The Stoughton Chamber Music Festival, now entering its 4th year of programming, creates vital opportunities for brilliant early-career classical musicians, and shares expressive and engaging performances of diverse repertoire to local listeners.
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Through the curation of unexpected and contemporary works in tandem with breathtaking works from the classical canon, the SCMF creates an environment for listening that is welcoming and accessible.
In 2022 SCMF will feature three programs, each with a distinct perspective.
Concert I — CYCLES: August 19th and 21st at Chorus Public House (ticketed)
Exploring the juxtaposition of chaos and harmony within music, this concert seeks to understand the role of chaos within our own world(s).
This program is structured in a circular manner — beginning with simplicity and peace before becoming more agitated and unpredictable and dissolving into disorder. After reaching a climatic moment of disarray, the program once again moves toward clarity, ending as it began. Mimicking this cyclical program, the audience will be positioned in a large circle, surrounding the musicians’ central and circular performance set-up.
World premiere by Micah Behr
Works by Caroline Shaw, Alfred Schnittke, Joseph Fux, and many others
Concert II — INTERPLAY: August 27th at Stoughton Opera House (live-stream option) (Ticketed)
Exploring chaos as a source of creation, INTERPLAY places the monumental structures and rhapsodic freedom of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet op. 115 in juxtaposition with the rambunctious verve of folk music and the works it inspires.
Free lawn preview on August 25th with selections from INTERPLAY…(location and time To Be Determined)
Concert III — Children’s Concert: August 13th at Stoughton’s Bjoin Park (free admission)
Presented in collaboration with the Stoughton Public Library, this performance is staged alongside storyteller Kay Elmsley Weeden. The concert incorporates the lively accompaniment of a string trio, sharing the joy of classical music while telling a meaningful story. Book TBD but will fit within this year’s theme.
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Funding: In 2021, SCMF secured grant funding from Dane Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board (with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts). In addition to this funding, SCMF relies on the support and generosity of fans and sponsors, in addition to ticket sales and other public and private funding opportunities.
SCMF started with humble musician fees. Each year the festival aims to raise the pay, so as to properly compensate our phenomenal artists for their work in bringing increasingly fantastic art to Stoughton. As such, the majority of our funding goes towards paying each musician and collaborator. They are truly the foundation of these concerts. In addition to performance fees, funding also goes towards the commissioning of new compositions, venue rental, and marketing. Your financial contribution, large or small, will be a vital part of our success and help enable SCMF to create great art in Dane County.