Calendar of Events




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


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.


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


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

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


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

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

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


Champions of Magic
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Champions of Magic
The 5 world-class illusionists that make up the Champions of Magic return to the USA for their 2018 national tour following sold out shows across the globe, rave reviews and a run in London’s West End.

With over 20 million online views between them, this cast of top magicians includes international award winners presenting daring grand illusions, stunning close-up magic and incredible mind reading. Their skills have been seen around the world on TV with appearances on ‘Access Hollywood Live’, ‘The Next Great Magician’, ‘Good Morning Britain’, ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’ and ‘Caught On Camera with Nick Cannon’.

Witness the impossible, including disappearances, levitation, teleportation and a heart stopping finale, all presented with lighting and special effects to rival the biggest theatrical spectacles.


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


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!


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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


Puppet Up! Uncensored
2017/18 Overture Season
Puppet Up! Uncensored
Due to circumstances beyond the Overture Center’s control, the Puppet Up! Uncensored event has been cancelled. Ticket holders will be notified in regards to refunds.


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

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


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

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


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


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

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

Repertoire:
ELGAR | Enigma Variations


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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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


An Evening with Michael Wolff:<br><br> Fire and Fury
Michael Wolff will be appearing in theaters across the United States and Canada sharing insight and new, exclusive details with audiences about his time of unprecedented access into the world of Donald Trump’s White House. “An Evening with Michael Wolff: Fire and Fury” will be a moderated, live, shocking and intimate conversation with the man on the inside of the most controversial presidency in U.S. history.


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


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


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

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


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

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

Join Madison Opera on this truly enchanting journey.


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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


Trampled by Turtles <br><br>
with Dead Horses
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Trampled by Turtles

with Dead Horses
Trampled by Turtles are from Duluth, Minnesota, where frontman Dave Simonett initially formed the group as a side project in 2003. At the time, Simonett had lost most of his music gear, thanks to a group of enterprising car thieves who’d ransacked his vehicle while he played a show with his previous band. Left with nothing more than an acoustic guitar, he began piecing together a new band, this time taking inspiration from bluegrass, folk, and other genres that didn’t rely on amplification.

Simonett hadn’t played any bluegrass music before, and he filled his lineup with other newcomers to the genre, including fiddler Ryan Young (who’d previously played drums in a speed metal act) and bassist Tim Saxhaug. Along with mandolinist Erik Berry and banjo player Dave Carroll, the group began carving out a fast, frenetic sound that owed as much to rock & roll as bluegrass.


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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

Sponsored by Community Partner: Bell Labs


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

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


Ken Page Cabaret
2017/18 Overture Season
Ken Page Cabaret
This event has been rescheduled for June 7, 2018.

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.


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


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

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

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


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

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TajMo: Taj Mahal & Keb Mo Band
“We wanted to do a real good record together, but we didn’t want to do the record that everyone expected us to do,” blues legend Taj Mahal says of TajMo, his historic collaboration with fellow true believer Keb’ Mo’. “There wasn’t a bunch of cryin’ and ringin’ hands, we just got together and it came together pretty naturally. I think it’s a pretty upbeat, celebratory record, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Indeed, TajMo, released on May 5, 2017 via Concord Records, marks a once-in-a-lifetime convergence of the talents of two unique American artists who’ve already built significant individual legacies that have consistently expanded and extended American blues traditions into astonishing new territory. The collaboration brings out the best in both artists, who merge their distinctive voices, personalities and guitar styles to create vibrant, immediate music that’s firmly rooted in tradition yet ruled by a restless, spirited sense of adventure.