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The 25th Annual Putnam <br> <br>County Spelling Bee
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is about an eclectic group of six mid-pubescent who vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Full of true comedic genius and touching stories from their home lives, the misfit tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words providing one unforgettable experience.

Recommended for ages 12 and older.


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra<br><br>
with Wynton Marsalis
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with all-star Wynton Marsalis, one of today’s most outstanding jazz musicians, is widely considered “the greatest large jazz ensemble working today” (Chicago Tribune). This electrifying, one-night-only event includes classical works paired with newly arranged jazz versions and a selection from Marsalis’ own “Swing Symphony.”


Straight No Chaser
2017/18 Overture Season
Straight No Chaser
If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses... think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases.

Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense... and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.


Dylan Moran
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Dylan Moran
The star & co-writer of cult TV comedy Black Books lives up to his reputation as one of the top names in British comedy in this new show!


A Gentleman's Guide to<br><br>Love & Murder
2017/18 Overture Season
A Gentleman's Guide to

Love & Murder
Getting away with murder can be so much fun…and there’s no better proof than the knock-‘em-dead hit show that’s earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony Award® for Best Musical—A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love & Murder. As one most gentlemanly NPR critic put it, “I’ve never laughed so hard at a Broadway musical.

Gentlemen’s Guide tells the story of Monty, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by—you guessed it—eliminating the eight relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress, his fiancée and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance…and be done in time for tea. The Hollywood Reporter raves, “Gentlemen’s Guide restores our faith in musical comedy.


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!


Pod Tours America
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Pod Tours America
Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor, Dan Pfeiffer and special guests are bringing the pod to Capitol Theater at the Overture Center for a live, "no-bull****" conversation about politics, the press, and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency.


Lovett or Leave It
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Lovett or Leave It
Jon Lovett, former Obama speechwriter and co-host of Pod Save America, is joined by comedians, actors, journalists, and many, many renowned Friends of the Pod for a roundup of the week's top news. Rants! Games! Bad impressions! Nuanced discussion.


Madagascar- A Musical Adventure
Join your favorite crack-a-lackin’ characters from the blockbuster DreamWorks film. Follow four furry friends who find themselves on an unexpected journey to the “wild” world of Madagascar from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore, and an upbeat score, Madagascar is the perfect way to kick off our 52nd season for the whole family.


La Santa Cecilia
2017/18 Overture Season
La Santa Cecilia
Grammy®-winning La Santa Cecilia exemplifies the hybrid of Latin culture, rock and world music, drawing inspiration from their Latin American influences and Mexican heritage. With captivating songs about love, loss and disappointment, the band has become the voice of a new bicultural generation in the U.S. - fully immersed in modern music while utilizing rhythms from cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz rock and klezmer music.

See this show after attending the fifth annual Latino Art Fair at Overture on OCT 6!


Duck Soup: The Freshman
2017/18 Overture Season
Duck Soup: The Freshman
This hilarious Harold Lloyd comedy tells the story of a college freshman trying to become popular by joining the school football team. It remains one of Lloyds most successful films and was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

MC – Joe Thompson Organist – Jelani Eddington


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.


Tim Hawkins
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Tim Hawkins
Since giving up his job as a grocery truck driver in 2002, Tim Hawkins established himself as one of the most in-demand comedians in the country. With 300,000,000 video views online and over 100 sold-out concerts every year, his Jackwagon Crew has grown into a revolution of multi-generational proportions. Tim’s gut-busting comedy show entertains the entire family. His act is 1 part gifted + 2 parts twisted, the only certainty being his on-the-nose observations that expose the ridiculousness of daily life while marveling in its hilarity. The perils of marriage, homeschooling, and growing up in the Midwest may not exemplify the rock star life, but they make for really good punchlines.


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.


Graham Nash
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Graham Nash
Legendary artist Graham Nash has announced a new batch of U.S tour dates as he continues to support his recent studio aldbum, This Path Tonight, which was released worldwide last year. Nash is joined on stage by longtime collaborator and This Path Tonight producer Shane Fontayne. Together, the duo performs songs from his days in the Hollies through his years with Crosby, Stills & Nash and from his beloved solo recordings, weaving anecdotes and tales from his 50-year career throughout the evening.

Towering above virtually everything that Graham Nash has accomplished in his first seventy-five years on this planet, stands the litany of songs that he has written and introduced to the soundtrack of the past half-century. His remarkable body of work, beginning with his contributions to the Hollies opus, including “Stop Stop Stop” and “Carrie Anne,” his signature CSN offerings like “Teach Your Children,” “Our House,” and “Marrakesh Express” and his solo standouts “Chicago/We Can Change the World” and “Military Madness” are lightning rods embedded in our DNA.


