2012–2013 Performing Arts Preview
Behind-the-scenes interviews and full schedules introduce the robust new arts season
A New Beginning at Overture Center
Meet president and CEO Ted Dedee
There is a new leader at Overture Center, and despite the facility's tumultuous last few years, Ted Dedee is ready to take on existing budget challenges while maintaining the reputation of Madison’s largest arts center.
While Dedee is a newcomer to Madison, he is no stranger to managing performing arts facilities similar to Overture. He’s been doing it for more than thirty-five years at venues in New York, Texas and Tennessee. But Overture, he says, presents a “unique challenge” that intrigued him and influenced his decision to make the move north.
“It seemed to me that while I was looking into this opportunity that a lot of things were positively taking place behind the scenes,” he says. “Specifically with the creation of a new nonprofit organization ... that interested me a lot, given the challenges required to make that transition possible.”
The shift at Overture from city management to the creation of a new managing nonprofit organization, the Overture Center Foundation, brought many uncertainties earlier this year. According to Dedee, he will be able to apply previous experience to make the new entity function, and he is excited to make it happen.
His positive outlook is guided in part by a genuine love for the arts, which he said have captivated him since he encountered a performance in third grade by the Bill Baird marionettes, a troupe many will recognize from an appearance in The Sound of Music. Local children can find inspiration at events such as the free Kids in the Rotunda series. Early inspiration "is what it’s all about,” says Dedee. “You’re building memories.”
This seaon, Overture's resident companies and traveling acts from Broadway and elsewhere bring diverse audiences to the center' four stages. Certain performances thrive in an intimate setting—they play in the 350-seat Playhouse. Meanwhile, larger, often touring acts, occupy Overture Hall with a seating capacity surpassing 2,200.
The season is also carefully planned to offer performances to theater-lovers and first-timers alike.
“We look for opportunities that people in Madison have never seen before, and to see if there is something that can pique interest and give a new experience to people they’ve never had before," Dedee says. "Part of the whole deal with the arts is trying something new."
Dedee values bringing in touring artists to fill in the gaps that local companies don’t offer, such as Broadway hits like Wicked and Jersey Boys.
“The whole idea is to let people discover something new that they’ve never experienced before, to captivate them. To entertain them, yes, but to engage them in such a way that they want to do something again.”
It all goes back to Dedee’s philosophy of building memories. While Dedee has plenty of his own, he is eager to forge even more this season—he has already purchased tickets to the majority of the shows this season.
“It’s one of the greatest jobs in the world to be able to make things come together behind the scenes ... Sometimes I will be listening to the show, but I will have my head turned and watch faces in the audience because I want to see if they’ve got their mouth open, or how they’re reacting to things going on stage. It’s very rewarding, and it’s just so much fun.”
Overture Center's 2012–2013 schedule
The Capitol Steps October 5
Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies October 6
Ballet Folklorico de Mexico October 9
An Evening with Bill Cosby October 19
LEO October 20
Live at Birdland featuring the Birdland Big Band October 23
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Moulin Rouge – The Ballet October 30
Jersey Boys November 7–25
Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas November 17–18
3-Legged Tale November 25
Songs of the Season: A Holiday Celebration with 3Girls3 November 29
Rock of Ages December 4–9
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor January 26
Diavolo Dance Theater February 1
The Little Prince February 3
West Side Story February 12–17
Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook February 16
Golden Dragon Acrobats: Cirque Ziva February 24
Branford Marsalis Quartet February 28
Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company March 1
Live & Let Die: A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney March 2
Mary Poppins March 12–17
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and LINES Ballet Unite March 20
The Intergalactic Nemesis Book 2 March 23
Max Raabe and Palast Orchester April 8
Kindur: The Adventurous Life of Icelandic Sheep April 14
PSY (Les 7 Doigts de la Main) April 20–21
The Belle of Broadway with Susan Egan May 2
Four Bitchin’ Babes: Mid-Life Vices May 11
Wicked May 22–June 9
Mormon Tabernacle Choir June 18
Photos courtesy of Overture Center.
Read on for interviews and season schedules for Madison-area theater, dance and music organizations.
Forward Theater presents 44 Plays for 44 Presidents in September.
Broom Street Theater
Comedies, dramas, and works by first-time playwrights and veterans alike make up Broom Street Theater’s 2012 season. A longtime haven for quirky, serious and experimental theater, Broom Street is not afraid to push boundaries.
