Calendar of Events




Nat Geo Live: Point of No Return
2017/18 Overture Season
Nat Geo Live: Point of No Return
Mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill, named by Outside magazine as one of the most adventurous women in the world of sports, is celebrated for being the first woman to have climbed both Everest and its neighbor, Lhotse, in a single 24-hour period.

In Point of No Return, she’ll share the gripping story of leading a five-person team to the summit of Burma’s Hkakabo Razi and how they encountered one pitfall after another, including interminable overland train rides, sketchy motorcycle trips in the rain, hellish jungle slogs, dwindling food supplies, logistical failures, howling winds, false summits, hypothermia, perilous gendarmes and —perhaps the most threatening of all — personality clashes that threatened to unravel the expedition.


Exit Strategy
2017/18 Forward Theater
Exit Strategy
The no-holds-barred story of a Chicago public high school slated for closure at the end of the year. The impending shut-down causes tensions in the school’s already volcanic neighborhood to rise to the breaking point, but a small group of teachers launch a last-minute battle to save their school. Over the course of the year, they put their careers, their future and their safety in the hands of a fast-talking administrator who comes on strong: but might actually have no clue what he’s doing.


Soh-Hyun Park Altino - MWI
Composed in 1887, the Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, was Brahms’ final work for orchestra. We are thrilled to showcase newly appointed UW violin professor Soh Hyun Altino, and cello virtuoso Leo Altino, as soloists for this soul-searching work. Carl Phillippe Emanuel Bach, the second son of Johann Sebastian Bach, bridges the gap between his father’s baroque style and the Rococo style of the classical era. The fourth symphony of his six Hamburg string symphonies points towards the dramatic style known as sturm und drang, (“storm and stress”), of the 1860s and 70s. Arnold Schoenberg composed his two chamber symphonies in the early twentieth century. Having performed his second chamber symphony in 2015, we turn now to his challenging Chamber Symphony No. 1, an intense and provocative work.


Frostiball
2017/18 Overture Season
Frostiball
Circle Saturday, January 27, 2018 on your calendar. That’s the night you’ll be here at Overture, eating appetizers, dancing to live music, sipping signature craft cocktails and rubbing elbows with fellow arts enthusiasts — all while supporting the state’s largest nonprofit arts organization, Overture Center for the Arts. And back by popular demand, the Isthmus After Party gets going at 11 PM!


Jerry Seinfeld
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Jerry Seinfeld
America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will be performing his signature stand-up routine in Overture Hall. Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Seinfeld now sets his sights on performing both nationally and internationally in 2018.


She
2017/18 Madison Ballet
She
Underneath the ethereal dancer lies an indomitable spirit driven by grit, wisdom, tenacity, and fearlessness. Madison Ballet’s She celebrates the work of female choreographers and the many faces of women in classical and contemporary ballet. She is an evening of shorter works that challenges us to redefine what is male and what is female. The 200-seat Drury Stage at the Bartell Theatre is just the setting for showcasing shorter works that will please dance fans and new audiences alike.


MOMIX Opus Cactus
2017/18 Overture Season
MOMIX Opus Cactus
After a ten-year rest period, MOMIX’s Opus Cactus is back again with a new look, fresh energy, and fun surprises! Artistic director Moses Pendleton brings the desert landscape of the American Southwest to life with his signature illusionistic style, creating dynamic images of cactuses, slithering lizards and fire dancers on stage in this unique, modern dance experience for all ages.


Get Social
2017/18 Overture Season
Get Social
Why just see a show? Make a night of it with us! Join us for Get Social pre-show parties for select shows featuring themed signature cocktails, appetizers, meet the artist opportunities and fun activities. Get Social tickets cost just $15 in addition to the price of your performance ticket — and we’ll knock a few dollars off the performance ticket if you buy them together!

If you already have a ticket to one of the performances listed below, you can add the Get Social event for just $15. Make the most of your Overture experience!


GOBSMACKED!
2017/18 Overture Season
GOBSMACKED!
Direct from sell-out seasons in London, Hong Kong and Edinburgh comes GOBSMACKED! the amazing and uplifting a cappella and beatboxing show. Featuring heart-stopping harmonies and reigning world champion beatboxer Ball-Zee, this UK group pushes the limits of the human voice.


Dark Tales
2017/18 Kanopy Dance
Dark Tales
Something is happening to the women.
They are disappearing.
They are suffering.
They must be heard.

