Up Close & Musical®

in Schools

Up Close & Musical®

Up Close and Musical brings the power and beauty of classical music into the classrooms of elementary schools throughout Dane County. The curriculum is guided by the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance model and academic standards for music, bringing the Hunt Quartet into elementary schools four times each year. School visits take place in October, November, March, & April. Individual quartet members visit separate classrooms to conduct exciting and interactive lessons that send students on a hunt for the concepts of melody, rhythm, expression, and form. These school visits are free thanks to generous donor support.

At the end of the school year all of the participating schools attend Symphony Soup, which brings young people from across south-central Wisconsin into Overture Center for the Arts to experience classical music live in a concert hall! At this culminating concert, the Hunt Quartet is featured among a full symphony orchestra.

Upcoming Hunt Quartet Performances

Quartet Members: Paran Amirinazari, Hillary Hempel, Jennifer Paulson, and Trace Johnson

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
7:00 pm
Arts + Literature Laboratory

Program Selections

String Quartet No. 1 – Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Excerpts from The Last Leaf – Danish String Quartet

String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 – Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Would your school like to participate?

Register for the 24/25 School Year

Up Close & Musical 24/25 Partners

Submit your Letter of Agreement

Eagle School, Madison
Elvehjem Elementary School, Madison
Horizon Elementary School, Sun Prairie
Northside Elementary School, Middleton
Sauk Trail Elementary School, Middleton

With questions, please contact MSO Education Director Lisa Kjentvet at lkjentvet@madisonsymphony.org.

After the Kindergarten mini-concert, a child said, ‘That was the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard!

Participating Teacher

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Major funding provided by

David and Kato Perlman


Dr. Stanley and Shirley Inhorn

Additional funding provided by

​Wendy Weiler and Robert Erb

Wisconsin Arts Board

Wisconsin Arts Board with additional funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.