The Bottom of the Sea is Cruel September 14–October 6
Svengali's Follies October 19–November 10
Tales for Another Millennium November 30–December 22
Check the website later this fall for its 2013 lineup.
Children's Theater of Madison
A multifarious season is in store at Children’s Theater of Madison to delight and educate children and families. It might be the first chance for some youngsters to experience heartwarming stories like Charlotte’s Web and A Christmas Carol, and in live action at that!
A stage adaptation of Sandy Asher’s picture book Too Many Frogs! brings a series of fables to the stage through a whimsical back-and-forth between a frog and a rabbit. On the unexpectedly educational side, a bilingual rendition of Disney’s Aladdin brings intercultural themes of perseverance to the stage. The theme of hope carries into Anne Frank, a multimedia production following three teenagers through a dramatic struggle to survive.
Charlotte's Web October 24–November 4
A Christmas Carol December 14–23
Too Many Frogs! February 16–24
And Then They Came for Me: Remembering The World of Anne Frank March 9–17
Disney's Aladdin May 3–19
Edgewood College Theatre
Theater thrives where education flourishes—a cast’s deep understanding of a performance’s themes connects them to audience members on multiple levels. So where better to experience a vast array of theatrical ingenuity than a college whose motto translates to “heart speaks to heart?”
With The Cor Stories, Edgewood performers team up with other local companies to celebrate art and identity. When you compile that with a ’60s Broadway hit, a series of LGBTQ monologues and a “musical folktale for young audiences,” to name a few, Edgewood delivers with seriously liberal thinking to engage all types.
The Cor Stories: Identity Through the Lens of Theatre September 21–22
Conceal and Carry: Queers Exposed October 25
Bye Bye Birdie Novermber 9–10, 16–17
The Arabian Nights February 22–23, March 1–2
Student-Directed One-Acts May 2–4
ROARrrr May 7–10
Encore! Studio for the Performing Arts
As Encore! Studio for the Performing Arts enters its thirteenth season, the group shows no signs of slowing the pace. As a studio that features actors wtih disabilities, Encore's works deal with real issues presented by actors who know the hardships firsthand.
After opening with Acts to Grind V, an annual series of all-original short plays, autism sets the tone for many of the remaining plays, offering eye-opening performances sure to bring the struggles and triumphs of people with the disorder to light.
Acts to Grind V October 5–20
Going to Temple January 25–February 9
Real LIfe April 12–27
Forward Theater Company
Forward Theater's season is characterized by the search for the American dream. But how does one define this dream? That’s up for audiences to decide.
The answer may lie in the multi-faceted 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, which treks through the lives of our chiefs-of-state and “entertains as it educates.” Or you might find it in Good People, where an impoverished Boston woman struggles to catch a break.
Meanwhile in Soul Food, playwrights from across the nation contribute their stories with one thing in mind, something dear to American hearts: food. So grab a bite and head to Forward’s website to see what else they’re offering to the dreamers out there.
44 Plays for 44 Presidents September 20–October 7
Forward Theater's Monologue Festival: Soul Food November 9–11
Collected Stories January 17–February 3
Good People April 4–21
Four Seasons Theater
A Broadway coming-of-age parable with actors and puppets. A musical cast featuring ten local singers, a jazz trio and the music of George and Ira Gershwin. And a 1930s romance with music and lyrics from the same people that composed The Fiddler on the Roof.
If this doesn't sound impressive, rest assured that the acclaimed musicals will engage and move audiences through lovable characters and captivating storylines
She Loves Me December 7–16
The Gershwin Songbook March 8–10
Avenue Q August 9–18
Madison Theatre Guild
Madison’s oldest community theater promises another aggressive season with award-winning comedies, powerful dramas and farcical hilarity. Any theater-goer will appreciate the array of plays Madison Theatre Guild has to offer.
Lettice and Lovage along with Rumors provide the comedic overtones of the season. The latter farce will leave heads spinning in a whodunit tale set in a New York deputy mayor’s manor.
Later, The Road to Mecca details the factual story of an eccentric South African artist who transformed her home and garden into a self-curated museum that stands today as a national monument. Set in the apartheid era, this work examines the nature of an artist and a taboo friendship during a difficult time.
