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Organ in Oratorio & Opera
Madison Symphony Orchestra Principal Organist and Curator Samuel Hutchison joins forces with Tenor Andrew Bidlack and Bass Kyle Ketelsen in a program of favorite arias and overtures from Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and other opera favorites. Featured by Opera News as one of their top 25 brilliant young artists, tenor Andrew Bidlack makes his debut in Overture Hall following performances at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Chicago’s Lyric Opera, the Welsh National Opera, and London’s Covent Garden. Likewise, bass Kyle Ketelsen has sung with major opera companies throughout the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago’s Lyric Opera, and State Opera of Berlin and is praised for his vibrant stage presence and his distinctive vocalism. Join this trio of artists for an exciting evening of great music from oratorio and opera!


Shen Yun
2016/17 Promoter Performances
Shen Yun
Thousands of years ago, China was known as the Land of the Divine. The ancient Chinese believed that their glorious civilization was a gift from the heavens. But that world was lost — until now. Shen Yun brings this world to life. Fascinating stories from 5,000 years of Chinese culture are told through the vivid athleticism and deep expressiveness of classical Chinese dance, one of the most demanding art forms in the world. A groundbreaking East-West orchestra captures the spirit of ancient China. Grand animated backdrops place the audience right inside the action and Shen Yun’s uplifting energy is something you can feel long after the curtain falls.


Get Social
2016/17 Overture Season
Get Social
Why just see a show? Make a night of it with us! Join us for Get Social pre-show parties for select shows featuring themed signature cocktails, appetizers, meet the artist opportunities and fun activities. Get Social tickets cost just $15 in addition to the price of your performance ticket — and we’ll knock a few dollars off the performance ticket if you buy them together! Plus, check out new special Get Socials for our popular Mad City Sessions performances featuring early venue access and mingling with the performers before the show, and special sessions for young professionals too.


Julian Rhee- MWIII
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra
Julian Rhee- MWIII
At fifteen years old, Milwaukee violinist Julian Rhee knocked our socks off in the summer of 2015 as our young artist competition winner, performing the first movement of Brahms Violin Concerto. He returns to perform the entire concerto as a featured soloist. His maturity and understanding of this work is remarkable, compelling and awe-inspiring. Stravinsky’s narrated chamber work is one I have waited for a long time to program and with two previously narrated works under our belt, it is time for L’histoire du Soldat. With narrator Jim DeVita it tells the story of a soldier who sells his soul to the Devil. Haydn is never too far from our repertoire and makes a great pairing with Brahms.


Les Ballets Trockadero
2016/17 Overture Season
Les Ballets Trockadero
The world’s foremost all-male comic ballet company … what more need be said? Now in its 42nd season, this company of men in tights and tutus performs as swans, sylphs and angst-ridden Victorian ladies. They’re first and foremost athletic and virtuosic dancers, but add their sense of showmanship and humor and you’ll go from laughing at their sharp parody to melting at a lyrical pas de deux. And you’ll never forget either one!


Seussical
2016/17 CTM
Seussical
"Oh, the Thinks you can Think" when Dr. Seuss' zany characters come together in this delightful musical caper! Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all the Whos of Whoville come together in this wildly imaginative show. Hosted by everyone's favorite Cat (in the Hat, that is!), and one of the most performed shows in America, this must-see musical for the whole family will have you singing its tunes all the way home.


Spinosaurus: Lost Giant
2016/17 Overture Season
Spinosaurus: Lost Giant
It was the largest predatory dinosaur, with spike-shaped teeth and a body over 50 feet long. “It” was Spinosaurus, and although it was a giant among dinosaurs, its fossils eluded scientists for decades. Almost as amazing as Spinosaurus itself is the story of how this monster was rediscovered a century after its bones were first unearthed and later bombed into oblivion in the chaos of WWII.

Sponsored by Exact Sciences


Drumline Live
2016/17 Overture Season
Drumline Live
This incredible show, created by the music team behind the hit movie Drumline, brought black marching band tradition to the theatrical stage for the very first time seven years ago, and hasn’t slowed since. With riveting rhythms, bold beats and ear-grabbing energy, their “inspired and energized” (Newark Star Ledger) show incorporates original compositions and soul-infused interpretations of top 40 hits.

Sponsored by Bell Laboratories


Pink Martini
2016/17 Promoter Performances
Pink Martini
Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop – Thomas Lauderdale founded Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks.


Steve Martin & Martin Short
2016/17 Promoter Performances
Steve Martin & Martin Short
Longtime comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short will play a one-night only show in Overture Hall! The show, “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life,” includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business.Martin and Short will also be joined by the Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, the bluegrass band with which Martin frequently performs.


