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MSO: Zuill Bailey, Cello
Canadian guest conductor Tania Miller and Grammy award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey bring evocative displays of musicianship to the Madison Symphony Orchestra through a performance of Oesterle’s Home, a solo interlude by Bailey on Elgar’s Cello Concerto, and a conclusive, remarkable interpretation by Miller on Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.


Kanopy Dance: Celebrations!
2018/19 Kanopy Dance
Kanopy Dance: Celebrations!
Revel in Emotions in Motion Kanopy Dance Company kicks off their season of exuberant fetes and strong emotions with Martha Graham’s masterwork Celebration. This signature piece is paired with Jacqulyn Buglisi’s hauntingly beautiful Sospiri, performed by guest artists Virginie Mécène, Kevin Predmore, both of whom have extensive experience as principal dancers with Buglisi Dance Theatre and the Martha Graham Dance Company. Kanopy’s Artistic Directors Lisa Thurrell and Robert E. Cleary join the festival with darker muses in their original creations Miserere (Have Mercy), and Fear is the Enemy.


Maria Bamford
2018/19 Promoter
Maria Bamford
Maria Bamford stars in the semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite, lauded as “revelatory” by Entertainment Weekly and one of 2016’s must-see shows by Variety and Rolling Stone. The series was created by Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Pam Brady (South Park).

Maria is the creator and star of Maria Bamford: the special special special and of the cult hit web series The Maria Bamford Show, which screened at the Museum of Art and Design. She was the first female comic to have two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials and starred alongside Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis and Brian Posehn in the Comedy Central series The Comedians of Comedy and Netflix’s Comedians of Comedy: The Movie.


Charlotte's Web
2018/19 CTM
Charlotte's Web
One of the most beloved classics of all time! Wilbur is a small pig with a big problem: he doesn’t want to end up on a dinner plate! His barnyard friends and a young girl named Fern try to help, but it’s the efforts of the extraordinary Charlotte the spider that astounds everyone. A story of friendship, loyalty and growing up – for all ages and all generations.


wellRED Comedy Tour:<br><br>From Dixie With Love
wellRED: From Dixie With Love is about celebrating everything great about the South and telling stories from a place of love. It’s about dancing to country music at a gay wedding. It’s about loving your neighbor whether you have the same religion, skin color, or sexual preference, as long as they cheer for the same college football team (Go Vols!). From Dixie With Love is about leaving behind bigotry, but remembering the fried okra.


Life on the Vertical
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with Mark Synnott
2018/19 Overture Season
Life on the Vertical

with Mark Synnott
His mission in life is simple: to seek out and climb the world’s largest and most remote big walls. From scaling the sea cliffs of Oman with Alex Honnold to exploring Uzbekistan’s Dark Star cave, climber Mark Synnott has led an unparalleled life of adventure. Join him for an evening of superb storytelling and spectacular imagery.


Paul Jacobs, Organ
2018/19 MSO
Paul Jacobs, Organ
Paul Jacobs, Grammy-winning artist and established member of the Juilliard School Organ Department made history performing Bach’s organ works in their entirety — over an 18-hour period. The former mentor and teacher of MSO’s Principal Organist Greg Zelek will bring MSO’s magnificent Overture Concert Organ to life when he makes his Madison debut with an all-Bach program.


E Faye Butler Cabaret
2018/19 Overture Season
E Faye Butler Cabaret
Ten Chimneys presents an evening of extraordinary entertainment by cabaret sensation, E. Faye Butler, in the historic Capitol Theater as part of Overture’s Cabaret Series. You will experience an electrifying night of storytelling and live music as she performs songs by the artists who defined our culture through the evolution of American Jazz. E. Faye Butler is a 2012 recipient of the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship.


So You Think You Can Dance
2018/19 Promoter
So You Think You Can Dance
Following the continued success of the hit summer competition series and 15 Emmy® wins, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE is packing up its best dancers of 2018 and touring the country this Fall with SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE LIVE! 2018. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE LIVE! 2018 will feature the show’s Top 10 Finalists plus soon to be announced All Star guests.


Randy Rainbow Live
2018/19 Promoter
Randy Rainbow Live
Randy Rainbow (yes, real name) is a comedian, actor, writer, host and Internet sensation best known for his viral comedy videos. His popular series of political spoofs and song parodies have garnered international acclaim and over a hundred million views. He is the creator and star of the long-running BroadwayWorld.com web series Chewing the Scenery with Randy Rainbow and Last Minute with Randy Rainbow.


Fun Home
2018/19 Forward Theater
Fun Home
This unique, funny and heart-shattering new musical zig-zags across Alison Bechdel’s past and present as she tries to make sense of her parents’ lives, her own sexuality, and how she maps the terrain of her adult world.


