Upcoming Concerts

Stay tuned for Fall ’23 concert announcements


Past Performances


Verona Quartet

(String Quartet in Residence, Oberlin College)
Inside Out: Storytelling in Music
Sunday, April 23, 2023, 4pm
Bethel Lutheran: 312 Wisconsin Ave, Madison


We’re thrilled to have the Verona Quartet at Bethel just a week before they perform at Carnegie Hall! Winners of Chamber Music America’s coveted 2020 Cleveland Quartet, the Verona Quartet has firmly established itself amongst the most distinguished ensembles on the chamber music scene today. The Verona Quartet will perform works by Grazyna Bacewicz, Ludwig van Beethoven, and the contemporary pipa virtuoso and composer Wu Man, whom they will officially collaborate with next season. This program focuses on composers who were/are also virtuoso performers themselves. This enables them to bring their unique unique compositional voices and iconic virtuosic fingerprints to the intertwining voices of the string quartet.

The Verona Quartet has appeared across four continents, captivating audiences at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Boston’s Jordan Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Australia’s Melbourne Recital Hall, not to mention Madison’s own Wisconsin Union Theater. They have also performed at festivals including La Jolla Summerfest, Chamber Music Northwest, Caramoor, and Bravo! Vail, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Serving as the Quartet-in-Residence at the Oberlin College and Conservatory, the Verona Quartet’s “vibrant, intelligent” (The New York Times) performances emanate from the spirit of storytelling; the Quartet believes that this transcends genre and therefore the name “Verona” pays tribute to William Shakespeare, one of the greatest storytellers of all time.


Verona Quartet, April 23, 2023



Nordic Choir, Luther College

Andrew Last, Director

Sunday, January 22, 2023, 4pm





Jan 22, 2023 4:00pm Nordic Choir, Luther College



Kara Shay Thomson

Warming the Heart of Winter:
Words and Music of Love and Laughter

Sunday, January 8, 2023, 4pm


Dramatic soprano, Kara Shay Thomson, has built an expansive stage career by creating characters that push the limits both musically and dramatically. She continues to expand her career by choosing repertoire that not only showcases her vocal abilities and also draws upon her strong dramatic insight.

Ms. Thomson’s major roles include the iconic Puccini’s heroines, Turandot and Tosca. Additional roles include Leonore; Fidelio, Sieglinde;Die Walkyrie, Santuzza;Cavalerria Rusticana, Donna Anna; Don Giovanni and Magda Sorel; The Consul. Company appearances include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Virginia Opera, Utah Opera, Portland Opera, Atlanta Opera, Dayton Opera, Opera Omaha, Kentucky Opera and Sarasota Opera.

Pianist, Michael Chertock, has performed as a concerto soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Pops, The Montreal and Toronto Symphonies, as well as the Dallas symphony, the Detroit symphony, and the State Symphony Orchestra of Moscow. He has recorded solo albums of film music hotel arc and appears on more than 40 different recordings on multiple labels.

He also serves as principal keyboardist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Kara Shay Thomson and Michael Chertock met at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Montgomery, Ohio where they both attend and contribute their musical gifts to the parish.   Michael and Kara Shay continue to collaborate in recital and concert venues performing multiple genres ranging from Musical Theater to Classical and Opera.  Their shared love of communicating through words and music engages their audiences and allows everyone to get to know each other on a more personal level.

Kara Shay and Michael are excited to share their gifts with everyone and look forward to bringing this program to Bethel.


Jan 8, 2023 4:00pm - Kara Shay Thomson



Olivia Diercks, cello; Karla Colahan, violin

Have Yourself an OK Christmas:
Reimagined Holiday Favorites
Sunday, December 11, 2022, 4pm


Join The OK Factor as they celebrate the holidays with traditional carols, seasonal songs, and original arrangements of holiday favorites. Enjoy the sounds of the season in a new and unique arrangement while you spend an evening immersed in the spirit of the holidays with your friends, family, and loved ones.

Playful and unexpected, new-classical crossover duo The OK Factor writes and performs folk-inspired music influenced by multiple genres, with an artistry that reveals their classical training. Cellist Olivia Diercks and violinist Karla Colahan find great joy in defying expectations and delivering an experience outside of what audiences anticipate from a cello and violin combo. Organic and genuine, their original compositions feel both comfortingly familiar and uniquely fresh, and have been described as “genre-bending” (Julie Amacher, MPR) and “pure magic” (Wausau Pilot & Review). The ease with which they write and perform and their passion for educational outreach has caught the attention of the Minnesota music community in which they live and work, bringing them success on stages such as The Cedar Cultural Center, as frequent featured artists with Minnesota Public Radio, and as finalists for the McKnight Fellowships for Musicians in 2018. Olivia and Karla invite audiences to explore music and cultivate a curiosity about its role in their lives.


