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Learning to Stay
2016/17 Forward Theater
Learning to Stay
Elise Sabato is thrilled when her husband Brad returns from his deployment in Iraq, and their plans for a life and family together can finally be realized. But it soon becomes clear that for Brad, coming home is only the beginning of a long journey. It is up to Elise to find help for a man she no longer recognizes, who suffers from injuries that neither of them can see or understand. With a story set in Madison, and written and adapted by Wisconsin authors, Learning to Stay asks what you would do when the person you’re married to is no longer the person you married.


America
2016/17 Promoter Performances
America
The year 2015 marks the 45th Anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite, America. From their formative years, America has been a band capable of transcending borders with its uplifting music and positive message. Their best-known tunes, which include "A Horse with No Name," "I Need You," "Ventura Highway," "Don't Cross The River," "Tin Man," "Lonely People," and "Sister Golden Hair" were cornerstones of 1970’s Top 40 and FM rock radio. Embracing a rainbow of divergent cultures, America’s audiences continue to grow, comprising a loyal legion of first, second and third generation fans, all bearing testament to the group’s enduring appeal.


Manual Cinema's Lula Del Ray
2016/17 Overture Season
Manual Cinema's Lula Del Ray
With overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette, and live music—and virtually no dialog—this is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. A lonely adolescent girl living with her mother in the desert becomes obsessed with a soulful country music duo. Inspired by their music, she runs away from home and into a world of danger, deception, and disappointment, all hauntingly depicted in shadow and light.

Sponsored by: Arts Midwest, NEA Art Works , and WI Arts Board. This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Crane Group.


Primavera
2016/17 Madison Ballet
Primavera
Madison Ballet closes its season with a joyous spring celebration of dance and music. Artistic Director W. Earle Smith will premiere two new ballets in this program. The first, One Last Waltz, takes audiences back to the era of the grand Viennese Waltz. La Cuatro is set to Astor Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires,” a dynamic interpretation to Vivaldi’s popular suite.


Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday's last performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.

Capital City Theatre brings this unique and timeless experience to Overture Center's Wisconsin Studio. Very limited seating in a cabaret style will give you the feeling of being right there when it all happened that amazing evening.


Puppet Festival Workshop
2016/17 Overture Season
Puppet Festival Workshop
Felice Amato will lead a Toy Theater Workshop in which familial groups create a small toy theater set and puppets. Toy theater is a style of puppetry popular in Victorian times and many families had toy theaters in their parlors for entertainment. Families will create a miniature set and characters to tell fun family stories such as: “Remember That Time…, Our Family’s Tall Tale, If We Lived on Mars, When Grandma was a Kid, or The Day the Kids and Parents Switched Roles.” The workshop will culminate in an “Introducing our Family!” sharing session puppet show!

All families or mixed generation groups are welcome. No experience necessary!


The Man Who Planted Trees
2016/17 Overture Season
The Man Who Planted Trees
Hear the wind, feel the rain, smell the lavender and laugh with Dog. In this ecologically inspired tale performed by the famed Puppet State Theatre Company, a French shepherd sets out to plant a forest and transform a barren wasteland acorn by acorn. Their uplifting and unforgettable story shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world.


The Music of Led Zeppelin
2016/17 Promoter Performances
The Music of Led Zeppelin
Members of the Madison Symphony Orchestra recreate classic Led Zeppelin with the help of a blazing hot live Zeppelin tribute band, incredible concert light show, and some of the greatest songs in rock and roll history, including: Stairway to Heven, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, and many more!


Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live
2016/17 Overture Season
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live
It’s the ultimate playdate – 65 million years in the making! Observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of life-like dinosaurs and other creatures. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, these puppets are so realistic you may want to run and hide—but don’t! You won’t want to miss a minute of this fun, unique, entertaining and educational live show.

PLUS! A special VIP package gives you great seats in the first several rows and the chance to take the stage with a dinosaur before the show! Limited availability.


Rhinos, Rickshaws & Revelation
2016/17 Overture Season
Rhinos, Rickshaws & Revelation
Experience our world through the eyes of a photojournalist whose career has brought her face-to-face with violence as well as the enduring power of the human spirit. Working in more than 90 countries, through the war in Kosovo to tense border disputes between India and Pakistan, Ami Vitale has lived in mud huts, traveled via rickshaw, and donned a panda suit to live the story. Recently, she has covered groundbreaking efforts to reintroduce endangered animals to the wild to halt the threat of extinction, recognizing that our stories are intertwined.

Series sponsored by Exact Sciences.


