Calendar of Events

Don McLean and Judy Collins
Saturday, Oct 04,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater
General Public: $54, $48, $35; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $48-42; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $50-44; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10 (limited number of student tickets).
Don McLean is one of America's most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hits "American Pie" and "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)". Judy Collins, the award-winning singer-songwriter, is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions.

CVC Artist-in-Residence Guillermo Gomez Pena's Performance: Imaginary Activism- The Rold of the Artist Beyond the Art World
Thursday, Oct 09,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle
Free, but tickets are required. Free tickets available at the Union Theater Box Office
Guillermo Gomez-Pena is a performance artist, writer, activist, radical pedagogue, and director of the performance troupe, La Pocha Nostra.

Musical Theatre Open Mic with Four Seasons Theatre
Friday, Oct 10,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle
Free
Four 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.

Images For a Lifetime w/ Karin Muller
Sunday, Oct 12,  6:30 PM
Union South
FREE!
Acclaimed author, filmmaker, photographer, and adventurer Karin Muller has spent years chronicling the human condition. Join us as Karin shares her philosophy and approach to taking great pictures. Karin's life work has taken her from Vietnam to South America, China to the Africa, and her films and presentations have built audiences, both in-person and via the media. Let Karin help you find out how being ready for the unexpected can reward all of us with images to last a lifetime! Presented in cooperation with the Wisconsin Union Theater. FREE but pre-registration is required.

Travel Adventure Series: Sudan - The Inside Story with Karin Muller
Monday, Oct 13,  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
Filmmaker Karin Muller spent three months in Sudan living in villages, humanitarian aid bases, and refugee camps, and traveling with the Chadian military. After learning both Arabic and French, Muller was able to talk to and befriend an incredible range of locals and capture their stories in over 30 hours of raw footage. Known for her fearless curiosity, amazing lingual skills, and knack for adapting to new environments, Muller gives her audiences a riveting look into one of the most complex and conflict-ridden countries in Africa. The Wisconsin Union Theater is pleased to invite her back after her popular showing of Cuba: The Inside Story in 2014. Karin Muller will offer a free mini-course titled Images for a Lifetime, Sunday, 6:30pm, October 12, at Union South.

Travel Adventure Series: Sudan - The Inside Story with Karin Muller
Tuesday, Oct 14,  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
Filmmaker Karin Muller spent three months in Sudan living in villages, humanitarian aid bases, and refugee camps, and traveling with the Chadian military. After learning both Arabic and French, Muller was able to talk to and befriend an incredible range of locals and capture their stories in over 30 hours of raw footage. Known for her fearless curiosity, amazing lingual skills, and knack for adapting to new environments, Muller gives her audiences a riveting look into one of the most complex and conflict-ridden countries in Africa. The Wisconsin Union Theater is pleased to invite her back after her popular showing of Cuba: The Inside Story in 2014. Karin Muller will offer a free mini-course titled Images for a Lifetime, Sunday, 6:30pm, October 12, at Union South.

Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile
Wednesday, Oct 15,  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).
Acclaimed mandolinist Chris Thile has joined forces with award-winning double bassist and composer Edgar Meyer to weave a mix of musical roots into playful, compelling melodies. Says Country Standard Time, "'Masters' is a well-worn phrase describing talented musicians, but Meyer and Thile deserve the titles."

Yo-Yo Ma with Kathryn Stott
Saturday, Oct 18,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater
General public tickets are sold out. UW-Madison student tickets go on sale September 6, 2014 at 11:30am and are $25. Student tickets available on-line and at the box office locations while supplies last.
The legendary Yo-Yo Ma returns for his seventh performance at the Wisconsin Union Theater, this time with pianist Kathryn Stott.

An Evening with Dave Arnold
Wednesday, Oct 22,  7:30 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall
FREE
Acclaimed food innovator Dave Arnold grew up in the New York area and began tinkering with restaurant equipment after earning his MFA from Columbia University. After meeting Chef Wylie Dufresne, Arnold became even more passionate about the high-tech cooking movement in particular. In 2004, he founded the Museum of Food and Drink in New York to promote learning about the history and culture of food. Arnold is Food Arts magazine's contributing editor for Equipment & Food Science. This lecture is co-sponsored with Madison Magazine and the Underground Food Collective. This event is free and open to public.

