ARBORETUM NEWS (FRIENDS OF THE ARBORETUM)

Oakwood Chamber Players Celebrate Earth Day at the Arboretum

SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012

Join the Oakwood Chamber Players at the Arboretum on Sunday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m. for music for winds, strings and piano.

The Oakwood Chamber Players bring their last concert of the 2011-12 season to the Arboretum on Sunday, April 22, providing nature lovers with a celebration of Earth Day. Tickets, available at the door, are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for students.

Their unique mixture of song and nature will feature works by Dvorak, Carter Pann and Franz Schreker, as well as a Beethoven trio. The theme for the Oakwood Chamber Players this season is “Poeme,” with a final performance featuring poetic memories of childhood, love and nature.

Carter Pann’s “Summer Songs” is a suite of five movements based on the spirit of five separate poems of Central New Yorkers capturing different aspects of summer.

Antonin Dvorak’s “Cypresses” for string quartet is the composer’s arrangement of 18 love songs for voice and piano, the text of the songs taken from poems by Gustav Pfleger.

Franz Schreker’s “Der Wind” (1909) is a short ballet work featuring a floating, dreamy opening with mood changes and waltzes.

The Oakwood Chamber Players are accomplished, professional musicians supported by Oakwood Village Retirement Communities in collaboration with The Friends of the Arboretum, Inc.

They have been together since 1984, and the present ensemble of violin, cello, flute, clarinet, horn and piano has not changed substantially over the years.

Each of the musicians, as well as guest performers, brings special skill and knowledge to the group that enhances the spectrum of music-making.

All perform actively with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and an eclectic mix of other professional ensembles.

Located between Lake Wingra and the West Beltline Highway at 1207 Seminole Highway, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum features the restored prairies, forests and wetlands of pre-settlement Wisconsin. This 1,260-acre arboretum also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection. Educational tours for groups and the general public, science and nature-based classes for all ages and abilities, and a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for groups, families and individuals are available.