Philippe Bianconi, piano
Experience the talents of brilliant French pianist Philippe Bianconi as he joins the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Conductor John DeMain as soloist in Rachmaninoff’s massive and virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 3. The program opens with Schumann’s dramatic and imaginative Manfred Overture, followed by Witold Lutoslawski’s 1954 Concerto for Orchestra, inspired by Polish folk songs.


Snapshots of Spain
2016/17 Kanopy Dance
Snapshots of Spain
Kanopy Dance Company presents the inspired performances, choreography and collaboration with world renown contemporary flamenco and Spanish dance artists.

Inspired by the poetry of Lorca and Machado, the stunning paintings of Goya, Dali, and Picasso, the driving rhythms and flourishes of Flamenco, and the complex melodies Spanish music.

Celebrate Spain’s legacy of language, music, culture, history and art through elegant, contemporary and experimental dance.


Duck Soup-Steamboat Bill, Jr.
2016/17 Overture Season
Duck Soup-Steamboat Bill, Jr.
In the silent comedy Steamboat Bill, Jr., a college boy reunites with his riverboat captain father, and proceeds to fall for his father’s rival’s daughter. As inclement weather strikes, his father is arrested. This film features Keaton’s most famous single stunt!

Series sponsored by Goodman's Jewelers.


Get Social
2016/17 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! Plus, check out new special Get Socials for our popular Mad City Sessions performances featuring early venue access and mingling with the performers before the show, and special sessions for young professionals too.


Marlon Wayans
2016/17 Overture Season
Marlon Wayans
This event has been cancelled. Ticket holders will be contacted shortly in regards to refunds.


Meriter Speaker Series
2016/17 Promoter Performances
Meriter Speaker Series
Social connections and shared experiences are essential to your health and well-being. Join with family, friends and colleagues to be inspired by these powerful stories of strength, hope and resilience, presented by the UnityPoint Health – Meriter Foundation. Featuring Chrtina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, Leigh Anne Tuohy, dubbed a “warrior princess” by author Michael Lewis in his best-selling book The Blind Side, and Reyna Grande, who will share her inspirational coming-of-age story about leaving her home at the age of 10 in pursuit of a better life.


The Magic Flute
2016/17 Madison Opera
The Magic Flute
A prince, a princess, a bird-catcher, and a host of other fascinating characters invite you into a fantastical world of charmed musical instruments, mystical rituals, and a quest for enlightenment and wisdom. Mozart’s sublime opera is part fairy tale, part adventure story, and all enchantment. Come revel in this glorious music that has been enjoyed around the world for over two centuries.

Sung in German with English dialogue and projected English translations.


To The Promised Land
2016/17 CTM
To The Promised Land
A young African-American girl's experience growing up in Milwaukee during the civil rights movement is overlapped with the true story of Golda Meir, the future prime minister of Israel. Both girls grew up in the same house, but 60 years apart from each other. Using magical realism, the two girls form a friendship, discovering their shared strength and hope, and how they both overcome injustices to realize their dreams.


Pictures Without Frames
2016/17 Kanopy Dance
Pictures Without Frames
Experience the cutting edge of dance with Kanopy Company 2 - the next generation from Kanopy Dance. See unforgettable portraits on fresh new canvases. Early works by soon-to-be celebrated artists.

World premiers by guest artists, Kanopy’s Artistic Directors and members of the company; featuring performers of the next generation.


Welcome to Night Vale
2016/17 Promoter Performances
Welcome to Night Vale
WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Turn on your radio and hide.


Madhatters
2016/17 Local Arts
Madhatters
The Madhatters, UW-Madison’s foremost a cappella group, return to Overture Hall for the first time in years to celebrate their 20th anniversary and the release of their 7th studio album. Having performed at the White house (twice!), the PGA tour, and the historic Lambeau Field, the ‘Hatters are here in Madison with a set of songs that is bound to leave you laughing, clapping, and possibly crying! Come join the men in red blazers as they take a trip down memory lane and forge ahead towards the future.


M. Shinn & J. Chow MWV
Ravel 's Tombeau de Couperin led the way to a revival of old dance forms and a movement towards neoclassicism when completed in 1917. We are excited to feature a commissioned work by New York composer Tom Cabaniss, for duo pianists and former Madisonian's, Jessica Chow and husband, Michael Shinn. They have amazing musical chemistry. We conclude the season in grand style with Schumann's Symphony No. 2, a stunning and virtuosic work that showcases all sections of the orchestra.


Itzhak Perlman
2016/17 Overture Season
Itzhak Perlman
Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for making music.