OK Factor Concert



Polonaise Fantasie:
The Story of a Pianist
Sunday, November 20, 2022, 4pm

Inna Faliks recounts her life adventures, influences, and

evolution as an artist through this piano performance.


In Polonaise-Fantasie, the Story of a Pianist, Inna Faliks
recounts her life adventures, influences, and
evolution as an artist through this piano performance.

Inna Faliks considers Polonaise-fanatsie: The Story of a
Pinist is the most personal endeavor she has undertaken.
She says: “It is my hope that, in sharing this story. I offer
audiences a glimpse into the life of a performing musician,
as well as my very personal story – the story that makes me
the artist I am today.”


Listen to Inna’s Interview on WORT FM about her Bethel Concert:


Inna Faliks Concert at Bethel


Special Event: Organ and Brass

58th Anniversary Concert of the Bethel Pipe Organ
Featuring Music Director Zach Busch and the Bethel Brass
Tuesday October 18, 7:00 PM
The fabulous pipe organ in our sanctuary balcony sounded its first chord 58 years ago. Considered at the time one of the largest and finest organs in the Midwest, our amazing Schantz abides in its legacy of greatness, having been carefully maintained and attended to over these decades by fine and gifted musicians and the congregation at large. It stands today a hallmark of Bethel’s music and worship life, accompanying, leading, and inspiring our congregational song and dazzling us with its heights, depths, and surprises. It is a Spirit-filled gift.

Join us in celebrating our great pipe organ and praising God for the gift of music at 7pm on Tuesday, October 18, the same day the organ was dedicated in 1964. Zach Busch will perform solo and with Bethel Brass. A freewill offering will be collected to benefit future organ projects at Bethel.


The event has been livestreamed.


Jutt-Wienholts Duo

Spring Awakening: Masterpieces for Flute and Harp
Friday, April 22, 2022, 7pm


The combination of harp and flute has always been known as a heavenly duo. But is it really? Is it perhaps something more primal, something more earthy, something more ancient and profoundly human? The new duo of flutist Stephanie Jutt and harpist Johanna Wienholts seeks to explore the vast repertoire for flute and harp, from the most delicate confections by Franz Joseph Haydn and Nino Rota to the most exciting and driving rhythmic compositions by Mexican composer Eduardo Angulo.

When people happen to catch harpists moving full-sized pedal harps, the question is almost always, “Don’t you wish you played the flute?” While flute and harp are indeed on opposite ends of the size spectrum, the sound of these two instruments can both contrast and complement like few other pairings can. Stephanie Jutt and Johanna Wienholts first met in 2017 when Johanna joined the Madison Symphony Orchestra as their new principal harpist. Because orchestral writing combines flute and harp in exposed symphonic moments, they often found themselves blending sound from across the orchestra. It seemed only fitting that a duo would be born.



Seraph Brass

Brass Quintet
Sunday, January 23, 2022, 4pm
Seraph Brass Website


Seraph Brass is a dynamic ensemble drawing from a roster of America’s top brass players. Committed to engaging audiences with captivating programs, Seraph Brass presents a diverse body of repertoire that includes original transcriptions, newly commissioned works and well-known classics.

In the Bethel Concert Series program, Seraph Brass will perform works by composers from underrepresented demographics as well as the well known classical hits. Committed to celebrating women in music, they will perform recent commissions by composers like Catherine McMichael and Reena Esmail. You will hear the women of Seraph dazzle on famous virtuosic piano pieces, sing through Spanish folk music, and soar in a Wisconsin premier by Kevin Day.Winners of the 2019 American Prize in Chamber Music, Seraph Brass is a dynamic ensemble drawing from a roster of America’s top brass players. Performing primarily as a quintet/sextet, Seraph Brass also performs as a larger 10-piece ensemble. Committed to engaging audiences with captivating programming, Seraph Brass presents a diverse body of repertoire that includes original transcriptions, newly commissioned works and well-known classics. Seraph released their debut studio album, Asteria, on Summit Records in January 2018, winning a Silver Medal Global Music Award. Seraph Brass is in residency at the Walton Art Center’s Artosphere Festival, alongside the Dover Quartet, in the festival orchestra.

Seraph Brass has toured extensively throughout the United States, China, Mexico and Europe. Featured performances of Seraph’s 2019-2020 touring schedule include a sextet recital at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Miami (FL), performances at the Busan Maru International Music Festival in Korea and a residency at the Interlochen Arts Academy. On the international stage, Seraph has performed at the Lieksa Brass Week in Finland and the Forum Cultural Guanajuato in León, Mexico. Seraph is on the roster of Manhattan Music Ensemble and G.L. Berg Entertainment.



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