|Goldberg in the Theater|
What artists performed at the Wisconsin Union Theater as young, new musicians and returned as accomplished ones?
I assume you are asking me to focus on “classical” musicians. The many “young artists” who performed at the Union Theater early in their careers and then went on to great renown, returning to the Wisconsin Union Theater as the stars of classical music, are almost too numerous to mention.
The excerpt below is from the Concert Series History that appears on your website:
“Pinchas Zukerman in 1968 (violin); Julian Bream, 1959 (guitar); Murray Perahia, 1971 (piano); Carter Brey, 1986 (cello) have found a receptive and supportive public before whom they could make their exciting debuts, learn and grow artistically, and later return as acknowledged stars.
Just going back to the late 1950s, 60s and 70s, to those making youthful debuts at the Wisconsin Union Theater you can add:
|Emanuel Ax, piano|
|Dawn Upshaw, soprano|
-Garrick Ohlsson, piano
-Dawn Upshaw, soprano
-Yo-Yo Ma, cello
(although Yo-Yo was always a superstar)
-Janina Fialkowska, piano
-Paul Neubauer, viola
-Christopher O’Riley, piano
-Emanuel Ax, piano
(the joke was that Manny’s first publicity shots at the WUT were his bar mitzvah photos)
All are among today’s classical superstars.
(Of course, there are plenty of non-classical stars – especially jazz artists – who appeared at the theater early in their careers.)
Tell us about the history (and the thinking behind it) of keeping tickets affordable for staff and students
Wisconsin Union Directorate student programmers and committee chairs, as well as past Wisconsin Union Theater directors - Fan Taylor, Bill Dawson, Ralph Sandler, yours truly and Ralph Russo – have long understood that the Union, as the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Division of Social Education, has a mission to enrich and contribute to the cultural and aesthetic lives of students.
|UW students studying at Memorial Library|
Also of interest is not just the many students who, through their Union Theater experiences, grew into life-long, arts-attending ticket buyers, but the many who actually ended up in professional careers in some aspect of the arts and entertainment industry.
Is there anyone you think students might be particularly excited about this season?
It’s all about the magic of live performance.
The 2011-12 season is very strong, not just on the classical series but elsewhere (I can almost guarantee electrifying performances from Terence Blanchard, Madeleine Peyroux, Yamato and Leahy).
But on the concert series, orchestras always sound fabulous in the UT - as every knows the acoustics of the space are extraordinary - so The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble should be thrilling. And of course, the David Finckel /Wu Han/Phillip Setzer Trio (especially for students new to chamber music) will blow audiences away.