Lettice and Lovage September 21–October 6
Next to Normal November 30–December 15
The Road to Mecca February 22–March 9
Rumors March 22–April 6
Boom April 19–May 4
Mercury Players Theatre
Since its founding in 1994, Mercury Players Theatre has staged works original, unusual and at times frenetic. This season will continue that tradition, with a full-length comedy based on religion, politics and communist thoughts during the 1950s, padded by a different look at the hauntingly factual Ed Gein story.
In The Arsonists, a pair of small-town couples struggle with unwanted media attention during the infamous Gein trial. The play examines their shifting morals and beliefs amidst a grotesque tragedy and the town’s new celebrity. The season isn’t all dark, however.
An introspective work, Circle Mirror Transformation, promises to leave audiences laughing and searching desperately for the common thread that unites four characters in a low-key drama class that will bring them together and push them violently apart.
Meanwhile, Mercury’s annual Blitz, which features eight original plays in “twenty-four hours of theatrical mayhem,” will have cast members learning lines while audiences eagerly await their on-the-spot performances.
The Opiate of the Missus October 12–27
Circle Mirror Transformation February 1–16
The Arsonists May 10–25
Blitz June 29
Music Theatre of Madison
As one of Madison’s smaller theater organizations, no one would blame Music Theatre of Madison for scheduling a series of “safe” performances—classics that guarantee an audience and enough ticket sales to stay in business. But founder and executive director Meghan Randolph views MTM’s “fringe” status as a grand opportunity to produce thought-provoking musicals that appeal to various niche audiences.
This season’s performances are educational, innovative and “bizarre,” in Randolph’s words. The shows focus on historical figures such as Andrew Jackson and Edgar Allen Poe, while telling their stories through non-traditional avenues. Another show based on the AIDS epidemic features readings of sufferers’ stories and deepens the season’s nod to reality.
It’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, however, that has Randolph especially excited. This show portrays the life and times of our seventh president through a modern emo rock lens, and potentially depicts more similarities than differences between then and now. Admittedly, an emo rock score doesn’t appeal to everyone. But it wasn’t entirely the composition that hooked Randolph. It was the unexpectedly familiar themes emerging from a founding father’s struggles and triumphs that captivate her.
“It’s very funny and very weird, but it’s also very poignant and startling how relevant it is, which helps make it work in a contemporary setting,” Randolph says of Jackson.
Jackson isn’t a Music Theatre original. In fact, it has been performed on Broadway, starring none other than Benjamin Walker of the recent film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Although Walker won’t be reprising his Jackson role for MTM, Randolph hopes to include him in an audience Q&A following the performances. Given Walker’s unique experiences portraying historical roles in hardly traditional settings, his insights could make Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson even more of a must-see event.
As always, Music Theatre of Madison caters to atypical audiences.
“We kind of have the market cornered on weird musicals, and in Madison there’s an audience that comes to see that,” Randolph says. “So you sort of latch onto people who want to learn, the people looking for an experience, not just the types who like theater ... It’s still kind of a fringe company, but I think it’s making an impact.”
Edgar Allan Poe's Nevermore May 30–June 1
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson July 19–27
Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens (dates not available yet)
Stage Q is known for producing LGBTQ-friendly works that may not find a haven elsewhere. Featuring “out” actors and artists, the group seeks to construct bridges between the LGBTQ community and society at large, with original and classic works that touch on serious themes while allowing room for laughter.
The Normal Heart is an award-winning, devastating drama about indifference to the AIDS epidemic and follows one man’s struggle beyond the death of his lover as he tries to “save the world from itself.”
And in the summer, Stage Q’s eighth installment of Queer Shorts provides a lighter night of rapid-fire performances evoking the entire spectrum of emotions.
The Normal Heart October 19–November 3
The Holiday Stops November 29–December 15
Gertrude Stein and a Companion (dates not available yet)
The Story of My Life February 8–March 9
Mystery abounds at Strollers Theatre in Paragon Springs, a classic rework by Steven Dietz that examines small-town self-interest in 1920s America. And that is but one facet of a season loaded with relatable characters and magical drama.
The magic closes the season with Strollers’ unique look at Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Before that, prepare to be treated to an intimate family drama set in the deep south, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Then, the charming Lobby Hero follows a clumsy night doorman in his struggles of morality, loyalty, love and betrayal.
