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Jun 29, 2010
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The Sounds of Summer

The Sounds of Summer

Summer is here and with it come three fantastic opportunities to listen to music outside.

Tomorrow brings the first Concerts on the Square performance of the season. Each Wednesday, grab a blanket, picnic and find a spot on the Capitol lawn to enjoy the sounds of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and guests.

June 30: Summer Romance with Young Artists Concerto Competition winner Joseph Hauer and the music of Mozart, Rachmaninov, Morricone and more.

July 7: American Celebration with soprano Amanda Huddleston and a collection of patriotic songs.

July 14: POPERAzzi with guest conductor Michael Krajewski and guest artist POPERAzzi offering Sinatra songs and other sing-along tunes.

July 21: Let it Be with Beatles tribute band Yesterday.

July 28: Summer Nights in Vienna featuring dancers fraom Madison Ballet and popular Strauss melodies.

August 4: Russian Festival with pianist Eugene Alcalay and music from Russian masters Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov.

7p. Free. Capitol Lawn. 257.0638, wcoconcerts.org

Concerts in the Gardens continue this month at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Bring a picnic and spend a Tuesday evening enjoying jazz, folk and other styles of music.

July 6: Capitol City Band providing band favorites.

July 13: Magic Mama offering family friendly world and hip-hop beats.

July 20: New Horizons Swing Band with swing hits.

July 27: Rigel and its Celtic rock.

7–8p. $1 donation suggested. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave. 246.4550, olbrich.org

And don’t forget, Concerts on the Rooftop rocks on in July. Held Thursdays on the Monona Terrace rooftop, the concert series combines a beautiful backdrop of Lake Monona with music sure to get audiences up and dancing.

July 1: In Black ‘n White with a mix of reggae, blues, rock, soul and jazz.

July 8: Roots Collective offering reggae and funk.

July 15: Madison County highlighting country songs.

7–9p. Free. Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Dr. 261.4000, mononaterrace.com

Photos courtesy of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and Olbrich Gardens.

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As managing editor at Madison Magazine, I'm also an unabashed arts enthusiast. Paintings, plays, music, movies—I'm intrigued by all forms of creative expression. I enjoy talking with artists and sharing their insights, challenges, inspirations and latest endeavors. Check in regularly for details on events, previews and reviews, artist interviews and more! 

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