Buddy Guy
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Buddy Guy
At age 80, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Buddy Guy has received 7 GRAMMY Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, 37 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #23 in its "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."


Mary Chapin Carpenter
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter hits the road in 2017, performing songs from her expansive 14-album catalog and new songs from her latest record The Things That We Are Made Of, released May 6, 2016.

Produced by 2016 Producer of the Year Grammy-nominee Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), the album features eleven new songs written by Carpenter, and has received critical acclaim from NPR and Rolling Stone, among others. The Associated Press calls it, “…an evocative collection of songs,” while The Huffington Post declares, “…Carpenter is now at the height of her musical career, painting a compelling, relevant piece of art tinged with mixed feelings of grief and joy, all without preaching or darkening our minds with sadness."

With special guest Emily Barker.


Olga Kern, piano
2017/18 MSO
Olga Kern, piano
The Madison Symphony Orchestra and Conductor John DeMain open this concert with Ravel’s fairy-tale inspired Mother Goose Suite, followed by Barber’s Piano Concerto, featuring brilliant Russian-American Pianist Olga Kern. The concert closes with Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 (From the New World), said to be inspired by the “wide open spaces” of the prairies that the composer visited during a trip to Iowa.

Russian-American Pianist Olga Kern is now recognized as one of her generation’s great pianists. She jumpstarted her U.S. career with her historic Gold Medal win at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas as the first woman to do so in more than 30 years. Her discography includes her Grammy nominated recordings including works by Rachmaninoff, Corelli, Brahms, and Chopin.

Repertoire:
RAVEL | Mother Goose Suite
BARBER | Piano Concerto
DVORÁK | Symphony No. 9, From the New World


Cas Public: Symphonie Dramatique
2017/18 Overture Season
Cas Public: Symphonie Dramatique
With contagious energy and a transformative score by sound artist Martin Tetreault, eight dancers of Cas Public shed new light on Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed love. Embrace the contemporary movement infused with passion and ultimate sadness that pays homage to one of the greatest stories every told. William Taylor, Overture’s 2016 Rising Star grand prize winner, will perform as the opening act!


Push
2017/18 Madison Ballet
Push
Madison Ballet’s Push takes ballet to the edge of the art form, pairing the drama and precision of ballet with contemporary choreography and music. Push shines the spotlight on the athleticism and allure of each dancer with an evening of shorter classical and current works. Think you know ballet? Push your own boundaries and you’ll be seduced and surprised by Madison Ballet’s Push. Madison Ballet’s repertory programs present ballet in its purest form—athletic, sensual, and intimate. The 200-seat Drury Stage at the Bartell Theatre is just the setting for showcasing shorter works by both established and up-and-coming choreographers.


My Father's Dragon
2017/18 Overture Season
My Father's Dragon
Children and adults alike will be enchanted as movement, magic and masks combine to bring to life the unlikely friendship between a young hero and a dragon. The unique stage adaptation of the beloved Newbery Honor-winning book series by Ruth Stiles, celebrating its 70th anniversary, brings the audience along on an adventure of talking animals, a rescue and buried treasure.


Ken Cowan/Lisa Shihoten, Organ
Brilliant Canadian Organist Ken Cowan and Violinist Lisa Shihoten make their Overture Hall debut with a virtuosic program of music for organ and violin. Join us as this husband and wife team open our 2017–2018 season with a delightful program of astonishing music, including works by Vitali, Berlioz, Whitlock, Saint-Saëns, and Ken Cowan's own transcription of Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto with Lisa Shihoten as soloist!


David Sedaris
2017/18 Overture Season
David Sedaris
Join David Sedaris for an evening featuring all-new stories and observations. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Mr. Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.




WSMA
2017/18 Local Arts
WSMA
Wisconsin School Music Association WSMA State Honors Music Project began in 1967 to provide musically talented youth with the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the nation’s finest conductors in a professional and highly disciplined setting. This year, more than 1,300 students applied to audition for the privilege of being one of the 424 students selected for membership in the five prestigious High School State Honors ensembles performing at these October concerts.


Bumper Jacksons
2017/18 Overture Season
Bumper Jacksons
The band that refuses to be put into a box, the Bumper Jacksons blend roots jazz, country swing and street blues for a raucous night of unforgettable music. Tapping into sounds from vintage 78s and its own DIY style, the group, voted 2015 Artist of the Year at the Washington Area Music Awards, will have you dancing in the aisles.