Paragon Springs September 14–October 6
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof January 11–February 2
Lobby Hero March 22–April 13
A Midsummer Night's Dream May 3–25
A pair of controversial satires bookends University Theatre’s season, tempered by a family-friendly look at Japanese folktales and an unfinished war drama that welcomes a fresh adaptation in every occurrence.
Woyzeck, an avant-garde tragedy by Georg Buchner, explores the psyche of a young soldier crushed by military work. Buchner’s exploration halted, however, when he passed away, leaving the play to posthumous collaborators to finish. UW’s own Kristin Hunt directs this iteration, presenting a “radical reappraisal” of a well-known tragedy.
On a lighter note, The Cradle Will Rock and Cloud Nine provide dubious critiques of topics including corruption, commerce, politics, class and sexual mores, in transatlantic settings of 1900s America and London, respectively. Both subversive in their own rights, Cradle follows a prostitute with “a heart of gold,” while Cloud Nine reminds spectators to “be mindful of pleasure and power.”
I Can't Go On. I'll Go On. October 18–November 13
The Cradle Will Rock November 16–December 8
Woyzeck March 1–16
Wondrous Tales of Old Japan II April 5–13
Cloud Nine April 19–May 5
Next up: Dance
Madison Ballet stages The Nutcracker in December.
At Dance Wisconsin, the focus is on the up-and-coming dancers, who hone their skills alongside professionals to produce new works and fresh takes on classics in a high-involvement setting.
“[Our dancers] dance from 9:30 to 5 every day,” says artistic director Jo Jean Retrum.
With a rigorous schedule, you can bet that these dancers of all ages are fully prepared for their performances. This season, those include the traditional Nutcracker Fantasy, an original family-friendly take on the classic work. Coppelia is another standout feature this year, in its first Dance Wisconsin iteration since 2004.
“Coppelia is an interesting work about an engaged man who falls in love with a doll (named Coppelia), and realizes later on that his love is, in fact, just a doll," Retrum says. “A lot of the old ballets have a romantic theme to them."
With Coppelia, however, Dance Wisconsin takes on a unique interpretation of romance.
Such performances require much planning and preparation, so Retrum employs dancers who have since gone on to professional companies as well as established professionals, like Sasha Radetsky, a principal dancer with American Ballet Theater. And she values Dance Wisconsin alumni willing to return and choreograph new works.
“One of the neatest things is the new works concert, seeing all of my performer dancers come back and create work,” she says. “ I think that is one of the most rewarding things ... I can give opportunities to my own dancers.”
New Works October 13
Nutcracker Fantasy December 7–9
Coppelia March 16–17
Kanopy Dance Company
Stories and myths about the end of the world have been told as long as cultures have existed. This fall, Kanopy Dance Company brings several cultural traditions and stories together in a chilling physical interpretation of the end, with a concert aptly titled End Times: Choreography of the Apocalypse.
As co-artistic director Robert Cleary began choreographing to music by a local composer, Thomas Powell, it became clear that the fall show would be dark.
“[Powell] did a suite of five short songs, and the music is sung by an opera singer singing poems about the end of the world,” Cleary says. “Then the second half of this piece will be a thirteen-minute symphonic piece that [Powell] composed about the end of the world.”
The stories in Powell’s songs pull from various cultures, including Sanskrit and Norse poetry.
From there, the concert flows into a realm of dark choreography by co-artistic director Lisa Thurrell in “Cassandra’s Cry,” and then on to “Pithos,” a piece by Kanopy choreographer Kerry Parker based on the unleashing of Pandora’s box.
Moving into spring, the tone lightens a bit with Yggdrasil, a romantic rendition of the Norse tree of life. Additionally, Parker’s contribution will be “warm and abstract,” following a mystic named Sofia through a series of gestures and allusions.
And finally, the summer show veers away from darkness and light, with an eclectic presentation of Antigone. With largely Greek influences, the performance is technically a tragedy but is music-centric, featuring a beautiful score.
End Times: Choreography of the Apocalypse November 2–4
Yggdrasil: The Tree of Norse Mythology February 8–10
Antigone: All in the Family April 5–7
Li Chiao-Ping Dance
In its third year of production, The Knotcracker has quickly become a Li Chiao-Ping Dance seasonal treat. Performed this year at Overture’s cozy Playhouse Theater, viewers sit practically within arm’s reach of the stage, making the artistically athletic concert all the more breathtaking.
