Don’t miss this year’s musical tribute

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 5:30 pm

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 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/person
Includes the concert, appetizers, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages

Register by Thursday, September 13, 2018.

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    Prairie Rhapsody
    Holy Wisdom Monastery
    4200 County Road M
    Middleton, WI 53562

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

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

Pick up your free* copy of My Ántonia and National Endowment for the Arts Reader’s Guide in the monastery gathering area (while supplies last).

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.

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!

We will be reading 40 pages a week. August 15th’s discussion will cover the first 40 pages.

No registration is required.

*Our thanks to UW Whitewater’s Young Auditorium for the gift of these books!

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