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Featured Events

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Friday, Jan 30, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle

Free

Musical Theatre Open Mic with Four Seasons TheatreFour Seasons Theatre brings its popular Musical Theatre Open Mic Night to the Play Circle Theater. FST provides the pianist, you provide the voice! Bring in your favorite scores and sheet music and share in a night of music-making with fellow Broadway enthusiasts.


Thursday, Feb 12, 7:30 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall

FREE

An Evening with Bill T. JonesBill T. Jones is the artistic director of New York Live Arts and the director/co-founder of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. The recepient of a 2013 National Medal of Arts, a 1994 MacArthur Genius Award and Kennedy Center Honors in 2010, Jones has also been awarded the 2014 Doris Duke Award, recognized as Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2010, and inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2009. He is a two-time Tony Award recipient for Best Choreography for FELA! and Spring Awakening and received an Obie Award for Spring Awakening's off-Broadway run. This lecture is sponsored by WUD Distinguished Lecture Series Committee and the WUD Performing Arts Committee. Free and open to the public. Note: On February 14, The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company performs at the Wisconsin Union Theater, a separate ticketed event.


Saturday, Feb 14, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater

Tickets go on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $44, 40, 25; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $40, 36; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $42, 38; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10. Prices do not include fees.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance CompanyThis dance company began as an 11-year collaboration between the two eponymous dancers and choreographers, McArthur fellow Bill T. Jones and his late partner Arnie Zane. Now celebrating its 30th year, the company has performed in 200 cities and on every major continent. Their performances integrate innovative choreography with live music and a broad range of art forms, with past collaborations including Keith Haring, Cassandra Wilson, Susan Sarandon, the Orion String Quartet, the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center, and countless others. The winner of six New York Dance and Performance Awards since 1989, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company is an experience not to be missed.


Sunday, Feb 15, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater

General Public: $40, 36, 25. Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $36, 32. UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $38, 34. UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10. Prices do not include fees.

Zap Mama and AntibalasMarie Daulne, leader and founder of the female vocal polyphonic quintet Zap Mama, has evolved into a performer who alternates between storytelling and creative vocal expression, reinterpreting Urban, Afro-scat and Alternative Funk music. The music of Afrobeat band Antibalas falls somewhere between Eddie Palmieri and Fela Kuti and 'embodies the principles of grassroots revolutionary movements,' according to the BBC.


Friday, Feb 20, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater

General Public: $42, 38, 25. Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $38, 34. UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $40, 36. UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10 (Limited number of tickets). Prices do not include fees.

2Cellos - SOLD OUT"Go and see them live, because it really is astonishing! I can't remember seeing anything as exciting as them since I saw Jimi Hendrix live back in the 60's" These are the words of Elton John, talking about young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, known as 2CELLOS. The duo rose to fame in 2011 when their version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" took the world by storm. The YouTube video became a massive viral sensation leading to a record deal with Sony Masterworks and an invitation to join Sir Elton John on his worldwide tour. They have also appeared on major TV shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show (multiple times), Lopez Tonight, TV Total with Stefan Raab, ABC's The Bachelor and many others. 2CELLOS were also the first instrumental act to ever perform on the hugely popular TV series GLEE, where they appeared as special guests in the Michael Jackson tribute episode. Together with the Chinese classical superstar pianist Lang Lang, they appeared at the CCTV New Year?s Gala for more than 1 billion viewers. They have also collaborated with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age and George Michael. they are equally impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out AC/DC. 2CELLOS released their second album IN2ITION in January 2013. The album was produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Deep Purple) and features an eclectic group of vocal and instrumental guests including Elton John, Steve Vai, Lang Lang, Naya Rivera and Zucherro.


Saturday, Feb 21, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater

Tickets go on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $45, 25; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $40; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $42; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10. Prices do not include fees.

ChanticleerThe men who wrote the book on male vocal ensembles over the last three decades are back! Called "the world's reigning male chorus" by The New Yorker magazine, and named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, the San Francisco-based, Grammy award-winning ensemble packed the theater in 2005 and 2010. Named after a medieval rooster from the fabled Canterbury Tales, the group honors its proud ancestral cock by eloquently belting out their songs.


Thursday, Feb 26, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater

Free

The Nile ProjectFormed in 2011 by ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and singer Meklit Hadero, the Nile Project brings together musicians from all 11 countries bordering the Nile in a creative intersection of music and cultural education. Emphasizing diversity and understanding, the Nile Project serves as a connection between the many cultures of the Nile and an exploration of cooperation through music.


Friday, Feb 27, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle

Free

UW-Madison's Musical Idol with Four Seasons Theatre and MTMDo you have what it takes to be Madison's next great musical theatre star? Music Theatre of Madison continues its popular Musical Theatre Idol competition where local singers get to belt it out Broadway style - and the audience gets to choose the winner.


Saturday, Feb 28, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater

General Public: $45, 25. Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $40. UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $42. UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10. Prices do not include fees.

Takacs QuartetWidely heralded as modern masters of classical music, the Takacs Quartet has delighted audiences in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, bringing a vivid intensity to the works that built their genre. Known for their 'supreme artistry manifest at every level,' (The Guardian) they are the only string quartet ever to be inducted into Gramophone's Hall of Fame. Such an honor is hardly unfamiliar to the group, however, having also taken home Disc of the Year and Chamber Award from BBC, as well as a Grammy for their Beethoven collection. This talented quartet continues to amaze while pushing the boundaries of chamber music.


Monday, Mar 02, 7:30 PM
Union South - The Marquee

General Public: $12; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $10; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $10; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $6; Dinner: $17. Prices do not include fees

Travel Adventure Series - Cruising France with Clint DennHaving been to every continent, Clint Denn certainly qualifies as a world traveler. Filming above and below water, the former high school and college teacher uses his deep passion for people, wildlife and all things water to bring the world to his audience. See France from a whole new perspective in this film. Enjoy a pre-film dinner food from the region.


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