Join Madison Opera for a range of events inspired by Charlie Parker's Yardbird, including a concert, discussions, and more.
A Charlie Parker Concert and Discussion Daniel Schnyder,
composer of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, joins UW-Madison’s Blue Note Ensemble
for an evening featuring music by Charlie Parker, with solos performed by both
Schnyder and UW-Madison saxophone students. The evening includes an aria from Charlie Parker’s Yardbird and a
discussion about Parker and the opera by Schnyder, Les Thimmig (UW Professor of
Saxophone), and Kathryn Smith (General Director of Madison Opera).
with composer Daniel Schnyder and the Blue Note Ensemble
Morphy Hall, UW-Madison | Thursday, February 9 | 7:30pm
A Preview of Charlie Parker's Yardbird
Capitol Lakes Retirement Community | Tuesday, January 24 | 7-8pm
Join a Madison Opera staff member for an entertaining multimedia preview of Charlie Parker's Yardbird, including background on the composer and the composition's history.
An Evening of Rare Jazz Films
Alicia Ashman Library | Friday, February 3 | 7-8:30pm
Goodman South Library | Tuesday, April 11 | 6-7:30pm
Jazz archivist Gary
Alderman will present and explain films of the historically significant
innovators of modern jazz, including the only two known existing videos with
sound of Charlie Parker. Among the other
musicians shown will be those relevant to Parker’s
music and career, including Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, Dizzy
Gillespie, and Miles Davis.
The Life and Music of Charlie Parker
DeForest Area Public Library | Monday, February 13 | 6:30-7:30pm
Alicia Ashman Library | Friday, February, 24| 7-8pm
Fitchburg Public Library | Sunday, February 26 | 2-3pm
Oregon Public Library | Friday, March 10 | 6:30-7:30pm
UW-Madison saxophone professor Les Thimmig will talk about Charlie Parker's life and music, as well as the history of bebop.
Join General Director Kathryn Smith one hour prior to all Madison Opera performances for an entertaining and informative talk about the opera and its composer. Insightful for newcomers and longtime opera-goers alike, this half-hour talk will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the opera, right before the curtain goes up.
Pre-opera talks are held in the Wisconsin Studio on the 3rd floor of the Overture Center for the Arts.
**NOTE: Daniel Schnyder, composer of Charlie Parker's Yardbird, will participate in the Pre-Opera talk on February 10, 2017 at 7pm.