Jeremy Stolle Cabaret
2017/18 Overture Season
Jeremy Stolle Cabaret
Jeremy Stolle, best known for his eight-year run in Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera, recently released his debut album In The Moment following completing the original cast recording of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He has been seen across the country on symphony and performing arts stages, bringing a powerful concert filled with heart and laughter.


I and You
2017/18 Forward Theater
I and You
Anthony arrives at Caroline’s door bearing waffle fries, a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and an urgent assignment from their high school lit teacher. Living most of her life online, Caroline is sick and hasn’t been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic and popular. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this seemingly vanilla poetry assignment unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You is a valentine to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.


Carmen
2017/18 Madison Opera
Carmen
Seville, 1820. A gypsy is determined to live life on her own terms – whatever her fate may be. From its scandalous 1875 premiere in Paris to its current position as one of the most popular operas in the world, Carmen has enthralled generation after generation.

Bizet’s masterpiece blends passion, seduction, jealousy, dance, and even a little law-breaking, all set to one of the most famous scores ever composed.

Come experience this most vivid of operas, performed by a dynamic young cast.


Duck Soup Cinema: The Flying Ace
2017/18 Overture Season
Duck Soup Cinema: The Flying Ace
This inspiring film, featuring an all African-American cast, is based on real people who fought in World War I. It tells the story of a fighter ace breaking through racial barriers to serve the nation and his return to the U.S. after the war.


An Evening with Bernadette Peters
2017/18 Overture Season
An Evening with Bernadette Peters
***This event has been canceled. Ticket holders will be contacted shortly about refunds.

Bernadette Peters, Broadway's brightest star currently seen in Amazon’s Golden Globe®-winning Mozart in the Jungle and CBS’ The Good Fight, will dazzle Overture Hall during a glamorous evening as only she can do. Her performance will include pieces from Broadway shows she's received accolades for, as well as from all her Grammy® Award-winning and nominated albums including standards, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim.


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!




A Night With Janis Joplin
2017/18 Overture Season
A Night With Janis Joplin
Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock & roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. Now, Madison is invited to share an evening with the woman and her musical influences in the hit musical A Night With Janis Joplin.
Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime,” this sensational show is a musical journey celebrating Joplin and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock & roll’s greatest legends.


Nat Geo Live: Coral Kingdoms<br><br>and Empires of Ice
Explore rarely seen undersea worlds with two photographers creating a visual voice for the world’s oceans. David Doubilet is a legend in underwater photography. Together with his wife and underwater partner, photojournalist Jennifer Hayes, he has explored three unique marine environments for National Geographic. Join them to explore the rich and diverse waters of Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, part of the “coral triangle.” Follow them into the world beneath the Antarctic ice, then north to the Gulf of St. Lawrence to see whales, wolfish and harp seals. Together, they’ll go beyond the published stories to share the reality of “behind-the-camera” adventures.

National Geographic Live Series Sponsored by Exact Sciences


Gregory Porter
2017/18 Overture Season
Gregory Porter
This soulful singer-songwriter won Grammy Awards® in 2014 and 2017 for ‘Best Jazz Vocal Album.’ The New York Times describedand "jazz singer of thrilling presence, a booming baritone with a gift for earthy refinement and soaring uplift" will fill Capitol Theater with music influenced by blues, soul gospel.

Fun fact! He was a member of the original Broadway cast of It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues.


Sharon Isbin, Guitar
2017/18 MSO
Sharon Isbin, Guitar
Classical Guitarist Sharon Isbin delights with Chris Brubeck’s jazz-influenced Affinity: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra and Rodrigo’s successful Concierto de Aranjuez, infused with nature sounds. Conductor John DeMain will also lead the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Copland’s pioneer West-inspired Billy the Kid Suite and Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat, written for ballet.

Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique, and versatility, multiple Grammy Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time.” A frequent guest on NPR’s All Things Considered and Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, she has been profiled on television throughout the world, including CBS Sunday Morning and A&E, and was featured as soloist on the Grammy nominated soundtrack of Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning film, The Departed.

Repertoire:
COPLAND | Billy the Kid Suite
CHRIS BRUBECK | Affinity: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra
RODRIGO | Concierto de Aranjuez
FALLA | The Three-Cornered Hat


Kansas
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Kansas
With a legendary career spanning more than four decades, KANSAS has firmly established itself as one of America’s iconic of classic rock bands. This “garage band” from Topeka released their debut album in 1974 after being discovered by Wally Gold, who worked for Don Kirshner, and have gone on to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide.

