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2015-2016 Concert Series Announced

After two years of historic renovations, the Wisconsin Union Theater is not just raising the curtain on a new season for the arts, we’re raising the bar!

Tickets for Season 2014/15 are available now!
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Featured Events

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Friday, Jun 19, 4:30 PM
Memorial Union - Terrace and Rathskeller

Free

Isthmus Jazz FestivalTERRACE: Cliff Fredericksen Quartet, 4:30pm. High School All Stars, 6:30pm. Sweet Minute Big Band, 8:00pm. Joel Paterson Trio, 10:00pm. RATHSKELLER: Ben Ferris Octet, 6:00pm. Edi Rey y Su Salsera, 8:00pm. New Breed Jam, 10:00pm. FREDRIC MARCH PLAY CIRCLE: George Russell's Four Dimensions of Melodic Construction, 7:00pm. The Girls In The Band film followed by Q & A, 9:00pm.


Saturday, Jun 20, 1:00 PM
Memorial Union - Terrace

Free

Isthmus Jazz FestivalTERRACE: Edgewood Big Band, 1:00pm. Clay Lyons Quaret, 2:30pm. Alison Margaret Quintet, 4:30pm. Tony Castaneda Latin Jazz Superband, 6:30pm. Madison Neophonic Orchestra, 9:30pm.


Saturday, Jun 20, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Union Theater, Shannon Hall

General Public: $32, 28, 20. Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $28, 24. UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $30, 26. UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10. Prices do not include fees

Isthmus Jazz Festival Headliner, Freddy Cole, with UW Jazz OrchestraRecognized as one of the great practitioners of American Song, Freddy Cole, like his late elder brother Nat "King" Cole, is widely regarded as one of the most influential singers in jazz music. Growing up in a musical household, Freddy remembers, "music was all around me." Visitors of the Chicago home of his youth included greats such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Lionel Hampton. Cole plays piano, sings, and performs live with guitar and upright bass- just like Nat. Yet his voice is raspier, smokier, perhaps even jazzier. His vocals?suave, elegant, formidable, and articulate?are among the most respected in jazz. Cole's career continues to ascend as he's moved into the front ranks of America's homegrown art form, with a style and musical sophistication all his own.


Saturday, Jul 11, 7:30 PM
Music Hall

Premium Seats - $40, General Public - $30 / $20 / $15, Senior - $28 / $20 / $15, Student - $15, Children under 13 - $5

Madison Savoyards presents The MikadoThe Mikado


Saturday, Jul 11, 7:30 PM
Humanities Building - Mills Hall

Single tickets = General Public $25, Student $15. Festival Concert Passes allow entry to all 5 concerts and are $90 for General Public, and $55 for Students.

The Rose Ensemble Madison Early Music FestivalSlavic Wonders: Feast and Saints in Early Russia, Bohemia and Poland. We invite you to visit these ancient places and more, where mysterious chants, joyful hymns and magnificent choral works are mingled with tales of folk heroes. Slavic Wonders includes stunning 12-part Baroque motets from the Russian Orthodox tradition, Medieval Latin chants for Slavic saints and powerful double-choir works from the Polish Renaissance. With repertoire and a stage presence hailed by presenters and audiences as ethereal and captivating, and a vocal blend and range called "supernatural" by the critics, The Rose Ensemble has presented this program to capacity crowds across the U.S. and Europe. There will be a free pre-concert lecture at 6:30pm prior to the performance.


Sunday, Jul 12, 7:30 PM
Humanities Building - Mills Hall

Single tickets = General Public $25, Student $15. Festival Concert Passes allow entry to all 5 concerts and are $90 for General Public, and $55 for Students.

East of the River Madison Early Music FestivalLevantera In the spirit of the program's title, Levantera, East of the River explores Medieval music of the Mediterranean and travels eastward through the Balkans to Armenia and the Middle East, exploring the earliest songs of those extraordinary cultures, together with their traditional dances - the origins of which go back centuries. In this program East of the River lends its innovative blend of sounds to a fascinating and beautiful repertory much of which is little known to today's audiences. There will also be a free pre-concert lecture at 6:30pm prior to the performance.


Tuesday, Jul 14, 7:30 PM
Humanities Building - Mills Hall

Single tickets = General Public $25, Student $15. Festival Concert Passes allow entry to all 5 concerts and are $90 for General Public, and $55 for Students.

Piffaro, The Renaissance Band Madison Early Music FestivalThe Slavic Connection: West meets East and East meets West Piffaro's concert tells a fascinating tale of cross-cultural influence and engagement in the musical interaction between western and eastern composers from the late 15th century into the early 17th. Easterners studied and worked in western environs, most notably the Slovenian Jakob Handl in Vienna and the Transylvanian Bakfark in Paris and Padua, and many western composers occupied lofty musical positions or spent a portion of their professional careers at eastern courts, including Thomas Stoltzer and Johannes Stockem in Buda, among many other German and Flemish notables. Western sacred polyphony traveled east and settled in Slavic courts & cathedrals, and eastern dances, such as the Ungerische Tantz, the Passamezzo ongaro and the Ungarescha journeyed east and found homes in the dance publications of Mainerio in Italy, Praetorius in Germany and Attaignant in France. The concert samples this interaction with motets, traditional tunes, dances, instrumental canzonas and ricercars to give a vivid picture of music making in Slavic lands in the main Renaissance period. There will be a free pre-concert lecture at 6:30pm prior to the performance.


Friday, Jul 17, 7:30 PM
Humanities Building - Mills Hall

Single tickets = General Public $25, Student $15. Festival Concert Passes allow entry to all 5 concerts and are $90 for General Public, and $55 for Students.

Ensemble Peregrina Madison Early Music FestivalFilia Praeclara: Music from Polish Clarissen Cloisters (13th & 14th c.) St. Clare, devoted follower of Francis of Assisi, was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church in 1255, gaining permission from the Vatican to live a convent life in perpetual poverty, as Francis had done. There were a number of Polish convents of the Order of St. Clare in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. This rare program offers a glimpse into the musical (and hence spiritual life) of those communities based on some surviving copies of the "Magnus liber" that belonged to Kinga of Hungary (1224-1292) and is now located at the Stary Sacz monastery in southern Poland. There will also be a free pre-concert lecture at 6:30pm prior to the performance.


Saturday, Jul 18, 7:30 PM
Humanities Building - Mills Hall

Single tickets = General Public $25, Student $15. Festival Concert Passes allow entry to all 5 concerts and are $90 for General Public, and $55 for Students.

All-Festival Concert Madison Early Music FestivalThe All-Festival Concert will feature instrumental and choral works by composers of the 16th through 18th centuries from the courts of Warsaw and Cracow, including a triple choir Magnificat by Mikolaj Zielenski , and movements from Missa La Lombardesca by Bartolomiej Pekiel for double choir and instruments, and excerpts from Harmonia Caelestis (1711) from Hungarian composer Pal Eszterhazy's Harmonia Caelestis for choir and orchestra. Plus a stunning a cappella Choral Concerto by Ukrainian composer Dmitri Bortniansky from the Imperial Court in St. Petersburg. There will be a free pre-concert lecture prior to the performance.


Saturday, Jul 18, 7:30 PM
Music Hall

Premium Seats - $40, General Public - $30 / $20 / $15, Senior - $28 / $20 / $15, Student - $15, Children under 13 - $5

Madison Savoyards presents The MikadoThe Mikado


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