The Knotcracker's whimsy and poignancy balance out depictions of riot and rebellion in Li’s spring show, Riot of Spring. This new work draws inspiration from the controversial Rite of Spring ballet, which premiered in the early 1900s and provoked its own riots in Parisian streets.
The Knotcracker November 29
Riot of Spring May 2–5
Madison Ballet is gearing up for an ambitious season that reaches far beyond those past with a purely Madison new work and Nutcracker spoof to complement its traditional Nutcracker performance.
The spoof is Nutty Nut, and is a well-known take on the classic Nutcracker to many ballet groups nationwide, according to general manager Gretchen Bourg. Nutty Nut, however, is more of a concept than a script, which allows Madison Ballet to inject local references sure to make the show relevant to the community.
“The performance will loosely follow the storyline of The Nutcracker, and also include lots of fun spoofs … Who knows if there will be Badgers or Packers references,” Bourg says.
Yet The Nutcracker will still grace the stage as a time-honored holiday tradition.
To further expand its creative scope, Madison Ballet has pieced together an entirely original iteration of Dracula, with artistic roots grounded more firmly in Madison than the infamous vampire’s Transylvanian home.
Choreographed by Madison Ballet artistic director Earle Smith to an original rock—yes, rock—score by local musician and composer Mike Nancy, this is truly a homegrown take on an international classic. The local novelty doesn’t end there: Madison’s steam punk community lent its aesthetic to the costume and set design, forging a partnership that meshes a classical art form with an industrial renaissance.
“We’re really hoping to draw in an audience that may have the perception that ballet is not for them,” Bourg says. “So [Dracula] will be very contemporary, and still showcase the ballet aesthetics. I think artistically, all of the ballet world understands that we are grounded in tradition … but like any good art form, it needs to speak to its time.”
The Nutcracker December 15–24
Nutty Nut December 22
Dracula March 8–10
Exposed April 19–20
Next up: Music
The Wisconsin Union Theater welcomes Imani Winds in September.
Edgewood College Music
Edgewood faculty and students flaunt their fine-tuned musical capacity in an aggressive season showcasing choral singers, a jazz ensemble and orchestral works, to name a few high notes.
Faculty members, too, have the opportunity to present their own works in a Faculty Recital Series featuring Douglas Jurs on piano, percussionist and composer Todd Hammes and mezzo-soprano Kathleen Otterson.
In a season rich in all types of music, faculty and students wil present collaborative and unique works, showing just how much mutual learning goes on in the music department at Edgewood.
John Cage 100th Birthday Celebration September 8
Edgewood Chamber Orchestra September 30
Chamber Singers October 14
Concert Band October 21
Faculty Recital Series: Douglas Jurs, piano November 2
Jazz Ensemble November 4
Edgewood Chamber Orchestra November 11
Faculty Recital Series: Todd Hammes, percussionist and composer November 17
Choral Concert November 18
Christmas Concerts December 7 - 8
Edgewood Chamber Orchestra February 24
Concert Band March 22
Chamber Singers Tour Concert March 24
Jazz Ensemble April 7
Student Honors and Faculty Collaboration Concert April 14
Faculty Recital Series: Kathleen Otterson, mezzo-soprano April 21
Edgewood Chamber Orchestra April 28
Instrumental Concert May 3
Choral Concert May 5
Madison Bach Musicians
Speaking to modern audiences through well-trodden paths is a common theme in many organizations' seasons, but classical modernity is nothing new for Madison Bach Musicians. Dedicated to presenting Bach’s works along with those of other period composers, MBM offers a unique opportunity to hear the classics in their traditional forms.
And by traditional forms, MBM is serious. Artistic director Trevor Stephenson has constructed multiple period instruments with partners, which will be showcased along with fantastic singers this season. Amy Haworth, a guest soprano from the United Kingdom, sings with an energy not to miss in the first concert of the season, and the remaining shows highlight Bach works and reworks alongside symphonies by Mozart and Haydn.
Guest Artist Soprano Amy Haworht with Trevor Stephenson, harpsichord and Anna Steinhoff, viola da gamba October 6
Baroque Holiday Concerts December 14–15
Symphonies of Mozart & Haydn April 20–21
Two company premieres, one classic opera, and the twelfth annual Opera in the Park comprise the new season at Madison Opera, tempting opera connoisseurs and newcomers alike to attend each performance. But that isn’t why general director Kathryn Smith calls this the “Season of Temptation.”