Paula Poundstone
2018/19 Promoter
Paula Poundstone
With smart, observational humor and a legendary spontaneous interaction with the crowd, Paula Poundstone is one of our country’s pre-eminent comedians. She improvises with a crowd like a Jazz musician, swinging in unexpected directions without a plan, without a net. There’s a disarming ease in her craft, an immediate sense that she’s so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong.


Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci
2018/19 Madison Opera
Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci
Set in rural Italy, these two classic one-act works tell stories of the most operatic of emotions. In Cavalleria Rusticana (“Rustic Chivalry”), a woman abandoned by her lover seeks revenge – and gets it. In Pagliacci (“The Clowns”), a traveling theatre troupe is torn apart by infidelity, jealousy, and ultimately murder.




The Simon & Garfunkel Story
2018/19 Overture Season
The Simon & Garfunkel Story
The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this show also features a full live band performing all the hits including “Mrs Robinson,” “Cecilia,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Homeward Bound” and many more. Get your tickets fast as this is an evening not to be missed!

“Fantastic” – Elaine Paige, BBC Radio 2 “Authentic and Exciting” – The Stage


Tedeschi Trucks Band
2018/19 Promoter
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Go back to December 31, 2008 when guitarist Derek Trucks and his wife, singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi, were preparing to ring in the New Year. Married since 1999, these two soulmates, equally steeped in the musical roots of blues, jazz, and gospel, had finally decided the time was right to set aside their successful solo careers and commit to a new band melding their vision and talent. It wasn’t the first time they had collaborated; they had shared a stage countless times and traded album guest appearances, all while starting a family together. But on that night, hitting the stage together with members of the Derek Trucks Band and a guest horn section they heard the future. Two years later, the couple debuted Tedeschi Trucks Band.

With Special Guest Todd Snider


Ballet Folklórico de México
2018/19 Overture Season
Ballet Folklórico de México
In 2018, Ballet Folklórico de México will return to the United States for an extended multi-city tour featuring renewed performances of the company’s classic choreography. Founded in 1952 by dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández, Ballet Folklórico brings together the music, dance and costume of Mexican folklore from pre-Colombian civilizations through the modern era. With its permanent home at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, one of Mexico City’s most historic venues, the company has developed choreography for 40 ballets, composed of 76 folk dancers who have performed extensively across Mexico and abroad.


MSO: Christopher Taylor, Piano
The Madison Symphony Orchestra remembers and commemorates the storied and significant impacts of Leonard Bernstein; visiting Bernstein’s original scores as well as Beethoven, John DeMain and the MSO observe and reminisce on the groundbreaking compositions and legacy of the iconic American figure.


Wild Kratts Live 2.0
2018/19 Overture Season
Wild Kratts Live 2.0
The Wild Kratts LIVE! stage show that has kids across North America buzzing is coming to Madison with a new and exciting adventure! Join Martin and Chris as they activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits and go “Off to the Creature Rescue!” With the help of the Wild Kratts team – and their audience members – the Kratt Brothers confront a comic villain and help bring the creatures of the animal world to safety once again.


Ajax
2018/19 Local Arts
Ajax
Carthage College Theatre presents a new translation of Sophocles’ Ajax. Still relevant today, this timeless tragedy follows the story of Ajax, hero warrior of the Trojan War.


Soweto Gospel Choir
2018/19 Overture Season
Soweto Gospel Choir
Your spirits can’t help but be lifted by the Soweto Gospel Choir, a more than 30-member ensemble that blends African gospel, spirituals, reggae and American pop into its concert performances. The two-time Grammy-winning choir has performed with some of the greatest recording stars including Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder and Bono of U2. With joyful South African harmonies, this powerful show offers hope to everyone.


Tower of Power
2018/19 Promoter
Tower of Power
This year promises to be a BLAST for Tower of Power and all its fans as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a motherload of electrifying new sounds guaranteed to funkifize, energize and provide the soundtrack for new American movements of Love, Peace, Soul Power, Mind Power and People Power to rise!


Al Chez & the Brothers of Funk
This event has been cancelled. Ticket holders are being notified as to the refund process.


Wisconsin Singers
2018/19 Local Arts
Wisconsin Singers
Wisconsin Singers’ newest show, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now! is a 90-minute revue of top hits of American pop music from the past five decades performed by the top talents of the UW Madison. Audiences will enjoy award winners from the Oscars and Tony’s , as well as some much-loved “One Hit Wonders.” Our tribute to Radio and Video Stars includes music by Frank Sinatra, Elton John and Charlie Puth. If you’re a movie or musical theater fan, you’ll be entertained by songs from The Greatest Showman, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Pitch Perfect 3, and La La Land. The renowned Wisconsin Singers Band will have you dancing in your seats to “funky” music from Superstition to hits from the Grammys. Wisconsin Singers has a Fifth Quarter too, where Badger fans can sing along to “Varsity,” dance to “Tequila” and jam to “Jump Around.”