Kanopy is pleased to once again collaborate with renowned corporeal mime company Theatre de l’Ange Fou on two tales from the somber end of the spectrum; “Bluebeard Through The Looking-Glass Darkly” and “The Melancholy of Angels.” Explore the legend of Bluebeard, the merciless man who murders his wives and stores them in the cellar of his castle. Then witness a modern response to violence against women in Sandra Kaufmann’s “A People’s Cry.” See Deborah Zall’s “La Bonne Dame: Remembering George Sand.” Finally, consider Lisa Thurrell’s “Lamentation Variation,” inspired by Martha Graham’s masterwork of grief personified in collaboration with the Martha Graham Company.


Abduction from the Seraglio
2017/18 Madison Opera
Abduction from the Seraglio
Ottoman Empire, 17th century. A Spanish nobleman arrives at a pasha's palace to rescue his fiancee, who was captured during a shipwreck. Together they discover that different cultures need not always clash, and romantic longing comes in many forms.

Mozart's first major success, written when he was 26 years old, The Abduction from the Seraglio is full of virtuoso music, with spectacular arias for every character.

Don't miss this masterpiece that weaves comedy and youthful optimism into a perfect blend of humor and humanity.


Portugal. The Man
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Portugal. The Man
PTM’s last album came out over three years ago—a long gap for a band who’ve dropped roughly an album a year since 2006. And in true, prolific band fashion, they’ve spent almost every minute since 2013 working on an album called Gloomin + Doomin. They created a ton of individual songs, but as a whole, none of them hung together in a way that felt right. Then John Gourley, PTM’s lead singer, made a trip home to Wasilla, Alaska, and the album’s trajectory completely changed.

Gourley found his dad’s ticket stub from the original 1969 Woodstock music festival. It seems like a small thing, but talking to his dad about Woodstock ’69 knocked something loose in John’s head. He realized that, in the same tradition of bands from that era, Portugal. The Man needed to speak out about the world crumbling around them. Then the band made a seemingly crazy decision: they took all of the work they had done for the three years prior and they threw it out.

The totally insane decision paid off. The band went back to the studio—working with John Hill (In The Mountain In The Cloud), Danger Mouse (Evil Friends), Mike D (Everything Cool), and longtime collaborator Casey Bates (The one consistent producer since the first record). In this new-found creative territory, the album that became Woodstock rolled out naturally from there.


Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy
2017/18 Overture Season
Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy
Since marrying in 2002, two of Canada’s brightest stars - Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy - have been captivating audiences all over North America with their joy and exceptional playing of the fiddle together. Through “Flying notes, fast-paced jigs and reels and polkas, paint can percussion and Gaelic lyrics, original music and tunes from Scotland, Ireland, the Maritimes...” --Music Road, audiences will have an unforgettable musical experience.

The perfect concert to celebrate Valentine’s Day!


Tuck Everlasting
2017/18 CTM
Tuck Everlasting
Eleven-year-old Winnie Foster longs for adventure. When she meets the Tuck family and discovers they hold the secret to immortality, she faces an extraordinary choice: return to her own family, or join the Tucks on their never-ending journey. Based on the award-winning novel by Natalie Babbitt, the production features gorgeous music, beautiful dancing, and an enchanting story that will live with you forever.


Alban Gerhardt, Cello
2017/18 MSO
Alban Gerhardt, Cello
Cellist Alban Gerhardt returns to the Overture stage for a memorable performance of Walton’s Cello Concerto, a piece reflecting the composer’s love of Italy. Conductor John DeMain and the Madison Symphony Orchestra open the program with Rossini’s Overture to Semiramide and finish with Brahms’ lyrical Symphony No. 1.

Praised for the “warm songfulness of his playing” (The Telegraph) at the 2016 BBC Proms, Alban Gerhardt has, for 25 years, made a unique impact on audiences worldwide with his intense musicality, compelling stage presence and insatiable artistic curiosity. His gift for shedding fresh light on familiar scores, along with his appetite for investigating new repertoire from centuries past and present, truly sets him apart from his peers.

Repertoire:
ROSSINI | Overture to Semiramide
WALTON | Cello Concerto
BRAHMS | Symphony No. 1


Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
On stage, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn will perform pieces from their Grammy-winning self-titled debut as well as their new record, Echo in the Valley (Rounder 2017). With one eye on using the banjo to showcase America’s rich heritage and the other pulling the noble instrument from its most familiar arena into new and unique realms, Béla & Abigail meet in the mean, head-on, to present music that feels wildly innovative and familiar at the same time. Whether at home, on stage or on record, their deep bond, combined with the way their distinct musical personalities and banjo styles interact, makes theirs a picking partnership unlike any other on the planet.


