Atimevu on June 21


Join us on Saturday, June 21, at noon in the Grace Episcopal Church courtyard on West Washington Avenue!

Atimevu Drum and Dance performs traditional Ghanaian folk music and incorporates authentic dances from all tribes in Ghana. The goal of the Madison-based group is to bring traditions and cultures of Ghana to the doorsteps of Americans and the entire world. The group takes its name from the Atimevu drum of the Ewe people of Ghana. The word ‘atimevu’ means drum made from a tree.

Atimevu will perform outside in the church’s courtyard as part of Make Music Madison, a city-wide celebration of music during the summer solstice.

Make Music Madison

In June, Grace Presents will take part in the annual, day-long, citywide, free, outdoor music festival that is Make Music Madison. It happens on June 21, the summer solstice. Our concert will begin at noon.

As part of Make Music Madison, Grace Presents will take place outside, in the Grace Episcopal Church courtyard on West Washington Ave.

Atimevu Drum and Dance will perform traditional Ghanaian folk music and authentic dances from all tribes in Ghana. Read more on our Upcoming Concerts page

May 17: Johannes Wallmann Jazz Quartet

Johannes Wallmann
Johannes Wallmann

Born in Germany, Wallmann was raised on Canada’s Vancouver Island, where he studied classical piano and guitar. Over twelve years in New York City, followed by five years in the San Francisco Bay Area, Wallmann established himself as a prolific performer in styles as diverse as mainstream jazz and electric fusion, American spirituals, Cantonese pop music, and 20th century classical music.In the fall of 2012, Dr. Wallmann moved to Madison, Wisconsin to become Director of Jazz Studies at UW Madison’s School of Music, where he is the inaugural holder of the John and Carolyn Peterson Chair in Jazz Studies.

Join us, Saturday May 17 at noon for the Johannes Wallmann Jazz Quartet! Like all Grace Presents concerts, the event is free and open to the public. We welcome you to bring a lunch to enjoy during the concert.

Premiers of works by Stephen Dembski and Marc Vallon at Grace Presents on April 26

Millie Chang
Millie Chang

Millie Chang’s April 26 chamber recital for Grace Presents will feature premiers of works by UW-Madison School of Music Faculty Marc Vallon and Stephen Dembski.

Marc Vallon is associate professor of bassoon at the SoM where he also performs with the Wingra Woodwind Quintet. Two of his compositions, Cantus for solo bassoon and Ricercare for solo cello, have been favorably received by Parisian audiences.

Stephen Dembski is professor of composition at the SoM. His music — which includes instrumental, vocal, and electro-acoustic works as well as pieces for improvising musicians and for interactive installations of sound and light — has been broadly recognized by awards and performances in both the United States and in Europe.

Join us at noon on Saturday April 26 in the Grace Episcopal Church to hear these brand new works!

April 26: Early and contemporary music for baroque flute

Join Grace Presents at Noon on Saturday, April 26 for a concert featuring works baroque flute

Judith Leyster's Young Flute Player
Judith Leyster’s Young Flute Playe


Millie Chang brings together an ensemble of some of Madison’s most talented classical instrumentalists for a unique recital for baroque flute featuring compositions from three centuries. Repertory for this concert ranges from François Couperin’s 1722 Concert Royaux No.2 in D major to two brand new compositions by UW School of Music faculty Stephen Dembski and Marc Vallon. Full program below.


Baroque Flutes: Mi-Li Chang and Danielle Breisach

Modern flute: Stephanie Jutt

Harpsichord: John Chappell Stowe

Viola da gamba: Eric Miller



David MacBride: Shadow for two baroque flutes (1993)

Robert Strizich: Tombeau for baroque flute and harpsichord (1982)

François Couperin: Concert Royaux No.2 in D major (1722)

Stephen Dembski: Gits and Piths for modern and baroque flutes (2014)

Marc Vallon: Ami (2014)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata in b minor for baroque flute and harpsichord, BWV 1030 (1736-37)


All Grace Presents concerts are free and open to the public.


Graminy: March 29

Join Grace Presents on March 29 from noon – 1PM for a performance by “class-grass” ensemble, Graminy.

Graminy. Photo by B. Tracy Madison
Graminy. Photo by B. Tracy Madison


Founded in 2010, Graminy is based in Madison, Wisconsin. The group seeks to fuse the classical and grassroots traditions, from Bach to bluegrass, from Copland to Celtic, from Gershwin to native American, from Kodaly to klezmer, and more. Drawing on all these styles, Graminy composes and arranges all its music, which includes lots of quick changes, generous improvisations, and occasional singing. They call their style “class-grass.” Their aim is to put more class in grass and more grass in class. Learn more at Graminy’s website.

Like all Grace Presents concerts, Graminy’s March 29 performance begins at noon, lasts for about an hour, and is free and open to the public. Bring your friends, your family, and even your lunch if you’d like, and we’ll see you in March!

Off the Porch: December 14


Join Grace Presents at Noon on December 14 for a bluegrass show with Off the Porch!

Featuring a blend of 3-part vocal harmonies, Off The Porch plays a unique mixture of bluegrass, folk, blues, and roots music that ranges from gorgeous to gritty and everything in between. Off the Porch is: Mary Helmke (banjo, autoharp), Catherine Rhyner (mandolin), Stephanie Ramer (guitar), Brad Wolbert (bass),  Jonathan Ivry (violin), and Mark Schlutt (banjo). The name “Off The Porch” hearkens back to a time in the history of country music when boys were often taught to play banjo or guitar by a grandmother, mother, or aunt; as grownups, the men would leave home to play music while the women were left at home singing and playing tunes on the porch.


UW Russian Folk Orchestra, November 23

Join us on Saturday November 23 at noon for a concert by the University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra.

UW russian folk orch

The Orchestra, now in its 16th season, is a unique ensemble performing Russian and other East-European folk music on authentic Russian instruments, balalaikas and domras. The orchestra was founded and is directed by Victor Gorodinsky. The Orchestra is made up of two groups of authentic Russian stringed instruments: balalaikas and domras. The Orchestra also uses accordions, bayans (button accordions), as well as various woodwind and percussion instruments.

The orchestra’s repertoire consists mainly of Russian and other Slavic folk songs, dances, and ballads, but also includes the music of Russian classical composers like Tchaikovsky. Victor Gorodinsky has written several original compositions for the ensemble. Read more about the UW Russian Folk Orchestra at their website.