John Cleese
2018/19 Promoter
John Cleese
Come spend a hilarious evening with the “One and Only” John Cleese. John is a legendary comedic actor best known for Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers and A Fish Called Wanda.

“The world’s funniest man” first made his mark as a member of the legendary Monty Python troupe in the 1960s and has gone on to write, produce, direct and star in some of the greatest comedic hits of the last forty years, even receiving an Oscar nomination for best screenplay for A Fish Called Wanda. But John is far from your garden variety entertainer. From the beginning of his career he has continually parlayed his enormous talents into advancing the political causes he believes in.

Don’t miss a hilarious minute as John Cleese shares his humorous insights on the world and politics and his life.


David Crosby & Friends
2018/19 Promoter
David Crosby & Friends
Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby is heading out on tour this fall.

Crosby is joined by the Lighthouse band to journey down a new four-way street that brings his music to life with new spirits.

3 time Grammy winner Michael League of Snarky Puppy, New York’s best kept secret Becca Stevens and Canadian songstress Michelle Willis, will join on acoustic guitars, piano and beautiful vocal harmonies. The band will reinterpret Crosby’s greatest hits as well as performing music from the critically acclaimed album ‘Lighthouse’ and the new album “Here if you Listen”, released OCT 26. This will be an extremely unique opportunity to see what Crosby calls “a dream team of musicians”.


School of Rock
2018/19 Overture Season
School of Rock
SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “An inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skillz!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, “Fists of all ages shall be pumping!”


Mannheim Steamroller
2018/19 Overture Season
Mannheim Steamroller
The ultimate holiday tradition, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, brightens the season featuring familiar Mannheim holiday classics. The show also celebrates the group’s recent 30th anniversary since its first Christmas album and includes selections from the groundbreaking Fresh Aire series, which introduced Mannheim to the U.S. You’ll be infused with the spirit of the season through the dazzling multimedia effects and the signature sound of these unique performers.


Madison Symphony Christmas
John DeMain and the Madison Symphony Orchestra celebrate the arrival of the holiday season with a myriad of musical collaborations, including Christmas classics alongside regional choirs such as the Mt. Zion Gospel Choir, the Madison Youth Choirs, and esteemed opera singers Cecelia Violetta Lopez and Kyle Ketelsen.


Kanopy Dance: Winter Fantasia
2018/19 Kanopy Dance
Kanopy Dance: Winter Fantasia
Deck the Halls with Snow Fairies, Solstice Lights and Carols As the snowflakes begins to swirl, and icicles dot the winter landscape, Kanopy presents two treasured December stories through dance; Once Upon a Winter’s Eve, and The Norse Tree of Life (Yggdrasil). In Winter’s Eve, a little girl wanders into a glade of trees to play at twilight. Amongst the glistening branches and glittery snow she happens upon the snow fairies and their queen. Accompanied by Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” it’s a stunning tale of winter wonder. Deeper in Kanopy’s snowy forest, audiences will encounter ladies dancing gaily under a mighty Norse evergreen. To mark the season, a little girl brings and her friends drape the tree with garlands and yuletide decorations. Don’t miss these holiday gems!


The Second City 
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Dysfuntional Holiday Revue
“Ha, ha, ha” becomes “ho, ho, ho” when Chicago’s legendary comedy theater slays the season in The Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue. Nothing is sacred, including holiday film classics, family gatherings and Christmas carols, in a show that delivers anything but typical holiday fare. See upcoming comedy stars, hilarious satire and world-famous improvisation with a slightly naughty twist in a performance recommended for mature audiences only due to its adult content.


Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of
<br>Florence Foster Jenkins
The story of one of opera’s most unforgettable stars is brought to life by American Players Theatre favorite and Madison native Sarah Day as Florence Foster Jenkins, a woman whose generosity and love of opera was only matched by her own delusions of vocal grandeur. Joining her onstage as long-suffering accompanist Cosme McMoon is Four Seasons Theatre Artistic Associate and accomplished music director Thomas Kasdorf.


Messiah 2018
2018/19 WCO
Messiah 2018
Soloists: Sarah Lawrence, soprano; Johanna Bronk, mezzo-soprano; Gene Stenger, tenor; Peter Van De Graaff, bass.

Chorus: WCO Chorus

We return for our 10th year presenting Handel’s most well known work, Messiah. We perform this eternal holiday favorite with soloists Sarah Lawrence, Johanna Bronk, Gene Stenger, Peter Van de Graaff, and the WCO Chorus at Blackhawk Church on Madison’s west side.


The Nutcracker
2018/19 Madison Ballet
The Nutcracker
Ring in the holiday season with this timeless story filled with some of literature’s most treasured characters.