Duck Soup: Mantrap
2017/18 Overture Season
Duck Soup: Mantrap
This black-and-white film, based on the novel of the same name by Sinclair Lewis, stars Clara Bow and was released during the Jazz Age – the time of the embrace of female suffrage. A vivacious manicurist marries a backwoods trader and moves to frontier Canada, but comes to realize she misses the city when a New York City divorce lawyer, shows up…

MC – Joe Thompson Organist – Jelani Eddington


Shopkins Live!
2017/18 Overture Season
Shopkins Live!
Shopkins Live! lights up the stage in this premiere live production packed with show stopping performances featuring the Shoppies. Join Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette, and Polli Polish as they perform the coolest dance moves, sing the latest pop songs, and show off the trendiest fashions.

Featuring innovative set design, creative costuming, and state of the art projections, this is one theatrical you don’t want to miss!


David Briggs, Organ
2017/18 MSO
David Briggs, Organ
David Briggs is an internationally renowned organist whose performances are acclaimed for their musicality, virtuosity, and ability to excite and engage audiences of all ages. He is known for his inspiring improvisations and the rich colors of sound he brings to life when he plays. David returns to Overture Hall following his enormously successful 2013 debut recital with a program of music that includes three works he arranged: the March from The Love for Three Oranges by Sergei Prokofiev, Hungarian March in G minor by Johannes Brahms, Hector Berlioz’s Menuet des Follets (from The Damnation of Faust), as well as Sarabande from Pour le piano by Claude Debussy (arr. Cellier).


Giora Schmidt-MWII
2017/18 WCO
Giora Schmidt-MWII
The Tchaikovsky Serenade is truly a masterpiece. A symphony for strings highlighting Tchaikovsky’s superb gift for melody and virtuosity. Counter balancing this epic work, we open with a gem for wind players, Gounod’s delightful Petite Symphony. In between this showcase for winds and strings is Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2 with famed Israeli virtuoso Giora Schmidt. The New York based soloist brings incredible lyricism and soulfulness to this intimate and poetic work.


Ladysmith Black Mambazo
2017/18 Overture Season
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
For over 50 years, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. With a deep respect for both their cultural and personal history, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is ever-evolving with an eye toward their long musical legacy.

See this show after attending International Festival at Overture on SAT, FEB 24!


All-American Bluegrass Class
Experience a mix of classical, folk, spiritual, and bluegrass music at this special Madison Symphony Chorus concert. Enjoy familiar and timeless tunes featuring the banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and bass – plus a performance of The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass.


Ani DiFranco
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Ani DiFranco
With her twentieth studio album, Binary, the iconic singer/songwriter/activist/poet/DIY trendsetter returns to territory that brought her to the world’s attention more than twenty-five years ago. One of the first artists to create her own label in 1990, she has been recognized among the feminist pantheon for her entrepreneurship, social activism, and outspoken political lyrics. At a time of global chaos and confusion, DiFranco is kicking ass and taking names, with a set of songs offering a wide range of perspective and musical scope.


On the Trail of the Big Cats
2017/18 Overture Season
On the Trail of the Big Cats
Go around the world in search of big cats with award-winning photographer Steve Winter. A determined explorer, Winter will lead you from Asian jungles where resilient tiger populations persist, to the Himalaya, home of the rare snow leopard. Follow him intothe rainforests of Latin America to view the elusive jaguar?and to Hollywood in pursuit of the American cougar. He’ll share both dangerous and lighter moments: from getting stuck in quicksand to mishaps with remote-controlled cameras. Co-author of the new National Geographic book Tigers Forever, Winter’s mission is to share the beauty of big cats while working to save them.

“By saving the world’s top predators, we save huge forests, rivers, wildlife, and ultimately, our planet.” —Steve Winter


An American in Paris
2017/18 Overture Season
An American in Paris
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.

Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season!

The New York Times raves, “AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a triumph! Pure joy!” and the Wall Street Journal declares, “Once you’ve seen it, you’ll find it hard to settle for less ever again.” Don’t miss this stunning Broadway hit when it arrives in Madison on its first national tour!


Li Chiao-Ping Dance
2017/18 Local Arts
Li Chiao-Ping Dance
Li Chiao-Ping Dance proudly presents _ARENA_, featuring new works choreographed by Li Chiao-Ping and performed by her talented company, shifting attention to abstract expression through the dancing body. The concert will be shown in the round to give each audience member a unique perspective of the performance.


