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
Sunday, January 28, 2024
Oakwood Village University Woods
Monday, January 29, 2024
String Quartet No. 21 in D, K.575 (1789) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
III. Menuetto; Allegretto
Tjonneblomen ‘The Water Lily’ – Gjermund Haugen, arranged by Danish String Quartet
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor (1827) – Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
I. Adagio; Allegro vivace
II. Adagio non lento
III. Intermezzo; Allegretto con moto
Special thanks to our Hunt Quartet recital sponsor, Kato Perlman.
Would your school like to participate?
Up Close & Musical 23/24 Partners
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 email@example.com.
After the Kindergarten mini-concert, a child said, ‘That was the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard!
Thank you to our generous sponsors
Major funding provided by
Additional funding provided by
Wisconsin Arts Board with additional funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.