The Friday Musicales is First Unitarian Society of Madison’s distinguished artist recital series. Since 1971, FUS has offered this free noon-hour recital series as a gift to the community. The music performed is mostly classical, but folk, jazz, and musical theatre styles are presented on occasion. Come hear some of the finest musicians in the Midwest perform in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Landmark Auditorium.

  • No ticket or reservation is required—it’s free and open to the public.
  • Parking is free. Buses are welcome to drop off in our parking lot. For off-site parking options, click here.
  • Our facilities are handicap accessible.

Cancellations due to inclement weather or illness will be sent to the “Music At FUS” e-mail list (e-mail drewc@fusmadison.org to join this list), posted on this page, and on our social media feeds (InstagramFacebook).

Current Season

12:15 – 1 pm • FUS Landmark Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public. No Ticket Required.

THE 2023-2024 SEASON!

New events will be added as confirmed. Please check back for updates.

 

OCTOBER 20
Marc Fink & Friends
Dr. Marc Fink is professor emeritus of the UW Madison Mead-Witter School of Music, oboist in the Wingra Quintet, and principal oboe of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. He is putting together an undecet (chamber ensemble of 11 players) to perform Dvořák’s Serenade and a Mozart Divertimento.

OCTOBER 27
Chris Eaton, baritone and Michael Keller, piano
Robert Schumann’s song cycle, “Dichterliebe” (A Poet’s Love), a 16-movement cycle on poems by Heinrich Heine

NOVEMBER 3
Maynie Bradley, violin and Sarah Williams, piano
Debussy violin sonata in G Minor and Franck violin sonata

NOVEMBER 10
Rebekah Demaree, soprano; Thomas J. Weis, bass; and Kaju Lee, piano
Soprano-Bass duets by Bach, Donaudy, Ravel, Bernstein, Tchaikovsky, de Falla, Gendel, Rodgers, and Adler.

NOVEMBER 17
Kirstin Roble, mezzo-soprano, Diana Kelly Eiler, contralto, and Scott Gendel, piano.
Music of Handel, Vivaldi, Schubert, Kander, Mozart, Debussy, Fauré, and Bernstein.
*Note: Held across the parking lot in Atrium Auditorium.

NOVEMBER 24
No Musicale Today

DECEMBER 1
Bruce Bengtson, clavichord
Works by J. S. Bach and C. P. E. Bach

DECEMBER 8
Mark Valenti, piano
Poulenc’s “Les cloches de Malines,” Bach’s “Italian Concerto,” three Etudes by Debussy, and Beethoven’s Sonata no. 31 in A flat major, op. 110.

DECEMBER 15
Wes Luke, violin
Wes Luke is a violinist in Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (principal second), La Crosse Symphony Orchestra (concertmaster), Mosaic Chamber Players, Concordance Ensemble, Kipperton String Quartet, and Ancora String Quartet, among many others. He will play music for unaccompanied violin by J. S. Bach, Paganini, Stravinsky, Eugene Ysaye, and Wes Luke himself.

DECEMBER 22
No Musicale Today

DECEMBER 29
No Musicale Today

JANUARY 5 — CANCELED
Generation Baroque
Featuring Kristen Davies, Baroque flute; Benjamin Lenzmeier, Baroque violin; Eric Miller, Viola di gamba; and Sean Kleve, harpsichord
Bach Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in A Major, Telemann Paris Quartet in B Minor, and CPE Bach Trio Sonata in C Major.

JANUARY 12 — CANCELED
Daniel Kuzuhara, piano
“Tempest Sonata” by Beethoven, a Prelude and Waltz by Chopin, and “Moment Musicaux” by Rachmaninoff.

JANUARY 19
Double Double Reeders
Ruth Dahlke, oboe & English horn; Scott Ellington, oboe & English horn; Rozan Anderson, bassoon; and Willy Walter, bassoon
Music of Burton Kester, John Farmer, John Wilbye, Thomas Morley, Bill Malcolm, Serge Prokofiev, and Louise Hillery.