PostSecret: The Show
2017/18 Overture Season
PostSecret: The Show
PostSecret: The Show is an immersive, poignant journey through the humor and humanity of the personal stories we keep to ourselves, and on rare occasions, share with others. Projected images, videos, three actors and a guitarist guide the audience through crowd-sourced narratives revealing the true stories behind the secrets. See the secrets that brought hundreds of millions to the PostSecret blog, which became six best-selling books. Frank Warren, internet phenomenon and recipient of the Mental Health Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Award, collaborated with an award-winning team of theater professionals to bring PostSecret to life, theatrically, for the first time.

With the bravery of RENT and the surprising honesty of The Vagina Monologues, PostSecret: The Show is a breakthrough in audience sourced storytelling that reaches beyond the confines of the stage, reminding audiences that secrets can be both walls and bridges.


Jonny Lang
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Jonny Lang
It is hard to believe that at 36 years old Jonny Lang has already had a successful career for two decades. Since the release of his debut album, the Grammy Award winner has built a reputation as one of the best live performers and guitarists of his generation.

What began as a bluesy sound, influenced by electric pioneers like Albert Collins, B. B. King, and Buddy Guy, evolved over five uniformly excellent recordings into a modern R&B style closer to Stevie Wonder and contemporary gospel music. Lang’s distinctive, blues-inflected licks have appeared on every album, but became one element in a sea of passionately sung and tightly arranged songs.


Rain
2017/18 Overture Season
Rain
RAIN – A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band! For the first time ever, RAIN will bring the historic album to life in its entirety for this psychedelic multimedia spectacular!

This mind blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to seeing the Beatles. Experience the worlds’ most iconic band and come celebrate 50 years of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with RAIN – A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES.


Shh! We Have A Plan
2017/18 Overture Season
Shh! We Have A Plan
Cahoots NI brings Chris Haughton’s book to life through magic, music and puppetry. Follow this delightful non-verbal journey through the woods - when three madcap characters see a beautiful bird perched high in a tree, each of them have a plan to capture it! Prepare to be enchanted and amazed by this new and exciting theatrical adventure.


Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly
Kids of all ages will love this rock ‘n’ roll romp in a big bug’s world. Is Spider getting too big for his own skin? Will Fly find her superhero powers in time to save her Aunt Rita from danger? Will Worm learn to stand on his own two feet…even though he doesn’t have feet? This delightful new musical celebrates diversity while also teaching about the fascinating world of bugs. Turns out a bug’s life isn’t all that much different from ours!


Puppet Up! Uncensored
2017/18 Overture Season
Puppet Up! Uncensored
It’s two shows in one! For over 10 years, Puppet Up! – Uncensored has been selling out shows and thrilling critics worldwide. Created by award-winning director, producer and writer Brian Henson with actor, director and improv expert Patrick Bristow, this unique experience combines dynamic comedy and outrageous story lines with the unmatched talent of Henson puppeteers.

The sketches in this live show are all true improv and are performed based on audience suggestions.


Guess How Much I Love You and<br><br>I Love My Little Storybook
The Madison favorite children’s touring company, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, returns! Little Nutbrown Hare loves Big Nutbrown Hare as far as he can reach and as high as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare loves him as far as his long arms can reach and as high as his strong legs can hop. And so it continues… Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia adapts Guess How Much I Love You, the award-winning classic from author Sam McBratney and illustrator Anita Jeram.

In I Love My Little Storybook, an eager little bunny lies on the grass and opens his book, and within moments, the story he’s reading comes alive in fascinating detail. From illustrator Anita Jeram comes this endearing celebration of the joy of reading.


The Pirates of Penzance
2017/18 Overture Season
The Pirates of Penzance
Set sail with “the very model of a modern Major-General” in this New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players’ classic comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history. The rich sounds of full orchestra, chorus and vocal soloists resonate with classic elegance and power while the company’s vibrancy, energy and contemporary sense of humor keep the show alive and exciting to a modern audience.

On the coast of Cornwall, a band of tenderhearted pirates celebrates the coming of age of Frederic, who was mistakenly apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday. Now, Frederic has vowed to devote his life to the extermination of piracy - until a ludicrous leap year snag threatens to keep him apprenticed to the pirates for life! Throw in a bevy of beauties, a brash Pirate King, the delightfully stuffy Major-General Stanley and you've got what The New York Times calls "an endearing production with high musical standards and spirited performances.”