“Every opera involves characters making choices, and when they succumb to temptation, it alters the course of the opera and their own fates,” Smith says.
The premieres of Verdi’s A Masked Ball and Handel’s Acis and Galatea showcase diverse features of the opera that have Smith excited for different reasons.
A Masked Ball, one of Smith’s favorite Italian works, is an intensely dramatic production involving murder, “quasi-adultery,” a fortune-teller and multiple vows of vengeance. All of this, in Smith’s opinion, is set to some of Verdi’s most exciting music and performed by an extremely talented cast.
Acis and Galatea, on the other hand, is a “charming” new production for Madison Opera dealing with themes of love and jealousy among mortals and demigods. Adding to the charm is the venue itself, Overture Center's Playhouse, which seats just under 350 in a uniquely intimate setting that fosters an up close and personal dynamic between the audience and cast.
As with the spring show, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Acis and Galatea features a post-opera Q&A session.
In its twelfth summer, Opera in the Park shifts the setting from intimate to grandiose. If there is one show not to miss, this is it, and certainly not just for the free admission. This attraction is by far Madison Opera’s most highly attended event every year.
“It is uniquely wonderful. There is nothing like the sight of fourteen thousand members of our community enjoying opera under the summer stars,” Smith says.
A Masked Ball October 28
Acis and Galatea January 18–20
Don Giovanni April 26–28
Opera in the Park July 13
Madison Symphony Orchestra
Under the conduction of music director John Demain, the Madison Symphony Orchestra promises a vivid season of multinational works. From works by Russian composers like Profokiev and Stravinsky (in Russia Resounds), to Hungarians, Germans and more in between, the MSO is testing its bases and performing professional symphonies classical and experimental.
The Three ‘Bs’ features opulent overtures with breathtaking violin, while Twice as Nice presents “intensely rhythmic gypsy tunes” from Hungary alongside “Poulenc,” a humorous concerto by native Madison twins Christina and Michelle Naughton.
Russia Resounds! September 21–23
The Three 'Bs' October 12–14
Twice as Nice Novermber 2–4
A Madison Symphony Christmas November 30–December 2
Discovery! January 18–20
Turning Points February 8–10
Champagne & Vodka March 8–10
A Feast for the Ears April 5–7
UW School of Music
Students and faculty at the UW School of Music are hard at work, seemingly at all hours of every day. This season features dozens of musicians performing almost daily, with practically no instrument left untouched and collaborations galore.
The renowned Pro Arte Quartet will play four dates, one with guest artist Nobuko Imai on viola, which would make them a quintet for a stint. There is more than music, too, with Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations, during which audiences can learn as they listen.
The calendar may seem daunting, but it certainly won’t break the bank as the majority of performances are free and open to the public.
36th Karp Family Opening Concert September 3
Mimmi Fulmer, soprano September 8
Pro Arte Quartet September 15, October 27, February 16
SOMAA concert September 16
Paul Rowe, baritone September 16
Black Music Ensemble September 20, November 8, February 14, April 18
Areon Flutes September 22
Mark Hetzler, trombone September 22
Imani Winds September 28
Edith hines, violin and John Chappell Stowe, harpsichord September 29
Symphony Orchestra September 30, February 15
Wolfgang David, violin and David gompper, piano October 2
Wind Ensemble October 5, February 23, April 21
Chamber Orchestra October 6, December 8, February 17, March 20
An Hawaiian Sound Salon October 8
Choral Collage October 13
Concert Band October 14, December 2, February 24, March 19
University Bands October 14, December 2, March 10
Elias Goldstein, viola and Thomas Kasdorf, piano October 15
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel October 16, April 30
Gerry Pagano, bass trombone October 16
Wisconsin Brass Quintet October 19
Linda Bartley, clarinet October 20
Stephanie Jutt, flute October 25
Jamie-Rose Guarrine, soprano and Scott Gendel, piano October 25
Wind Ensemble Collage October 26
Contemporary Chamber Ensemble October 28
Wind Ensemble Chamber Winds November 1
Nathan Wysock, guitar November 2
Marc Vallon, bassoon November 3
John Chappell Stowe, harpsichord November 4
Project Trio November 5
Medea November 9, 11, 13
Parry Karp, violincello November 9
Symphony Orchestra with Joshua Roman, cello November 10
Winds of Wisconsin November 11, February 17