JANUARY 26
Danielle Breisach, flute
Music for flute and piano by Jules Mouquet, Katherine Hoover, Lawren Brianna Ware, and Eldin Burton.

FEBRUARY 2
Trevor Stephenson, harpsichord
Music by Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, and more on FUS’s world-class Rosa harpsichord

FEBRUARY 9
Odette Anderson, organ
Music by Bach, MacDowell, Peeters, Young, and Handel.
NOTE: This recital will be held in the Atrium Auditorium

FEBRUARY 16
Namji Kim & Lori Cruciani, piano duo
Bizet’s Jeux d’enfants, Poulenc’s Sonata, Fauré’s Dolly Suite, and Debussy’s Petite Suite

FEBRUARY 23
Daffyd Bevil, horn and Satoko Hayami, piano

The acting principal horn for the Madison Symphony Orchestra returns to the Friday Musicale series.
Music of Franz Strauss, Gina Gillie, Alice Gomez, and James Naigus.

MARCH 1 — CANCELED
Bow and Aero Quintet
Clarinet Quintet of Brahms and “Phantasy” Quintet for Bass Clarinet and strings by York Bowen.
Featuring Maynie Bradley and Neil Gopal, violin; Shannon Farley, viola; Ben Therrell, cello; and Brian Gnojek clarinet.

MARCH 8
“Bach’s Other Voices”

Bach’s music as you’ve never heard it! Selections composed by Bach but performed on instruments other than those for which they were originally written. Paul Baker on Electronic Midi-Marimba; Nathan Wysock on Classical Guitar; Madison Area Concert Handbells Trio. Part of the 2024 Bach Around the Clock Festival (www.bachclock.com).

MARCH 16
Jess Salek, piano

Madison’s own Jess Salek will play Franz Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960.

MARCH 22
Sean Kleve, harpsichord

E Minor English Suite of J. S. Bach

MARCH 29
Christopher C. Cramer, classical guitar
Jan Antonín Losy, Fernando Sor, and the sixteenth century Lauten-Buch codex.

APRIL 5
Quanda Johnson, soprano and Will Preston, piano
Settings of Langston Hughes poems by Edward C. Harris, Elie Siegmeister, and Ricky Ian Gordon; compositions of Jeraldine Saunders Herbison, Gian Carlo Menotti, Tom Cipullo, Florence Price, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Xavier Montsalvatge; a traditional Cuban lullaby; and two spirituals. Ms. Johnson is currently a dissertator in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies at University of Wisconsin–Madison. She has performed on Broadway, is a Fulbright Scholar, and is a recipient of the Clyde Taylor Award for Distinguished Work in African American and Africana Studies. Ms. Johnson recently returned from Arquetopia artist residency in Mexico where she worked on uncovering the history and culture of Afro-Mexicanos, and Peru where she trained with El Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani, a theater cooperative specializing in social activism. 

 APRIL 12
Opera on Tap
Kirstin Roble, mezzo soprano, and several other singers perform “Songs and Scenes We Love to Sing.” Scott Gendel, piano.

APRIL 19
Mark Valenti, piano
Chicago-based virtuoso and perennial Musicale guest Mark Valenti plays Schubert’s “Sonata in A Major,” op. 120, “Out of Doors” by Bartok, and three selections from Debussy’s “Images.”

APRIL 26
Four Seasons Theatre
Four Seasons Theatre again closes out the Musicale season with a bit of Broadway. This season’s featured songwriter will be Irving Berlin. From his first hit song, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” through his years working on Broadway and in Hollywood, to his time touring to support troop morale during WWII, Irving Berlin is an icon of American musical theatre. Great local singers will share some of your favorite Berlin tunes and introduce you to some lesser-known gems, all while you learn about the life and work of Irving Berlin. Not to be missed!