An Evening with Naomi Klein
Tuesday, Oct 28,  7:30 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall
FREE
WUD Distinguished Lecture Series presents a lecture by Naomi Klein. Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times and #1 international bestseller, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Published in 30 languages with over a million copies in print, The Shock Doctrine appeared on multiple ?best of year? lists, including as a New York Times Critics? Pick of the Year. The New York Times called it "a movement bible." In 2011, Time magazine named it one of the Top 100 non-fiction books published since 1923. She is currently at work on a new book and film on how the climate crisis can spur economic and political transformation. A powerful and provocative voice, Klein translates the power of her pen into highly engaging keynotes, addressing issues from climate change to megabrand influences on culture and government to free trade and resource privatization. This event is free and open to the public.

WUD Performing Arts presents: Bo Burnham
Thursday, Oct 30,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater
UW Madison Students (limit 1 per ID): $23; Union Members/UW Fac Staff: $30; General Public: $34. Price does not include $2 facility fee. General Admission
Bo Burnham is an American comedian, singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. Writing comedic and satirical songs with a politically incorrect slant, he achieved fame when his YouTube videos took off and received more than 124 million views by January 2014.

Cabaret @ The Circle with Four Seasons Theatre
Thursday, Nov 06,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle
Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $19; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $15; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $17; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $6.
Four Seasons Theatre is proud to launch a new series: Cabaret @ the Circle. The Play Circle Theater provides the perfect setting for FST's vocalists to bring you an intimate cabaret experience, full of songs and stories.

WUD Performing Artst Committee, Frank Productions, and True Endeavors Present: Ingrid Michaelson
Friday, Nov 07,  12:00 AM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater
$30 UW-Madison Students with ID and Union Members; $35 General Public. Reserved Seating
Ingrid Michaelson is an American, New York-based indie-pop singer-songwriter. Her first album Slow the Rain was released in 2005 and since then she has released five albums, Girls and Boys, Be OK, Everybody, Human Again and her most recent, Lights Out. Her two highest charting singles are "The Way I Am" and "Girls Chase Boys" at No. 37 and No. 52 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively.

Vishten
Friday, Nov 07,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle
Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $23; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $19; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $21; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10.
Acadian music from the Canadian Magdalene and Prince Edward Islands

The Sixth Extinction: The Legacy of the Anthropocene? - A Public Lecture by Elizabeth Kolbert
Saturday, Nov 08,  7:00 PM
The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) 330 N. Orchard St.
FREE
WUD Distinguished Lecture Series presents a free lecture by Elizabeth Kolbert. Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of several books, including "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History" and "Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change.? She is a two-time National Magazine Award winner, and has received a National Academies communications award, a Heinz Award, and Guggenheim Fellowship. Her lecture is titled The Sixth Extinction: The Legacy of the Anthropocene? Over the last half billion years, there have been five major mass extinction events. We are currently bringing about the sixth. This will be the legacy of the Anthropocene, and it will determine the future of life on this planet, for all intents and purposes, forever. This event is free and open to the public.

Mosaic Project featuring Terri Lyne Carrington, Geri Allen, Lizz Wright, Gretchen Parlato, and Ingrid Jensen
Saturday, Nov 08,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater
Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. 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.
Percussion diva and professor Terri Lyne Carrington's new CD, The Mosaic Project, has won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. She bring with her other jazz women greats - piano virtuoso Allen, vocalists Wright and Parlato and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen - in this powerhouse showcase of feminine talent. Presented in collaboration with Madison Music Collective.

An Evening with Bill Bryson
Monday, Nov 17,  7:30 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall
FREE
DLS presents a lecture by author Bill Bryson. Bryson is one of the world's most beloved and prolific writers, chronicling everything from hiking the Appalachian Trail in the immensely popular A Walk in the Woods to his experience of moving from England to the United States in I?m a Stranger Here Myself. For his quirky observations and comic sensibility, the New York Times declared Bryson "the most literate [travel] guide you've ever had," and the Chicago Sun-Times claims, "Bill Bryson could write an essay about dryer lint or fever reducers and still make us laugh out loud." Bryson's most recent books include his memoir The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, At Home: A Short History of Private Life, and One Summer: America, 1927. This event is free and open to the public.

True Endeavors in partnership with WUD Performing Arts Committee present Horse Feathers with Special guests John Mark Nelson and Sara Jackson-Holman
Wednesday, Nov 19,  7:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle, Wisconsin Union Theater
$10 UW Madison students; $15 for Union Members; $17 for everyone else.
Horse Feathers was formed after Justin Ringle moved to Portland in 2004. Having played with rock bands in his native Idaho, Ringle found himself drawn to a softer, more folk-based sound in the Pacific Northwest and began combining stark lyrics (he cites Cormac McCarthy as an influence) with subtle acoustic arrangements.