Women’s Chorus and University Chorus November 11
David Hyunsu Kim, fortepiano November 12
Tyrone Greive, violin November 14
Guitar Ensemble November 14, April 17
Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas November 15
Concert Choir November 16
Michelle Malafronte, flute and Vincent Fuh, piano November 16
Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble November 17
Chorale November 17, April 26
Wingra Woodwind Quintet November 17, March 2
Trombone Choir November 20
UW Jazz Orchestra November 28
Ninety Miles Project November 29
Wind Ensemble with Sun Prairie High School November 30
All University String Orchestra December 1
Winter Choral Concerts December 2
Masters Singers December 4, April 29
Opera Workshop December 5
Western Percussion Ensemble December 5, February 20
Choral Union with Symphony Orchestra December 7, 9
World Percussion Ensemble December 8
Dylan Chmura-Moore, trombone January 28
Eli Kalman, piano and Bruce Atwell, horn February 4
Daniel Grabois, horn February 6
Sole Nero February 22
Parry Karp, cello March 1
Woodwind-Piano Duo Competition Winners March 3
Gretzler March 6
Christopher Taylor, piano March 14, 17, 19
L’amico Fritz March 15
Wisconsin Brass Quintet March 15
Symphony Strings March 21
Emily Birsan, Jamie Van Eyck, John Arnold & Kristin Ihde April 5
Pro Arte Quartet with Nobuko Imai, viola April 10
Uri Vardi, cello April 12
Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble April 13
Concert Choir April 13
Mark Fink, oboe, and Friends April 14
Trio Antigo April 14
Brass Ensemble April 16
Varsity Band April 18—20
Madrigal Singers April 19—20
Javanese Gamelan Ensemble April 20
Beethoven Piano Competition Winners April 21
Contemporary Chamber Ensemble April 21
Horn Choir April 23
All University String Orchestra April 27
Choral Union with Chamber Orchestra April 27—28
University Bands April 28
Early Music Ensemble April 30
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra
There is no single word to encapsulate the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's upcoming season, but three might do the trick: astounding musical masterpieces. Returning with its Masterworks series, music director Andrew Sewell leads five showcases of Madison’s finest symphonies. One of these includes piano soloists The Five Browns harmonizing to perfection with fifty fingers across 440 keys.
In addition to the traditional Masterworks series, the WCO presents a Wisconsin Pops showcase of Disney tunes and Live and Let Die: A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney.
And check back in for the WCO's annual summer series Concerts on the Square, a Madison tradition on the Capitol Square.
Masterworks I - 50 Fingers October 5
Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies October 6
Middleton Holiday Pops November 24–25
Messiah December 7
Masterworks II - Towering Giants January 11
Masterworks III - Pastoral Gems February 22
Live & Let Die: A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney March 2
Masterworks IV - Viennese Virtuosi March 22
Masterworks V - Chansons d'Amour April 12
Wisconsin Union Theater
Despite ongoing renovations at the Wisconsin Union Theater at the Memorial Union, this season charges on with nearly twenty musical performances on the university’s numerous stages.
Kicking off the season in September is the annual Madison World Music Festival, which showcases artists from Sweden to Venezuela and practically everywhere in between. One event, Delhi 2 Dublin, features musical influences from India, Ireland and Canada, an eclectic testament to the international unifying language of music.
Following the global get-down, an array of musicians offer symphony orchestras, solo pianists, jazz trios, polkas and more.
But music isn’t all Wisconsin Union Theater has to offer. Visit its website to find films, plays and interactive talk-back concerts, many of them free of charge. Not bad for an organization missing its flagship theater.
Madison World Music Festival September 14–15
Imani Winds Septermber 28
The Fuller October 12
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Seigel: Spellbinding Bach October 16
Grupo Fantasma November 2
UW Symphony Orchestra with Joshua Roman, cello November 10
Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas November 15
Ninety Miles Project November 29
The Knights with Wu Man, pipa February 9
Vusi Mahlasela February 15
Karan Casey & John Doyle March 2
Gerald Clayton Trio April 6
Jeremy Denk, piano April 11
Oliver Mtukudzi April 12
Julie Fowlis April 18
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Listen to the Dance: Waltzes, Polkas and Tangos! April 30
Zoe Keating May 4
Isthmus Jazz Festival May 31
Joe Nistler is an editorial intern at Madison Magazine.