison is pleased to announce the 14th annual Madison Early Music Festival and Workshop (MEMF). In addition to a six-event Festival Concert Series, lectures and workshop classes will provide opportunities to learn and practice instrumental and vocal skills, become familiar with historical performance practices and repertoire, learn about the featured music through the lenses of history and culture, and perform with other participants alongside faculty artists.
When: July 6-12, 2013
Concerts» 6-concert series open to the public
Lectures» Free pre-concert lectures by renowned musicologists, historians, artists, and linguists
Workshop faculty» Renowned performers and teachers in voice, strings, brass, musicology, and more
Special events» Masked ball and more
Handel Aria Competition» Encouraging emerging singers to explore the repertoire of Handel
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Tickets for individual concerts are $20 (students $17). The All Festival Concert Pass is $75 and includes admission to all five evening concerts. Purchase tickets online, at the Vilas Hall Box Office, at the Wisconsin Union Theater Box Office (Memorial Union and Union South), or by calling 608-265-ARTS (2787).
The 14th Madison Early Music Festival will celebrate the sumptuous years of the German late Medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque periods. Ceremonial music during this magnificent era testified to wealth, learning, and sophistication, reflecting glory on the rulers who supported and cultivated the arts in their courts and in the churches, and revealing the struggle between royalty and clergy fighting over territories and religion.
The historical centerpiece of the week will be a splendid Mass and subsequent eight-day, international festival that took place in Stuttgart in March of 1616, celebrating the princely christening of the fifth son of Johann Friedrich, Duke of Württemberg, and his wife Barbara Sophia, Margravine of Brandenburg—events well documented in word and in a famous set of engravings. Come join in the magnificence and celebration with concerts, lectures, classes—and a masked ball!
Directors of the Madison Early Music Festival are Cheryl Bensman-Rowe (Artistic Director), Paul Rowe (Artistic Director), and Chelcy Bowles (Program Director). Click for bios»
Questions? Contact MEMF Program Director Chelcy Bowles at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Sponsors and Presenting Partners of MEMF 2013