Sponsored by Investment Services at UW Credit Union


Lucinda Williams
2016/17 Promoter Performances
Lucinda Williams
We’ve all heard about the iconic vibe of Route 66, the neon lights on Broadway and the ocean air of the Pacific Coast Highway. But there are untold stories emanating from countless blue highways across the land – like Interstate 20, which cuts a 1500-mile swath from South Carolina to Texas, and cuts deep into the spirit of those who’ve spent their lives traversing it.

Lucinda Williams is one of those people, and with the expansive, enveloping The Ghosts of Highway 20, she brings those stories to life – and gives listeners a remarkably vivid look at how the highway has been a literal and figurative backdrop throughout her entire life. The intensely involving 14-song collection may be the most deeply felt, deeply affecting work of Lucinda Williams’ illustrious 35-plus-year career, a career that has been established on a foundation of remarkably personal songs.


Beach Boys
2016/17 Promoter Performances
Beach Boys
You can capsulize most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they’ve had and how many millions of albums they’ve sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you’re assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. To be sure, this band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that it changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt.


Among Giants: Life With Whales
2016/17 Overture Season
Among Giants: Life With Whales
Imagine staring into the eye of a 210-ton, 100-foot long blue whale. For National Geographic photographer Charles “Flip” Nicklin, this is practically a lifelong privilege. From Alaska to Antarctica, Maui to Mexico, Nicklin has spent the last 40 years traveling in the wake of whales and has more than 5,500 dives under his belt. His ability to free dive to depths of nearly 100 feet – leaving behind his oxygen tank – allows him to swim near enough to record whale behavior without interrupting it. Hear Nicklin’s stories of adventure swimming alongside these awe-inspiring creatures, and discover what makes them among the most magical and mysterious animals on earth.

Series sponsored by Exact Sciences.


Alton Brown
2016/17 Overture Season
Alton Brown
“Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science”, the follow-up to the smash “Edible Inevitable” tour, will hit the road in 2016. Fans can expect more comedy, talk show antics, multimedia presentations and music (yes, he sings), but Brown is adding a slew of fresh ingredients including new puppets, songs and bigger and potentially more dangerous experiments. Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. Critics and fans rave about the interactive fun when Brown invites an audience member on stage to serve as his assistant. According to Alton, “there will be plenty of new therapy inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. I don’t want to give too much away, but we’re also going to play a little game with the audience,” says Brown.

Sponsored by Investment Services at UW Credit Union


Brahms' Requiem
2016/17 MSO
Brahms' Requiem
The Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and Conductor John DeMain close the season with a memorable concert, opening with Charles Stanford’s rarely-heard Concert Piece for Organ and Orchestra, featuring the return of organist Nathan Laube. The Madison Symphony Chorus, soprano Devon Guthrie and bass-baritone Timothy Jones then join the MSO for Brahms’ most profound choral work, A German Requiem: an uplifting meditation on death, redemption and comfort for the living.


Wild Sound
2016/17 Overture Season
Wild Sound
Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche joins Chicago-based Third Coast Percussion in a concert which includes the piece he wrote especially for them, Wild Sound. The performance combines field recordings from cities around the world, live performance, and the construction and de-construction of musical instruments on stage.

Sponsored by Bell Laboratories


The Book of Mormon
2016/17 Overture Season
The Book of Mormon
The New York Times calls it “The best musical of the century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” and Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: The funniest musical of all time.” Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it “Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal.” It’s The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award®-Winning Best Musical. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries sent halfway across the world to spread the good word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation.

Contains explicit language. For more information, visit bookofmormonthemusical.com.


A Year With Frog and Toad
Nominated for 3 Tony Awards, this whimsical show follows two friends -- the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad -- as they celebrate their differences and discover just how much caring and fun you can squeeze into every season of the year. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm. Children and adults alike will enjoy this enchanting musical.


Under the Streetlamp
2016/17 Promoter Performances
Under the Streetlamp
In support of their 3rd Public Television Special, UNDER THE STREETLAMP goes back to the music that has captivated audiences around the country! With their tight harmonies and smooth dance moves, UNDER THE STREETLAMP performs an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook.

Featuring former leading cast members of the Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical “Jersey Boys”, UNDER THE STREETLAMP is a concert celebration of classic hits of the American radio songbook from the 1950’s – 1970’s. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, Michael Ingersoll, Christopher Kale Jones, Brandon Wardell and Shonn Wiley deliver an evening of unforgettable entertainment featuring tight harmonies and slick dance moves that take audiences back to an era of sharkskin suits, flashy cars and martini shakers.


Second City
2016/17 Overture Season
Second City
Surprises abound as Chicago’s famed Second City ensemble combines great sketch comedy with on-the-fly improv to create new sidesplitting, knee-slapping (and sometimes groan-inducing) realities out of thin air. John Belushi, Mike Myers, Martin Short, Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and Chris Farley are just some of the comedy legends who got their start at Second City.