Valentina Lisitsa, piano
Thursday, Nov 20,  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.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa had her first solo recital at the age of four, and has been dazzling audiences ever since. From her unique start as an Internet sensation to playing with Hilary Hahn, to her creative interpretations of celebrated classics, Lisitsa pushes the limits of the classical world. This is her third visit to the theater.

Broadway's Next Hit Musical
Friday, Nov 21,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle
Tickets go on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $25; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $21; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $23; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10.
This unique theater experience goes beyond musical comedy, enlisting the audience?s help in an improvised "awards show" to determine the name of the "next hit musical." The cast, which includes such improv greats as Deb Rabbai, Rob Schiffmann and Robert Z. Grant, then puts on an impromptu performance of the next hit musical ? each song, dance, and line is made up on the spot. Broadway's Next Hit Musical brings the thrill of spontaneity to musical performance, keeping audiences around the country on their toes as their sides are splitting.

Broadway's Next Hit Musical
Friday, Nov 21,  11:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle
Tickets go on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $25; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $21; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $23; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10.
This unique theater experience goes beyond musical comedy, enlisting the audience?s help in an improvised "awards show" to determine the name of the "next hit musical." The cast, which includes such improv greats as Deb Rabbai, Rob Schiffmann and Robert Z. Grant, then puts on an impromptu performance of the next hit musical ? each song, dance, and line is made up on the spot. Broadway's Next Hit Musical brings the thrill of spontaneity to musical performance, keeping audiences around the country on their toes as their sides are splitting.

Broadway's Next Hit Musical
Saturday, Nov 22,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle
Tickets go on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $25; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $21; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $23; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10.
This unique theater experience goes beyond musical comedy, enlisting the audience?s help in an improvised "awards show" to determine the name of the "next hit musical." The cast, which includes such improv greats as Deb Rabbai, Rob Schiffmann and Robert Z. Grant, then puts on an impromptu performance of the next hit musical ? each song, dance, and line is made up on the spot. Broadway's Next Hit Musical brings the thrill of spontaneity to musical performance, keeping audiences around the country on their toes as their sides are splitting.

Travel Adventure Series - The Great American Southwest with Dennis Burkhart
Monday, Nov 24,  7:30 PM
Union South - The Marquee
Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $12; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $10; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $10; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $6; Dinner: $17.
Dennis Burkhart goes beyond the expected in his travel films, taking audiences on an adventure that reveals the fascinating and often surprising depths of the locale he?s exploring. An avid traveler and lover of nature, Burkhart has worked and played around the world as a Peace Corps volunteer, an underwater excavator, a mountaineer, a photographer and filmmaker, and a travel guide. Burkhart?s photographs have appeared in National Geographic Magazine, and he has produced several award-winning videos. In The Great American Southwest, Burkhart takes us on a journey through the not-so-distant land of the American South, from the archaeological wonders of Mesa Verde to the breath-taking wilderness of the Grand Canyon. Dennis Burkhardt will offer a free min-course titled Must See National Parks, Sunday, 6:30pm, Nov. 23rd, Union South.

Travel Adventure Series - The Great American Southwest with Dennis Burkhart
Tuesday, Nov 25,  7:30 PM
Union South - The Marquee
Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $12; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $10; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $10; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $6; Dinner: $17.
Dennis Burkhart goes beyond the expected in his travel films, taking audiences on an adventure that reveals the fascinating and often surprising depths of the locale he?s exploring. An avid traveler and lover of nature, Burkhart has worked and played around the world as a Peace Corps volunteer, an underwater excavator, a mountaineer, a photographer and filmmaker, and a travel guide. Burkhart?s photographs have appeared in National Geographic Magazine, and he has produced several award-winning videos. In The Great American Southwest, Burkhart takes us on a journey through the not-so-distant land of the American South, from the archaeological wonders of Mesa Verde to the breath-taking wilderness of the Grand Canyon. Dennis Burkhardt will offer a free min-course titled Must See National Parks, Sunday, 6:30pm, Nov. 23rd, Union South.

