MCO to Perform Spring Concert, Final Show of Season

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Satoko Hayami and Thomas Kasdorf will be the featured artists at the Middleton Community Orchestra concert next week. Both musicians are pianists. Tickets are on sale now.

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Community Orchestra will hold their final concert of the season on May 30, 7:30 p.m. at the Middleton Performing Arts Center. 

The Spring 2019 concert will feature “The Carnival of Animals” and “Symphony No. 3” by Camille Saint Saens and” Concerto for 2 Pianos No. 10 k. 365” by Mozart. All of the selections are arranged for two pianos and an orchestra. 

Guest musicians for the include pianists Satoko Hayami and Thomas Kardorf. Wisconsin Public Radio personality Norman Gilliand will narrate “Carnival of the animals.

A native of Japan, Satoko Hayami is an active collaborative and solo pianist, also performing on harpsichord and toy piano. A versatile artist, Satoko has performed and taught piano chamber music all over the world, most notably, Italy, Hungary, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and Canada. In the United States, Satoko has performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in D.C.; Millers Outdoor Theater in Houston, TX; Harris Hall in Aspen, CO; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH. In Wisconsin, she has appeared in music festivals such as Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society Series, LunART Festival, and Madison New Music Festival. Satoko is also on the piano faculty at Beloit College. A passionate performer of new music, she has co-founded Sound Out Loud Collective, a contemporary chamber ensemble that performs and commissions works by living composers, which won the first prize of American Award in Chamber Music Performance in 2018.

A winner of the Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Fellowship, Satoko is pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned master’s degrees in Piano Chamber Music & Accompanying at Rice University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She participated in numerous summer music festivals including Aspen Music Festival & School, Banff Summer Festival, and the Corsi Internazionali di Musica in Urbino, Italy. Her chamber music coaches have included members of the Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, Cavani String Quartet, Cleveland String Quartet, and Pro Arte String Quartet.

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 is currently finishing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Mead Witter School of Music at University of Wisconsin-Madison, as a Paul Collins Distinguished Fellow. He will serve as the 2019-2020 Opera Coach for UW Opera’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Così fan Tutte. 

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” and “Sweeney Todd.” He is currently Artistic Director of Middleton Players Theatre in Middleton, where he resides.

Thomas has performed a major piano concerto annually with the Middleton Community Orchestra since its inception in 2010.

Norman Gilliland has been a weekday morning voice of classical music broadcasts at Wisconsin Public Radio since 1984. He also produces Old-Time Radio Drama and University of the Air and reads for Chapter A Day. He’s the author of two books about classical music–“Grace Notes for a Year” and “Scores to Settle,” and is the emcee for the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s Concerts on the Square.

Tickets for the concert are $15 and available at Willy Street Co-op West or at the door the night of the show. For more information, visit

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