A Christmas Carol
2018/19 CTM
A Christmas Carol
Madison’s favorite holiday tradition for the whole family, A Christmas Carol fills the elegant Capitol Theater with the spirit of Christmas! Get a little dressed up and step back in time to Victorian England for a wild seasonal ride. There’s music, dancing, and plenty of Bah Humbug for everyone! CTM’s grandest production of the year features David Daniel from American Players Theater as the infamous Mister Scrooge.


Finding Neverland
2018/19 Overture Season
Finding Neverland
The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award®-winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.


The Rainbow Fish
2018/19 Overture Season
The Rainbow Fish
The Rainbow Fish will enchant even the youngest child with his silver scales and heart of gold in a new adaptation of Marcus Pfizer’s award-winning books about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession. Mermaid’s striking puppetry production includes two delightful companion stories, Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea and Opposites.


View from Above 
<br><br>with Terry Virts
2018/19 Overture Season
View from Above

with Terry Virts
Sometimes, a little distance is all you need to see things in a brand new way. For astronaut Terry Virts, his newfound perspective was from the International Space Station (ISS), where he installed the Cupola module, granting an unprecedented 360-degree view from the station. When he later became the commander of the ISS, he made good use of the Cupola, taking more photographs than any astronaut who came before him. Many of those images were later used in the National Geographic book View From Above and IMAX film A Beautiful Planet, but to hear Virts tell it, no photo can capture the perfect shade of blue from a sunrise viewed from outer space.


Heisenberg
2018/19 Forward Theater
Heisenberg
A chance encounter between Georgie (flirtatious, mysterious) and Alex (a much older man) starts with a kiss that changes both of their lives. What does Georgie want? And can she be trusted? These two strangers, set adrift by life and loss, embark upon a fascinating game of cat and mouse that changes course with each new revelation. There are many possible lives we can live – but each choice we make alters the journey.


Ella Cinders
2018/19 Overture Season
Ella Cinders
In this 1926 reimagining of the Cinderella story, Colleen Moore is a domestic worker for her stepmother and stepsisters, who enters a contest promising a better life in Hollywood. She wins, but soon learns that the promised movie contract is a scam and must depend on her spunk to succeed and find true love.


Beyond the Score: Why Italy?
Beyond the Score® is a multimedia presentation featuring APT actors, stunning visual projections, and musical examples. Join Mendelssohn on his travels across the historic cities of Italy and discover how the country became the inspiration for this buoyant symphonic work. The entire work is performed in the second half.


Miriam K. Smith- MWI
2018/19 WCO
Miriam K. Smith- MWI
We welcome young cello sensation Miriam Smith, who will perform Cello Concerto in A minor by Saint-Saëns. Fresh from performances with the Cincinnati and Louisville Symphonies, we are excited to showcase this amazingly talented young woman. The Overture to the Secret Marriage, a forgotten gem by Cimarosa will open the concert and we close with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, the sunniest of his even numbered symphonies.


Paw Patrol
2018/19 Promoter
Paw Patrol
PAW Patrol Live! sets sail with a new pirate adventure! It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay and Ryder will need all paws on deck as he and the PAW Patrol discover a secret treasure map while on a mission to rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. It’s up to Chase, Marshall, Skye and all their heroic pirate pup friends to save the day and find the pirate treasure before Mayor Humdinger finds it first! *Be a V.I.P. – Very Important Pup!* The V.I.P. package includes a premium seat, special gift and exclusive access to a Meet & Greet with two characters after the show. Each adult & child (aged 1 & up) must have a V.I.P. ticket.


One Funny Mother
2018/19 Overture Season
One Funny Mother
One Funny Mother stars comedian, former Miss New Jersey, and married mother of three, Dena Blizzard?, in her hilarious solo comedy show about the trials and tribulations of motherhood and marriage.


ABBA MANIA
2018/19 Overture Season
ABBA MANIA
ABBA MANIA is now accepted as the world’s number one touring ABBA production. Featuring a special concert presentation, which celebrates the music of ABBA in a respectful and enjoyable way, reviving special memories of when ABBA ruled the airwaves. ABBA MANIA brings ABBA fans old and new a night not to be missed.If you’re looking for an excuse to party, reminisce or simply be entertained by the best music ever, then ABBA MANIA is for you! Join in and enjoy all of your favourites including: ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Voulez Vous’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Winner Takes It All’,‘Super Trouper’ and many more. So dig out those platforms, dust down those flares and thank ABBA for the music.


Rock of Ages
2018/19 Overture Season
Rock of Ages
Broadway’s Best Party is turning up the volume to ten! The ROCK OF AGES Tenth Anniversary Tour is blazing across North America!

Nominated for five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, ROCK OF AGES captures the iconic era that was the big bad 1980s Hollywood. “Know What Love Is,” “Feel the Noise,” and “Take Your Best Shot” at one of the Sunset Strip’s last epic venues, a place where the legendary Stacee Jaxx returns to the stage and rock-n-roll dreamers line up to turn their fantasies into reality.