Gut Churn - A Public Lecture by Radiolab's Jad Abumrad
Monday, Dec 08,  7:30 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall
FREE
Jad Abumrad is the host and creator of Radiolab (radiolab.org), a public radio program broadcast on 437 stations across the nation and downloaded more than 4 million times a month as a podcast. In 2002, Jad Abumrad began tinkering with an idea for a new kind of radio program, an open-ended radio "laboratory." Radiolab has since evolved into one of public radio's most popular programs. Radiolab was awarded the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and Abumrad was honored as a MacArthur Fellow (also known as the Genius Grant). Abumrad hosts the program with Robert Krulwich and also serves as its lead producer, composer and managing editor. This lecture thread begins with a simple question: what does it mean to "innovate"? How does it feel to make something new in the world? This event is sponsored by WUD Distinguished Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

Musical Theatre Open Mic with Four Seasons Theatre
Friday, Jan 30,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle
Free
Four 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.

An Evening with Bill T. Jones
Thursday, Feb 12,  7:30 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall
FREE
Bill 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.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
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.
This 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.

Zap Mama and Antibalas
Sunday, Feb 15,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater
Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am.
Marie 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.

An Evening with Tavi Gevinson
Wednesday, Feb 18,  7:30 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall
FREE
Tavi Gevinson is a writer, actress, and editor-in-chief of Rookie (rookiemag.com), a magazine for teenage girls she founded in 2011. A precocious writer, she took the fashion world by storm as a pre-teen with her influential blog Style Rookie before focusing her efforts on Rookie (its third print edition comes out October 2014) and more recently on acting. She has appeared in the Broadway and Steppenwolf Theater productions of This Is Our Youth alongside Michael Cera and the 2013 film Enough Said. She has written for publications including The Believer, ELLE, and the Chicago Tribune, and spoken at TEDxTeen, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Sydney Opera House, the New Yorker Festival, and the Melbourne Writers Festival. This event is sponsored by WUD DLS and is free and open to the public.

2Cellos
Friday, Feb 20,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater
Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am.
"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.

Chanticleer
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.
The 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.

The Nile Project
Thursday, Feb 26,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater
Free
Formed 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.

UW-Madison's Musical Idol with Four Seasons Theatre and MTM
Friday, Feb 27,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle
Free
Do 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.

Takacs Quartet
Saturday, Feb 28,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater
Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am.
Widely 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.

Travel Adventure Series - Cruising France with Clint Denn
Monday, Mar 02,  7:30 PM
Union South - The Marquee
Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $12; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $10; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $10; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $6; Dinner: $17.
Having 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.

Travel Adventure Series - Cruising France with Clint Denn
Tuesday, Mar 03,  7:30 PM
Union South - The Marquee
Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $12; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $10; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $10; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $6; Dinner: $17.
Having 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.

20 Years of Freedom featuring Huh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela
Friday, Mar 06,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater
Tickets available on August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. 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.
Playing the flugelhorn and trumpet since age 14 and later emerging as a bandleader, composer, singer and defiant political voice, Hugh Masekela's career has spanned more than five decades. With over 40 albums to his name and collaborations with such artists as Harry Belafonte, Dizzy Gillespie, The Byrds, Fela Kuti, Marvin Gaye, Herb Alpert, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and the late Miriam Makeba, Masekela's musical pedigree is uncontested. His anti-apartheid anthem 'Bring Home Nelson Mandela' served as a rallying cry around the world while currently he is using his global reach to promote heritage restoration in Africa. Building his first guitar from fishing line and a cooking oil can and teaching himself how to play, Vusi Mahlasela responded to the massacre of more than 200 black South Africans in the Soweto Uprising in 1976 with his music, writing songs of justice, freedom, revolution, love, and peace. Eventually he became known as "The Voice" of the anti-Apartheid movement. Now these two South African musical ambassadors and freedom fighters join forces for a celebration of 20 years of democracy in their homeland, performing music of the anti-apartheid movement with a stellar backing band.

The Acting Company Presents Macbeth
Saturday, Mar 07,  7:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle
Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $25; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $21; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $23; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10.
This sleek, accessible and characteristically bloody Macbeth will thrill, startle and satisfy students and adults alike - the perfect presentation for both first timers as well as Shakespeare buffs. One of his darkest and most powerful tragedies, Shakespeare dramatizes the psychological and political impact of when evil is chosen to satisfy the ambition for power.

The Acting Company Presents Macbeth
Saturday, Mar 07,  11:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle
Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $25; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $21; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $23; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10.
This sleek, accessible and characteristically bloody Macbeth will thrill, startle and satisfy students and adults alike - the perfect presentation for both first timers as well as Shakespeare buffs. One of his darkest and most powerful tragedies, Shakespeare dramatizes the psychological and political impact of when evil is chosen to satisfy the ambition for power.

The Acting Company Presents Macbeth
Sunday, Mar 08,  7:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle
Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $25; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $21; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $23; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10.
This sleek, accessible and characteristically bloody Macbeth will thrill, startle and satisfy students and adults alike - the perfect presentation for both first timers as well as Shakespeare buffs. One of his darkest and most powerful tragedies, Shakespeare dramatizes the psychological and political impact of when evil is chosen to satisfy the ambition for power.

An Evening with Ezra Klein
Monday, Mar 09,  7:30 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall
FREE
Ezra Klein is Editor-in-Chief of Vox.com, a general news website he recently founded which focuses on giving the public crucial contextual information necessary to understand what's happening in the world today. Prior to starting Vox.com, Klein oversaw the Washington Post?s Wonkblog. He is also a columnist for Bloomberg News and a regular contributor/policy analyst for MSNBC. In 2011, TIME named his blog one of the 25 best financial blogs and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers named Klein as their 2011 Opinion Columnist of the Year. In 2012, GQ named him to their 50 Most Powerful People in Washington, calling him "a singular journalistic force." This event is sponsored by WUD Distinguished Lecture Series, and is free and open to the public.

Altan
Thursday, Mar 12,  7:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle
Tickets go on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $29; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $25; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $27; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $9.
Traditional Irish music greats, formed in 1981 by the late, great Irish flautist Frankie Kennedy and his wife Mairead Mi Mhaonaigh, the group continues to pay tribute to Kennedy?s talent and charm with their lively, haunting traditional tunes. The band performs in venues around the world, but its music has a light-hearted, unpretentious intimacy that seems to come straight from the back porches and living rooms of their native Ireland. From ballads to jigs, Altan brings a heartfelt intensity to every note.

Altan
Thursday, Mar 12,  9:30 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle
Tickets go on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $29; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $25; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $27; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $9.
Traditional Irish music greats, formed in 1981 by the late, great Irish flautist Frankie Kennedy and his wife Mairead Mi Mhaonaigh, the group continues to pay tribute to Kennedy?s talent and charm with their lively, haunting traditional tunes. The band performs in venues around the world, but its music has a light-hearted, unpretentious intimacy that seems to come straight from the back porches and living rooms of their native Ireland. From ballads to jigs, Altan brings a heartfelt intensity to every note.

Kronos Quartet
Saturday, Mar 14,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater
Tickets go on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am.
Since its formation in 1973, the Kronos Quartet has played, collaborated and performed with a list of artists so long and diverse it seems to encompass the entire international musical community. From Bartok to Thelonious Monk, David Bowie to Nine Inch Nails, Inuit throat singers to Chinese pipa masters, the quartet bridges musical divides and defies classification.

Marcia Legere Binns Student Play Festival
Saturday, Mar 21,  12:00 AM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle
Free
Our annual weekend-long event showcasing students writing, acting, and directing plays in the Wisconsin Union Theater's brand new Play Circle. Times TBA.

Sharon Isbin, guitar, and Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano
Saturday, Mar 21,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater
Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $50, 25; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $44; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $46; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10.
Classical guitar great and head of Julliard's Guitar department Sharon Isbin returns to the Theater, this time with mezzo-soprano Isadora Leonard. Recipient of the Marilyn Horne Foundation award in 2005, Isbin is considered the most influential American guitarist alive. Joining her is mezzo-soprano Isadora Leonard, recently returned from the Metropolitan Opera's 2013-14 Cosi fan tutte as Dorabella.

Marcia Legere Binns Student Play Festival
Sunday, Mar 22,  12:00 AM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle
Free
Our annual weekend-long event showcasing students writing, acting, and directing plays in the Wisconsin Union Theater's brand new Play Circle. Times TBA.

An Evening with Danielle Allen
Tuesday, Mar 24,  7:30 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall
FREE
Danielle S. Allen is a MacArthur Award-winning classicist and political theorist who examines issues of contemporary citizenship and argues for the importance of connecting people across racial, socioeconomic, educational and religious divides. Her recent book, Our Declaration, is an incisive re-reading of the Declaration of Independence that restores equality to its rightful place alongside freedom as a foundational principle of democratic governance. (Source: UW Center for the Humanities) This lecture is co-sponsored by the WUD Distinguished Lecture Series Committee and the UW Center for the Humanities, and it is free and open to the public.

