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Middleton Community Orchestra: Spring Concert

Hamel Music Center

740 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53562

May 22, 2024 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 pm

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May 22, 2024
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Spring Concert

Thomas Kasdorf, piano
Christopher Ramaekers, conductor

Wagner: “Entry of the Gods into Valhalla” from Das Rheingold (1854)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23 (1875)
Respighi: Pines of Rome (1924)

Thomas Kasdorf is a collaborative pianist inspired by connections through various art forms merging through the piano. Active in the fields of chamber music, art song recital, opera, and musical theatre, he has concertized throughout the US and Canada. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in May 2020 at the Mead Witter School of Music at University of Wisconsin-Madison, as a Paul Collins Distinguished Fellow. He currently serves on the faculty as the music director and opera coach for UW Opera’s productions.

Thomas has long held an interest in musical theatre. He has performed in over 200 productions as an actor, pianist, musical director, stage director, and conductor. With a special interest in the works of Stephen Sondheim, he has been called upon to prepare productions or perform in reduced orchestrations in Company, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Putting it Together, Side by Side by Sondheim and Sweeney Todd. He is currently Artistic Director of Middleton Players Theatre (MPT) in Middleton, Wisconsin, where he resides.

Thomas has performed a major piano concerto annually with the Middleton Community Orchestra (MCO) since its inception in 2010 and has also engaged the orchestra to collaborate in staged productions of Carousel and Sweeney Todd with MPT.

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