Duck Soup Cinema: Sunrise
2017/18 Overture Season
Duck Soup Cinema: Sunrise
This romantic film, which won three Oscars at the 1st Academy Awards in 1929, is a tale about a farmer fighting good and evil within him – choosing between an urbane woman and his wife at home. Director F.W. Murnau used the Fox Movietone sound-on-film system, making Sunrise one of the first feature films with a synchronized musical score and sound effects soundtrack.


Beyond the Score
2017/18 MSO
Beyond the Score
Created by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Beyond the Score® Elgar: Enigma Variations is a musical experience that involves a multimedia examination of the music in the first half of the program, featuring American Players Theatre actors James Ridge, Colleen Madden, and Brian Mani, and Wisconsin Public Radio’s Norman Gilliland as the narrator. In the second half, Conductor John DeMain will lead the Madison Symphony Orchestra in a full performance of Elgar’s famous and heart-warming Enigma Variations.

Beyond the Score® is a production of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Gerard McBurney, creative Director for Beyond the Score®

Repertoire:
ELGAR | Enigma Variations


Alexandre Dossin- MWIII
Bach ‘s Suite No. 4 provides the prelude to Edward MacDowell’s mighty Second Piano Concerto. An American original, the composer and piano virtuoso spent time in Paris and Frankfurt before returning to Boston in 1888. This seminal work has all the hallmarks of the late nineteenth century Romantic tradition and anticipates Rachmaninov. It will be performed by Brazilian pianist, Alexandre Dossin, First Prize winner at the 2003 Martha Argerich International Piano Competition. The Symphony No.3 “Rhenish” by Robert Schumann is a work of great beauty and power, written during a time of great joy in the composer’s life.


Earth, Wind & Fire
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Earth, Wind & Fire
Earth, Wind & Fire, one of the world top-selling musical groups of all-time, was born in Chicago in 1969. With a signature sound beyond category and a groove as deep as the soul of the planet, the band’s legendary journey has set the standard for music of all genres and made a profound and lasting impact on popular culture.

One of the most important, innovative and commercially invincible contemporary forces of the 20th century, Earth, Wind & Fire has released 23 albums. They have recorded eight #1 R&B singles and eight Double Platinum Top 10 Pop Albums. EWF has earned more than 50 Gold and Platinum albums and sold over 100 million albums worldwide, earning them a solid spot as one of best selling music artists of all-time.


Rise
2017/18 Madison Ballet
Rise
Madison Ballet invites you to help close its season in grand style at the historic Capitol Theater, the company’s original Madison home. The evening will feature the work of some of the country’s most sought-after choreographers and a mixed bill of ballets that offers something for everyone. Madison Ballet’s Rise takes dance to a new level as classical and contemporary styles blend seamlessly, creating a performance that is fresh and unexpected. Repertory performances like Rise are the perfect artistic “flight,” letting every dance shine in his or her own way. Rest assured, all of it is unforgettable.


Les Misérables
2017/18 Overture Season
Les Misérables
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award®-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck, cheering “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1). Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars," “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, Les Misérables is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year.


Brandon Uranowitz Cabaret
2017/18 Overture Season
Brandon Uranowitz Cabaret
Tony Award® nominee Brandon Uranowitz makes his concert debut at Overture Center. Fresh off his acclaimed turn as Mendel in the Broadway revival of Falsettos, Uranowitz gets up close and personal with audiences while sharing songs by the one-and-only Tony Award®-winning William Finn and his experience in the Gershwin Musical An American In Paris.

Expect everything from Finn’s In Trousers to Falsettos to A New Brain to Elegies, with some Gershwin sprinkled in. Uranowitz lends his unstoppable talent to a selection of work from our greatest living Broadway writers. At turns hilarious and soaringly emotional, this is one evening you won’t want to miss.


Marjorie Prime
2017/18 Forward Theater
Marjorie Prime
It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie — a jumble of disparate, fading memories — has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace.


Duck Soup: Sherlock Jr.
2017/18 Overture Season
Duck Soup: Sherlock Jr.
Ranked #62 in American Film Institute’s list of 100 funniest films of all time, this comedy stars Buster Keaton as a projectionist who longs to be a detective and tries his hand at it when framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend’s father’s pocketwatch.