Sponsored by WorkLoud by ScheduleSoft and ProVideo


Diana Krall
2016/17 Promoter Performances
Diana Krall
Diana Krall's unique artistry transcends any single musical style and has made her one of the most recognizable artists of our time. She is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. To date, her albums have garnered five Grammy® Awards, eight Juno® Awards and have also earned nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums.

The award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer's highly-anticipated album "Turn up the Quiet" celebrates a return to jazz and the Great American Songbook and reunites Diana with Grammy® Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma.


PB & J
2016/17 Bach Dancing
PB & J
This is one of our “sandwich” programs: PB&J features three amazing veteran string players: Naumberg Award-winning violinist Carmit Zori; Madison’s very own Sally Chisholm, viola; and the Toronto Symphony’s principal cellist Joseph Johnson. They will be joined by three young artists—participants in our newly-formed Dynamite Factory, a program for nurturing and furthering the talents of exceptional young musicians—Anthony Bracewell, violin; Jeremy Kienbaum, viola; and Trace Johnson, cello.

Carmit Zori will play the haunting Violin Sonata in F minor by Sergei Prokofiev and the program includes the heavenly Piano Quartet in A Major of Johannes Brahms. The Dynamite Factory artists are featured in Gideon Klein’s emotional String Trio, a work he wrote at the Auschwitz concentration camp shortly before his death.


BLT
2016/17 Bach Dancing
BLT
This is one of our “sandwich” programs: B-L-T features three amazing veteran string players: Naumberg Award-winning violinist Carmit Zori; Madison’s very own Sally Chisholm, viola; and the Toronto Symphony’s principal cellist Joseph Johnson. They will be joined by three young artists—participants in our newly-formed Dynamite Factory, a program for nurturing and furthering the talents of exceptional young musicians—Anthony Bracewell, violin; Jeremy Kienbaum, viola; and Trace Johnson, cello.

B-L-T features Benjamin Britten’s emotionally complex Cello Sonata (featuring Joseph Johnson), all of the artists working together in Haydn’s great “London” Symphony (as arranged by Haydn’s contemporary Salomon), and Tchaikovsky’s thrillingly beautiful string sextet Souvenir de Florence.


Donovan
2016/17 Promoter Performances
Donovan
After a breakthrough and historic period of hit recordings, Donovan actively and consistently performed live, and today remains a towering icon of rock’s golden age. He played with and influenced generations of music’s greats while releasing a canon of music that changed the world.

It was said at his 2012 Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame induction that, at age 16, “Donovan singlehandedly initiated the psychedelic revolution with (the album) Sunshine Superman.” The recording announced “flower power” for the first time. It has also been said that Donovan is “chiefly responsible for introducing meditation and Eastern philosophy into modern lifestyle and songwriting.”


Beautiful: Carole King Musical
2016/17 Overture Season
Beautiful: Carole King Musical
Beautiful—The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, Beautiful has a book by Tony®Award and Academy® Award-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two 2014 Tony® Awards and a 2015 Grammy® Award.


Two Bs or not Two Bs
2016/17 Bach Dancing
Two Bs or not Two Bs
This concert features the distinguished San Francisco Piano Trio (Axel Strauss, violin; Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello; and Jeffrey Sykes, piano). They are joined by Madison’s piano star Christopher Taylor, the amazing soprano Emily Birsan (another Madison favorite), and internationally acclaimed clarinetist Alan Kay.

Two Bs or not Two Bs includes gorgeous, evocative songs by Maurice Ravel for soprano, flute, cello, and piano and an entertaining bouquet of earthy cabaret songs by composers Benjamin Britten, William (Bill) Bolcom, and Arnold Schoenberg, sung by Emily Birsan. The program also features Béla Bartók’s Contrasts for clarinet, violin, and piano, a work commissioned by the legendary jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman, and Brahms’ epic Piano Trio in C Major, op. 87.


Special K
2016/17 Bach Dancing
Special K
This concert features the distinguished San Francisco Piano Trio (Axel Strauss, violin; Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello; and Jeffrey Sykes, piano). They are joined by Madison’s piano star Christopher Taylor, the amazing soprano Emily Birsan (another Madison favorite), and internationally acclaimed clarinetist Alan Kay.