Featuring the music of hit bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and Whitesnake among many others, this Tenth Anniversary production features a dynamic new cast revisiting the larger than life characters and exhilarating story that turned ROCK OF AGES into a global phenomenon.


Kanopy Dance: Devil's Night
2018/19 Kanopy Dance
Kanopy Dance: Devil's Night
An Apocalyptic Vision in Heavy Metal Enter the dark land of enchantment, the world of the Puppet Master in this glam-rock evening of supernatural horror and high jinks. Delight in the topsy-turvy world, set to the music of Apocolyptica, a four member, Finish, cello metal band. See inmates at an asylum dancing gleefully with the devil. Follow the outrageous Mohawk Man down the rabbit hole, and emerge in a world where Puppetmaster is in control. Delightfully creepy china dolls and figures in shrouds hold our hero captive. Finally they cross the River Styx, and even more otherworldly mayhem ensues. Come the dark side for one night and revel in this dream world!


A Little Night Music
2018/19 Madison Opera
A Little Night Music
In 1900’s Sweden, couples waltz, marriages are made and unmade, and the summer night smiles on the young and old alike. Stephen Sondheim’s ravishing score, set entirely in variations of waltz time, tells of the complications of love across generations, spiced with sparkling wit and rueful self-awareness. Since its premiere in 1973, A Little Night Music has become a classic, a modern American operetta that plays with our ideas of romance with delicious humor. With a score that includes the famous “Send in the Clowns,” it’s the perfect midwinter treat.


The Price is Right Live!
2018/19 Promoter
The Price is Right Live!
The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to hear their names called and “Come On Down” to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Play classic games just like on television’s longest running and most popular game show…from Plinko™ to Cliffhangers™ to The Big Wheel™ and even the fabulous Showcase. If you’re a fan of The Price Is Right™ on TV, you’ll no doubt love this exciting, live (non-televised), on-stage version of the show!


Josh Young Cabaret
2018/19 Overture Season
Josh Young Cabaret
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MSO: James Ehnes, Violin
Violinist James Ehnes and John DeMain’s Madison Symphony Orchestra team up for an event of colossal talent; featuring Madison-resident Harbison’s The Most Often Used Chords, Brahms’ Violin Concerto, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition

How I Became a Pirate
2018/19 CTM
How I Became a Pirate
Yo-ho! Ahoy Mateys! Join Captain Braidbeard and his comical crew of pirates as they enlist young Jeremy Jacobs’ help to find the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Jeremy finds that adventuring can be lots of fun, but also learns that love and home are treasures you can’t find on any map! Our youngest audiences – and their grownups – will love this delightful, swashbuckling musical!


Ramsey Lewis & Urban Knights
2018/19 Overture Season
Ramsey Lewis & Urban Knights
The Ramsey Lewis event has been cancelled effective October 12, 2018. Ticket holders will be notified about refunds shortly.


Chelsea Chen, Organ
2018/19 MSO
Chelsea Chen, Organ
Chelsea Chen is a highly accomplished organist and composer; her work, albeit classical, is expanded upon with inflections of her own compositions, based on Asian folksongs. Chen’s Overture Hall debut features her original Taiwanese Suite, plus works by Grieg, Holst’s The Planets, and more. Experience the nuances of her lively and personalized style brought to life on the Mighty Klais organ.


Los Vivancos: Born to Dance
2018/19 Overture Season
Los Vivancos: Born to Dance
Seven brothers set fire to the stage with tap-dance, humor, martial arts and musical virtuosity in dazzling display of physical prowess in a flamenco fusion show that will have you wanting to leap on stage and join them. You’ll feel their passion and commitment to dance in this daring technical production performed on an innovative set that turns dance into a aerial ballet and near balancing act. Modern times merge with tradition in a display of athleticism and artistry in Los Vivancos presents Born to Dance.


Ilya Yakushev - MWII
2018/19 WCO
Ilya Yakushev - MWII
Pianist Ilya Yakushev returns with this jazz inspired program featuring works by Stravinsky, Tcherepnin and Tsfasman. Alexander Tsfasman, born the same year as Shostakovich, was an important figure in Soviet Jazz from the period of the mid-1920s until the late 1960s. His Jazz Suite for Piano and Orchestra from 1945 is both seductive and virtuosic. Stravinsky wrote several jazz inspired works for chamber orchestra and we conclude with Mozart’s sublime and evergreen, Symphony No. 40.


King and I, The
2018/19 Overture Season
King and I, The
Two worlds collide in this “breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical, based on the 2015 Tony Award®-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British school teacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. THE KING AND I is “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine).