Tommy Ensemble Cabaret
2016/17 Overture Season
Tommy Ensemble Cabaret
Join us for the Tommy Ensemble’s annual cabaret show featuring songs in the musical theater genre. The Tommy Ensemble is the premiere performance group of the Tommy Awards program and features some of the talented high school students in Southern Wisconsin.


Graeme of Thrones
2016/17 Overture Season
Graeme of Thrones
Take a unique and fun theatrical journey through the Seven Kingdoms with avid Game of Thrones super fan Graeme, excrush Bryony and best friend Paul as they attempt to show the world how everyone’s favorite fantasy series should have been made! Part parody, part farce, part show-within-a-show, it’s an indulgence for the GoT obsessive and a hilarious send-up for the rest of us. Created by a team of the UK’s top comedy writers and the producer of Potted Potter, Graeme of Thrones is a wacky and wicked parody on an international sensation. “Charming and funny … Deftly, daftly reimagined“—The Times Starring acclaimed actor Michael Condron of the Game of Thrones TV Series!


Saturday Night Fever
2016/17 Overture Season
Saturday Night Fever
Humble paint store clerk by day, stallion dance king by night, Tony Manero lives for Saturday night at the disco where each week the nightclub falls under the spell of the disco beat and Tony’s astounding dance routines. Based on the 1977 cultural phenomenon of a film, this mega-musical hits the stage with breathtaking and dazzling choreography and the songs from the chart topping soundtrack including, “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep is Your Love,” “More Than a Woman,” and “You Should Be Dancing!” Catch the fever all over again!

Sponsored by SupraNet Communications Inc.


Erik Wm. Suter, Organ
2016/17 MSO
Erik Wm. Suter, Organ
A native of Chicago, Erik Wm. Suter enjoys an international career from Tokyo to Toronto and from Massachusetts to Madison. For 10 years he served as organist at the Washington National Cathedral. Additionally, he has won five first place awards in numerous organ competitions around the world. His performances of the complete organ works of Maurice Duruflé have garnered high praise: “Suter’s impeccable organ playing and musicianship were certainly the highlight of the evening.” Hear this remarkable artist’s recital as we wrap up our 12th year of splendid organ concerts!


Megon McDonough Cabaret
2016/17 Overture Season
Megon McDonough Cabaret
No stranger to Overture, Megon was a founding member of Madison favorite The Four Bitchin’ Babes. She also has 13 solo albums to her name and has opened for John Denver, Steve Martin and Harry Chapin. With a charismatic blend of theater, folk and cabaret—not to mention humor and charm—she’s sure to create an unforgettable evening.

A stunning and unique musical dining experience begins with hors d’oeuvres in the Capitol Theater Lobby. We transform the Capitol Theater stage into an elegant nightclub with a gourmet dinner prepared just for you by Executive Chef Jason Egner of Catering a Fresco.

Entrée: Braised short ribs

For any dietary restrictions, please contact Catering A Fresco at (608) 258-4436 by Weds., March 8th at noon.


Li Chiao-Ping Dance
2016/17 Local Arts
Li Chiao-Ping Dance
Landed examines and explores the immigrant experience. Who claims and controls the land and who decides who belongs there? Focusing on two ports of entry into the United States – Angel Island and Ellis Island – Li and Rosenberg interweave spoken text with Rosenberg’s acclaimed, poignant visual designs and Li’s signature, inventive movement to engage stories of immigrants from the late 1800s to the present.


Tine Thing Helseth, Trumpet
The Madison Symphony Orchestra welcomes back favorite Guest Conductor Carl St. Clair for this concert, which opens with Beethoven’s exhilarating Egmont Overture. Young Norwegian trumpet soloist Tine Thing Helseth then commands the stage with Johann Hummel’s clever and beautiful Trumpet Concerto, before Strauss’ musical mountain climb, An Alpine Symphony, rounds off the program.


Duck Soup- Thief of Bagdad
2016/17 Overture Season
Duck Soup- Thief of Bagdad
Widely regarded as Douglas Fairbanks’ greatest performance, this epic swashbuckler employs groundbreaking special effects to tell the epic story of 1000 Arabian Nights. Fairbanks, who also wrote and produced the film, famously demanded only the best and paid meticulous attention to every detail, which lead to this film becoming one of the most expensive of the 1920s, at a cost of over one million dollars to produce.

The special screening of The Thief of Bagdad is a longer feature film, which may not be appropriate for children and will not include vaudeville acts or door prizes.

Series sponsored by Goodman's Jewelers.