Special K is a showcase for Alan Kay, principal clarinetist of the renowned Orpheus Chamber Ensemble. It includes Schubert’s The Shepherd on the Rock for soprano, clarinet, and piano; Guillaume Conneson’s hip tour-de-force Techno Parade for flute, clarinet, and piano; and the Midwest premiere of Kevin Puts’ Living Frescoes for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. Many will remember that Kevin Puts was the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer we commissioned for the song cycle In At The Eye in our 25th season. The program is rounded out with Mozart’s piano trio in E Major and three beautiful songs by Erich Wolfgang Korngold sung by Emily Birsan, accompanied by Jeffrey Sykes.


Boz Scaggs
2016/17 Promoter Performances
Boz Scaggs
“I’m at a point where I’m having a lot of fun with music, more than ever,” Boz Scaggs says about his spellbinding new album, A Fool to Care. “It’s like I’m just going wherever I want to go with it.”. You can hear that sense of fun, as well as that ability and willingness to wander in any musical direction throughout the album’s twelve tracks. The inspirational heart of those songs lies in the sounds of Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma that played such a vital role in shaping Scaggs’ musical sensibility.


Joe Jackson
2016/17 Promoter Performances
Joe Jackson
The ever-restless songwriter Joe Jackson traveled the world to record 'Fast Forward,' his first collection of original songs in seven years, released in October 2015. Originally conceived to be released as a series of EPs, the album was produced and arranged by Jackson, and features four sets of four songs recorded in four different cities -- New York, New Orleans, Berlin and Amsterdam -- each with a different set of first-call supporting musicians. The results rank among the richest and most rewarding music of his storied career.


Cs the Day
2016/17 Bach Dancing
Cs the Day
We welcome back audience favorites Hye-Jin Kim, violin; Ara Gregorian, viola; Parry Karp, cello; Randall Hodgkinson, piano; and Timothy Jones, bass-baritone. They are joined by violinist Soh-Hyun Park Altino, a new member of the UW-Madison music faculty.

Cs the Day includes the midwest premiere of Paul Moravec’s thrilling Cool Fire for flute, string quartet, and piano and Mozart’s great “Coronation Concerto” arranged for the entire ensemble. Timothy Jones will be featured in Gerald Finzi’s fantastic song cycle Let Us Garlands Bring, settings of carpe diem poems of Shakespeare. (Carpe diem is Latin for “seize the day” = “Cs the Day”—get it?) At the center of this program is Carl Czerny’s Sonata in C minor for piano four-hands. We’ll be suspending a camera over the keyboard so the audience can see how the hands of the pianists cross and interlock throughout this virtuosic masterpiece.


Harry Potter in Concert
2016/17 Promoter Performances
Harry Potter in Concert
The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. The concert will feature The Madison Symphony Orchestra performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.


R&B
2016/17 Bach Dancing
R&B
We welcome back audience favorites Hye-Jin Kim, violin; Ara Gregorian, viola; Parry Karp, cello; Randall Hodgkinson, piano; and Timothy Jones, bass-baritone. They are joined by violinist Soh-Hyun Park Altino, a new member of the UW-Madison music faculty.

R&B features Kevin Puts’ Rounds for Robin, a short work for flute and piano he wrote in memory of Robin Williams, and Boccherini’s bubblicious Flute Quintet in G minor. Ned Rorem’s Santa Fe Songs for baritone and piano quartet features the mesmerizing voice of Timothy Jones in one of the great American song cycles. Our 26th season concludes with Brahms’ towering Piano Quintet in F minor.


Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey<br><br>
of Peter, Paul, and Mary
Forming at the dawn of John F. Kennedy’s presidency, when the tight lid of repression was about to blow off of the American sociopolitical stew pot, Peter, Paul, and Mary emerged just as their nation was coming to grips with long-deferred issues of social and political justice, foremost among these the demand for racial equality.

Through the airwaves, which came to be dominated by their music of conscience, and their relentless schedule of concert performances, many of which took place on college campuses, they helped to inspire and awaken the nation as it united in song and spirit, to finally stand up for its pledge to be a country with liberty and justice for all. During this remarkable era of reckoning, Peter, Paul and Mary reached out to personally touch the lives and hearts of tens of millions of Americans with their songs—a message they lived as much as they sang.


WPR- The Power of Story: <br><br>A Centennial Celebration
Why do we tell stories? To understand the world around us? To explain the unexplainable? To escape or connect with others? Fact, fiction and wonder combine for “The Power of Story,” a special event to celebrate 100 years of public broadcasting in Wisconsin.

Ari Shapiro, host of NPR’s All Things Considered, will emcee an evening of performance, conversation and music to honor our history, illuminate our future and celebrate Wisconsin.


Peppa Pig
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Peppa Pig
Peppa Pig, the #1 Family show of 2016, is back with an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters in Peppa Pig’s Surprise! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises!