The Well-Tempered Ear

By Jacob Stockinger

It has been a busy time for University of Wisconsin-Madison pianist Christopher Taylor, who won a bronze medal at the 1993 Van Cliburn competition.

Just last Friday night, Taylor (below) turned in an extraordinary performance of the rarely heard Piano Concerto No. 4 by John Field, a piece he learned especially for the concert with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.

This week, he is working on the world premiere of American composer William Bolcom’s Piano Quintet No. 2. The big public event and official premiere is this Saturday night at 8 p.m. in the Wisconsin Union Theater, where Taylor and the UW’s Pro Arte String Quartet (below is a photo by Rick Langer) will perform a FREE and PUBLIC concert that features Mozart, Webern and Darius Milhaud (who was Bolcom’s teacher) as well as Bolcom.

The public can also hear Bolcom’s new Piano Quintet…

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