2016 marks the release of “The Prelude Implicit,” KANSAS’s fifteenth studio album. The wide-ranging progressive rock album is released on InsideOut Music, and marks the band’s first studio album release in 16 years. The band, which is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, keyboardist David Manion, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, guitarist Zak Rizvi, and original guitarist Richard Williams, continues to perform in front of large and enthusiastic audiences around the world.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas
2017/18 Overture Season
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
THE GRINCH broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway during its holiday engagements at the St. James and Hilton theatres in New York. Since then, more than 1.2 million theater-goers across America have been delighted by this heart-warming holiday musical, which The New York Times praised as “100 times better than any bedside story” and the Gannett papers hailed as “A genius of a show! A total delight for both kids and adults.” Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical features the hit songs "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas” (written by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss) from the original animated series. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small," decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday-loving Whos.


Adam Trent
2017/18 Overture Season
Adam Trent
Direct from Broadway, ADAM TRENT, the break out star of the world’s best-selling magic show The Illusionists, brings his signature brand of magic and illusion to this 90-minute spectacle. Produced by the same creative team behind The Illusionists brand, ADAM TRENT’s production is an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy and music perfect for the entire family. Don’t miss the next generation of magic!


Madison Symphony Christmas
Embrace the holiday spirit with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Conductor John DeMain in this unofficial start to the season! Soprano Emily Pogorelc, Tenor Eric Barry, the Madison Symphony Chorus, Madison Youth Choirs, and Mount Zion Gospel Choir join forces in this magical concert of Christmas classics interwoven with enchanting new holiday music.

Praised for her “lively, incisive soprano” by the New York Times, Soprano Emily Pogorelc currently attends the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Emily has won first place in numerous competitions, and she was featured on National Public Radio’s, From the Top.

Winner of the Bel Canto Prize at the 2016 Maryland Lyric Opera Competition, Spanish-American Tenor Eric Barry is “making an impressive mark” on opera and concert stages “with a clear timbre, evenness of projection and exceptional sensitivity” -- Opera News.


The Nutcracker
2017/18 Madison Ballet
The Nutcracker
Ring in the holiday season with this timeless story filled with some of literature’s most treasured characters.

Children will marvel at a towering Christmas tree and Mother Ginger with her playful Pulcinellas. Adults will be thrilled by the athleticism and romance of classical ballet, set to Tchaikovsky’s familiar score played live by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. A trip to Madison Ballet’s Nutcracker in Overture Hall is an unforgettable experience for everyone.


A Christmas Carol
2017/18 CTM
A Christmas Carol
Madison’s finest holiday tradition and CTM’s grandest production of the year, A Christmas Carol is an event the whole family can enjoy. A mark-it-on-thecalendar and get-a-little-dressed-up kind of date. The elegant Capitol Theater transports us back in time to Victorian England for a wild seasonal ride. We’re thrilled to present APT’s David Daniel as Ebenezer Scrooge in a memorable journey from curmudgeonly miser to all-around good guy.


RENT
2017/18 Overture Season
RENT
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theater. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production.

A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.


Mr. Popper's Penguins
2017/18 Overture Season
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Based on the book by Richard & Florence Atwater Adapted for the stage by Pins & Needles Productions Music by Luke Bateman, Lyrics by Richy Hughes

Painter and decorator Mr. Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out! With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, action-packed musical adaptation is the perfect family treat!


Ken Page Cabaret
2017/18 Overture Season
Ken Page Cabaret
You may not place the face but you’ll recognize the voice when singer and voice actor Ken Page performs as part of the center’s cabaret series. Best known as the voice of Oogie Boogie in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and Old Deuteronomy in the original Broadway production and filmed stage production of Cats, Page will tap into Broadway favorites, the blues and more.


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.


Gil Shaham, Violin
2017/18 MSO
Gil Shaham, Violin
Experience Violinist Gil Shaham’s long-awaited Madison Symphony Orchestra debut as he performs Tchaikovsky’s fearsomely difficult Violin Concerto in this rousing program featuring works by all Russian composers. Conductor John DeMain will also lead the orchestra in Prokofiev’s satirical The Love for Three Oranges Suite and Rachmaninoff’s expressively Russian Symphony No. 3.

Declared “the outstanding American violinist of his generation” by Time Magazine, Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time. The Grammy Award-winner, also named Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year,” is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles on the world’s great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.

Repertoire:
PROKOFIEV | The Love for Three Oranges Suite
TCHAIKOVSKY | Violin Concerto
RACHMANINOFF | Symphony No. 3


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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


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).


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!


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!


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.


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


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


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!


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.


Disenchanted!
2017/18 Overture Season
Disenchanted!
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ‘em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. These royal renegades tossed off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies hit off-Broadway musical to you – and what you thought about princesses will never be the same!

This show contains adult language and content and may not be suitable for children.


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.


Black Violin
2017/18 Overture Season
Black Violin
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.


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.


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.


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