Don’t miss this year’s musical tribute

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 5:30 pm

Registration closed.

Prairie Songs: Remembering Ántonia

A classic of American literature, My Ántonia by novelist Willa Cather was first published in 1918. To celebrate the anniversary, award-winning composer Brent Edstrom created a song-cycle based on the novel which follows two pioneer children coming of age on the Nebraskan prairie.  The performance will feature Brent Edstrom on piano, tenor Scott Miller and violinist Tana Bachman-Bland.

Join us for an evening of music, literature, and history.

The evening begin at 5:30 pm with a reception including beer, wine and appetizers. The concert follows from 6:30 until 8:00 pm.


Brent Edstrom has been a faculty member of Whitworth University in Spokane since 1995. His compositions have been performed across the U.S. and Europe.

Scott Miller has multiple credits in opera, musical theater, and recital. He is a professor of music at Whitworth University in Spokane.

Tana Bachman-Bland has played violin and viola with a variety of organizations including the Spokane Symphony and the Spokane String Quartet. She teaches violin, viola, and guitar.

Location: Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Road M, Middleton, WI

Cost: $50/adult
$20/child under 18
Includes the concert, appetizers and beverages

Register by Thursday, September 20, 2018. Registration closed.

For more information or to learn about sponsoring the event, contact Rachel Olson at, 608-836-1631, x120.

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Wine pull back by popular demand

Participate in this year’s wine pull at Prairie Rhapsody! At a wine pull, individuals purchase a numbered cork that corresponds with a specific bottle of wine that is theirs to keep. Wines will vary from inexpensive, medium range to top quality bottles. Everyone wins!

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Holy Wisdom’s Big Read

To prepare for the Prairie Rhapsody concert, Holy Wisdom Monastery is offering a Big Read of My Ántonia by Willa Cather.

Read on your own, or join us for the Big Read discussion group:
Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 pm August 15-September 19, 2018
Upstairs at Common Ground, 2644 Branch St, Middleton

Discussions led by Kenny Kohberger and Rachel Olson. We will be reading 40 pages a week.

There is no charge for this program, however the good folks at Common Ground invite us to purchase a meal, snack, or beverage in exchange for use of their space. Come to a single session, or come to more—whatever works for you!

No registration is required.

For more information please contact Rachel Olson, 608-836-1631, x120 or

Thank you to these individuals and businesses for sponsoring the 2018 Prairie Rhapsody concert and 2018 art exhibits at Holy Wisdom Monastery:


Alliance Benefit Group


Buy Right Purchasing Group


Donna Carnes


DRS Ltd Asphalt Paving


Jeff Engelkes,
American Family Insurance


James Forrest, Forrest Piano Service


Meicher CPAs 


Monona Bank


Jayne Neuendorf


Northern Capital Management


Gail and Dan Shea


Neal and Diane Smith


Thompson Investment
Management, LLC


Judy and Sal Troia


Dick Wagner


Mary Zaborski, CFP, CRPC – First Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner and Smith