Live Opera Concert: “A Classical Octoberfest" Tue, Oct 12, 2021 — 6:30PM

Continue the October themed celebrations with our very first Madison Club Salon Series, “A Classical Octoberfest.” Curated by tenor and member, Kirk Bangstad, Bangstad will perform the Mahler Rückert Lieder (a five-song cycle), followed by his favorite German art songs from Hugo Wolf, Franz Schubert, and Richard Strauss. He used to perform these concerts for audiences at his old brewpub in Minocqua, and knowing that few people were fluent in German, began explaining the history of these songs, their composers, and examined the translated poetry which allowed audiences with little background in classical music to more fully engage and appreciate the experience. To him, these concerts are old friends, and he wants you to love them as much as he does.

Join Bangstad and his collaborative pianist Susan Gaeddert on Tuesday, October 12th. The evening will begin at 6:30 PM with a German themed pre-fixe dinner (see menu below) and the performance will begin at 8:00 PM. The cost for the evening is $64.95.

Watch for future Salon Series concerts that will be announced in the next newsletter.


1st Course
German Sampler
Butterkase, assorted sausage, pretzels, mustards

2nd Course
Venison Jägerschnitzel
Hunter’s sauce, mushroom-chive spätzle, bacon braised cabbage

3rd Course
Black Forest Torte
Kirsch caramel, sour cherry, vanilla whipped cream

Kirk Bangstad
Prior to moving to Madison and brewing #progressivebeer as the owner of the Minocqua Brewing Company, Kirk Bangstad was a professional singer in New York City and has sung on stages across the world. Favorite performances included the Stage Manager in Ned Rorem’s “Our Town,” Eisenstein in “Die Fledermaus,” and Pat Denning in “42nd Street.” Prior to pursuing a degree in graduate vocal studies at Northwestern University, Bangstad earned a degree in Government at Harvard University.

Susan Gaeddert
Susan studied Piano Performance, Pedagogy, and Collaborative Piano at UW-Madison, where she earned a doctorate in 2007 and was a winner of the Shain Competition for piano and woodwind duos. Susan has toured the state with Opera For The Young, taught at Edgewood College, and performed with a number of local musicians at festivals and recitals in the Madison area. For many years, she worked with students of all ages teaching piano and coaching singers and instrumentalists as a professional accompanist.