The Middleton Community Orchestra will present its final concert of the season on Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:30 pm at the Middleton Performing Arts Center.
This concert concludes MCO's fifth year.
On the program is Danzon No. 2 by Marquez, the Haydn Variations by Brahms, the Adagio from the Bruch Violin Concerto (MCO concertmaster Valerie Sanders will be performing) and the Piano Concerto No.1 by Tchaikovsky performed by the amazingly talented Middleton native, Thomas Kasdorf.
Tickets are $10 general admission. Students are admitted free of charge. Tickets are available at Willy St. Coop West and at the door. For more information: call 608-212-8690.
About our soloist, Thomas Kasdorf, piano:
Thomas Kasdorf is a recent graduate of UW-Madison with his Bachelor of Music in piano performance, where he studied with Christopher Taylor. He is proud to have been an inaugural member of the Perlman Piano Trio, which awards scholarships and performance opportunities to talented undergraduate students to give performances of chamber music. His work with the Perlman Trio has been featured in performances on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Live at the Midday” series and as part of Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society’s House Concerts series, as well as in Middleton Community Orchestra’s inaugural season performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. He was named co-winner of the Irving Shain Woodwind and Piano Duo Competition, with collaborative partner, flutist Morgann Davis. He was awarded the Bolz Prize of the Madison Symphony Concerto Competition and performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor at their Spring Youth Concerts. He has performed in master classes given by Nadja Salerno Sonnenburg, Pinchas Zukerman, Sam Rhodes, Steven Isserlis, Ronald Leonard, Ralph Kirshbaum, Jonathan Miller, Timothy Eddy, Robert MacDonald, Jeffrey Siegel, and Adam Neiman.
Thomas has worked in a variety of roles (both on and offstage) with a multitude of local theatre groups in over 100 different shows. With a specialty in the oeuvre of Stephen Sondheim, he has been called upon to arrange and perform reduced or solo orchestrations of Sondheim scores, including A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, Putting It Together, Sweeney Todd, Side by Side by Sondheim, Into the Woods, and most recently, Company. He proudly serves on the board of directors for Middleton Players Theatre, and was the director of the company’s recent production of Les Mis.
Last year’s performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto was Thomas’ third performance with the Middleton Community Orchestra, having performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto as part of the Perlman Trio, and the Mozart Piano Concerto in A major. He has just concluded a wildly successful collaboration with MCO to produce a staged production of Carousel, and is looking forward to his performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the MCO on June 3rd.
Middleton-Cross Plains Area Performing Arts Center, Middleton High School 2100 Bristol St. , Middleton, Wisconsin 53562 View Map