Nat Geo Live - A Rare Look: <br><br>North Korea and Cuba
Renowned photojournalist David Guttenfelder has spent the past 20 years covering world events in more than 100 counties. In 2011, he helped the Associated Press open a bureau in North Korea—the first-ever western news agency in this mysterious, isolated country. Since then, David has visited more than 40 times, making dubious allies and broadcasting formerly forbidden images around the world. In 2016, David was on the first tourist cruise liner to Cuba and, since then, has returned on several occasions—including Fidel Castor’s funeral procession—to document this largely unknown and fascinating country for National Geographic. As a leading influencer in smartphone photography and social media, David engages with almost one million followers.


Augustin Hadelich, Violin
The Madison Symphony Orchestra and Conductor John DeMain welcome back the immensely talented Violinist Augustin Hadelich in Dvorák’s popular Violin Concerto. The program opens with Britten’s intensely powerful Sinfonia da Requiem and closes with Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 (Spring), taking listeners on a journey out of the cold and darkness of winter and into the light and promise of spring.

Grammy Award-winner Augustin Hadelich has established himself as one of the great violinists of his generation. He has performed with major orchestras throughout the world including appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Colorado, Dallas, North Carolina, San Diego, and St. Louis, Dresden Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, BBC Symphony/London, Danish National Symphony, London Philharmonic, Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, and a tour of China with the San Diego Symphony.

Repertoire:
BRITTEN | Sinfonia da Requiem
DVORÁK | Violin Concerto
SCHUMANN | Symphony No. 1, Spring


Radiance
2017/18 Kanopy Dance
Radiance
Brilliance. Luminescence. To spill over with fire from within.
To shine a light. To inspire.


Celebrate 50 years of extraordinary, radiant choreography created by Lonny Joseph Gordon, including his piece “Radiant Shaman” and a new work devised in collaboration for Kanopy Dance called “Bench, Benches, Benchmark.” Enjoy Winifred Haun & Dancers performing “Trashed.” Then bask in the glowing work of the Kanopy family, with original pieces by Company members, and local guest artists Kiro Kopulos and Georgia Corner.

Guest Artists: Lonny Joseph Gordon, Artistic Director of GORDONDANCE; Winifred Haun, Artistic Director of Winifred Haun & Dancers Chicago and her dancers.

Pre-Show Talk Opening Night: Friday, Apr 13, 7PM-7:30PM, Promenade Hall, Overture Center. Show ticket or ticket stub to Radiance for admittance. Meet the artists.


Reduced Shakespeare Company:
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Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play
Madison favorite Reduced Shakespeare Company returns with a strangely familiar, yet excitingly new, comic misadventure. In this “tale told by idiots,” a brand new Shakespearean smorgasbord erupts when Puck & Ariel hijack the plot of Comedy of Errors, creating such new and strange bedfellows as Kate and Beatrice, Hamlet and master motivator Lady Macbeth, Dromio and Juliet, as well as King Lear and his three daughters who turn out to be the three weird sisters from Macbeth.


Isabelle Demers, Organ
Isabelle Demers returns to Madison following her astounding 2015 recital debut where she enchanted the entire audience with her virtuoso performance. Professor of organ and head of the organ program at Baylor University, Dr. Demers enjoys a very active recital career with performances world-wide from London to Los Angeles and Melbourne to Madison. Her program entitled The Three B’s includes music of Bairstow, Bonnet, and Berlioz with Dr. Demers’ transcription of Berlioz’s blistering Symphonie Fantastique!


Ilya Kaler- MWIV
2017/18 WCO
Ilya Kaler- MWIV
The sensational debut of Ilya Kaler at our 2016 opening concert drew immediate cries to re-engage him at the earliest possible time. Winner of three international violin competition gold medals, his Tchaikovsky performance was thrilling and unforgettable. He returns to perform Paganini’s signature violin concerto ‘La Campanella’, so named for the bell part in the final movement. Rossini wrote his six string sonatas in three days in 1804 when he was just 12 years old. They show an extraordinary precociousness and depth of emotion. The second sonata is an example of the influence of Mozart, and the slow movement particularly anticipating Rossini’s later operatic aspirations. Symphony No. 81 is vintage Haydn full of good humor, energy and lightheartedness.


Lines
2017/18 Local Arts
Lines
Theatre LILA commissioned five female playwrights of color to create fierce, honest portrayals of the lines in their lives -- that separate and connect; that need to be crossed, erased, and drawn again; that are invisible and in-between. Directed by American Players Theatre company member, Melisa Pereyra, LINES celebrates a diverse population of women, whose stories will inspire, provoke, build compassion, and become a catalyst for change.


