A Journey Through Madison's Classical Music Scene
Aug 6, 2014
09:00 AMClassically Speaking
Music con Brio Is a Great Investment, With Multiple Dividends
PHOTO COURTESY OF MUSIC CON BRIO
Music con Brio performs with Yid Vicious at the High Noon Saloon in October 2013.
Here is a short plea to consider an opportunity to not only help grow a lifelong love of the arts in young people, but quite possibly keep them in school. My own plan was to attend this special event, but as my “day job” has taken precedence, I’m posting this preview instead. Hopefully that will do even more good; as a former music teacher myself, their mission is obviously near and dear to my heart, and then there is that recent Overture Center Foundation report, cited by Mayor Soglin in his welcoming remarks to Madison Opera in the Park, stating that students who are consistently engaged in arts activities have a dropout rate of only four percent. So here are the facts:
Music con Brio is a group of teachers organized under a 501(c) (3) that gives affordable music lessons on a graduated tuition schedule. On the verge of launching their fourth year, Music con Brio is currently serving nearly one hundred students from ten different Madison schools.
They have big plans for 2014–15, and now Madison’s music lovers have a chance to help. On Thursday, August 7, at the Boardman Law Firm (1 S. Pinckney St. on the fourth floor of the US Bank Building on the Capitol Square) Music con Brio will offer “Summer Shindig.” This fundraising event will delight all the senses, with yummy treats from Barriques, artisan brews from MobCraft Beer, and music by the Pecatonica String Quartet. The event takes place from 6–8 p.m., with a suggested donation of $10, or $20 per family.
Music con Brio presents a community concert at the end of each school year, and this year will have the contemporary percussion group (and UW–Madison affiliate ensemble) Clocks in Motion in residency. Whether you can make it to Summer Shindig or not, I recommend a visit to Music con Brio’s website, which includes a great video clip as well as more details about them. Best wishes to MCB for continued success in this great work!