An Evening with Ta-Nehisi Coates
Tuesday, Apr 07,  7:30 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall
FREE
Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the most original and perceptive writers in America. With rich emotional depth and a sonar sense of how pop culture, politics, and history shape discussions of diversity, Coates is "the young James Joyce of the hip hop generation" (Walter Mosley). His 2014 Atlantic cover story on slavery and race, "The Case for Reparations," is one of the most talked-about pieces of nonfiction in recent memory. His Atlantic blog has been named by Time as one of the 25 Best in the World. Currently working on his first novel, Coates has published a critically-hailed memoir, The Beautiful Struggle. This lecture is co-sponsored with the UW Center for the Humanities and is free and open to the public.

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Saturday, Apr 11,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater
Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. 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.
If ukuleles make you think of hula skirts and leis, think again. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain takes this beautifully simple instrument to new heights with their vast repertoire of unexpected cover tunes. You haven't really heard the Talking Heads' Psycho Killer - or Lady Gaga's Born This Way, or Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit - until you've heard it played by an orchestra of ukes. The unexpected depth and range of this diminutive instrument is brought out in full force in the group's playful, virtuosic and often comedic renditions, selling out shows from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall.

Travel Adventure Series - The Heart of San Francisco with Sandy Mortimer
Monday, Apr 20,  7:30 PM
Union South - The Marquee
Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $12; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $10; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $10; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $6.
Sandy Mortimer, multi-award-winning producer and travel lecturer, explores the people, history, and places in the city that invented blue jeans. Mortimer, a flight attendant turned news personality, has traveled all around the world documenting and touring for her films.

Travel Adventure Series - The Heart of San Francisco with Sandy Mortimer
Tuesday, Apr 21,  7:30 PM
Union South - The Marquee
Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $12; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $10; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $10; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $6.
Sandy Mortimer, multi-award-winning producer and travel lecturer, explores the people, history, and places in the city that invented blue jeans. Mortimer, a flight attendant turned news personality, has traveled all around the world documenting and touring for her films.

Cabaret @ The Circle with Four Seasons Theatre
Friday, Apr 24,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle
Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $19; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $15; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $17; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $6.
Four Seasons Theatre is proud to launch a new series: Cabaret @ the Circle. The Play Circle Theater provides the perfect setting for FST's vocalists to bring you an intimate cabaret experience, full of songs and stories.

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason
Saturday, Apr 25,  7:30 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle
Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $25; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $21; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $23; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10.
The busy duo, creators of the Emmy-nominated Ashokan Farewell and hosts of the radio show "Dancing on the Air," return to the theater after their last sold-out show. Their music has been featured in many soundtracks, including Legends of the Fall and Brother's Keeper.

The Jack Quartet
Thursday, May 07,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle
Tickets go on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $15; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $12; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $13; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10.
Succumb to your senses in the Fredric March Play Circle as the JACK Quartet perform String Quartet No. 3 by Georg Friedrich Hass in complete darkness. Known for their innovative techniques and daring, the JACK quartet's performance will offer new music at its best.

The Jack Quartet - World Premiere of
Friday, May 08,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater
Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $30, 26, 20; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $26, 22; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $28, 24; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10.
Part of JACK Quartet's mission is to introduce and perform new works of music, and for this concert the group will be debuting works by Laura Schwendinger, a professor of composition and at our very own University of Wisconsin-Madison. Schwedinger's composing has been called "Punchy, imaginative, subtle, stirring, [and] evocative," by Colin Clarke of Fanfare. "Creature Quartet" is made up of four larger movements which are framed by smaller movements, each one an ode to an extinct, endangered or mythical creature.

Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band
Saturday, May 09,  8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater
Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $30; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $26; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $28; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10.
Taking his inspiration from jazz legends Chano Pozo and Dizzy Gillespie, percussionist Poncho Sanchez is a musical giant in his own right, lending a heady infusion of Latin flavor to the elements of traditional jazz. Like a good dance partner, Sanchez's music keeps you on your toes without missing a beat. Growing up in L.A. with a range of influences, from John Coltrane to James Brown, Sanchez taught himself to play guitar, flute, drums and timbales, eventually finding true love with the congas - a love that would earn him the title "King of the Conga."

Isthmus Jazz Festival
Friday, Jun 19,  12:00 AM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater
This season's Isthmus Jazz Festival is on Friday & Saturday, June 19 & 20, 2015 at the Memorial Union. Festival headliner Freddy Cole is everything a jazz legend should be - smooth, charming, and casually brilliant. The younger brother of Nat King Cole, Freddy lends warmth and style to treasured classics with a captivating confidence. The New York Times calls him "the most maturely expressive jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive." His trio will be joined by UW's own Jazz Orchestra. Other artists will play free concerts on both days.


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