Standing at the Water's Edge
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with Cristina Mittermeier
Photojournalist Cristina Mittermeier knows the power of water: the power to give life when it is respected, and the power to destroy when it is misused. During her time with the Kayapó people in the Amazon, she documented a society that relied on their local waterway to survive—and found their way of life threatened by a massive new dam. In British Columbia, she found First Nations protecting their sacred headwaters, and in Hawaii, a new community of indigenous peoples seeking to reclaim their connection to the sea. She learned that one concept bound these three disparate communities together: “Enoughness,” or taking only that which you need.


The Wind
2018/19 Overture Season
The Wind
This acclaimed 1928 film was star Lillian Gish’s last of the silent era. In it she plays Letty, a fragile woman who travels to Texas to live with unpleasant relatives, contending with a bad marriage, murder and persistent desert wind. As tensions grow, and undesirable admirers become insistent, Letty psychologically breaks down, culminating in tragedy.


MSO: Three Virtuosi
2018/19 MSO
MSO: Three Virtuosi
The Madison Symphony Orchestra celebrates three of its own artists — Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz, Clarinetist JJ Koh, and Tubist Joshua Biere — exhibiting a technical and evocative mastery of their respectful instruments via a series of solo pieces from Prokofiev, Debussy, and Vaughan Williams. Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 opens, and Gershwin’s An American in Paris closes the concert.


The Choir of Man
2018/19 Overture Season
The Choir of Man
It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography.


Tibet Through The Red Box
A father and son are reunited in this remarkable true story. While in Tibet, Peter’s father Vladimir is lost in an avalanche, leaving young Peter back in Prague, struggling to make sense of his father’s absence. Vladimir fills a red box with letters to his son. A mysterious boy finds Vladimir and magically delivers the letters to this son, creating an amazing chain of events. Featuring Tibetan music and culture, this young adult drama will fascinate teens and adults alike.


Erth's Prehistoric Aquarium
2018/19 Overture Season
Erth's Prehistoric Aquarium
The creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live want to take your family on an all new adventure – this time to the bottom of the ocean. Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago – and maybe live still today! Erth shows are at the forefront of family entertainment, using actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology.


Cirque Mechanics: 42 FT - 
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A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels
At the center of every circus rests a 42 ft ring full of thrills, laughs and excitement. 42 FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels is the latest invention from the creative minds of Cirque Mechanics. The company dares us to leap into the circus ring and experience the timelessness of this evolving art form. The shows’ unique mechanical interpretation of the traditional, and its story full of the lore of the historic one-ring circus, create a welcoming place, like a big top, where we can be amazed. The action in 42 FT is full of theatricality and a modern sensibility, showcasing a galloping mechanical metal horse and a rotating tent frame for strongmen, acrobats and aerialists.

Cirque Mechanics, inspired by modern circus, finds its roots in the mechanical and its heart in the stories of American industrial ingenuity. The shows, imbedded in realism, display a raw quality rarely found in modern circus. Cirque Mechanics signature style is wrapped in acrobatics, mechanical marvels, and a bit of clowning around. 42 FT follows the great successes of Birdhouse Factory, Boomtown, and Pedal Punk.




Havana Cuba All-Stars
2018/19 Overture Season
Havana Cuba All-Stars
The Havana Cuba All-Stars are some of Cuba’s greatest musicians. With rhythms and melodies from the cha cha to the rumba, from “Son Cubano” style to the salsa, the All-Stars will showcase a wide variety of Cuban beats. The group is inspired by and dedicated to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music through a fresh, contemporary lens.


Experience Hendrix
2018/19 Promoter
Experience Hendrix
Now in its second decade, the tour celebrates the musical genius of Jimi Hendrix by bringing together a diverse array of extraordinary musicians, ranging from blues legend Buddy Guy to Black Label Society and former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, as well as Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dweezil Zappa and many others. Billy Cox, bassist for both the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsies, anchors a rhythm section that provides the foundation for exciting renditions of such signature Hendrix favorites as “Purple Haze” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”. Please note that not all of the above mentioned artists will be featured on this tour. A lineup announcement will be forthcoming.


Michael & Jessica Shinn MWIII
Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night from 1899 is a powerful and intense work of raw emotion and serene tenderness based upon Richard Dehmel’s poem “Verklarte Nacht” from Woman and World. A testament to the power of love and forgiveness. Symphony No. 58 will bring us back to the middle period of Haydn’s symphonic development, in the style known as “sturm und drang”. We welcome the return of duo pianists, Jessica and Michael Shinn, in an encore performance of Double Rainbow. A work commissioned and premiered in 2017.


Church Basement Ladies
2018/19 Overture Season
Church Basement Ladies
From the minds and hearts of authors/humorists Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, authors of the best-selling book Growing Up Lutheran, comes the latest addition to the Church Basement Ladies series, Rise Up, O Men, a brand new musical comedy introducing the men of the church right alongside your favorite ladies from the basement. As these hard-working farmers discuss “man stuff,” they unintentionally disrupt the order of the kitchen. But that’s what happens when you let the rooster in the hen house. Will you have fun? You betcha!