Scrap Arts Music
2017/18 Overture Season
Scrap Arts Music
Take some old bike parts, shiny construction salvage, PVC pipes, and other recycled odds and ends. Add five hyperactive hipsters and a set of drumsticks, and the result is a dizzying shower of beats. Children of Metropolis is the greatly anticipated new production by the creative team of Gregory Kozak and Justine Murdy. Featuring all-new invented instruments, original melodic music and the same outstanding athletic multi-instrumentalists for which Scrap Arts Music has rightly gained world-wide acclaim since 2001.

A musician’s curious quest changes the fate of the world… The future of humankind depends on making the most from the least. This all new production chronicles one musician’s whimsical quest for identity, reinvention and a sense of place in a world that’s been forever changed.


Florencia en el Amazonas
2017/18 Madison Opera
Florencia en el Amazonas
Colombia, early 1900s. Florencia Grimaldi, a famous opera singer, embarks anonymously on a voyage down the Amazon river, hoping to be reunited with the lover she left behind. On the boat with her are a young journalist; a couple feeling the strain of their long marriage; the boat's captain; the captain's nephew, who falls in love with the journalist; and a man who is a rather mystical presence.

Inspired by the writings of Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Catán's gorgeously lyrical opera was the first Spanish-language opera to be commissioned by a major U.S. opera company, and has been performed worldwide since its 1996 premiere in Houston.

Join Madison Opera on this truly enchanting journey.


Jim Jefferies
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Jim Jefferies
Jefferies has firmly established himself as one of the most popular and respected comedians of his generation, with a controversial and belief-challenging standup style that continues to surprise and entertain audiences across the globe. The tour announcement comes hot off the heels of his fifth major standup comedy special “Freedumb” which premiered July 1 on Netflix.

Jefferies burst on to the scene in the United States after his popular debut HBO special “I Swear to God.” His additional successful comedy specials include “Contraband,” “Alcoholocaust,” and “Fully Functional.”


Black Violin: Classical Boom
2017/18 Overture Season
Black Violin: Classical Boom
Wil Baptiste (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin) bridge the gap between classical and hip-hop as they create hard-hitting beats with lush string sounds. Black Violin, who have collaborated with P. Diddy, Kanye West, Tom Petty and more, blend classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass music. Live, they are accompanied by their band, featuring turntable whiz DJ SPS.

“Black Violin works hard, but makes it all look like play… Sometimes they play with the intense seriousness of orchestral soloists; at others they fiddle as if at a hoedown; at still others they strum the violin and viola like guitars.” – The New York Times


The Miraculous Journey<br><br>of Edward Tulane
Edward Tulane is a very dignified china rabbit, remarkable in every way except one: he doesn’t know how to love. When he is swept away from the child who loves him, a transformative journey teaches him about family, friendship and the gift of an open heart. Captivating. Breathtaking. Miraculous. A one-of-a-kind theatrical experience, this adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s award-winning book is destined to be one of CTM’s most memorable productions!


Christopher O'Riley
2017/18 MSO
Christopher O'Riley
The Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and Conductor John DeMain close the season with a memorable concert, featuring Pianist Christopher O’Riley, host of NPR’s From the Top, in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22. The Madison Symphony Chorus, Soprano Rebecca Wilson, Mezzo-Soprano Julie Miller, Tenor Roger Honeywell, and Bass Benjamin Sieverding then join the MSO for Janácek’s monumental Glagolitic Mass, considered a 20th century masterwork.

Acclaimed for his engaging and deeply committed performances, Pianist Christopher O’Riley is known to millions as the host of NPR’s From the Top. His repertoire spans a kaleidoscopic array of music from pre-baroque to present-day. He performs around the world and has garnered widespread praise for his untiring efforts to reach new audiences.

Repertoire:
MOZART | Piano Concerto No. 22
JANÁCEK | Glagolitic Mass


Arch8's Tetris
2017/18 Overture Season
Arch8's Tetris
Bring the whole family to play a game with Arch8! Inspired by the game, the extremely physical dance quartet from the Netherlands explores how we connect with one another, building a private language to encourage audience participation. It is for the individuals who can’t sit still, the ones who like to climb walls and those who can imagine further than they can see.


Fanning the Flame
2017/18 Kanopy Dance
Fanning the Flame
It starts with a spark. Then it grows.

Watch the next generation of dancers and choreographers ignite the stage with new ideas, new stories, and new expressions through dance. Like an evening of fireworks, this concert will delight and surprise with explosions of creativity, bursting onto a dark stage. Original dances by guest artists including Madison choreographer Liz Sexe, Physical Theatre Artist Dee King; works by Kanopy’s Artistic Directors; Sandra Kaufmann, and iconic masterwork “The Unanswered Question” by Anna Sokolow.