Cannibal the Musical
2016/17 Overture Season
Cannibal the Musical
Overture Center is proud to host the US Premiere of Trey Parker's Cannibal! The Musical. This production is a fun-filled, action packed, delightfully campy night of musical comedy. Based on the true story of Alferd Packer — the only person convicted of cannibalism in America — Cannibal! The Musical follows Alferd and his companions, on the hunt for Colorado gold, when they lose their way in the wilderness and are forced to consider unthinkable acts: Singing! … Dancing! … and possibly eating somebody. Originally a cult classic movie, Cannibal! The Musical was written by South Park and The Book of Mormon’s Trey Parker. With songs like “When I Was On Top of You” and “Meat my Destiny” this parody of classic American musicals takes Oklahoma and adds a dash of Friday the 13th, to cook up a deliciously ridiculous evening of musical theatre. “Refreshingly ludicrous” — The New York Times


Jazz 100
2016/17 Overture Season
Jazz 100
The musical dawn of jazz from the strands of New Orleans history took hold in 1916. A celebration of Jazz 100 honors the birthdays of greats Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Mongo Santamaria—all born in the glorious year of 1917. Under the musical direction of Danilo Perez (a former pianist for Dizzy Gillespie), Chris Potter (tenor), Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), vocalist Lizz Wright and an A-list rhythm section rounds out the lineup.

Sponsored by Bell Laboratories


Cabaret
2016/17 Overture Season
Cabaret
Direct from Broadway, the acclaimed masterpiece returns to Madison! As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of Cabaret.

Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd—and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times? Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside—life is beautiful at Cabaret, John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony Award®-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.

Sponsored by Roundabout Theatre Company 50 YRS


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


Vicki Powell- MWIV
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra
Vicki Powell- MWIV
A concert of contemporaries features three composers from the mid twentieth century. Former Madisonian violist, Vicki Powell, performs the Suite for Viola and Chamber Orchestra by Vaughan Williams, with eight short movements covering a variety of dance styles, putting both soloist and orchestra through their paces. Benjamin Britten honors his teacher with his early string work, Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge. Keeping things on British soil, the romantic and soulful Benedictus by Sir Alexander Mackenzie, Elgar's teacher, sets the stage for Aaron Copland's perennial Appalachian Spring. A fitting conclusion and celebration of life.


Decades Rewind
2016/17 Promoter Performances
Decades Rewind
Take a trip down memory lane with Decades Rewind, featuring over 60 songs effortlessly blended into unique melodies from the most prominent decades in music history. This fully live concert experience features an 8-piece rock band and 6 brilliant rocking vocalists surrounded by rock and roll stage lighting, poignant videos of American culture, and over 100 costume changes. From Abba to Led Zeppelin, Decades Rewind will have you singing and dancing in your seats on a magical rock musical extravaganza you won't forget!


Kris Kristofferson
2016/17 Promoter Performances
Kris Kristofferson
Kris Kristofferson achieved remarkable success as a country songwriter at the start of the 1970s. His songs “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” and “For the Good Times,” all chart-topping hits, helped redefine country songwriting.

Heralded as an artist’s artist, the three-time GRAMMY winner has recorded 27 albums, including three with pals Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings as part of the Highwaymen. Kristofferson has spent three decades performing concerts all over the world, in most recent years in a solo acoustic setting.


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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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

Series sponsored by Exact Sciences.


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


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

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

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


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

Series sponsored by Goodman's Jewelers.


Marlon Wayans
2016/17 Overture Season
Marlon Wayans
Marlon Wayans is an actor, producer, comedian, writer and film director. He is commonly recognized for his role as ‘Marcus Copeland’ in Columbia Pictures’ 2004 hit comedy WHITE CHICKS, opposite Shawn Wayans, Jamie King and Terry Crews. He also starred alongside Shawn Wayans and Regina Hall in Dimension Films’ horror comedy spoof films SCARY MOVIE and SCARY MOVIE 2, directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans.

Wayans has also launched the online venture, What The Funny, with internet serial entrepreneur and Funny Or Die co-founder Randy Adams. What The Funny serves up urban comedy from established and emerging comedians, writers and actors through its web site at WhatTheFunny.com. Wayans can next be seen starring in the NBC sitcom “Marlon,” loosely based on his life.


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


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

Sung in German with English dialogue and projected English translations.


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


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

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


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

Turn on your radio and hide.


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


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

Sponsored by Investment Services at UW Credit Union


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

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


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


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

Series sponsored by Exact Sciences.


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

Sponsored by Investment Services at UW Credit Union


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


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

Sponsored by Bell Laboratories


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

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


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


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

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


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

Sponsored by WorkLoud by ScheduleSoft and ProVideo


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

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


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

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


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