Life Sucks
2018/19 Forward Theater
Life Sucks
In this bold and funny reworking of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies lurches between love and lust, laughter and longing, and the many ways in which life does, and doesn’t … suck. Both brash and warm-hearted, Madison native Aaron Posner’s romp of a play reminds its seven hapless characters—and us—that to feel deeply is the price of a life well-lived.


Miss Saigon
2018/19 Overture Season
Miss Saigon
Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON, from the creators of Les Misérables. This is the epic story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim. In a bar run by a notorious character called The Engineer, Kim meets an American G.I. in an encounter that will change their lives forever. Featuring stunning spectacle, a sensational cast of 42, and a soaring score including Broadway hits like “Last Night of the World,” “The Movie in My Mind,” and “The Heat is On in Saigon,” this is a theatrical event you will never forget. NYI raves “The new MISS SAIGON soars to the rafters!”

“A DYNAMITE BROADWAY REVIVAL.” – The New Yorker


Music of Words
2018/19 Overture Season
Music of Words
Join Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society for an evening of poetry, piano and flute featuring Stephanie Jutt, flutist, and Jeffrey Sykes, pianist, in collaboration with poets Max Garland (former Wisconsin Poet Laureate and recent winner of the Brittingham Prize), Madison poet Catherine Jagoe and New York poet Mark Belair. Support for this event is provided by Overture and Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Letters.


Branford Marsalis Quartet
2018/19 Overture Season
Branford Marsalis Quartet
NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award®-winning saxophonist and Tony Award® nominee Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. Leader of one of the finest jazz quartets today, and a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Marsalis’ most current recording with his quartet is Four MFs Playin’ Tunes.


Red Green
2018/19 Promoter
Red Green
The name says it all. Potentially Red’s last tour as he heads out on the road to hold Lodge Meetings all over North America. Might be your last opportunity to catch Red live (or as live as he gets) before he takes a long look at his birth certificate and decides not to keep pushing his luck. This latest one man show features some brand new handyman projects, advice to married guys and teenage boys, tips on getting old, an apology to the world on behalf of all baby boomers, special contributions from Harold and a couple of other cast members, talking animals, and a final wish from Red to all of his loyal fans. You won’t want to miss this show. It may not be his last but why take the chance?


MSO: Marc-André Hamelin, Piano
Marc-André Hamelin brings his trailblazing prodigal piano talent to the collaborative minds of the Madison Symphony Orchestra for two European impressionistic compositions — Strauss’ Burleske and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G for his debut with MSO. Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 and Debussy’s La Mer complete the poetic program.


Kanopy: Spring's Awakening
2018/19 Kanopy Dance
Kanopy: Spring's Awakening
A New Crop Of World Premieres, Locally Made The daffodils and tulips are poking through the frozen ground — spring is approaching, and with it a new crop of Kanopy Dance Lab Works, created by members of the company and our collaborators. Like a trip to the farmer’s market early in the season, you’ll be delighted with each bud, each tender bloom, each sign that a fruitful harvest is on its way. It’s the place for the freshest movements, expressions, and inspiration in modern dance—locally grown! Innovation, expressions, and inspiration in modern dance: New works created as part of the Kanopy Dance Lab Works, an ongoing initiative by Company members and guest artists committed to advancing the art of modern dance.


Emerging Voices
2018/19 Madison Ballet
Emerging Voices
Madison Ballet’s Emerging Voices offers audiences an interactive performance of diverse works by up-and-coming choreographers. Audience members will be offered the opportunity to provide post-performance feedback directly to the choreographers, helping them hone their craft.


Grandma's Boy
2018/19 Overture Season
Grandma's Boy
In this 1922 comedy, a timid man (Harold Lloyd) gets a valuable lesson from his grandmother when she gives him a good luck charm that summons his courage to capture an infamous criminal and get the girl of his dreams.


Underwater Bubble Show
2018/19 Overture Season
Underwater Bubble Show
Mr. B finds himself transported as if by magic to a special, colorful, happy place called Bubblelandia, a place to linger, to dream, to listen, to watch, to savor, and to marvel but, above all, a place to dream.


Thomas Mesa, Cello/Greg Zelek
Cellist Thomas Mesa and Principal Organist Greg Zelek close MSO’s Overture Concert Organ season with Beethoven’s variations on Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Beau Soir by Debussy, Bach’s Prelude from Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, and “Fiddle” Fugue in D minor, Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo Capriccioso, Widor’s Toccatta from Symphony for Organ, No. 5, a Serenade by Schubert, and Hadyn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major. Don’t miss the 18-19 organ season finale!


An Evening w/Bernadette Peters
2018/19 Overture Season
An Evening w/Bernadette Peters
Throughout her illustrious career, Tony® Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage and television, in concert, and on recordings.