Featured Artists: Kanopy Company 2 - the Next Generation from Kanopy Dance

Meet the Artists: Saturday May 5 after 8PM show, Promenade Terrace, Overture Center. Show ticket or ticket stub to Kanopy 2: Fanning the Flame.


Brit Floyd
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Brit Floyd
Performing songs from Pink Floyd’s best-loved and biggest selling albums, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Division Bell plus much much more.

Brit Floyd, the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute show returns to the stage in 2018 for a very special ‘45th Anniversary’ retrospective of Pink Floyd’s iconic 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon.


Dance Theatre of Harlem
2017/18 Overture Season
Dance Theatre of Harlem
After four decades, the Dance Theatre of Harlem promises a thrilling program of neo-classical and contemporary ballet that is of the moment and timeless. With cutting-edge contemporary and ballet works to celebrate African American culture, the racially diverse dance artists carry a message of empowerment. Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, Dance Theatre of Harlem was considered “one of ballet’s most exciting undertakings” (The New York Times, 1971). After four decades, they promise a thrilling program of neo-classical and contemporary ballet that is of the moment and timeless. With cutting-edge contemporary and ballet works to celebrate African American culture, the racially diverse dance artists carry a message of empowerment.


Greg Zelek, Organ
2017/18 MSO
Greg Zelek, Organ
Greg Zelek thrilled the Overture audience with his spell-binding debut recital in 2016. He returns in a program of music which includes Bach, Schumann, Franck, and Liszt’s monumental Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam.” Having recently completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and an artist diploma at the Juilliard School of Music, Greg continues to cultivate his reputation performing recitals with effortless facility at the organ console.


John O'Conor- MWV
2017/18 WCO
John O'Conor- MWV
A program of all Beethoven completes the season. The Overture to King Stephen was commissioned in 1811 as a commemorative work to celebrate the founding of Hungary in the year 1000 by King Stephen I. It included an overture and nine vocal numbers that shows a more playful and dramatic side to Beethoven’s personality. Pianist John O’Conor mesmerized and delighted us with his masterful performances of Mozart and John Field in 2016. Back by popular demand, he performs Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor which, along with the famous or should we say infamous Symphony No. 5, promises to rock the house.


Just Call Me God:<br><br>
A Dictator's Final Speech
A dictator teeters on the brink, and megalomania escalates into full-blown madness. John Malkovich stands against the sound of the mighty Overture Hall concert organ in this astonishing music-drama: an exploration of tyranny in the raw by an actor of unparalleled conviction.

From Nero to Idi Amin, despots have had megalomaniac delusions of divine provenance. Michael Sturminger’s music-theatre piece pits Malkovich against the grandiloquent power of the organ. Organist Martin Haselböck responds with music by Bach, Messiaen and Ligeti: words against music, genius versus delusion, and at its terrifying heart, an actor who spares no one – least of all himself.


On Your Feet
2017/18 Overture Season
On Your Feet
From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.

Sponsored by Community Partner: Bell Labs


Second City
2017/18 Overture Season
Second City
"The troupe that gave us SCTV and inspired Saturday Night Live and Whose Line is it Anyway?!" -- Chicago Tribune

Edgy, thought-provoking and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating nearly six decades of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest.


Harry Potter and the 
<br><br>Chamber of Secrets™ In Concert
Audiences will be able to relive the magical adventure of Harry Potter’s second year at school like never before. This concert features Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition while the Madison Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ otherworldly score. Experience the wonder of talking spiders, scolding letters, and giant snakes all over again!


Yanni
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Yanni
Legendary performer and composer Yanni has announced he will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of “Live At The Acropolis” with a world tour that will launch this spring in the United States.

Live at the Acropolis was released in 1994 and is the first ever live album and concert video from the maestro. Recorded at the Herodes Atticus Theatre in Athens with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra from London, the concert took a year and a half to complete.

Yanni's iconic performances at the Acropolis in Greece, the Taj Mahal in India, the Forbidden City in China, the Royal Albert Hall in England, The Pyramids in Egypt and El Morro in Puerto Rico have crossed countless borders and has resonated with billions of people across the globe.


Waitress
2017/18 Overture Season
Waitress
Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 5-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles ("Brave," "Love Song"), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland). Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker, who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

Sponsored by Community Partner: Noble Chef/Rare