Ms. Peters currently stars in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway and recently starred in the critically acclaimed production of Follies, after a highly successful run at the Kennedy Center. Prior to that, she starred in the Tony® Award-winning masterpiece, A Little Night Music opposite Elaine Stritch. This year, Bernadette received her third Tony®, The Isabelle Stevenson Award which acknowledges an individual from the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations, regardless of whether such organizations relate to the theatre.


Willy Wonka
2018/19 CTM
Willy Wonka
Charlie Bucket’s simple life is turned upside down when he finds a golden ticket: an invitation to the Wonka Chocolate Factory! The mysterious candy maker and his curious Oompa Loompas take Charlie and his Grandpa Joe on the adventure of a lifetime. Don’t miss this iconic musical into a world of “Pure Imagination”.


Rusalka
2018/19 Madison Opera
Rusalka
A water nymph falls in love with a human prince. A witch agrees to make her human – but the spell will break if she ever speaks. Based on the classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid, Dvorák’s luxurious 1901 masterpiece travels from a mythical forest to a palace and back again. With a world populated by water sprites and royalty, its glorious score includes the famous “Song to the Moon.” Don’t miss the Madison Opera premiere of our first opera in Czech.


I Bought a Rainforest
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with Charlie Hamilton James
Discover what it’s like to live in—not just visit—two of the world’s great wildlife parks. Charlie Hamilton James has been shooting in Peru’s Manu National Park—the most bio-diverse place on Earth—for more than two decades. Fiercely motivated to protect the rainforest and its inhabitants, he bought a piece of land adjoining the park—only to discover that he had purchased an illegal cocaine factory along with it. His misadventures as an Amazonian landowner were documented in the BBC Television series, I Bought a Rainforest.

More recently, Charlie has been living in Yellowstone, America’s original wildlife park, for the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service. For a recent National Geographic story, he went beyond the park’s boundaries, creating a portrait of the larger ecosystem that Yellowstone supports.


Matt Beilis - The Soul of Pop (Cabaret)
2018/19 Overture Season
Matt Beilis - The Soul of Pop (Cabaret)
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MSO: Symphony of a Thousand
A seasonally-conclusive display of immense proportions (500+ artists on stage), John DeMain and the Madison Symphony Orchestra partner with three choirs and eight opera singers to present one of the greatest musical feats in the classical repertoire, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. The Symphony of a Thousand is an unprecedented accomplishment of human musicality, literary poeticism, and fundamental creativity.


Ballet Hispánico
2018/19 Overture Season
Ballet Hispánico
The dynamic performers of the premier Latino dance company in the United States, Ballet Hispánico, present a diverse repertory that fuses Latin dance with classical and contemporary techniques to create an innovative concert dance experience. Under the artistic direction of Eduardo Vilaro, the company interprets today’s foremost choreographers as well as emerging artists. Their fluid performance, unexpected choices and unfathomable athleticism propels theatricality and passion that transforms the audience.


Mary Mackenzie & T. Jones MW V
Shostakovich wrote his Symphony No. 14 in 1969 dedicating it to Benjamin Britten. A chamber symphony in eleven movements set to poetry by Apollinaire, Garcia Lorca and Rilke, he sought to portray the idea of unjust and premature death that aroused deep feelings of protest in him. Shostakovich emphasized, however, that it was not out of pessimism that he turned to this problem but in the name of life on this earth. In conclusion, the innocence and joy of youth are celebrated in two charming suites by Georges Bizet and Claude Debussy.


Kanopy: Midsummer's Eve
2018/19 Kanopy Dance
Kanopy: Midsummer's Eve
Kanopy Company 2 Heats Things Up As the days get longer, the dancing continues long into warm, starry nights. After the fireflies come out, watch the next generation of dancers and choreographers take to the stage in an evening celebrating Kanopy Company 2. Get set for a summery, sultry evening, rife with new talent, highlighting the work of students in Kanopy’s pre-professional training program. Be there to see these accomplished young dancers spread their wings in daring performances of innovative, new choreography, exuberantly finding their light onstage at Overture Center.


A Bronx Tale Musical
2018/19 Overture Season
A Bronx Tale Musical
Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s- where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family. Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks direct this streetwise musical- based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story- that The New York Times hails as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”


Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood
2018/19 Overture Season
Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood
Armed with nothing but their sharp wit, comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood take to the live stage to create hilarious and original scenes in their two-man show.


Monologue Festival
2018/19 Forward Theater
Monologue Festival
Forward Theater’s biennial monologue festival is back! Featuring a dozen original pieces written by playwrights from across our community and around the nation, this festival celebrates the many different ways creative authors can approach a common subject. Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Wisconsin’s ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, the Two Steps Forward festival will encompass a wide variety of perspectives on and interpretations of our state’s long progressive tradition.


Anastasia
2018/19 Overture Season
Anastasia
Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical ANASTASIA is on a journey to Madison at last! From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family. ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak.